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Friday, February 11, 2022

Matrix debunked or Why Neo was an idiot

People do desire change. No rational being can conclude otherwise that life is a meaningless journey, intended to lead nowhere from the cradle to the grave.

Still, since we are not as rational as we love to believe, we became masters in finding artificial excuses for our futile existences.

One of these excuses, called beliefs or morality or philosophy, looks for the happiness in freedom of making our own choices.

Despite the sad truth that our choices are not always the best course of action (children learn this in kindergarten), certain people feel obliged to pursue freedom. They are under the impression that only free creatures are happy and meaningful.

Such a notion is nonsense. For the impartial Mother Nature, we are only products of evolution, and she doesn't care what we do with our dedicated times, nor does she push on us some great expectations.

As for happiness, we can achieve satisfaction by abusing chemical substances. Yet, such kind of happiness seems too straightforward to be true.

Instead of embracing the simple fact that there is no absolute fulfillment (since our living is pointless), we believe in the almighty change.

The change is always good because we do not like the current state of affairs. Revolutions were started on this premise, and Matrix is a mere example of how people misjudge their petty presence.

To put it simply, the protagonist of Matrix wanted to change his life, and in the process, he took down the whole society with himself, without proper analysis of whether the change is desired or not.

If anything, the movie should be a grave warning for those who cannot think at least several decades ahead. The change itself is not a plan, no matter how noble it may sound.

From this perspective, the hailed Neo was an obnoxious and irresponsible idiot.

Thursday, February 10, 2022

Is writing an underrated skill?

Writing is a skill learned at primary school. Nothing to be too thrilled about. It is like appreciating someone who knows how to sum two numbers. Does one plus one equal two impress you?

Now worry not. It is not about trolling or misinterpreting the question; the first paragraph is supposed to demonstrate that an unspecified writing skill does need any deep reverence. It is just commonplace.

Even a superior writing skill is not necessarily something to admire if the person who wields it has nothing substantial to write about.

The purpose of writing lies in delivering a message. For instance, one doesn't need greater literary education to inform one's auntie about an oncoming wedding in the family.

Sometimes even the fanciest text can be replaced by a less elaborate picture that makes the addressee more informed about the problem. Many manuals are better off with simple pictograms.

Thus, writing itself is a mere tool, and it depends solely on the authors how they put it in use. There are writers who became famous for being diligent even though their writing proficiency is hardly on par with truly talented people, and conversely, there are writers who achieved mastery of the highest level, yet the general audience has never heard of them.

Moreover, after inspecting outlines of modern writing courses, one has to realize that contemporary writing does not promote outstanding writing skills — on the contrary, they are trying to reduce the creative writing into a telegraphic, laconic SMS imposed on the fools who pay for them.

There is no essence in such a style. One can obtain proficiency in it just by using proper software like Grammarly or Hemingway app. These will guide their users in adopting the uniformity of texts that present no challenge to people with a finished high school.

But there is a reason to do so. With greater mastery comes the inevitable shortcoming, the number of readers will diminish as rich vocabulary and unusual sentence construction exercise a higher burden on the reader's ability. Concluded, with literary mastery comes loneliness. 

On the Internet, one hardly encounters a comment praising the excellency of the style. People usually appreciate the informative value of the post or the sentiment that complies with their personal perspective. 

Writing proficiency is very seldomly mentioned or appreciated. For most folk, the minimum they require is being able to understand the text vaguely, and if they approve it, they will upvote. 

Asking masses to change their attitude toward writing content is similar to asking them to listen to classical music instead of monotonous pop. Not likely at all.

Wednesday, February 09, 2022

The difference between love and attraction

Both are temporary, but love lasts longer. Falling in love is accompanied by changes in human metabolism, similar to the effect of certain drugs. Those alterations in our biochemistry give us an illusion of being happy, and similarly to drugs, the impact cannot soothe us forever.

And similar to drugs, the feeling may be addictive, so this is why we encounter many people who are getting high in a neverending cycle of falling in love, getting disappointed, and making the same mistake again.

As for the attraction, there is nothing mysterious about it. Our brains are programmed on a very low level to appreciate certain features in the opposite sex that can be interpreted in the following manner: We perceive a person, evaluate the person according to hardwired criteria, and if the person is approved by the brain, the body starts the secretion of hormones that we interpret like an attraction.

And since we want to enjoy the pleasant feeling as often as possible, we start to seek the company of such a person.

If the relationship brings us more joy than sorrow, the brain enforces its stimulation to the state we call love. All of this helps us and makes us reproduce with the best possible partner available, no matter how irrational it may seem for an independent observer.

Unfortunately, our brains, on their basic level, do not calculate the attraction in the way we would want them to do, so their very primitive algorithm forces us to follow attributes we tend to dismiss on a higher level of our conscience, such as physical build or length of hair.

The problem, as you should understand by now, comes with our inability to reprogram our brains, so even if we scold ourselves for having the urge to watch an attractive specimen, the brain thinks otherwise (pun intended) and keep shooting the happy juice into our veins.

And conversely, if the brain doesn't like the object, it perceives even though our rationality vehemently disagrees, we simply cannot and will not feel anything. Translated to our speech, the brain says: "Yes, she or he may be nice, caring, and wonderful, but no - there will be no babies because his or her eyebrows are too thick."