Are you overwhelmed by the meaninglessness of the universe and modern society? Then you may be a doomer. Or are you finding a purpose to live despite the futility of life? Then you may be a bloomer. I’ll describe the terms “doomer” and “bloomer” and share with you my journey from doom and misery to blooming and beyond. Then I give you 5 easy steps to replicate what I did.
Whatever your religious beliefs, death is an undeniable fact of life. It’s one of the few things humans can agree on in our polarized world. I die, you die, we…
The Greatest Shortcoming of the Human Race Is Our Inability to Understand the Exponential Function. ~ Dr A. Barlett
Have you ever heard someone saying that anything beyond adding, subtracting, multiplication and division is useless math? Maybe that’s what you think.
After all, how often do you use in a real-life a “negative square of a speed”? You don’t need any of that — you need quick maths to find out prices, taxes, wages, etc. So why fill your head with useless formulas for exponential growth?
I am a self-appointed casual Satanist. It doesn’t really mean anything else, but the fact that I’ve read the Satanic Bible by A. S. LaVey and liked some of its philosophy.
Needless to say, the Satanic Bible is not a new philosophy, but a mix of stoicism, Nietzsche’s nihilism, critique of religion and witchcraft tradition packaged for the late 20th century. Much of its ideas are still valid for the 21st century, too.
You may wonder, “why bother? I don’t have to be a Satanist to be a stoic or a witch,” I hear you asking. And that’s true. But…
I appreciate your kind words about Czechia. Prague is beautiful, mainly because allied bombers couldn't reach there during WW2, so it remained intact, unlike the rest of Europe.
However, I think that in recent years (before the pandemic) Prague became just another Disneyland, like Paris, Venice, Barcellona or most European cities. Although it's still beautiful, it's a tourism machine and it loses its authenticity, I think.
But never mind, there are many other places to go.
Yeah, the Velvet Revolution was a success, especially when we were a federation of two countries. We're peaceful nations, but something like in Yugoslavia could have happened. I think that's when it's good to have someone like Havel, who was maybe too soft with the Communist party, but who also inspired people to be civilized, despite the anger. History's full of lessons better than current news.
You can’t be sure of anything anymore because everything has lost its meaning. Terms like racism, communism, nazism, or nationalism are used to label an enemy instead of being a descriptive word. We’re bombarded by adverts telling us to get this or that to finally become happy.
That’s nihilism. Or the meaninglessness of meaning of the society. It’s far more contagious than Covid, possibly more deadly. Because while you can cure Covid, how do you cure something that has lost its meaning? That’s right, you exterminate it. It doesn’t matter.
As would Nietzsche tells you, nihilism can be passive or…
Nietzsche likens the struggle of early Christians (slaves) against Romans (masters) as a struggle of the weak against the strong. The strong have superior strength, so, in response, the weak have to develop superior smartness.
The Czech Republic, where I come from, is a small country, with neighbouring large, stronger countries (Germany and sometimes Russia). Czechs don’t have superior power, so we had to develop superior smartness. It may sometimes border with cowardice, but it helped us to survive through centuries as an independent nation.
Although I’m not a very patriotic person, I wouldn’t change my nationality with anybody else…
The year was 2014. I was in Madrid. I got there with a father’s friend who drove me there in his lorry from the Czech Republic. I was in Czechia visiting my parents and I got there on a mad hitchhike trip three weeks before now.
The plan was to continue towards Portugal, where I lived at that time. Probably hitchhiking again. My finances were skint because I had no wages. I didn’t call myself anything, but I was a vagabond:
Backpack, sleeping bag, some other stuff, hunger and tired legs. I stunk like a person sweating in Spanish summer…
Have you seen the movie "Thanks for Your Smoking"?
Tobacco companies have a valid point: they don't want to kill their customer. They want them to smoke as much as possible and as long as possible. They don't want people without addiction, but people not dying from lung cancer.
Not trying to be macabre, but the starved-to-death patients surely had no complaints about their illnesses.
It's horrible to kill someone for wrong believes, but I'm not sure if other medicine of that time was any more safer or more successful.
Besides, nowadays is a fasting prescribed to actually treat some illnesses (under supervision and no dead).
Qualified scaffolder, graduated engineer, hobby chess player, occasional anarchist, part-time writer, can cook, casual Satanist, ex-vagabond, loves life.