8.12.09

My Reasons for Retreat

I decided to modify this post, because when I originally wrote this I was rather down. I'll just skip my complaints about humanity and just list my projects:

My current non-school non-work projects are (in no particular order):
Establishing an educational free software project.

Setting up a server and website for personal use and for the aforementioned.

Researching and understanding the philosophical implications of not being able to have a uniform probability distribution over a countably infinite set, especially relating to the Boltzmann Brain problem.

Writing my own operating system based on Minix 3.

Learning to speed read.

Learning Esperanto.

Learning Bahasa Malay.

Leaning how to improvise properly over jazz standards.

Becoming better at meditation and hence learning to focus better.
I should note that not all of these are directly for the betterment of my community, but hopefully they all indirectly will be, because I will learn through them, and if I can't use the particular thing, maybe I will be able to use it later to inspire or to educate someone who can. It is about time I started focusing more and prioritized, if not now then when?

1 comment:

JessXe said...

The comments you made about many people's laziness and low self esteem are dead on with my own observations. The somewhat unfortunate truth is that only they can decide that they can make a difference. The helpless mindset is rather easily reflected in one's approach to a computer, or new technology in general. I get asked to do so many things for people that if they had just TRIED a Google search, they would have solved their own problem in half the time. Of course, computer troubleshooting skills aren't really a metric for assessing a person's aptitude for changing the world but I believe that the problem stems from the same root.

Though for some people it truly is pure ignorance. They've never seen any evidence that they CAN make a difference because they didn't know what to look for.

I personally feel a duty to help those who ask for help, but only to a limited degree. If they aren't willing to take the time to learn to solve their own problems while I am helping them, then I am not willing to take the time to assist them.

If I can open a person's eyes to the world of self-help (not the shitty e-books world of self-help mind you) it is likely that they will be able to pass this trait on to others they encounter. This makes it worth my time.

What's the saying about giving a hungry man a fishing pole?