We all want to improve our lives. But in order for what?
Testing these turbo thoughts with ZEN OF ERIC:
Generally I think the notion is this:
I want to improve my life in order to maximally empower myself, in order to help others.
But is this too simple of a reason or argument? Let us dive further.
The best life is to NOT have a ‘bad’ life
This is my first idea:
Before thinking of ‘improving’ our lives, we must first NOT have a ‘bad’ life.
For example, if you feel like you have a shitty and depressing life right now, you must work hard to work yourself up to ‘baseline’.
But then comes the question:
How far can you uplift yourself from baseline to epic?
And when you have reached an epic state — is the goal to continually ‘improve’ your life indefinitely?
Also, are there upper-limits to improvement to our quality of life?
How far can selfishness go?
I know for myself, this is what it means to improve my life:
- Maximal physiological strength, alertness, ability to concentrate and focus.
- Maximal muscle mass, minimal body fat percentage.
- Maximal physical strength (one rep max powerlifting ability). Also, ability to see progress and ability for week-over-week growth.
Improvement of life via-negativa style
In terms of work-life:
- To improve my life means to have FEWER obligations, FEWER meetings, FEWER responsibilities.
- To have FEWER cares, FEWER concerns, FEWER stresses.
Thus in simple terms:
To improve our lives, we gotta figure out what BS to REMOVE from our lives.
But once you have removed all the irritants from your life, and once you have a perfect zen-like calm and peace of mind, then what?
Is striving to improve our lives the wrong effort?
This is my realization:
Currently I have the best life possible. Maximal physical and physiological strength and well-being.
But in spite of my maximal personal happiness, it “ain’t that big of a deal”. I feel quite base-line.
Week-over-week I gain new PR’s in my powerlifts. Getting a new record and PR is a great feeling, yet it fades. And I know in the back of my head that I will continually strive to become stronger.
But what do I do once I can benchpress 4 plates, squat 5 plates, and deadlift 6 plates?
Perhaps better to think:
What SHOULD I do with my life, on a day-to-day basis?
Perhaps the notion of improving our lives is the wrong effort. Perhaps the better goal is this:
To focus and maximize on continually being artistically innovative and productive.
Follow your own personal aesthetics and taste
An epiphany while getting acupuncture the other day:
Art is all about pleasing our own personal aesthetics and taste.
For example — when it comes to art, design, web design, etc — the question you must ask yourself:
“Do I consider this beautiful or not?”
Let yourself be the only and SOLE judge!
Pursue beauty, art, philosophy of aesthetics
Assuming you are truly the end-goal, then:
You must make photos that YOU genuinely like to look at!
At this point, I only care to make photographs that I personally love to look at. This is my sole criterion.
If I make photos that I personally like to look at, then I am more likely to be innovating something interesting, and more likely to interest others. Furthermore, I will continue to stay motivated and inspired– because I become a ‘perpetual creative cycle‘ into myself (I create something I like, I inspire myself, and I create again!)
The conclusion for now:
Improving our lives is a distraction — it ain’t the real goal. To ‘improve our lives’ is the red-herring in our life. The better goal is towards artistic innovation and productivity!
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