Friday, November 27, 2020

Money Cheapens Everything

Money cheapens everything.  When an effort is undertaken for an appreciation or an enjoyment of the effort or given task at hand, the endeavor seems pure and true.  However, when the effort or task at hand is being completed for any pecuniary gain, monies paid only cheapen the effort.  Because, with the exchange of money, the effort or task is then likely being completed for the sake of the money to be earned and no longer being performed for a mere enjoyment of the task itself.

That is to say, once the matter becomes about any money received for performing the effort as opposed to merely an appreciation of performing the effort, then the effort typically becomes more about the money involved and less about the culmination of the effort.  While exceptions to any general rule may exist, the exchange of money makes any effort less pure and arguably somewhat unseemly and possibly even less rewarding.  And I am aware that these words of money cheapening everything could be seen from other perspectives, if not an economic rule of a different meaning 

Nevertheless, in a nutshell, when doing something for money, the thing quickly becomes about the money, and maybe not so much about the thing getting done. 

AVT (November 2020)




A Perplexing Dichotomy for the Modern Age: Money as Worth?








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Saturday, October 31, 2020

Higher Dimensions for Halloween


If a four-dimensional being were to exist and if it were to pass through our three-dimensional space, what would it look like?  That is to say or to suggest, if a higher-dimensional being were to pass through our three-dimensional space, it would appear as something odd – such as a ghost, maybe. 


AVT (Halloween, 2020)   



Monday, October 19, 2020

Demands for Respect are Rarely Heeded

Demanding respect from others rarely brings about the desired result.  Generally, true respect is earned, not demanded.  Consequently, respect cannot merely be demanded or brought about through strong-arm tactics.  

To make such demands or attempts to intimidate others for any desired respect may cause others to fear the one making the demands – that is, if such demands do not merely result in ridicule.  While many of a diminished mental capacity may believe that fear equates to respect, fear is not respect.  If anything, fear more likely breeds a lack of personal respect.  Respect is earned through actions worthy of it, not through intimidation techniques or screaming for others to give respect.    

AVT (October 2020)

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Professing a Preferred Identity Only Masks Others’ More Realistic Perceptions

When one insists that they be identified in a preferred manner – for whatever the reason, more than likely such only exacerbates the many unwanted perceptions held by the others.  And, at best, the insistence of one’s preferred identity only masks the more realistic perceptions held by others – if the others are polite enough to mask their likely realistic perceptions of the first party.  Because, making such a demand of others typically only invites the others to perceive the first party as an oddball (for even making such demands) and rarely are the resulting perceptions of the type sought by the first party.   

To put the matter differently, one cannot control how others in the world perceive anything – as a general rule.  Much less, can anyone typically control how folks perceive others.  Those who attempt to control or unduly influence the thoughts of others show their likely ignorance of the human thought-process.  Because to tell others how to perceive anything, especially related to one’s own personality, likely only causes the others to think how weird or insecure the first person must be to make such demands. 

As a mild example of how perceptions typically diverge, and regardless of any demands to the contrary, merely ask a friend to profess how they desire or believe any others in the world actually perceive the friend.  Only rarely will any self-professed identity of the friend match the perceived identity of the friend by others.  When demanding or trying to force any perceptions by or onto others, the views diverge even more drastically.   

To force any identity in the minds of others typically only makes the others think less of the one trying to dictate their identity to the world.  This is a reality clearly unknown to anyone who attempts to force any preferred perceptions of themselves to the world and/or dictate any perceptions of oneself subsequently held by the world.  Much to the chagrin of commercial advertisers and fascists alike, and while first impressions may account for something with the power of suggestion always in play, people will perceive others how they prefer to perceive the others, regardless of what is demanded of their perceptions. 

AVT  (October 2020)   



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