What is liberty?
Liberty is defined as the state of being free within society from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one’s way of life, behavior, or political views.
In his work ‘On Liberty’ published in 1859, philosopher John Stuart Mill tried to find the limits that society should have when it comes to exercising its power over individuals.
Should society have absolute power over individuals? Does it have the right to control the thoughts and actions of individuals?
We can all easily say that a society in absolute control like North Korea is wrong and one we would never want to live in.
However, does the society we live in work on the principles of liberty? ‘On Liberty‘ is an attempt by John to unite Utilitarianism and liberal rights.
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Who is a Realist?
A realist is a person who is objective, someone who stays in touch with the facts and guides his thoughts with a curiosity for truth.
A realist focuses on reality and uses logic to come to conclusions.
He tries his best to gather all the evidence possible and is willing to change his mind in light of new and contrary evidence.
In short, a realist is a rational person.
Now you might be thinking, are humans not rational? Well, we all like to believe that we are rational and logical in our approach.
The truth, however, is that most people are not rational.
Forces that are deep-rooted in their psyche compel them to act in irrational ways.
In this blog, we will look at those forces as well as learn how we can practice objectivity in our approach so that we can eventually be a realist.
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Perceptions vs Reality
Perception and reality are simple words that everyone understands and yet most people have never thought about what the implications of their differences can be.
Reality is always far from our grasp and people who think they know for certain what reality is are often ignorant of it.
In the Upanishads, (ancient texts of Hinduism), there is a quote that goes like this-
“yasyamatam tasya matam matam yasya na veda sah; avijnatam vijanatam vijnatam avijanatam.”– Kena Upnishad
It translates in English as ‘those who think they understand the nature of reality do not actually understand it, and those who know that they do not understand it, actually do.’
We think we know what reality is. It is everything that is around us.
The chair we are sitting on the phone we are reading this on. That is all real, is it not?
Yes and no. When we experience the world, what we perceive is called our perception.
Now, this perception is the closest thing to reality our senses can perceive but it is not reality itself.
In this post we will explore the difference between perception and reality.
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Why voting isn’t enough
Democracy is based on voting, then why are we saying that voting isn’t enough?
For that, we first need to understand what the rationale behind creating a democratic system was.
Democracy was founded on the principle of giving power back to the people. The elected government is of, by and for the people.
This is what saves us from a tyrannical dictator that can oppress the people. This will help in promoting the values of liberty and freedom.
Finally, power will be decentralized away from dictators and kings.
However, we see at present governments exerting more and more control over the people.
They are involved in every area of our lives. From your birth to your marriage to your death, the government is there to monitor, control, or take it’s cut.
Even though these governments are elected by people’s vote to ‘serve’ them they are becoming more and more like ‘masters’.
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What is Minimalism?
Minimalism at its core is stripping away everything unnecessary until only the bare-essentials remain. This way, we only focus on what is important and provides value, and ignore everything else that is waste.
Some would say this is undermining the value of the product because more is always better. That, as we will find out in this blog, is a faulty assumption. This is because most times in life it is not what we have to do more of, but instead what we have to do less of.
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“Less is More”― Mies van der Rohe
The nature of thoughts
How do we tame the mind? Our mind is filled with thoughts that continue without us having any control over them.
Have you ever wondered how many thoughts go through your brain each day? Scientists estimate that an average human thinks between 2500-3300 thoughts each hour and an approximate of 50,000 thoughts per day.
Often about the same things. This is what Gautam Buddha 2500 years ago called the monkey mind and he had a few insights as to how to tame it.
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Views on death
How can we come to terms with death? For that, we need to understand what is death and how we view it. We, humans, are different from all other living organisms.
Not that much in terms of Biology or the social aspects of our way of life but in terms of the way we perceive things. Our ability to be self-aware.
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How to be happy? Aristotle’s Virtue theory
How can we be happy? No one can answer that for sure. Maybe because each human is unique and we all have different circumstances that we face each day. Even our understanding of happiness is different.
However, what we all agree to is that we want to be happy. Most philosophers say that almost all our actions are in some way or another, are taken with the intention for us to be happy.
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What is karma?
Karma in the western world is referred to as a law of nature. It’s thought of as a philosophical and mystical force that keeps track of our deeds and punishes us when we stray from the path of good.
As the saying goes –
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Karma is the most patient gangster ever.
Actions and Consequences
Long term philosophy is a principled approach that requires us to always put short term gains at a lower priority than our long term vision.
“Humankind cannot gain anything without first giving something in return. To obtain something of equal value must be lost.”-Full Metal Alchemist
That’s the law of equivalence quoted by a Japanese anime called Full metal alchemist that was my favorite growing up.
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