Putting life in perspective

I recommend doing this exercise when life feels shitty:

24 thoughts on “Putting life in perspective

  1. For some reason, all I have to do is watch the presentation and I feel like laughing. Is that what’s supposed to happen? Fill me in.

  2. 😀 , this ” fuck that ” exercise seems to be a pretty good mental tool. At least it made me feel better as regards to a pair of terminals reading in an assessment with a resultant kind of LFBD.

      1. Hi Chris, it is always good to see you here. Your interesting youtube link on fractals is like mathematical porn, fascinating but I couldn’t endure it more than 3 minutes. May be a persons filled video would be more funny. I mean , fractally talking :-D.

  3. There is a mantra in spanish (mexican) to drop all mental shit and get relax. Such expression is: “A la chingada”. Try it! Thks master Geir. 😛

  4. Life was pretty shitty for this man who suffered severe depression and obsession. He ended up getting a long series of electroshock treatments – which he describes in the context of getting rid of evil spirits (exorcism) – and apparently the electroshock therapy worked.

    But the man also decided he needed something to help him out whenever he started to become obsessive again – it was the phrase “Aaah – fuck it!”

    This is his TED talk where he tells the story:

  5. The notion of “Fuck it,” “So what?” and “Fuck that!” all have a shared past in Stoicism.

    1. In Stoicism, one trains oneself to align one’s desires ONLY on what one can directly control. Everything external to one’s control is treated as “indifferent.”

    or … “Fuck it” or “So what?” …

    2. The other key idea is that when we see things, we aren’t seeing the things themselves, but our images of the things we sense. We see, in fact, a construct and NOT the actual thing. What we are reacting to is not the thing itself but our constructs and judgements of the thing. So … we deal with THAT.

    Taking these two points together we come up with the complete versions of “So what?” and “Fuck it!” for real time woes …

    “You are just an appearance and not at all the thing you appear to be.”

    “Is this something directly under my control? If yes, then I choose to do the virtuous act ((X)). If not, then it is DEAD to me.”

    Stoics also run negative scenarios over and over to flatten their reactions AND make themselves more grateful and loving in life as it actually unfolds. Read this except from “A Guid For the Good Life, the Ancient Art of Stoic Joy” half way down the page.

    http://lifehacker.com/5847931/negative-visualization-helps-you-appreciate-what-you-already-have

    So to sum:
    1. Say “fuck it” or whatever formula works for you when faced with difficult appearances.
    2. Practice losing your most valuable things and facing that loss with a compassionate indifference investing only your emotions energy on what you control, and you may see that all the things you ALREADY HAVE will appear radiant and full of your adoration TODAY.

      1. The Soul According to Stoic Philosophy:

        “The Stoic account of the soul remains true to their naturalism and materialism, as can be seen in Chrysippus’ use of the then current scientific theories. However, it is important to stress that the Stoics never try to give an account of the soul purely in terms of the body, despite the soul being being constituted by PNEUMA, which is itself physical. Individuals are ensouled because the cosmos as a whole is ensouled, and the Stoics do not conceive of the properties of the soul, such as conscienceless, to be emergent properties developing from inert matter. This close kinship between particular human beings and the cosmos as a whole is a distinctive feature of Stoic physics. It is also central to Stoic ethics to which we shall now turn…”

        “I care less than nothing for Zeus. Let him do what he likes.” – Prometheus.

        From “Stoicism” by John Sellers, P. 106, required reading in the first course of the College of Stoic Philosophers

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