until they are gone. the notion is that when we have it, we don’t notice it; but we depend on it. thus, when we do not have it, we notice our dependence upon it from before, and we “appreciate” it posthumously. (I see appreciation as a very present-act, I don’t think you can appreciate something after it is over because the object is not receiving the appreciation. appreciation must be felt in order for it to truly be an appreciation; hence the quotations). but the key thing is that we do not notice the thing itself after it is gone, we notice our dependence on it. does that qualify as true appreciation for the object itself? I don’t think this is the case for all things we “appreciate,” but it is the case for most things. if there is truth in this, I feel like it is such a freeing concept. it means that we are functional without that object, we merely need to get over the hurdle of our dependence upon it. one of the best and worst things about human beings is that we are creatures of habit. once we no longer depend on it, we remain in the inertia and our lives are fixed. but similarly, once we do depend on it, and it never goes away, we depend on it forever.2 days ago • 0 notes
I wonder if people would rather have the talent of being able to perfectly articulate their thoughts but a lack of any deep/meaningful ideas or be plagued with the disability to articulate but a plethora of good ideas. I guess the question is does it matter if people do not agree/understand that you are right if you truly believe you are right. I think it’s hard to live completely in isolation, which means in one way or another, we live our lives in relevance to others. this also means that the statement “it doesn’t matter what others think” is, at least in some ways, false. this is why there is always an urge to ask people if you’re crazy; it’s also why there is always a debate of right and wrong. so maybe a better question is how much it matters and under what circumstances it matters. is it foolish to have the confidence that you’re always right, or is that the most brilliant quality a human being can own?
I find that in most cases, it’s easier to accept your own mistakes and shortcomings and grow than to fixate on the few things you’re right about and condemn others. there will probably come a day when you’ll realize you’re not perfect, and it’d be difficult to go back and accept everything that’s wrong with you.1 week ago • 0 notes