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Building Power8 practical ways to expand your mind and become a mental juggernaut | guarantee if you just do a few of these things you will be ahead of 95% of the population in terms of mental fitness. (self.TheRedPill)

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Becoming a mental juggernaut

It’s easy to understand why people exercise their bodies. Your physical appearance is observed every day when you look in the mirror. Failure to take care of the body has obvious repercussions. The mind is different. Unlike the body, maintenance failure is not as obvious. So why would one wish to expand their mind in the first place?

Expanding your mind allows you to have a more comprehensive understanding of reality, which in turn better equips you with the resources you will need to achieve your goals and live a happier life. Knowledge is potential power, and potential power is better than having no power at all. Simply put, you will have more tools and be more informed which will allow you to make better decisions.

TL;DR: Video Post

1. Hang out with insightful people

The easiest way to become more insightful is to hang around insightful people. You become like the people with whom you surround yourself. You might have noticed that overweight parents tend to have overweight kids, or that athletic parents tend to have athletic kids. In many cases, the people with whom we often associate with are responsible for many of the beliefs and values that we uphold.

If the most insightful things your friends have to say have to do with ‘Game of Thrones’ fan theories, perhaps it’s time you start associating yourself with new people. You need to hang out with people that will give you new perspectives and make you contemplate higher quality thoughts. You don’t have to get rid of your old friends, just find some new ones.

There has never been an easier time to find insightful people. Through the powers of the internet, you can find your clan with a simple Google search. These people tend to hang out in niche forums or in dedicated Facebook groups. If you really want to find them, you will!

2. Meditate

Meditation has been practiced in the East for thousands of years. The exercise is starting to gain more popularity in the West due to scientific backing and general open-mindedness.

There are many benefits that stem from meditation; some are more obvious than others. However, these benefits only become evident after you have made meditation a daily practice in your life. Just like in the gym you cannot expect to see a huge transformation in one week.

Some benefits include:

  • Increased ability to focus
  • Increased emotional stability
  • Reduced stress
  • Increased Gray Matter in the Brain [1]

Meditation allows you to observe your thoughts and choose which ones to follow. You will no longer be run by impulse. Consequently, you will become better at decision making. Meditation leads to the development of ‘meta-awareness’, which means being aware of your own awareness. Enhanced meta-awareness allows you to step outside yourself and to judge your actions as if you were an observer. This ability is critical for those who wish to expand their minds. In the pursuit of knowledge, one will be forced with the task of challenging their presumed beliefs and thought patterns. That is why meditation is essential.

Tools for meditation:

  • Headspace app
  • Guided Mediation videos on YouTube

3. Listen to Audiobooks and Podcasts

If you are serious about expanding your mind, you will be an adherent of the ‘Kaizen’ philosophy. It’s Japanese for ‘continuous improvement’. We all have the same twenty-four hours in a day, but what separates us is how we spend that time.

You can learn almost anything with audiobooks and podcasts. You can download new information to your brain whilst doing everyday activities. I, personally, can get through and audiobook easily within 2-3 days. If I am consistent, that’s 2 books a week and over 100 books a year. Can you imagine how different your mind will be if you went through 100 books a year? You don’t even need to read that many books for your mind and perspectives to shift. Even 30 books is more than 90% of people would complete. Here are some activities you can do whilst listening to audiobooks:

  • Commuting to work
  • Vacuuming the house
  • Cleaning your car
  • Cleaning your dishes
  • Walking the dog

There are plenty of opportunities throughout the day that will arise in which you can slip in an audiobook.

Podcasts are also good and have gained huge popularity over the past few years. The advantage of listening to a podcast is that they can cover specific topics that are normally difficult to research. Podcasts are a goldmine, and just like audiobooks can have the same influence on your mind.

Tools for Audio:

  • Audible
  • Itunes Podcasts (contains over 250,000 different stations)
  • Soundcloud (contains amateur podcasts)
  • YouTube

4. Read Biographies

Imagine if you could sit down with some of the most influential people in history, and hear them tell you their life stories. Imagine if you could learn the lessons they have learned, or discover certain insights that they had. Well, this is possible with the aid of biographies, and more specifically autobiographies. You might never get a chance to talk to these people, but you can absorb their words. Biographies are incredibly useful in regards to expanding your mind because they allow you to consider different contexts.

The best thing about biographies is that they distill many of the lessons that would have been learned over a lifetime. You will not receive the same amount of insight as the person who experienced the events, but you will gain knowledge.

You might never become a boxing legend, or blow hundreds of millions of dollars, but you can learn the lessons from Mike Tyson’s biography. You might not be a president who spent twenty-seven years in prison, but Nelson Mandela’s biography might have something to say about it. You didn’t win the Mr. Olympia, and you weren’t the terminator or governator. But Arnold Schwarzenegger was, and he wrote all about it.

You get the picture; there are many life lessons to be learned through reading biographies! So what are you waiting for?

Tools for Biographies

  • Goodreads (Find ratings and top lists)
  • Total Recall (Arnold Schwarzenegger’s biography, a personal favourite)
  • Long Walk To Freedom (Nelson Mandela’s biography, another favourite)

5. Watch Documentaries

I remember when I was a young man. I used to spend many hours a day watching documentaries. My favourite documentaries were ones that dealt with: Astronomy, Quantum Physics, classical physics, war history, wildlife, and crime investigation. I stopped the habit after the age of sixteen. Last year during my Mechanical Engineering course I was tasked with choosing an elective subject. I decided to choose Astronomy because of my prior interest in the subject. To my surprise, much of the content discussed in the lectures, I had already learned as a teenager through documentaries! Topics such as: gravitational waves, black hole event horizons, the moons of Jupiter, supernova, and nebula formation, as well as the expanding universe seemed like common knowledge to me. Long story short, I ended up getting a high distinction for the class. I didn’t get the mark because of natural intelligence; instead I got it through the documentaries that I had enjoyed as a teenager.

Documentaries are a fun means to expand your mind, especially during your downtime! The good thing about them is that they don’t seem like work. Many people can’t stand reading because to them it seems like work, it reminds them of school. Documentaries offer an alternative to the usual means of education, and you can find some good quality information in them as well. You can watch a range of documentaries on YouTube as well as a number of online websites for free. Do not ignore this medium; I try to watch one every couple of days.

Tools for documentaries

  • topdocumentaryfilms.com (watch documentaries for free)
  • YouTube Playlists ( many free documentaries )
  • IMBb Highest rated documentaries (a useful list)

6. Read Philosophy

Reading philosophy is easily one of the best ways to expand your mind. Philosophy is derived from Greek and means ‘love of wisdom’. If you love wisdom you will not ignore philosophy. Philosophy challenges you to question many things in your life through the use of reason. The capacity to reason is one of the special human endowments that distinguishes us from animals. If you wish to expand your mind, you must learn to reason and use critical thinking to gain clarity. Philosophical inquiry can lead you to entertain deeper thoughts than you have ever imagined. You might find yourself asking questions such as:

  1. Is it worse to fail at something or never attempt it in the first place?
  2. If I could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
  3. To what extent do we shape our own destinies, and how much is down to fate?
  4. Does nature shape our personalities more than nurture?
  5. Should people care more about doing the right thing, or doing things right?
  6. What single piece of advice should we offer to a newborn infant?
  7. Where is the line between insanity and creativity?
  8. What is true happiness?

Luckily for us, we can also read the ideas and conclusions made by some of the greatest thinkers who have ever lived. We can read philosophy from both the East and the West in order to form our own personal world view. I highly recommend you read philosophy if you are serious about expanding your mind.

Tools for philosophy:

  • Philosophy in minutes (introductory book that summarises key concepts)
  • The pig that wants to be eaten (fun philosophical conundrums)
  • The Republic (classic text by Plato)
  • Meditations (classic text by Marcus Aurelius)
  • School of life Philosophy (a YouTube crash course in philosophy)

7. Learn a new language

Learning a new language is an extreme workout for the brain, it’s like running a couple of marathons and competing in a strongman competition straight after. Language is complex, and in often shapes how we see the world. Learning a new language forces you to learn new syntax structures, and a completely new vocabulary and way of describing the world. Research has shown people who are multilingual often:

  • have higher general intelligence
  • are better at planning, prioritizing, and decision-making
  • have better focus, concentration and attention
  • have better memory and memorization skills, including better working memory
  • exhibit mental flexibility

There are just so many benefits to learning a new language, and as society becomes more globalised you might be forced to learn a new one.

Tools for language learning:

openculture.com (free language lessons) busuu.com (language lessons)

8. Learn programming

Programming, much like learning a new language, can be incredibly taxing on the brain. Steve Jobs famously said,

“Everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer… because it teaches you how to think.”

Programming requires a structured and logical way to thinking, much like mathematics. Programming is advanced program solving that requires you to break down complicated problems into smaller manageable pieces that can be tackled. This structured way of thinking can then be applied to real-world scenarios. Good programmers are good problem solvers, and as the world becomes more technologically advanced, individuals with these skills will be rewarded greatly. Programming also requires incredible persistence as well as creativity. This is because small errors in a line of code can ruin the functionality of the end product. Programming develops grit due to the persistence needed for it. It has been said that a young Bill Gates (Before his billionaire days) would often code for twelve hours straight. Gates would often fall asleep on the keyboard, wake up and continue his coding.

Programming has never been easier to learn as there are many of online resources and communities that can help you. I personally like to use codeacademy.com as you can learn a range of languages from HTML to C++. Go and give coding a try!

Tools for programming:

  • Codeacademy.com (learn to code online for free)
  • MIT ‘Introduction to Computer Science and Programming’ (free online course)
  • Codeschool.com (paid courses)
  • Khan Academy ‘Computer Programming’ (free online course)

The Bottom Line

Expanding your mind is not rocket science. There is one common denominator between everything that I have listed. Everything challenges your mind in some way. Anything can be used as a tool to expand your mind, as long as it involves you learning something new. This list is by no means exhaustive; there are many things that I have omitted for example:

playing chess or any other strategy game learning a new musical instrument learning cognitive biases and heuristics building up your memory It’s up to you to figure out which tools you will use. I hope this article has been of value to you. Go out there and expand your mind!


[–]NotoriousTRP 78 points79 points  (12 children)

This would be great for those in the coveted "monk mode"

[–]orezavi 16 points17 points  (7 children)

Why is it considered coveted?

[–]samvdvda 39 points40 points  (3 children)

I like to see it as the state after great depression. Like described in 'the power of now' and the poem of St John of the cross. To become open-minded, and generally realize your potential you have to go in monk mode after your own great downfall.

You know you won't reap the benefits during monk mode and that's ok. You are developing yourself first and putting yourself first. I think that is why everyone eventually misses it. It was the start of your very own development, by you.

[–]Arabian_Wolf 19 points20 points  (0 children)

This clicks with me right now.

In Monk Mode and fighting the urges to fall into old habits and socializing with old, mediocre friends, while suffering from unfair dealing from my father and his favoritism for my older brothers.

[–]_Hank-Scorpio_ 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Which poem of St. John of the Cross?

[–]atlantastan 1 point2 points  (2 children)

not many ppl have the time or resources to be able to cut themselves off completely from the world and focus on themselves

[–]orezavi 10 points11 points  (0 children)

I think you're taking the mode too literally. I'll share here a couple of posts that define a modern monk for me.

[–]orezavi 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Google these, since I cannot create archive links:

  • MONK MODE: STRONGER, SMARTER, MORE REFINED Illimitable man
  • Guide to Monk Mode Reddit

[–]DarkMarksPlayPark 2 points3 points  (1 child)

So basically expanding your mind helps to....

Expand your mind?

My mind is now expanded by this revelation!

[–]Alphadestrious 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Lmao. Is this throwing shade at those who wish to enter the mode of the monk?

[–]TheOneWhoKnoxs 41 points42 points  (2 children)

Regular exercise should also be on this list. Being fit is proven to improve mental performance. Great list regardless.

[–]ag_blank 37 points38 points  (1 child)

You forgot what subreddit you're in? Exercise is mandatory

[–]harsha_hs 9 points10 points  (0 children)

He has a point. Physical activity is a great tool for mental health

[–]nazis_are_socialists 11 points12 points  (2 children)

+1 for programming. It's straight logic.

I've found that a lot of people who read philosophy know a lot about philosophical concepts, but they still don't know how to think, or they are unprincipled.

Gotta watch out with documentaries because a lot of them are just straight up propaganda devoid of facts that can be sourced.

[–]ShouldersofGiants127 1 point2 points  (1 child)

What The Health comes to mind. I can usually sit through a doc I don't agree with, but the amount of bs they tried to pass off in that shit was OD.

[–]dum_dum_boy 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Apparently that doc was funded by animal rights groups. Some people push veganism like they push feminism these days.

Funny too...most of the vegans I've met were heavy drinkers and on the pudgy side. It seems generally unhealthy to me. All those carbs and imitation tofu-based snack foods.

[–][deleted] 22 points23 points  (6 children)

Hanging out with insightful people

Rephrasing something RSD Julien said which he was already rephrasing:

You are the sum of the five closest people in your life

In that regard even considering one-sided influences. Like watching EVERY SINGLE video of someone. (Guilty in that regard for 2 people from the RSD platform. Julien and Tyler)

Podcasts/Documentaries

Human psyche and different worlds (like soulsborne game series being analysed for example) totally get me. Just one thing i want to say about pdcasts while doing housework and so on. If you tend to shut down your brain while doing housework and just watch the vacuumcleaner go up and down without thinking, this kind of is some form of meditation. Therefore its not always best to add a voice in your ears on top. Chose wisely.

New language
Yes! Speaking german and english i have to say my mind LITERALLY grew. That is not even trying to be pretendious. Rather often when i talk to people it happens that some word or meaning comes up in my head which comes from the language i am not currently typing or speaking. And other interesting insights. Here an example:

"You reap what you sow."
"Wer Wind säht, wird Sturm ernten."

A really similar phrase, with similar but different meaning. The second one in german says Those who sow wind, will reap the storm. While the english one says you will get back what you put in. Negative or positive - the german one says The negative you sow, you will get back times 100. And such stuff, phrases and so on exist for every single language on earth.

Edit: Someone asked me about new language learning, but his comment is gone. Im currently using the app Duolingo to learn russian. пока!

[–]1empatheticapathetic 17 points18 points  (1 child)

I used to be big on podcasts and still listen during car rides but now I spend my time commuting to work and other just looking out the window and looking at people. It's good to let the mind relax as you said; trying to overstimulate my mind 24/7 is something I've found myself doing for many years and leading to fatigue.

[–][deleted] 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Looking at people, and fortifying it with body reading and psychology books is a great way to learn how to read people (women for TRP) and never a waste of time.

100% agree that my active mind has led to fatigue in myself.

[–]stonerninja93 1 point2 points  (1 child)

duolingo is a great tool. I'm learning Spanish!

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Its not perfect. Like not having a german -> russian (so i learn english -> russian). Or starting to learn without learning the alphabet - but all in all it is a visually pleasing and good app to learn languages and 100% free.

[–]blackwater23 0 points1 point  (0 children)

*average of your five best friends

[–]JF803 7 points8 points  (1 child)

This stuff is all massively important and I would never say intelligence is a bad thing, it will set you apart in career fields and make you a master of yourself, but something I've noticed with myself is the more I get bogged down in all this heavy mental exercise, especially when it comes to politics, the less social I am and the more easily annoyed by people I am. I think it's important to be able to let go and "get stupid" especially in fun party environments. Important for college guys to know this

[–]airmcnair06 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I agree with this so much. Ignorance truly is bliss.

I traveled for about 4 months last year and purposely shut off the rest of the world. It was one of the happiest periods of my life. I still have yet to introduce media back into my life and I am finding it hard to reconnect with new people since 99% are heavily invested in it (I moved across the country by myself during that travel and in the process cut everyone out of my life) but I can say my happiness level is through the roof without the constant negativity of the media in my ear. Slowly choosing which media outlets to reintroduce and what I want to follow (as I realized all the stuff I used to follow was just to connect with other people)

Now that I've washed all that clean, I'm realizing I don't even like half the shit i thought I did because I was just enduring it or joining to be included with old friends.

It's a long, rough, process but in the end I know I'm better for it

Some books I listened to/read during that time that helped immensely were: Models by Mark Manson (honestly... This is like the only book I needed and was the only one I read for a lot of time) No more Mr nice guy Debra fine the fine art of small talk

These pretty much have changed my life since I applied the principles. I agree with not overdoing it with too much knowledge and outside influence at once, because, for me, that lead to no action. Whereas reading bit by bit and applying bit by bit has worked best for me

[–][deleted] 17 points18 points  (7 children)

Solution to many of problems is to read fucking LESS, not more

[–]laere 10 points11 points  (2 children)

Reading too much caused made me unable to apply everything I read. I like to take it slow now and make it one book a week, maybe two depending on the length/time I have. Apply what I've read in the books in real life and learn from that.

Experience is the best learning tool, books can help, just don't read and never do the actions the book asks you to do IMO.

[–]marplaneit 4 points5 points  (1 child)

If you are referring to " social engineering" books, yes... Experience is King. Now for everything else... Having a strong theorical foundation will take you really far

[–]danyterrence 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Can you expand on your reasons for saying this?

[–]alphamystic 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Embrace your authenthic self, go out in the world. Experience. Do not be afraid to fail. Some people get lost in theory.

[–]SpoaMaster 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Yes! I thoroughly enjoy listening to audio books but I just can't bring myself up to read for even one hour because it feels like such a drag and I drift off all the time. I don't feel like growing through reading at all.

[–][deleted] -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

I regret reading too much, which makes me worry about too many thing that I may fuck up during interaction. I regret becoming too smart, while 90% of women I interact with become harder to relate to in effect. Last but not least, there are only so many redpills to swallow - if you redpilled yourself about women, then its better to be ignorant about politics or economy to become a bit saner and just trust your gut in these, instead of reading and getting pissed. Last thing - reading is addicting.

[–]ag_blank 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I recommend memrise for language lovers

it's way better than duolingo, which seems to be the normie option atm

[–]Salted_Pretzel 2 points3 points  (0 children)

No Dual N-Back? Positive thinking? Reading actual books? Food is important as well to develop a good brain. Throw in public speaking and you'll be sharp as ever.

[–]GOATmar 2 points3 points  (0 children)

There is simply no other exercise, mental or otherwise, that produces the level of central nervous system activity, improved balance and coordination, skeletal loading and bone density enhancement, muscular stimulation and growth, connective tissue stress and strength, psychological demand and toughness, and overall systemic conditioning than the Heavy, correctly performed full Squat.

List falls flat for this glaring lack of mention.

[–]ArchieJJohnson 1 points1 points [recovered]

Please, if you are older than 15, DO NOT learn programming. You'll make a shit programmer for the sake of being more red pill or make more money or whatever because you read it on Reddit. We don't need more shit programmers than we already have. Thank you.

[–]Degener0 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Only 15 year olds can program... Got it... retard.

[–]suzy2018 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I've already made a habit of doing all of these before even finding this sub. Not saying that to brag but because the glue that ties all of this together is...action!

With philosophy, I began reading eastern variations 6 or 7 years ago. But, it was only reading. I understood on a intellectual level but the mental and spiritual understanding didn't come until I actually started living it.

Meditating has always helped me, but you don't truly get the benefits until you started applying that mindfulness to the rest of your life. When you do that, daily life gets a whole lot sweeter.

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

While reading and watching podcasts help,if you do not challenge the beliefs yourself,you will never reach any insights.

[–]ShouldersofGiants127 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Just wanna say thanks for this. Got back to my lost goal of being a polyglot and currently kicking myself for letting others intimidate me from learning programming.

[–]Marcus1138 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I love programming, but I'd say that learning math will improve your reasoning abilities far more than programming will. You can hack around programming problems pretty easily by throwing more resources at them, whereas math requires pure brainpower.

Which isn't to say don't learn programming, it's a great skill to have. But for developing your mind mathematics is the more rigorous tool.

[–]DouglasPR 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Solid post. How Churchill prepared himself for speaches and presentations, how McNamara avoided negative questions from the press, how Stalin dealed with his spy masters, how Reagan went from actor to president? Reading (and introjecting) biographies is very useful to me on professional life. Learning and training (via audiobooks) a foreign language put me on the position I am today in my career, working abroad and making good money.

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Thank you for this post, I will actually give meditation and listening to audio books a try. I myself am very stressed right now partly due to having to go through the court system over something I did not do, I hope this stuff helps. but yeah Thanks for the post very good information here.

[–]fromthebottom 1 point2 points  (0 children)

For people in a rush.. There was a post about how to start your day like a "coked out madman":

  1. Throw your dominant hand in the air as soon as you wake up (only one alarm) 1a. Drink a few gulps of water
  2. Cold shower
  3. Dance to music and laugh at yourself in the mirror. Do something funny
  4. Be happy you're alive (work/work out/learn)

[–]WholeFoodsMale 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Download every Rollo Tomassi podcast you can find on youtube and start brainwashing yourself with that.

[–]VaginalFury 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Great post with some useful links. Saved, thanks.

[–]laere 0 points1 point  (1 child)

I've always wanted to learn a new language. Anyone with experience know what would be a proper language to learn, something I could use for future opportunities? I guess all languages could be, but from what I remember learning Mandarin vs learning Spanish would be better since everyone seems to know Spanish.

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Start with the language you'll have the most chance to practice. If that's a romance tongue like Spanish, once you're proficient in Spanish, you'll be able to pick up Portuguese, Italian, Catalan and French in no time. Then if you want to try a different family like Arabic, Greek, Polish or Japanese, you'll be used to learning languages that it won't be so intimidating.

[–]Tanc22 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Overdrive app for audio books free with a library card!

[–]Kidhendri16 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Any suggestions on biographies?

[–]1thediamonddawg 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Mike Tyson, Elon Mask, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Nelson Mandela

[–]SpoaMaster 0 points1 point  (3 children)

Any suggestions on how to start meditating. I tried it a few times but never felt like it changes something in me. I also never know if I'm actually doing it right.

[–][deleted] 4 points5 points  (0 children)

It's not about right or wrong. You are taking time to just be the mountain in the clouds. Thoughts wash past you, the mountain stay still. Dont focus on anything but breathing at first, when you catch yourself thinking just have a mantra. I just say "later" it's simple and evacuates my brain. Now when I feel like I am overwhelmed at work or during my day I can just say "later" to myself and it helps keep me focused on the task at hand. Not to say I won't do this later, all things must be dealt with. I also built a beach in my mind at first that sort of helped

[–]laere 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You have to have patience with meditation just like you would have to have patience with lifting. It doesn't happen over night. Just start with the headspace app.

[–]orestis_prs 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You can try the wim hof method!

[–]passionatealoof 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Amazingly summarized and i definetly feel you, constant improvement in order to raise your smv, which eventually just keep bringing you higher quality women!

[–]Troby01 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Great suggestions but an incomplete list. Also "just do a few" and you will be 95% ahead??? A vague term "few" followed by a concrete number 95%? Good post just needs to be more of a suggestion and a predictive result. Source video only had 5 suggestions so this was altered and the result I believe was assumed.

[–]SamuraiPizzaCatz -4 points-3 points  (2 children)

Not doing the philosophy/hanging around insightful people since most times 'philosophers' are arrogant hardos and I have never met a more condescending group of people in my life.

Plus, IMO, if I have enough time to ponder in depth about things, then I'm not doing enough during the day.

Edit: Lol cue the philo majors.

[–]ShouldersofGiants127 0 points1 point  (1 child)

I would say learn how to communicate with them. Obviously, don't go our of your way or anything, just try to have a genuine conversation with them without the need to talk back or shit on them. IMO, there's always gonna be great insight when you initially perceive an interaction to be difficult.

It's not like they're gonna beat you up.

[–]SamuraiPizzaCatz 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I'm not afraid of talking to them. I don't like their opinion of life being imposed onto me like I care in the slightest, let alone also perceive them as the same beacon of knowledge they consider themselves.

People pontificating makes me cringe, and the level of ego they have for the amount of time they discuss ego death is astounding.

[–]Reld720 -2 points-1 points  (2 children)

I could never really mediate. It almost felt like I was killing my own creativity.

[–]SocialJusticeWhiner 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Backwards rationalization of the highest order. Likely your ego trying to protect itself. Pick up Wherever You Go There You Are.

[–]Reld720 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Maybe, it just never felt productive. I always preferred just setting aside time to read an old book (philosophy or something) then reflect on it. You know, learn something instead of sit around.