A LIFE WITHOUT PAIN, DISCOMFORT OR (LIMITED) SUFFERING IS NOT A LIFE WORTH LIVING?

Now that winter is upon us … at least for myself, I hate the cold. To me, the cold is evil.

Yet when I’m in a position in which I feel *no* cold at all … no pain, no discomfort during the cold winter months, for some reason … something in life feels lacking?

I think the subtle nuance is this:

The pain, discomfort or whatever you feel has to be of a *LIMITED* duration.

For example feeling pain, discomfort whatever for 5 seconds, 10 minutes, 5 minutes, 30 minutes, 1 hour is fine. But not *prolonged* and continual and nonstop pain, suffering, discomfort.

Or in other words, cold weather training (working out topless during the winter time) for short durations like 15 minutes is fine, assuming you rush home and take an insanely hot bath or shower to warm up again, but to do it *indefinitely*— a bad idea.

PHILOSOPHY BY KIM

IDEAS BY KIM

  1. BIGGER IS WEAKER.
  2. How to Become a Philosopher
  3. Deep Vanity
  4. Time Will Tell
  5. What is Wisdom?
  6. LOOK *BEYOND*
  7. BECOMING MORE IMMORAL?
  8. ‘LUCK’ VS COURAGE
  9. ‘SKILL’ VS MERIT?
  10. Becoming Antifragile
  11. How to “Improve” Men
  12. The Art of Virtue
  13. How to Dominate
  14. JUST SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCES AND WISDOM WITH OTHERS.
  15. How to Get More Done in a Single Day – MEMENTO MORI PHILOSOPHY
  16. THINK FOR YOURSELF
  17. Cruel?
  18. GO DEMIGOD.
  19. How to Be Happy: Challenge and Danger Philosophy
  20. To Become Greater, You Must Become *LESS* Productive!
  21. Imperfect Beauty
  22. The Philosophy of Pleasure
  23. What Interests You?
  24. Anti Theory of Everything
  25. Become?
  26. STRONGER OR NOT?
  27. Carte Blanche Ideals
  28. CHOOSE JOY
  29. Don’t Judge Your Impulses
  30. On Becoming Less Human
  31. COWARDICE.
  32. The Philosophy of Futurism
  33. PHILOSOPHY IS VALUE-SETTING
  34. PHILOSOPHY IS NOT LIFESTYLE
  35. WHY STANDARDIZATION IS BAD.
  36. YOUR OWN TABLE OF VALUES.
  37. RETRO IS BAD.
  38. INSANELY LOFTY THOUGHTS.
  39. Strive to *Lose* Weight, Not *Gain* Weight
  40. DIABLO II ANALOGIES FOR REAL LIFE.
  41. If You Know Your *WHY* You Can Discover Any *HOW*
  42. Life is Too Short to Be Miserable
  43. What Consumption Takes Skill?
  44. OFF THE GRID.
  45. REALITY IS CRUEL.
  46. Pain is Information
  47. WHY REMOVE VULGARITY AND DISORDER FROM OUR EYES?
  48. AUTOTELIC.
  49. UNPLUG.
  50. How to Become a Philosopher
  51. SUBOPTIMAL IS OPTIMAL
  52. THE LUST FOR MORE.
  53. TO DO IS TO BECOME.
  54. IN PRAISE OF AGGRESSIVE.
  55. THE PHILOSOPHY OF OPTIMISM
  56. OUR PHILOSOPHICAL WILL TO EXISTENCE
  57. Is Hope a Vice?
  58. MOVE MEAN
  59. Carte Blanche Ideals
  60. One Interesting Thought
  61. What Lasts? What Doesn’t Last?
  62. A WOUND STIMULATES THE RECUPERATIVE POWERS
  63. Children & Purpose
  64. Thoughts on Becoming a Parent
  65. Where Does Our Desire to Upgrade Come From?
  66. WE ALWAYS NEED SOMETHING FURTHER TO ASPIRE TO.
  67. Self-Task Yourself an Awesome Mission in Life
  68. Differentiation vs Equalization
  69. My Passion to *Become* Something More
  70. No Aesthetic or Ethos is Forever
  71. What is Your Higher Purpose in Life?
  72. IT WILL NEVER SATISFY YOU.
  73. How to Decide
  74. Things You *Want* to Do vs Things You *MUST* Do
  75. Towards a More Beautiful Mode of Existence and Future
  76. EXTREME GRATITUDE.
  77. AMAP (As Much as Possible) or None.
  78. Why or How Does it Matter?
  79. The Philosophy of Time and Events
  80. How *Not* to Resent
  81. FORWARD LOOKING
  82. DOMAIN FLEXIBILITY.
  83. The Miracle of Human Growth
  84. EXTREME ADAPTATION.
  85. Why Plan?
  86. You Don’t Need to Justify Yourself
  87. The Philosophy of Ego
  88. True vs False Passions
  89. How to Achieve Tranquility
  90. On Making Your Own Philosophy
  91. The Purpose of Life is to Create New Life
  92. Think On!
  93. The Wisdom of Doing Nothing
  94. Congruency
  95. My Thoughts on Meditation
  96. The Philosophy of Purpose
  97. Emulate Yourself
  98. Good Fear, Bad Fear
  99. For the Betterment of Humanity or Just Yourself?
  100. What you *really* believe in and care for is manifested through your actions (or non-actions)
  101. Why Culture is Your Enemy
  102. YOUR EXPERIENCES ARE KING.
  103. LIFE IS INHERENTLY GOOD.
  104. Artistic, Physical, and Philosophical Muscles
  105. All New Experiences are Good Experiences
  106. What is the Purpose of X?
  107. UTILITY.
  108. Philosophy is a Luxury
  109. The Attempt is More Interesting than the Result
  110. Joyfulness vs “Happiness”
  111. Effectiveness Over Happiness
  112. Self Actualization
  113. MAXIMAL ENGAGEMENT
  114. Life & Pain
  115. On Living Every Day with No Regret
  116. Learn as if you’re going to live forever, live as if you’re going to die tomorrow
  117. Live Every Day Like it Were the Last Day of Your Life
  118. Self-Determination
  119. FALSE GRATITUDE vs REAL GRATITUDE
  120. HOW TO LIVE MORE
  121. THE UPSIDE OF TRAGEDY
  122. Satisfaction is a Sucker’s Game
  123. Supreme Repose
  124. WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF LIFE? According to ERIC KIM
  125. STUBBORN, FLEXIBLE
  126. EVERYTHING HAPPENS AS IT *SHOULD* HAVE HAD HAPPENED
  127. Good Addiction, Bad Addiction?
  128. What is the Best Life?
  129. The Philosophy of Thinking
  130. The Philosophy of Conspiracies
  131. Conspiracies
  132. Growth
  133. Skepticism.
  134. What Do You Really Want Out of Life?
  135. Seem or Be?
  136. Learn Through Pain
  137. Respect Yourself
  138. In Praise of Elitism
  139. Why Independent Thinking?
  140. I Will Never Die
  141. Bitter is Better
  142. The Genesis of Nihilism and Existential Dread
  143. The Ethics of Personal Enrichment
  144. Good vs Not Good
  145. Punished by Privilege
  146. Abstinence Over Moderation
  147. Just Leave Others Alone
  148. You Can Only Critique that Which You Truly Understand and Love
  149. ERIC KIM Critique of Metaphysics
  150. Only Trust Philosophers Who Deadlift
  151. Heuristic: If Someone Talks Shit About Others Behind Their Back, Most Likely They’re Also Talking Shit About You Behind Your Back
  152. Virtue is a Privilege
  153. What Are Your Life Goals?
  154. Honesty
  155. Why I’m Anti Moderation
  156. No Spite, No Malice.
  157. Ascending Life or Descending Life?
  158. Double Edged Sword
  159. Ignorance.
  160. Why I Don’t Trust “Nice Guys”
  161. Why You Must Share Your Opinion
  162. Selfish Isn’t Evil
  163. Wisdom is the Goal
  164. YOU ARE KING.
  165. MASTER YOURSELF
  166. What is “Good” for You is Often what is Bad for You
  167. Care.
  168. BITTERSWEET
  169. ONE REP MAX
  170. Morality and Ethics is the Snare
  171. BY HELPING YOURSELF, YOU BEST HELP OTHERS
  172. Insanity is Good.
  173. Think Deep.
  174. PHILOSOPHY IS THE FUTURE.
  175. Open Mind vs Closed Mind
  176. ENTHUSIASM IS GENIUS
  177. Towards a More Critical and Rigorous Line of Thinking
  178. How to Encourage and a Foster Independent and Free Thinking
  179. What is the Purpose of Life?
  180. WHY PHILOSOPHY IS SUPREME.
  181. Elitism.
  182. I Cannot Form an Opinion About Somebody Until I’ve Met Them in the Flesh
  183. ALL GENETICS ARE GOOD GENETICS.
  184. Happiness vs Freedom
  185. The Birth of a Hater
  186. My Way Isn’t the Right Way
  187. Walking as an Existential Thing
  188. Why I’m So Tolerant
  189. Mortal Gods
  190. THE HUMAN SPECIES
  191. Why I’m So Skeptical
  192. Just Follow the Money
  193. Why Selfish?
  194. WHY WE CANNOT BLAME OTHERS
  195. Why Are We So Anti Elitism?
  196. What Actually Interests You?
  197. How to Become Yourself
  198. SELF HATE
  199. Optimistic Fatalism
  200. Death is the Ultimate Creative Constraint
  201. FLUX.
  202. How to Think for Yourself
  203. FLESH
  204. How to Live the Best Life
  205. Why Live a Life Without Regrets?
  206. Why Plato Ruined Art and Aesthetics for Us
  207. Self Respect
  208. Hypocrite vs Contradict
  209. Ideals vs Reality
  210. Spaceship Philosophy
  211. What is Your Ideal Life?
  212. MY EXTREME GRATITUDE TOWARDS LIFE AND BEING ALIVE!
  213. Critique of Utilitarianism
  214. Don’t Treat Others the Way You Want to Be Treated
  215. The Eternal Recurrence of Tragedy and Joy in Life
  216. Elite Asceticism
  217. Why I Don’t Like Numbers
  218. Action and Reaction, Cause and Effect
  219. The Antidote to Nihilism: The Philosophy of Nothingness
  220. ERIC KIM Notes on Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
  221. EXPLOIT CHAOS.
  222. WHY I DON’T BELIEVE IN GENETICS
  223. Self-Wisdom
  224. The Future Belongs to the Fearless
  225. INDIVIDUALISM
  226. Why Live Forever?
  227. THIS TOO WILL PASS.
  228. Why Education?
  229. How to Become Yourself
  230. Things Shouldn’t Go Back to the Way They Used to Be
  231. Why Am I So Cruel?
  232. The Great Joy of Existence
  233. Virtue for the Sake of Virtue
  234. NO DISDAIN.
  235. INTELLIGENT IGNORANCE
  236. A LIFE WITHOUT PAIN, DIFFICULTY OR TRAGEDY ISN’T A LIFE WORTH LIVING
  237. BITTER IS BETTER.
  238. EXPLOIT THE BEST FROM TRAGEDY AND LIFE 
  239. DISREGARD FOR SELF-PRESERVATION
  240. PAIN.
  241. WHAT IF EVERYTHING IS NOT GONNA BE ALRIGHT?
  242. Tomorrow is Never
  243. Life is the Ultimate Creative Constraint
  244. EMBODIED REALITY
  245. BLACK SWAN
  246. THINGS WILL NEVER GO BACK TO THE WAY THEY USED TO BE
  247. What are you *really* afraid of?
  248. HAPPINESS ISN’T THE GOAL
  249. Philosophy is King
  250. Why is Selfish Evil?
  251. YOU’RE CONSTANTLY IN A STATE OF BECOMING
  252. ENTITLEMENT A SIN?
  253. NARCISSISM
  254. BE BRUTALLY HONEST WITH YOURSELF
  255. WHY FREE WILL?
  256. OBEY YOUR OPINION
  257. EGO IS GOOD.
  258. WHY IT IS GOOD TO BE INTO YOURSELF
  259. Seek the Good Pain
  260. Anti-Perfection in Photography, Art, and Life
  261. Can You Become an End into Yourself?
  262. WHY I LIVE
  263. Why I Hate Decline
  264. Why I Eat
  265. Why am I So Positive and Optimistic?
  266. EFFORT IS ENJOYMENT
  267. Never Stop Gaining
  268. TRUST YOURSELF
  269. A Life of Maximal Personal Independence
  270. What Do You Desire to Become?
  271. What Do I Want from Technology?
  272. Stratified Society
  273. Do You Love or Hate Reality?
  274. On the Brian, Body and Mind
  275. I’m Maximally Happy, Now What?
  276. Care over Fame
  277. ACTIVE NIHILISM
  278. Never Stop Subtracting
  279. How to Live a Happier and More Epic Life
  280. A Risker Life is a Better Life
  281. Only Work on Things You Can Imagine Doing for Eternity
  282. How to Maximize Your Happiness
  283. Influence
  284. The Gladiator Makes His Plans once He Enters the Ring
  285. Meditations on Meaning in Life
  286. There is Nothing More Interesting than Human Beings
  287. Is Hope a Vice?
  288. EGO
  289. Why Be Unique?
  290. Happiness is Metabolism Health and Strength
  291. You’re the Hero
  292. Is Productivity a Virtue or Vice?
  293. Why Do We Prize the Rare?
  294. The Joy of Uncertainty
  295. How Should I Best Use My Time and Life?
  296. A Life Without Pain or Suffering Isn’t a Life Worth Living
  297. Free or Unfree?
  298. What Do You Really Care For in Life?
  299. Anti-Satisfaction in Life
  300. Why Think?
  301. The Eternal Return
  302. Only Do What is Best for You!
  303. Truthiness
  304. Why Be Happy?
  305. Permissionless Living
  306. In Praise of Unconventional Wisdom
  307. Become the Change Which You Wish to See in the World
  308. Happiness
  309. Beyond Freedom
  310. Idolize People, Not Stuff
  311. What Makes You Stronger? What Makes You Weaker?
  312. Why Hate?
  313. The Secret of Happiness
  314. You’re Constantly in a State of Becoming
  315. Life is about Choices, Not Obligations
  316. Anti-Nihilism
  317. First, Do What is Best for You.
  318. Live Dynamic
  319. How to Prosper
  320. Is the Point of Life to Be Satisfied?
  321. SUPREME EFFORT OF WILL.
  322. How to Become more Idealistic
  323. Thrivival 101
  324. Create Yourself
  325. Non-Small
  326. Inspiration
  327. How to Live a Heroic Life: Dare the Heights!
  328. Human Augmentation
  329. Prune
  330. Happiness: Do What You Want to Do (And Don’t Do What You Don’t Want to Do)
  331. Avoid Vain (Empty) Pursuits in Life
  332. Modern Slavery
  333. Kill the Leeches
  334. Wisdom Augmentation
  335. Why We Need Friction in Life
  336. Straight Line Philosophy
  337. What’s Your End-Game in Life?
  338. Create Your Own Happiness Today
  339. Desire Both Pain and Pleasure in Life
  340. Try the Impossible
  341. SELF-RESPECT
  342. Anti-Social Extrovert
  343. Never Blame Anybody But Yourself
  344. Human Flourishing
  345. Simpler, Not Better.
  346. How to be Free
  347. Embrace the Extremes
  348. Cultivate Your Own Culture
  349. COURAGE.
  350. Thrivival
  351. Inner Power
  352. How to Live a Purposeful Life
  353. My Definition of Happiness
  354. Why Change is Good
  355. Why Work?
  356. How to Live the Happiest Possible Life
  357. The Two-Pronged Approach to Maximize Joy in Your Life
  358. You Always Have Another Option!
  359. INFINITISM
  360. Never Stop!
  361. What is Your Self-Directed Purpose in Life?
  362. Live Today Like it Were Your Last
  363. Do You Photograph to Live, or Live to Photograph?
  364. ARTIST-PHILOSOPHER
  365. Live Life to the Fullest!
  366. In Praise of Selfishness
  367. Why You Must Be a YAY-SAYER to Succeed in Entrepreneurship and Life
  368. Why I Love Walking
  369. Live Life Like a Video Game!
  370. Simple Luxuries in Life
  371. Treat Your Life Like a Fun Experiment!
  372. Only Prove it to Yourself
  373. You Don’t Always Need to Feel Joyful to Live a Fulfilling and Meaningful Life
  374. Life is Too Short to Be Bored!
  375. Money Cannot Destroy Boredom
  376. How to Find Inspiration in Life
  377. Why You Must Ignore Haters to Succeed and Win in Life
  378. An Active Life is a Happy Life
  379. My Simple Joys in Life
  380. Never Stop Striving
  381. How to Motivate Yourself in Life
  382. How to Be Optimistic in Life
  383. How to Dictate Your Purpose in Life
  384. In Praise of a Dynamic Life
  385. PURPOSE.
  386. How to Enjoy Life
  387. Photography Therapy
  388. How to Conquer Regret
  389. Take Your Play Very Seriously.
  390. How to Prosper
  391. Memento Vivere
  392. Destroy in Order to CREATE
  393. Trust Your Body More Than Your Mind
  394. Make Photos to Make Meaning in Your Life
  395. Seek Knowledge, Not Information
  396. The Purpose of Human Life
  397. How to Overcome Impedence
  398. Why I Love Death
  399. How to Be Centered in the Eternal Now
  400. How to Be Happy
  401. Why Do You Care What Others Think of You?
  402. Why I’m Happy
  403. Why?
  404. Why I’m So Prolific
  405. How to Reduce LAG in Life

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