Le 1 juin 06 à 10:04, Laurence a écrit :
De quoi réfléchir pour aujourd'hui :
"Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste. They hurry past it."
This is caused by trying to do too much. Less is more. Slow gives you control.
The person who dies with the most toys was a sucker, a loser. He/she didn't
have time to unwrap them, must less enjoy them. But they had to store and
otherwise worry about them. The pleasure always comes from inside your head - pleasures and pains are drugs your own body produces. Most are, technically,
under your control to a large extent. Technically means that you can, if you
know how, do the homework, and practice. practice, practice. Its well worth
The dillusion of punishment is that it
changes behavior at the lowest cost.
People Will Avoid Punishment; but They Will Seek Reward!
Happiness is Enjoying the Moderate Life.
Economics is The Conservation of Labor.
Wealth is Happiness and Economics.
"If you have done good or bad unto the least of these
(anyone, criminal or saint), you have done it unto God."
Your emotions are DRUGS! Kick your habit!
Of what we consume, over 90% is spit out by factories so fast it's a blur
going by as a few tech's hope something will break the boredom and keep their
jobs secure. Even farms are massive automated factories. These factories
create the wealth we consume. They are connected together by a network of
roads, rails, and air routes where, again, the very few provide the labor
needed to transport what the whole human race consumes. Robotics and
computers are taking over all labor and paperwork and could do it sooner, if
the world willed it. Yet we have a world economy that only sputters along
with billions in perpetual poverty, poverty decreed as necessary by the world
bank and our nations' banks.
Government is the cause and cure. Lack of planning, energy waste, the
automobile, traumatization of the young, and self-destructive economic
beliefs are the problems. If we designed cities to minimize travel costs and
provide superior service, you would eliminate over 20% of the time you NEED
to work, 10% for commuting and 10% for shopping for yourself. If we eliminate
office space construction, maintenance, etc., you pick up another 20%. If
home offices and home delivery were easy; if you knew you, the spouse, and/
or the kids would get where and when you like and be supervised by you on
closed circuit TV if you want , would you even want a car? ... your very own
suicide machine, expensive to buy and maintain, that makes you prey to
bankers, police, lawyers, insurance agents, mechanics, painters, oil cartels,
f we fully utilize heat now wasted in the production of electricity or goods
for other manufacturing, absorption refrigeration (refrigeration from heat
like in an RV), heating water and buildings, etc., we eliminate another 20%
of the time you need to work. If we eliminate interest, lawyers, and tax
accounting while making the government not waste our time to cut it costs, we
eliminate another 10% of what we have to do for a net savings of 70% of our
time, probably more!
Walden 3 is a utopian love story on how to turn a prison into a city state
where luxury abounds. Four ordinary people and a robot battle reactionary
forces, becoming heroes, finding happiness by using Dr. Albert Ellis'
scientific stoicism, REBT (see also Rational-Emotive-Behaviorism Theory). The
city, New Georgia, LLC., for a few thousand dollars a year takes prisoners
and rehabilitates him/her. They use voluntary behaviorism supported by total
electronic recording of all space and all financial transactions with instant
justice, without medieval punishments or 20th century prison/torture cells.
They sell the prisoners on the system because the exit strategy is a full
life with a job for life. They effectively and economically deter and correct
destructive behavior in a secure, happy environment with motivation and
plenty for all.
Government run, engineered cities and industries provide a cradle-to-grave
social system with luxury for all. Since competition between companies in
basic commodities and services is of little value and can cause great
dislocations and degradation of service when one competitor collapses or one
takes over, the city runs electricity generation, sewer, roads,
communications, and mass transportation. These same industries reach great
service levels due to the incentives to management based on a composite of
labor savings and customer satisfaction -- rather than merely the most money
"earned". People rate each service (a type of voting) affecting them, setting
part of the pay of that service's personnel; thereby controlling those who
Entrepreneurs are encouraged. Free enterprise that does not warp society is
welcomed. So are artists. None depend on the whim of the rich nor fear the
banker's knock on their door.
We have the technology. We have the resources. The math is easy; most of what
the vast majority or people do today has nothing to do with what we actually
consume. We can become entrepreneurs, craftsman, arts, entertainers,
scientists, whatever......, when we as a society decide it is time!
What kind of future do you want? One of "hard work" and sacrifices that
"teach" us to be noble? It hasn't so far. Or would you rather have employers
begging for employees and making sacrifices to get you to go to work? Things
can always be better - or declared great today.
You really like Complaining,
all that attention and sympathy.
Give up your addiction to sympathy, to their opinion.
Let's make a bet. I'll give you $1000 for each time in your life that you said
something was awful and it was at least very bad. You, however, have to give
me $1 for each time it was NOT really bad. I hope you have a lot of money. If
you tell yourself it is horrible, you will feel horrible. And 99.99% of the
time it is not even close to horrible or awful.
Dispute how " horrible" your life is and it will no longer be horrible!
Happiness REQUIRES Happy Thoughts.
It's like the movie "The Matrix":
Words, thoughts, and beliefs are emotion "bullets".
They can only hurt you IF you believe they "should".
You can stop them in mid-air if you concentrate well enough.
Pursue Balanced Pleasure!
Plan your life!
Set realistic goals, including time for fun and family.
Make daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly schedules for your life.
Force Yourself to Start.
Never put your self-worth or rewards in someone else's hands.
If you do, then "they" will control you: your life, your happiness!
Their opinion is just their opinion.
If they see it moves you, they will manipulate you with it.
Celebrate the wonder of life and your life will be wonderful.
Control Comes From Planning, Practicing, and Rewarding.
Practice, Practice, Practice.
You have to retrain yourself. You only fail if you quit. "There is no finish
line." "Life is not a rehearsal." "You don't get your money back"
Less Is More
"He who dies with the most toys" LOSES
He or she was addicted to acquisition; did not have time to play with them;
but he or she still had to worry about storing them, maintaining them,
insurance, envy, etc.
Dispute - Don't Vent!
Dispute how "Horrible" everything is and you will feel better. Venting just
makes you feel worse, again. It, you, and "they" are Never going to be
perfect. Dispute the need to be perfect. Complaining about things not being
perfect won't change anything and summons up bad feelings again, and again.
Disputing their horror makes them shrink in importance and eventually go
away. It, you, and "they" are Never going to be perfect. You don't NEED
perfect. Complaining won't change anything and makes you live through bad
Don't Punish yourself!
Don't put yourself down!
Punishment will stop you.
Celebrate, Reward yourself for each step!
It's the secret ingredient!
Do a victory dance! I'm serious. Give us a Victory Shout! - you've started!
You dance around and yell over some silly game which you cannot affect and
does not have any affect on your life!
This will change your life and your attitude, your happiness!
Now you've started, It's just a matter of time.
Don't quit because this has been proven to work.
YOU WILL BECOME Happy!