Humans are the alpha animal on the planet, and in the known universe. As a metaphor, the jungle of life is a place we all live in. I am a #jungler.
It is natural to live in the jungle.
What is natural? Is it something that exists in and is caused by nature, or is it something that is not man made? If it is the latter, then everything we enjoy is not natural. I believe we come from nature. And our minds come from nature. Bees make hives, birds make nests, and beavers make dams. Humans (the most complex animal) interact with nature to create new things. These things are natural. Everything is natural. The only thing that is unnatural is something that cannot exist.
Could you survive the jungle if you had to? Whether you think you can or whether you think you can't, you are right.
Keep in mind information is power and can light your way.
Your mind comes from the pattern of your DNA. That DNA is genetic information. That code produces the phenomenon of mind.
There are two types of evolution, genetic and memetic. Genetic evolution is of genes. Memetic evolution is of ideas. Ideas come from our minds, which come from our genes, which come from nature. They are harmonic, and not in conflict. Our ideas create technology.
do not believe in an omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient god. I am an atheist because of overwhelming evidence (but still technically agnostic). As far as the birth of the universe is concerned, and where everything comes from– I think a prime mover is conceivable. Based on what I know though, I think it is more probable the prime mover was chaos. I believe everything comes from chaos, but that there is order in chaos.
Science determines my morals, but there is a moral landscape. There are many rights, and many wrongs. Sometimes the best option is uncertain, so I use my best judgement. This is not unscientific, it is science operating with limited information and uncertainty about possibilities. I believe in objective truth. Just because one can't pinpoint it, doesn't mean it doesn't exist. We can infinitely approach it.
Part of progress is how we strive for better explanations. Opinions have an arbitrary connotation. Not all opinions are equal.
There is meaning, but it is a human construct. We give meaning to things with explanations. When I ask myself what is the meaning of all this? What is my purpose in life? I tell myself it is to be happy, spread happiness, and to be the best I can be.
Everyone is self-interested, but the selfish gene drives an altruistic vehicle. It is natural for you to want to be good. It feels good to be good. Being nice also makes other people nice and feel good. Be nice, but know when and how to stand up for yourself. Being a mean person is bad, ugly, and really dumb because it makes people mean to you, not like you, and not want to help you. That is bad for you (and bad for everyone else), and you are smart so you should do what is good for you. It is immoral to be a bad person. That is also a path towards being alone, without love.
Success is relative to the individual. If you are happy, you are successful. Period.
You want to be a good person to help you be successful. This is genuine and not bad.
Do not judge a man by his intentions. Judge a man by his actions. Good intentions are not good enough.
You don't want to be a pessimist because pessimists never do anything (often hiding behind a "precautionary principle"), and you don't want to be a reckless optimist incapable of seeing potential problems. You want to be an optimist who moves forward while keeping an eye out for problems.
The only thing I know for certain is that I think. I want to have a good theory for creating knowledge, and prioritize error detection and error correction. I am more interested in being right, so I am not afraid to be wrong. I once heard "the person you are most afraid to contradict is yourself." I conciously apply effort to avoid being that kind of person. I am a skeptic of the world, and of myself.
We all want to love and to be loved. I believe there are as many loves as there are hearts. I do not believe humans are genetically monogamous, I believe they are culturally monogamous. I believe monogamy is a valid choice to structure ones life, but it is not the only choice. I think our closest living genetic relative is the promiscuous bonobo, a moral animal. My lover is not my property. I am happy when my lover is happy.
Many of us are fortunate to have everything we need, yet all we need is more. That is how our brains are wired. Learn to be content with what you have first, and then strive for more. You must work to maintain things you have. The worst thing you can lose besides someone close to you, is your life.
You must be adaptive in the jungle. The most important skill, is the ability to learn. Make sure you exercise it.
If you don't exercise your body, your body deteriorates. If you don't exercise your mind, your mind deteriorates.
I believe in free will. You can choose what to do, but you cannot choose what you will choose to do. You are not in control of the storm, and you are not lost in it. You are the storm. You are order in chaos.
I don't believe in an eternal soul, but I do believe in my mind. Metaphorically speaking, I think my soul is in my mind and that is where it comes from.
The self is an illusion. That doesn't mean it doesn't exist, it means it is not what it seems. Who are you? You are your mind. You are what you think. In terms of self-identity, you are the story you tell yourself. In simpler words, life is not about finding yourself, it is about creating yourself.
Things change, even our minds. One must be adaptive in the jungle, so I am transhumanist.
You are antifragile. Antifragile doesn't break due to stresses, it doesn't stay the same, it grows stronger. Complex systems are antifragile. The economy is antifragile. Nature is antifragile. Our muscles are antifragile. People are antifragile. You are very antifragile.
Some people are more likely to take bad advice from a good friend, than good advice from a perceived opponent. I want to be a person who can judge quality information, regardless of the source.
Carry on fellow #jungler, have courage, and enjoy whatever freedom you have.