Miscellaneous

Paul’s Daily Half-Dozen for August 24, 2018

Which factor is more important in causing boredom: Predictability or insignificance?

It has been said that adolescents hug more often and longer than any other age group.  Do you think that might be true?

What are your top two favorite dishes?

Have you ever kept a diary or journal?  If so, what was one thing it taught you?

Do you try to avoid fructose corn syrup in your diet?

In debates and arguments, do people more often misrepresent or misunderstand what each other is saying, or do they more often accuse each other of making a sweeping generalization about something?

 

7 thoughts on “Paul’s Daily Half-Dozen for August 24, 2018”

  1. Which factor is more important in causing boredom: Predictability or insignificance? – Predictability. Even the most insignificant thing can cause curiosity and fun.

    It has been said that adolescents hug more often and longer than any other age group. Do you think that might be true? – I love the idea of bugging, but am not good at it. Too many emotions! 😀 So based on my experience, i can’t say i think it true.

    What are your top two favorite dishes? – i rarely try any new foods, but i like white onion soup and spicy linguini 😀

    Have you ever kept a diary or journal? If so, what was one thing it taught you? – Never kept one. I don’t see my thoughts as needing to be catalogued. Unfortunately, i get embarrassed at myself when i write intimate thoughts. Feel like my my own mind is a witness judging me.

    Do you try to avoid fructose corn syrup in your diet? – Yes.

    In debates and arguments, do people more often misrepresent or misunderstand what each other is saying, or do they more often accuse each other of making a sweeping generalization about something? – I feel like the ratio is 50 50. And yes “feeling like” isn’t a good judgement, but i’ve seen people do it as often as the other.

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      1. Don’t worry, i have a fool proof plan: I think if i had a partner and get to love him, and be comfortable with him, i might get comfortable with myself. It’s a long shot, and it’ll probably take a while.

        Just gotta find a way to cooperate with my head, and realise that i don’t have to believe its judging me. It is me after all 😀

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      2. I think the valuable experience of love and expressing intimate emotions isn’t something that would go away after they leave. At least, i’d like to think so. Besides, my partner isn’t exactly solving my problem for me, but more of an anchor to help me express myself. Once i’ve done that, i can ditch him easy 😛

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  2. Which factor is more important in causing boredom: Predictability or insignificance? Insignificance. If it doesn’t matter to you then it’s boring right?

    It has been said that adolescents hug more often and longer than any other age group. Do you think that might be true? Sure. They’re a little less formal than adults and a lot hornier so they probably hang on a little too long, haha

    What are your top two favorite dishes? Oh no… no I can’t do this. I love food too much. I’ll say that right now I would love to put together a cheese platter with stinky cheeses, and grapes and apple slices and a fresh baguette. But I’ll settle for this amazing brownie.

    Have you ever kept a diary or journal? If so, what was one thing it taught you? Always, after a fashion. Not in a book… but in scraps of paper here and there. I learned not to read it back! Just like Teresums, I get pretty tired of reading my own bullshit.

    Do you try to avoid fructose corn syrup in your diet? I try to avoid junk food but I’m not militant about corn syrup in particular. One of my sisters was allergic to it. I avoid red dye.

    In debates and arguments, do people more often misrepresent or misunderstand what each other is saying, or do they more often accuse each other of making a sweeping generalization about something? LOL, both! I’d say it depends on the person. But the biggest cause of arguments I think is the misunderstanding. I can’t tell you how many times I’ll argue with someone only to realize after a half hour of meandering that we’re arguing the same point in different terminology.

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  3. BOREDOM: Boredom is fundamentally caused by anxiety – those who are in a sublimely peaceful state do not experience boredom no longer how long they might maintain a state of inaction. This is why monks, of any faith, are trained to see boredom as something of a sign of trouble; there is something disorganized in your mind, which is saying “move!” in situations where you do not actually need to move. In a word, anxiety. As such, I’d say that predictability is pretty much irrelevant, but that a general feeling of insignificance, being itself another common symptom of long-term depression and anxiety, is something you would want to watch out for.

    HUGS: Because they are trained to do so by their parent culture. Not everyone hugs. But in our society, young people are encouraged to do so, and likely feel a need for prolonged haptic interaction anyway, as they shoulder their way through the burdens of adolescence.

    DISHES: I honestly have no idea. There is so much good food in the world. My two favorite things to cook for a fancy occasion are probably Coquilles St Jacques (scallops in kind of a heavy sauce) and Polpi in Umido (Italian-style stewed octopus).

    DIARY: Primarily, that I am very bad at keeping up with journals. Whenever I’m back on the habit for a while, it tends to make me conscious of how much I neglect my spiritual life in the day-to-day; it forces me to think of things in more perspective.

    SYRUP: I certainly do not enjoy drinks that are straight up made of the stuff. It is not an easy compound to avoid altogether, and I do not try to.

    RHETORIC: It seems to me that one of those is probably a form of the other; if you feel someone has made a sweeping generalization, you clearly don’t see things in the same way, nor are you accurately restating what they meant. Of course, that doesn’t mean you aren’t right.

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