"We’ve created a culture that fetishizes the new(s), and we forget the wealth of human knowledge, wisdom, and transcendence that lives in the annals of what we call “history” – art, literature, philosophy, and so many things that are both timeless and incredibly timely. Our presentism bias – anchored in the belief that if it isn’t at the top of Google, it doesn’t matter, and if it isn’t Googleable at all, it doesn’t exist – perpetuates our arrogance that no one has ever grappled with the issues we’re grappling with. Which of course is tragically untrue."
- Maria Popova

Do you believe in feminism?

- Asked by valerie-the-story-teller

The idea behind feminism (equality between sexes) would seem to be an obvious component to the greater process of disestablishing the cultural conditioning that’s resulted in various misconstrued perspectives of one another.  For this to succeed, it would take personal initiative from each individual to recognize that this movement benefits not only women, but men as well, because it establishes a status quo based on the truth.

The problem here would seem to lie in the behavior of individuals who either misunderstand this message or who have intentionally commandeered it’s momentum to actually justify an indiscriminate, almost genocidal, hatred toward men, thus seeking to oppress them rather than generate any kind of equality at all.

Advice on how to overcome procrastination and remain self motivated towards an initiative

- Asked by Anonymous

Designate a particular environment for productivity, one absent of distractions, that only entails the tools necessary for whatever needs to be accomplished.  You need to discipline yourself to maintain focus on whatever creative endeavor you’ve justified prioritizing.  Your battle lies with the conditioned compulsion to lose yourself in temporarily appeasing stimuli.

Learn patience, understand that this will be a process birthed in increments, which is the most difficult part of all in a society so dramatically geared toward immediate gratification.  Organize a complex list on paper, find relief in the observation of yourself accomplishing small tasks, no matter how seemingly trivial.

Find motivation in the fear of regret, the awareness that your opportunity is fleeting, and that to forsake your will to create is to forsake the life you’ve been given.

I have noticed that everyone around me LIES just about really odd stuff ?? And now I feel like I catch myself fibbing , usually I fix it but could their fibbing be rubbing off on me ?? And also Why do people lie about unimportant stuff ??

- Asked by Anonymous

This is often routed in boredom in conjunction with a lack of awareness regarding personal ability, perceiving life as a series of mundane options that demand exaggeration of circumstances or even the elaborate endeavor to make wild, delusional claims of otherworldly abilities.

Your peers most likely require some healthy time away from their comfort zones, the fresh experience of broken routine that demands initiative, resulting in the eager abandonment of nonsensical behavior like this.

What do you think of Marilyn Manson's views of society?

- Asked by Anonymous

I think he treads the thin line between cynicism and realism, though more often than not, provides plenty of useful insight into the various methods in which we’re collectively brainwashed via corporate advertising, nationalistic propaganda, and organized religion.

Something I had always admired in particular about Manson was the way he immersed himself in taboo imagery and behavior, which he would do strategically to compel attention and curiosity from mainstream media, then utilize this attention to act as a catalyst for change and communicate incredibly exacting analytical assessments on society.

I think his increasing egotism and pressure to maintain his celebrity status, in conjunction with drug abuse, began to undermine his vision throughout the later half of his career though.

"When life is easy, comfortable, convenient, who cares? Who bothers to become alert? When a friend dies, there is a possibility. When your woman leaves you alone—those dark nights, you are lonely. You have loved that woman so much and you have staked all, and then suddenly one day she is gone. Crying in your loneliness, those are the occasions when, if you use them, you can become aware. The pain is not to make you miserable, the pain is to make you more aware! And when you are aware, misery disappears."
- Osho

Do you believe that the failure to recognise any one answer is more limiting than unbounded faith in a given belief system?

- Asked by Anonymous

No, failure to recognize an answer entails an awareness of ignorance, whereas unbounded faith in a belief system would entail unknowingly committing to ignorance, perspective confining dogma that inhibits opportunity for educating oneself and growing as an individual.

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