Posts Tagged ‘realism’

consumerism vs materialism vs realism

December 19, 2013
  • Daniel Fritschler How is consumerism bad or avoidable….that is illogical….materialism to me has little to do with consumerism…it is above and beyond…we all live and let live- but by being a materialist, that isn’t exactly the philosophy we take on as we battle and compete for a bigger piece of the pie than will ever be needed.
  • J R Fibonacci Hunn I am not talking about the behavior of being a consumer of civilized conveniences. I am talking about the idealistic mindset in the background.
  • Daniel Fritschler ma·te·ri·al·ism (m-tîr–lzm)n.1. Philosophy The theory that physical matter is the only reality and that everything, including thought, feeling, mind, and will, can be explained in terms of matter and physical phenomena.2. The theory or attitude that physical well-being and worldly possessions constitute the greatest good and highest value in life.3. A great or excessive regard for worldly concerns.

    What does this have to do with consuming to live?

  • J R Fibonacci Hunn “Than will ever be needed” is entirely idealistic. You need to get back to basics: language, respect, and emotions, such as jealousy and rage.
  • Daniel Fritschler Fine….I don’t even know what you are talking about….nor do I care[.]  this article [the polygamy and homosexuality one]  is about lust….not about mental gymnastics
  • J R Fibonacci Hunn Um, I wrote it. I never mentioned lust. Do you want to say more about what you mean?
  • J R Fibonacci Hunn Okay, well if you give me 3 definitions of materialism, then it complicates things, but that is fair. The #2 definition you provided for materialism is related to what I mean by consumerism. Consumerism is about “ME” and social approval of me.

    It is not about family. It is not about what inspires me to give my life to, as far as mortality and future generations and so on.

  • J R Fibonacci Hunn My “ism” is that there is only one reality, which includes language. Language can divide reality in to material and spiritual, but that division is merely linguistic, symbolic, poetic.
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  • J R Fibonacci Hunn I call that… realism.
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    • J R Fibonacci Hunn As for definition #3 and an “excessive” regard for material things, I think that the term excessive already implies subjectivity. Perhaps an excessive regard for HOARDING is when what works is for me is to collaborate with my associates (or prospective associates). I could partner and ally with them to create value together through our isolated skills and resources. However, to denounce hoarding is not in conflict with materialism, but the absolute pinnacle of materialistic concerns.

Using the system: post-idealist realism

October 4, 2012

Use the system

“Yes, I understand that my car won’t start, but you do not understand what I am saying. My car SHOULD start! That would just be so much more convenient for me….”

Computer Desk and Hutch

Computer Desk and Hutch (Photo credit: Scott Beamer)

I’m using a computer system right now. Which is more important: how it actually is operating or how I think that it should be operating, like based on some ideals or presumptions that are familiar to me from my past? Present or past: which is more important right now?

In our midst is a social system (including various social institutions). Which is more important: how the social social is actually functioning or how we think that it should be functioning? Realism or idealism: which is really more important?

Caricature of The Hon Sir Matthew Ingle Joyce ...

Caricature of The Hon Sir Matthew Ingle Joyce (1839-1930). Caption read “steady-going”. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There are a few ways to relate to a system: as a raging enemy trying to destroy it, as a frightened victim trying to avoid it, as a guilt-ridden revolutionary trying to correct it desperately to compensate for my guilt and to hopefully earn my way in to heaven, and so on. How about this: as a participant partnering with the system?

I am physically a physiological system, like an organism with a system of organs. Which is more important: how the organism is actually working or how anyone thinks that it might be working or claims that it should be working or asserts that it could not possibly be working? Which is more important: reality or ideals, ideology, presumptions, labels, declarations, claims?

The reality about ideals is that ideals in language do exist. Ideals exist in language. Maybe one ideal is that ideals should not exist, but they do. One extremely ironic ideal is the ideal that ideals should not exist. It is the climax of hypocrisy.

Ideals are a normal and predictable phenomenon in language and consciousness. We learn to labels various patterns and then we naturally presume that all labeling is accurate and even lasting.

Let’s say that the weather is a system. Which is more important: the reality of the weather system or my ideals (labels) relating to the weather system?

I know I am being repetitive so far. That is because I want to be clear about the issue of arrogance and vanity. When I relate to anything as if it should already be how I expect or prefer or wish, that is arrogant vanity.

“The weather should be how I expected it” is arrogant vanity. “The weather is not how I expected it” is humble, with curiosity and learning possible.

“This computer system should be how I expected it” is arrogant vanity. “This computer system is not how I expected it” is humble and open.

“My physiological functioning should be how I expected it” is delusion, sin, hysteria. “My physiological functioning is not exactly how I expected it to be” is innocent.

Judiciary Committee Hearing in Wilmington

Judiciary Committee Hearing in Wilmington (Photo credit: senatorchriscoons)

Now let’s consider the social system. That includes things like the economy, the court system, the media, and the education system.

“This economy should be how I expected it” is arrogant vanity. “This economy is not how I expected it” is humble and open.

Caricature of Sir James Bacon (1798-1895). Cap...

Caricature of Sir James Bacon (1798-1895). Caption read “Contempt of Court”. Bacon was Commissioner of Bankruptcy for London and later Chief Judge in Bankruptcy, Vice Chancellor, Judge of the High Court, Member of the Privy Council. Obituary : (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“This court system should be how I expected it” is arrogant vanity (AKA “contempt”). “This court system is not how I expected it” is humble and open.

“The media should be how I expected it” is arrogant vanity. “The media is not how I expected it” is humble and open.

“The education system should be how I expected it” is arrogant vanity. “The education system is not how I expected it” is humble and open.

Let’s try the same process with your parents, your neighbors, and your pets. “Your parents, your neighbors, and your pets should conform to my expectations about how it would be really convenient for me if they already were so that I do not need to pay attention or adapt or learn or think.” That is arrogant vanity. “Your parents, your neighbors, and your pets are not how I expected them to be” is humble and open.

Which one is the ideal we have been taught? “Be like little children: humble, innocent, and open.” “Be like frustrated, confused, exhausted, whining, resentful demons throwing a tantrum whenever they get scared.”

Aramaic Bible in Plain English (©2010)
And he said, “Truly I say to you, unless you will be converted and become like children, you will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Whoever therefore humbles himself like this child, he will be greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.”

Matthew 18:3-4

For to the pure everything is pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving… nothing is pure, but their mind and conscience is defiled.

Romans 14:14 …. if anyone regards something as unclean, then for him it is unclean.

English: Miniature from a French translation o...

English: Miniature from a French translation of William of Tyre’s Historia rerum in partibus transmarinis gestarum, (British Library, London) It depicts William’s discovery of leprosy in the future Baldwin IV Français : Miniature tirée d’une traduction française de lHistoria rerum in partibus transmarinis gestarum de Guillaume de Tyr (British Library, Londres). Elle représente la façon dont Guillaume découvre que le futur Baudouin IV de Jérusalem est atteint de la lèpre. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So, any system can include protestors and reformers and defenders, right, and all of them compete with each other as they promote their conflicting ideals. There are always those who respectfully and curiously study any system. They may ask questions:

“How does it work? What methods produce what results? How can I use the system to the benefit of myself and my family or my clan? How do the people who benefit most from the system use it? How do the people who created the system use it?”

What is the reality of the economy? How can I use the reality of the economy to my advantage?

What is the reality of the court system? How can I use the reality of the court system to my advantage?

What is the reality of language? How can I use the reality of language to my advantage?

What is the reality of arrogant vanity? How can I use the reality of arrogant vanity to my advantage?

If these are questions that you would like to explore yourself, go ahead. If these are questions that you would like to explore with others like me, go ahead and let me know.

2 things crucial to the future of your business: the local economy and what you value most

May 24, 2012
English: Filling station at Childerley Gate. T...

“Petrol (gasoline) prices per liter in Euro at Childerley Gate (UK). A historical record of fuel prices in mid-2005!” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What you value most could include valuing a particular kind of customer (or any order for a particular service that provides an excellent profit margin). What you value most could also include valuing a particular amount of customers (or a specific increase of profit). Of course, what an individual values most can change as they change, as their household changes, and as the community around them changes, like as gasoline prices quickly double or drop by a dollar or two.
What the people around us value can be labeled “the local economy.” What people value includes how they choose their priorities of what to spend money on, how to select which businesses to use, and every part of the process of choosing to either do business with you or do business with someone else instead.
“Business development” is a broad term that includes planning, marketing, generating leads, and converting leads in to transactions. Many small businesses are generally familiar with the basic idea of business development. Realistically, most small business owners are very familiar from personal experience with converting leads in to transactions, yet they are just as surprised as the general population by major economic changes.
Certainly, many businesses have major increases in their profits by reviewing and refining the process used for converting leads to transactions. Some business owners recognize that as an issue in which a major improvement is possible. However, in the 13 years that I have been consulting with business owners, the vast majority have, in my opinion, vastly underestimated the value of competent economic forecasting.
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Phoenix Arizona 24th Street & Camelback Road from the Phoenix Mountain Preserve (Photo credit: Al_HikesAZ)

In the area of Phoenix (Arizona), the economic shifts of the last decade have substantially altered almost every local business. As energy prices rose (including for gasoline), two factors made Phoenix more sensitive to that change: the heat of the desert (which creates extremely high electricity bills in the summer for cooling) and the sprawl of the suburbs (which creates unusually high costs for commuting across long distances, including when the auto’s AC is constantly on high to keep the inside of the vehicle cool when it is well over 100 degrees outside).
I published forecasts in 2004 alerting my readers to the issue of gasoline prices rising so much that it would effect the budgets and spending patterns (including investing patterns) of businesses and consumers within the US in particular, but also in places even more dependent on importing fuel, such as Greece, Italy, the UK, and Japan (which has been in a “recession” for the last 23 years). I published warnings in 2003 of the emerging instability in real estate and stock markets, but it was not until 2004 that I recognized rising fuel costs as the underlying issue. In mid-2005, when the real estate market in Phoenix shifted (as well as in another sprawling desert suburbia, Las Vegas), I had already been watching for the shift and published my recognition of the first stages of the shift that eventually spread to the rest of the US real estate market and then the financial stocks (companies that had been gambling on extreme concentrations of risk exposure in real estate, such as AIG, FNMA, FDMC, Countrywide, Washington Mutual, Merrill Lynch, Bear Stearns, and then even Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, and so on).
Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Bank of America recently acquired Merrill Lynch, saving Merrill Lynch from going out of business (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Washington Mutual logo prior to its acquis...

The Washington Mutual logo prior to its acquisition by JPMorgan Chase. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(In the late 1920s, Charles Merrill, the co-founder of Merrill Lynch, repeatedly warned his clients in advance of the emerging risk in the US stock market. In recent years, apparently the company was not so committed to competence analysis of emerging trends.)
Merrill Lynch & Co.

Merrill Lynch & Co. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Many local small businesses have been challenged by the decreasing tide of people moving to the sprawling desert suburbs. New construction in the Phoenix area is a small fraction of what it was in 2004. New people moving to the area had been so high that many local businesses had been extremely successful without ever advertising. However, cultivating customer loyalty is a huge issue now for many businesses. Further, even with word-of-mouth, there is a transition away from spoken recommendations toward the broadcasting of typed electronic messages like “can any of you recommend a really good ____?”
Since I have been in the advertising field for 13 years, my work history shows that I have been part of the shift away from print and radio toward the internet. Obviously, the shift toward the internet is far better known by most people than the causes of the economic shift that has slowed the economies of Greece, Phoenix, Japan, and other areas most sensitive to rising fuel prices. (In fact, in this piece, I am not even addressing WHY global fuel prices reversed a long-term trend in 1999, but that has been the main focus of my forecasting publications since my 2004 use of the term
So, almost everyone who has studied business trends at all in the last 10 or 15 years knows about the huge shift toward the internet and growing electronic resources like google, facebook, blogs, and things like verified reviews and ratings. The shift of business toward the internet is almost as obvious as how computers altered how business is conducted or how the telephone altered how business is conducted or even calculators and adding machines and credit cards and checkbooks and currency.
Next year, the most popular currency in the world, the Federal Reserve’s “US Dollar” note will be 100 years old. It simply did not exist in 1912.
100 years ago, the technologies altering the world of business were things like the use of residential phones (“landlines” were still replacing telegraphs in remote parts of the US). Automobiles were still extremely rare, kind of like owning a private jet is very rare today. There was no such thing as TV advertising or cable TV or even television sets.
Now, millions of people are walking around with new mobile phones that have computing power that might have cost a million dollars in 1999. Most business owners are only vaguely aware of the growing waves of business flowing in to the internet.
As fuel prices continue to rise relative to most other items such as real estate and computers, people are going to value their time newly. As technology allows growing numbers of people an extremely fast access to extremely relevant information, people are not going to drive around all day shopping for deals to save $20 or even $50. People will save time and money by using the internet.
Imagine businesses that clung to using a telegraph instead of getting a telephone. Imagine businesses that favored typewriters over word processors. What happened to those businesses? They mostly disappeared, right?
I know some farmers who only recently bought a telephone and do not own a computer. They are Amish. I do business with them regularly.
However, they are farmers. They may not use automobiles personally, but they sure appreciate that UPS and Federal Express will deliver their products for them.
Image representing UPS  as depicted in CrunchBase

Image via CrunchBase

Is your business ready for the future today? How would you be sure?
In 2004, were you planning for the coming economic changes like rising fuel prices and a huge decrease in borrowing and lending? Most business owners may have no idea how far they are from the reality of the business trends that are coming to their industry and their local economy (as in the changing values of their customer base).
I have talked to many confident millionaires in the last 10 years. A lot of confidence was not enough to keep them out of foreclosure and bankruptcy.
Government committees across the world have also been profoundly confident in their projections of tax revenues. Myself and others have warned them that their projections were “approaching the ridiculous.” They sometimes called us ridiculous.
There may have been some excessive pessimism as well as some excessive optimism. Consider that there is no such thing as an excess of realism.
English: Damage to the JP Morgan Chase Tower a...

English: Damage to the JP Morgan Chase Tower after Hurricane Ike, Houston, Texas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you are open to a realistic assessment of what are the most valuable refinements that you can make to the way you conduct business, then you may realize that sometimes a single change can make a huge difference, though a series of small changes is often what leads to the most historic breakthroughs. Those who are willing to benefit from changing economies and changing technologies are welcome to contact me now. From realism about the changing economic trends to realism about the changing technology of how your future customers are selecting which business to use, how much realism are you willing to value?

dreamers, critics, and realists

April 20, 2012
Norman Vincent Peale, Christian preacher and a...

Norman Vincent Peale, Christian preacher and author of The Power of Positive Thinking (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 dreamers, critics, and realists
It is natural to dream up new ideas in leisure time and possibly pursue some new exploration. It is also natural to become a critic when some dream or idea or possibility or inspiration is resisted or ridiculed or simply ignored by others. For instance, if others criticize my new focus, it is natural that I might criticize them, at least if I am more interested in the new focus than I am in the relationship with the particular person (or else I might just drop the new focus in favor of attracting their approval).

Nature (Photo credit: @Doug88888)

So, critics have the role of helping us sort through the possibilities that are only of passing interest and those that lastingly inspire. However, investing my own time in offering unsolicited criticism can be exhausting. I might be interested in socializing with others who share my criticisms of something I have been experiencing with fear or even rage.

And then there is the possibility of realismRealism does not criticize criticism nor dream of an end to dreaming. Each have their function.
With regard to a suprisingly frightening shift in economic trends, many may find someone to criticize. Others may find someone to share their dreams of an easy solution, choosing against an exploration of a new personal adaption. By the way, criticism is also a choice against exploring new personal adaptions.
Others are realistic about the importance of personal adaption. Many things are predictable but beyond control, such as the cold of winter or the darkness of night. What is predictable but beyond control can be adapted to, rather than just dreaming that autumn can skip straight to spring or that criticizing the darkness of dusk will make it brighter.
Many have been surprised by easily predictable developments in economic trends. I say easily predictable because I read several predictions starting in 2002, then I issued new ones of my own, and then I witnessed the responses of people not only to my predictions but to the manifesting of the exact sequence of “surprises” that I had been predicting.
Nature rewards realism. Nature can punish criticism that neglects to adapt, as well as dreaminess that neglects to adapt.
I am not saying not to find people who can accept your criticisms, for those may be people you would be willing to trust. Just keep adapting as well.
I am not saying not to explore “positive thinking” or “the law of attraction.” Just do so with an openness to adapt, rather than a rejection of adaptiveness that may actually harbor contempt or criticism. Nature does not owe us abundance. Abundance is a reward provided by nature sometimes for realism and sometimes for no obvious reason.
Those who reject or even criticize realism may find that nature does not reward such behavior. Nature rewards realism.
Published on: Jul 28, 2011
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Idealism is a reality. The idea that there should be no idealism is itself idealistic. The ideal that there should be no idealism is also the most hypocritical of all forms of idealism.

In fact, you should probably worship the ideal that there should be no idealism. Go right ahead.

Go around criticizing other people for their idealism. Criticize people for at least one of their ideals, like the ridiculous ideal that there should be no idealism.

What are some other forms of idealism to criticize? Racism should not exist. Religious fundamentalism should not exist. Fascism and Nazism should not exist. Terrorism should not exist. Militarism should not exist. Pacifism should not exist. Sexism should not exist. Homosexuality should not exist. Homophobia should not exist. Xenophobia should not exist. Claustrophobia should not exist. Bibliophilia should not exist. Necrophilia should not exist. Philadelphia should not exist.

In summary, idealism should not exist. Furthermore, realism should not exist.

Why? Anything that does exist should not exist. In particular, only things that actually do exist should not exist. If something does not even exist, like there is really no such thing as darkness, then no one bothers to say that it should not.

In fact, if something does not exist, such as darkness, then consider that it probably should. Why? Because if what should be corresponded to what is, then there would be no such thing as idealism, and if there is one thing that there definitely should be, it is idealism. Note that the only reason that idealism should exist is because idealism does not exist.

Again, let’s be realistic, at least for a minute. We can always go back to talking later. Talking, by the way, is the source of all forms of idealism.

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