In the past, I have been hamstrung by preferences.  I have either favored the all-out surge, or the slow, steady advance.  But life does not necessarily accommodate one approach all the time.  That’s why I believe it’s important to use all tools—logic, intuition, and constant, CONSTANT assessment of evidence and context—to justify whatever approach I pick with sound thinking and vigilant perception.


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  1. Where did you gained reliable understanding of people? Evidence, context sound dependent on sound gathering and analysis. Usually, reputation or direct experience leads you to the most reliable sources. But judgment based on a lifetime of experience can still be mistaken. Adjusting for that, being able to take the admonishment of people you look up to, finding a new truth you did not see before. Those are worthy ways to live.

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    • Indeed! It’s one of the hardest sacrifices to make. If dogma takes root in one’s mind, ESPECIALLY if it’s been effective in the past, it can be incredibly uncomfortable to set aside. But that’s one of the truest marks of character, IMO, if one can do it.

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    • Emotion is useful but limited. I’d put it under the umbrella of intuition. Emotion is a powerful driver of action and expression, yet it can easily lead people astray. I don’t emphasize it too much because I think it’s relatively easy to operate by it, but relatively hard to control it for productive purposes. Quite often, we’ve seen that it is the counterintuitive soul—the one who goes against the tide of everyone else’s emotions—who brings about some great new discovery or innovation. While that person may be driven by their own well of emotion, I believe the trait (s)he champions in most cases is clear perception.

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  2. I think we are instinctive, emotional, and reasonable in that order. Our society has aligned itself around satisfying instincts first; sex, food, fun first. The Internet was funded by pornography in the early stages and is still a major part of what the Internet provides, every advertisement embeds sex, food, or approval, regardless of product or service. We are obese as a culture and constant encouragement to eat is a major part of advertising, Fun; have you seen any commercials where the people are ugly, sad, and disappointed?

    The other side of instincts are related to fear (responses: flee, fight, freeze) but our emotions, and intellect complicate social and virtual conditions with anticipation. We also develop our strategies for dealing with fear when we are children, using variants on the flee, fight, freeze model. Some commercials try to instill fear of pain, loss, suffering, abandonment, disapproval.

    After all that, which seems to occupy a majority of what we experience, comes emotion. I see emotions as serving the instincts by putting power in situations of potential sex, food, fun, and fear. These involve involuntary generation of endorphins, adrenaline, and cortisol. Anticipation is unique to humans, using our intellect to imagine and project future results. In a primitive society, there is not as much anticipation as in modern civilization. We can be affected by all sorts of imaginary situations.

    Think of this: What are the results you seek? What happens if you achieve them? What need does this result satisfy? What was your motivation to seek it? What prices did you pay to achieve it?

    I think, you will see how instinct drives us, emotions motivate us, intellect finds a way to satisfy.

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    • I’ve achieved some results, fallen short of others, and observed other people who’ve done the same. Results don’t seem to garner fulfillment necessarily. What seems to garner fulfillment is that old cliche of “enjoying the journey.” So even as I aim myself toward a goal, I also aim to simply enjoy the pursuit of it, because it seems that celebrities or astronauts or top-tier whatevers seem to be brought low when they forget to enjoy the journey. It seems that humans are actually hardwired to enjoy a certain amount of adversity (not overwhelming) which allows them to grow. So this balance of continual adversity and enjoyment (which, ironically, could be construed as not seeking) is what I seek.

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  3. With age I’ve learned that the slow and steady approach is the one who bears longer lasting satisfaction. Some situations or people may want you to rush you into a decision by pointing out that there is only a short window op opportunity, and then I do whatever it takes to decelerate that process. I will also never hesitate to pay for a professional opinion in case of important issues.

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    • I’ve seen valid cases where people have to switch between both approaches, but I’d lean more towards your side where consistency does seem to pay off over time. However, audacious action is necessary in many instances in order to really maximize results, in my opinion.

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