Happiness: Your first priority in life

How often do you find that your life is meaningless?

For some people life is nothing but a meaningless series of events, for other people life is just about studying and then working to afford a decent living, with some optional activities like falling in love or having hobbies.

Yet for others life has a meaning, a clear goal, however most of these people spend their efforts at a goal perpendicular at best, and completely opposite at worst, of their true goal in life: happiness.

Why?

Why should you help others? Because other people tell you to do so. Why should you study and then work? Because other people tell you to do so. Why do you rebel against those people yet end up doing what other different people tell you to do anyway? Because other people tell you to do so.

Everything you do is your decision, and all of your decisions depend on your emotions and knowledge, and guess who put those emotions and knowledge in your head? Other people. When everything in your life depends on what other people told you to do maybe its time to rethink whether those people were right or not.

And the first thing you have to shave off is the notion that you must do a certain set of things in life, what is absolutely wrong. In the end, you do things because those things make you happy or less unhappy than their alternatives, and when you conform to what other people tell you to do, that’s just because doing what other people tells you to do is so simple and straightforward.

However, if you’re able to endure going against the flow, you’ll be able to have a much, much, much wider set of options that will greatly increase your chances at achieving the most happiness, which is what you’re looking for one way or the other, be it by conforming or be it by enjoying all the nice things that come when you make always the most efficient decisions, not necessarily the most socially accepted.

Why happiness?

Life is just like a videogame, and all videogames have objectives, even when some of those are self-imposed by the players themselves.

In life there are virtually infinite objectives, but in the end the most important objective is being as happy as you can. And this is because happiness is what shapes your mind, when you play a videogame it is enjoyable because you’re trying to achieve an objective, and getting closer to it gives makes you feel accomplished and happy.

You don’t play a videogame to win, you play it to have fun, be it by winning or by doing anything but winning (e.g The Stanley Parable). Life is the same, you don’t live to “win”, life is open-ended and you have to set your own objectives, and in the end life is not about “winning” but about having fun, about being happy.

And if you must play, you might as well have the most fun, and here’s how.

How to achieve the most happiness

Now that you understand that happiness is your objective in life, there are two steps (that I’ll explain in detail in future posts) that will greatly help you get there:

  1. Clean your mind from impurities, these might include: Religion (please keep reading), morality (seriously) and any other intellectual or emotional issue that you might have
  2. Develop (or simply adopt) an organizational system that will allow you to better organize and prioritize your life

And that’s it, insane? Yes, who knew that religion was wrong right? It’s not like your parents told you about it and you blindly learned it from them, oh wait. Also morality, but feel free to discuss that below in the comments.

Conclusively, life is about pursuing a goal, and that goal is happiness since any goal you set up by yourself is ultimately motivated by, yes, your subconscious pursuit of happiness. And to achieve that goal you need to have a clean, rational mind that makes the best decisions and a great organization to get the most from those decisions.

Life’s too short to worry about anything else but being happy.

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You’re a sheep: Herd mentality and the evolution of morality

Have you ever considered how much do other people affect your decisions?

You probably think that your ideas are independent from your surroundings, your parents simply told you what was right and you didn’t blindly believe it, of course, your rational human mind understood their logical arguments and it was only then that you accepted it. Just like those 5 year old kids who go to church on sundays and sometimes swear they saw god by their side, totally rational.

Well the truth is, no matter how atheist, rational and logical-minded you think you are, in the end most of your beliefs about the world have an entirely emotional and dogmatic origin, and maybe its time to change that.

Religion and morality: Two shades of the same coin

Are you religious? Are you moral? You might not be religious but it’s extremely likely that you’re moral, you believe that there’s some concept of “good” and “bad” and that we should aim to be as good as we can, yet somehow you rationalise not spending your whole life trying to be good as hard as you can.

At first, in the paleolithic, people were good because it was the optimal social strategy, if you tried to harm other people the tribe will know and quickly punish you, if you tried to help others they became your friends and helped you back. This was further reinforced by cultural norms that were quickly internalized (mostly during their infancy), so people from 10 thousand years ago had some primitive morality.

Later people discovered a great incentive to act morally (both through helping others and through helping their god): Religion. First there were some superstitions caused by false correlations and people with too much imagination, but as those superstitions became organized religious people found themselves with more and more incentives to act morally. In the case of christianism it would be the concept of heaven and hell, act morally you get an eternity of pleasure, act immorally you get an eternity of hell.

Morality: A mere remain of a religious culture

After the advent of modern science religion started decaying, yet, even without the religion, atheists still clung to morality since science simply disproved progressively more and more religious concepts (when science advances religion retreats) without really saying anything about whether morality was meaningful or not.

Morality used to be entirely emotional and entirely social, however as societies outgrew dunbar’s number they stopped feeling empathy for society as a whole and started treating other people of their own society (except those close to them) as strangers, as foreigners, as members of another tribe, and thus potentially hostile and certainly not to care about.

Religion took the place of that empathy turning morality into a duty so that coexistence was possible, not only through fear of the established order (e.g. a monarchy) but also through fear of their god and the promise of heaven (or the equivalent for their religion). Yet even those who left religion still follow that moral “duty”, going beyond helping their loved ones and friends but actively trying to help everyone everywhere, that’s why NGOs exist, as a side-effect of religious morality.

Why should you act morally?

Try to ask yourself why should you act morally, if your answer is “because otherwise god will punish me” then this post isn’t for you (not this blog in general though), but if your answer is something like “because I must be good”, “because I feel like doing good things” or some other circular or emotion-based argument, then wanna know the right, complete and incredibly satisfying answer?

You don’t need to.

As I’ve explained, morality as an emotion, as in helping those around you, isn’t morality at all, is simply acting nice to feel good, and it shouldn’t be confused with being moral. However morality as a duty, as an auto-imposed limitation on your actions, has simply no basis other than the internalization of the morality of other people (due to social pressure mostly during your infancy and teen years).

Getting over morality

There’s a reason it’s so incredibly hard to get two humans to agree in something, basically its because they use logic but they don’t really follow it, “logic” is simply the way they justify their irrational beliefs. So a religious or moral person, no matter how many good arguments you use disproving their belief in the supernatural or in their moral duty, will always rationalise their belief through some pseudological argument.

Consequently, there’s probably nothing I can do about this right now, but if you consider yourself a rational human being and you feel like everything must have a logical justification (what is logical obviously), then keep reading.

First isolate your emotions when you think about morality, if you feel a tiny rush with the idea of being a good person and a tiny (bad) rush with the idea of being a bad person, try to at least notice those and don’t let’em influence what you think.

Now just look for a logical justification as for why should you act morally, don’t let your emotions control you, simply keep thinking and remember that every time you think you’ve reached a logical proof for morality, you’ve made at some point a fallacious or simply circular argument. Once you get tired of being unable to find any argument that you can’t disprove, just give up, just because you feel that there must be a logical justification for morality it doesn’t mean that there is.

It’s like an astronomer who keeps telling you that the Earth is the center of the universe, but that he still has to discover how is that possible, petitio principii if you prefer.

Living without morality

Here, done, no morality to worry about anymore right? Wrong, 99.99% of you are still are moral as you were at first and you do really need to read this post again. But in case you’re curious of what happens next, here it is.

What means for you not to be moral? Basically it means that now you can do whatever you want, what essentially means doing the same that you’re doing right now, my mum apparently thinks that being amoral means being out there killing people, it couldn’t be more inaccurate.

Without morality to live with you’re free to do what you consider most important, and that is happiness (I’ll explain this in another post). The short explanation is simple: Everything you do is because it makes you feel good or because you would feel worse not doing it, consequently you might as well follow your instincts and try to be as happy as you can.

And this is all, I’ve explained the evolutive and religious origins of morality, tried to disprove it, successfully explained why you didn’t believe me (logic isn’t about beliefs but about understanding) and given you a big picture about how is living without morality (and a clear goal): The same as before but happiness is now an objective rather than a nice-to-have and other people matter in direct proportion to how much do you care about them (just like in the paleolithic).

Good luck, and for the 0.001% who learned something from this post, remember that just because you have no moral restraints, you can still go to jail and people can still get mad at you.

How to cook meth

A great clickbait title, if only I got a cent from this blog though.

Yesterday an acquaintance asked me about a simple issue: How to make drugs (or meth if you prefer).

My answer was quite complete, and it made me think: Wait, people do listen to me (sometimes) and profit from what I tell them, what if I made a blog or explained my ideas to people on purpose?

Of course this was the three-millionth time I had thought about it, but considering the great amount of information that I revised as I was explaining the whole process, and the mental stimulation and the ideas that came afterwards, I made a decision: this blog.

And low let’s get part to the FBI-friendly (and original) explanation about this transcendental issue! (partially inspired by this wonderful article)

You need several things to cook meth:

-A chemist (to understand the chemical processes involved and perfect them)

-Really expensive lab materials (unless you want toxic and ingredients-intensive meth)

-Knowledge of the chemical processes required to elaborate meth (the chemist might know already, otherwise just check out the internet)

(plus the ingredients that can be found at many legal stores separately but I ignored this since it wasn’t a very detailed explanation)

The chemist is easy job for you since there’s this guy in the park who studies chemistry and already told me about this meth-cooking thingy, the lab materials cost hundreds of thousands (unless you use the one-pot method which is inefficient and slow) and I bet you can find how to cook meth in the internet (other less-known drug recipes must be in the internet somewhere).

However there are several problems with this, mainly the fact that we’re talking about an extremely illegal enterprise which requires extremely careful planning as to not to get caught quick, for example those guys who grew weed using special lights that were so hot that they warmed up the snow in the roof, alerting nearby cops of their weed-growing business.

Even if you got enough money, materials and the perfect place for the laboratory along with all the necessary safety measures, there’s one issue: Money laundering. There are three ways to solve this problem:

1) Launder it slowly by buying things with the money like tobacco and groceries

2) Set up a complex operation to launder it (certainly beyond our scope)

3) Go to an unstable or outright anarchical place (e.g some parts of mexico and the middle east) and set up an even more complex operation to launder drug money through international borders (definitely beyond our scope)

In conclusion, I told them that in general illegal actions are either for those at the bottom or those at the top. Either be modest and stay under the radar so that they don’t even know about you or make something so big and impressive that everyone knows what you’re up to but nobody dares to stop you.

So the lesson here is: Don’t make drugs you’ll get caught, don’t do drugs either, though if you can pull off something so huge that nobody can stop you then you might consider making drugs, also cannabis seems safer than alcohol actually.

I’d rather stick to legal business and dark chocolate though.

First post

Really unoriginal but let’s get over this already.

For the record, P2 is the class (ie category) of my organizational system where this blog is assigned, along with monologue-like social interaction.

I made a blog before, though it is mostly about philosophy, something I’ve already mastered for the most part, here’s the link (beware of engrish):

https://whitepillarsinsidethevoid.wordpress.com/