Paradox

I die, to live more

I cry, to smile more

I hate, to love more

Wried perfection

Tainted luster

Broken glimmer

I am who I am, having lost the greater part of me

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从前慢

从前慢

记得早先少年时
大家诚诚恳恳
说一句是一句
清早上火车站
长街黑暗无行人
卖豆浆的小店冒着热气
从前的日色变得慢
车,马,邮件都慢
一生只够爱一个人
从前的锁也好看
钥匙精美有样子
你锁了,人家就懂了。

Comedy

Life is a comedy.

So why be serious?

Laugh your lungs out at the smallest of things

Not to hide the fear lurking in the depths of your heart

But to allow the manifestation of happiness

For there is nothing more important in life than to live it to the fullest

So why yearn for a long life to live?

Model yourself to live like there’s no tomorrow

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For tomorrow might never exist.

Enlightenment and insanity are just bordering factions who fight for sovereignity whenever uncertainty skulks.

Stop living your life for others. They are not worth your efforts. No one appreciates your effort. You do all these for naught. You are an excess.

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月明帝; Sovereign of the moonlight, deliverer of warmth in the darkest night, as he stands alone watching over his people.

No one can understand how he feels, or so he believes.

Simplicity and Complexity

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. – Leonardo Da Vinci

People always seek answers to the most complicated questions, but find it exceedingly difficult to answer simple questions.

“What is life?”

Such simple questions always are answered in the most complex way but complex questions are answered in the most simple way.

Simplicity is the glory of expression. – Walt Whitman

Many debates online express differing views on comparing the merits between simplicity and complexity. However, despite the massive amounts of articles, its all but a debacle.

The problem lies in the confusion of terminology, which authors hint at but don’t state explicitly. Pitting simplicity against complexity in a virtual cage match creates a false dichotomy, or the belief that you must choose one or the other. However, achieving both at the same time is possible. The real issue is that we are mixing terms. Simplicity and complexity really can be friends, and don’t have to fight to the death. They are not polar opposites, but just differing approach. When we argue about a thing being simple or complex, we are unknowingly asking two higher questions:

  • How easy is it to understand?
  • What can it do?

These are the questions we ineffectively try to answer using the words “simple” and “complex”. Unfortunately two words aren’t enough; we need four to answers these two questions:

How easy is it to understand?

  • Simple: Easy to understand, straightfoward
  • Complicated: Difficult to understand, convoluted

What can it do?

  • Advanced: Does a lot, powerful
  • Basic: Doesn’t do much, simplistic

 

Framing the problem this way lets us separate out the good and bad answer for each question. Being simple or complex is a good thing. Being simplistic is only an okay thing. Being complicated is a bad thing.

As such, we pull away from the topic and look into the common misunderstanding of terminology of complicity and complexity. As humans, we generally don’t mind complexity. But however, we mind the by-product of complexity, confusion. Complexity is used to refer to the level of components in a system. If a problem is complex, it means that it has many components. Complexity does not evoke difficulty. On the other hand, complicity refers to a high level of difficulty. If a problem is complicated, there might be or might not be many parts but it will certainly take a lot of hard work to solve.

Simplistic . Simplicity . Complexity . Complicated

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Stoicism

Stoicism asserts that virtue is happiness and judgment should be based on behavior, rather than words. We don’t control and cannot rely on external events, only ourselves and our responses. 

It has just a few central teachings. It sets out to remind us of how unpredictable the world can be; how brief our moment of life is; how to be steadfast, and strong, and in control of yourself. And finally, that the source of our dissatisfaction lies in our impulsive dependency on our reflexive senses rather than logic.

Stoicism doesn’t concern itself with complicated theories about the world, but with helping us overcome destructive emotions and act on what can be acted upon. It’s built for action, not endless debate.

"When you wake up in the morning, tell yourself; The people I deal with today will be meddling, ungrateful, arrogant, dishonest, jealous, and surly. They are like this because they can't tell good from evil. But I have seen the beauty of good, and the ugliness of evil, and have recognized that the wrongdoer has a nature related to my own-not of the same blood or birth, but the same mind. And so none of them can hurt me. No one can implicate me in ugliness. Nor can I feel angry at my relative, or hate him. We were born to work together like feed, hands, and eyes, like the two rows of teeth, upper and lower. To obstruct each other is unnatural. To feel anger at someone, to turn your back on him: these are obstructions."

"Whatever this is that I am, it is flesh and a little spirit and intelligence. Throw away thy books; no longer distract thyself. Instead, as if you were dying right now, despise your flesh. A mess of blood, pieces of bones, a woven tangle of nerves, veins, arteries. Consider what the spirit is: air, and never the same air, but vomited out and gulped in again in every instant. Lastly, the intelligence. Consider thus: Thou art an old man. Stop allowing your mind to be a slave, no longer be pulled by the strings like a puppet to selfish impulses, no longer either be dissatisfied with fate and the present, or shrink oneself from the future."

"Keep on degrading yourself, soul. Soon, your chance at dignity will be gone. Everyone gets one life. Yours is almost used up, and instead of treating yourself with respect, you have entrusted your own happiness to the souls of others."

 

Marcus Aurelius Antoninus