Can You Travel if You're Poor? | Victim Mentality: part 1


This is one of my favorite subjects so I will turn this into a series.  Do we all experience the victim mentality?  I think from time to time we do, or have.  The subject of "why" we feel victimized is subjective between the individuals and can link back to an infinite number of causes.

I posted this video because it's an interesting subject, although, i'm more interested in the top comment: "How do I get a ton of money so I can do the same?"  This is the comment that most people who engage the video agree upon.  Is he actually curious?  No.  It's passive aggressive, but from what I've seen on Youtube, a lot of people who choose to engage, talk like this.  I'm sure most people who engage in these comments would agree that there is some level of unfairness in the way their lives have turned out.  I would agree.

It's unfair I have the ability to upload this blog, it's unfair I have the ability to access the internet, it's unfair that I can afford 3 meals a day, it's unfair that I'm born with 0 mental or physical handicaps.  These are luxuries most of the world don't understand (less than 50% of the world have access to internet).  

My point is perception is important.  If you live in America you live in THE richest country in the world, number #1 out of 195.  That's pretty damn lucky.  I don't mean to criticize, I mean to hopefully add a small nugget of helpful advice.  Regardless of how unfortunate you are, someone is struggling more, the more confident you are, the more successful you will become, the more victimized you feel, the harder it will be for you to appreciate money, business, friends, work, and struggle.  These are experiences we should ALL learn to appreciate, if we want to live the versions of our lives that we aspire to.  

What if you NEVER ate meat?

With the rise of veganism/vegetarianism, it was interesting to see a video touch on a subject of such controversy with some research and intelligence, making it consumable for the masses.  Why is it so controversial?  Well, the food you eat contribute significantly to your lifestyle, no one wants to believe they're living "the wrong lifestyle".  

Let's face it, our opinions on food, what's healthy and what's not, is typically the result of watching one documentary, or seeing whatever we see on Twitter.  There's very little research, if any, to incite a lot of conversation about this subject.  Let's see what happens when professional researchers, research. 

Meat is full of protein.  This is what you'll hear most of the time when people rationalize why they eat meat.  The video quickly jumps into "you apparently don't really need meat" and he says it in a shy "please don't be mad at me" way.  This is because 97% of the country eats meat.  The truth is, the average vegan diet replaces these few requirements meat provides, such as beans, green veggies, and soy.  

The negative affect to your health?  Temporary bloating while your body adjusts to the bacteria in your gut adjusting to a new diet.  After that, you'll feel healthier, probably lose wait, and have more energy.  Risk of developing heart disease drops 25%, while your risk in getting cancer drops as well.  

If you go through the comment section, not surprisingly, the conversation is MASSIVELY ego driven, rather than fact driven.  I found very few comments inciting facts, or even using the facts provided in the video that they're commenting on.  Where does this disconnect/stubbornness come from?  I think it's similar to the need to share religion.  I haven't been approached by a Christian in forever about needing to convert, but some people do feel the pressure.  Christians believe if you don't believe in God, you burn forever in the after life.  That alone, should explain why it seems important for their friends and family to become Christian.  People want to protect living creatures whether that be your fellow human, dogs, cats, pigs, or cows.  This subject unravels to a shocking, controversial, catastrophe, so I'm gonna end the blog here, and dedicate another blog to the darkness of the subject.  

Determinism VS Free Will


My dad used to tell me the story about Oedipus, which seems strange, maybe trying to pre convince me not to kill him or hump my mother.  Neither interested me at the time, and to this day, seem uninteresting.  

I've been interested in this topic for a while, and before tuning into this video, assumed that the subject was too broad to have a definite answer.  We have free will to do whatever and make whatever decisions but our actions are likely to occur based on all external acts that exist before and around us.  

Libertarian free will means that metaphysically, we can act freely.  Hard determinism is exactly what i believed in the case that previous occurrences cause what occurs today.  According to this video, and Hank Green, you can't rationally hold both views.  He says that the "principle of alternate possibilities" says that an action is free if other actions were an option.  Determinism, doesn't allow options.  

 According to Hank, there hasn't been a strong argument for libertarianism, besides the fact that it just feels like we have free will.  There are a lot of definitions in this video, but let's stick to the few big words we've been through so far (this is an attempt not to confuse myself).  Introducing - Reductionism: the view that all parts of the world including our own experience, can be traced back, to one singular thing. 

The conclusion that Hank gives, and yes, convinced me, quite easily, is that there is absolutely no such thing as free will.  Everything is a reaction to something that happened.  Our decisions are like baseballs that are struck, something caused the ball to fly, just like something caused us to meet someone new, cry, eat a unique breakfast, it all links back to something.  It's determined, that a lot of what causes these events, is that our actions have invisible causes in our brains.  Our temperament, emotions, etc, can determine where we go, what we eat, who we call, and that will cause what's next and what's next. 

What happens if you flip a coin?  The decision to flip a coin is determined.  Does the idea bother you?  The feeling is determined.  Is this a terrifying feeling?  It shouldn't be.  A mindset can make you feel a certain way, but it doesn't actually change the feelings and actions you can take or...feel.  It's similar to what Naval Ravikant said about us living in a simulation "it' doesn't matter, it would change nothing in our day to day lives".  Life will still be interesting.  Even if our actions are pre determined, we can still feel excitement, we can still be surprised at the way life unfolds.  


Welcome to the first blog! This is Seth Godin


This blog (for now) is dedicated to bringing you insightful curated content and writing about it.  Youtube is fun and amazing, but sometimes we want the video that we watch at an airport, the video that incited adventure, curiosity, and ambition.  I will also be adding my personal commentary

Today we have one of my personal favorites, Seth Godin.  If you wanna learn more about him and his accomplishments I recommend watching this: THE TURTH ABOUT YOUR CALLING WITH SETH GODIN 

Seth opens talking about slice bread.  The only reason it is "the greatest invention" because the brand behind sliced bread figured out how to get their ideas to spread.  People who can spread ideas win.  Mass media introduces a way to spread ideas, but is a continuous loop of buying ads, making money, and buying more ads.  Seth calls it the "tv industrial complex".

Now, this marketing technique isn't working.  Spam isn't working, because we can ignore it.  Consumers don't care about you at all, they have way more choices, and way less time.  Is it remarkable, that's what consumers will be interested in.  They'll stop to see a purple cow, not a regular one.  Seth recommends marketing to the smallest possible niche, because they're obsessed with something.  They're passionate about something that makes them an outlier, so they'll invest in things that cares about them. 

The riskiest thing you can do, is be safe.  If you create average products, you will likely not stand out.  Creating something outrageous, is more likely to capture attention.  Being very good, is bad, be remarkable.  Silk (soy milk) tripled their sales by putting their product next to milk, because when people looked, they'd see milk then milk then milk then...not milk.  It was remarkable, because it wasn't what people expect.  A 40 foot dog sculpture in the middle of new york, remarkable. 

My conclusion, aim to build a purple cow.  People won't notice a cow that's slightly bigger, slightly more dotty, slight bigger utters, they notice when it's completely different.  10% improvement isn't remarkable.  In your creative venture, be brave, "taking risks" is the safest path in a day and age where big companies can invest in slight improvements.  You can invest in creativity, you are probably in a position where failing on a project has no real repercussions.  Take the risk, enjoy the ride.