Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Philosophy At NNV Math Club - II



Song:  Have You Heard / The Voyage

Group:  The Moody Blues





This is the second part of a two part series.

However, before I go into this...
as I was waiting outside the classroom...
and while reading...
I had heard an interesting discussion taking place from within.

One of the students had begun questioning the validity of the idea of marriage.

He went on to say how if two people love each other...
they will naturally stay together anyway...
and the same obligations will still exist...
so why then get married?

I had, of course, heard this line of thinking before.

However...
it was his follow up which I thought needed to be addressed.

He had expressed how marriage is an unnatural social construct...
one which goes against human nature...
and which takes away individual freedom.

As he continued his...
what had then come to be a debate with some others in the classroom...
I grabbed a piece of paper and a pen from a nearby desk
and took a few seconds to lay out a counter to his argument...
and a rational response as to why marriage was actually opposite of what he had supposed.


As I had given him the paper after class...
the below is just what I can remember of the concept I had expressed.

First of all...
I had told him of how it is completely understandable how youth are idealistic...
and it is through this that progress is made...
however, I had explained that he didn't have the life experience
 to put things in perspective...
that he didn't have all the necessary variables
to come to a sound conclusion.

In general...
I had countered his thoughts about marriage taking away
individual freedom by listing that without
a definitive starting point of obligations...
such as a marriage would have...
the obligations would apply immediately
from the initiation of the relationship.

This takes away the freedom to change one's mind...
especially when one cannot adequately know another enough
in such a short time for them to start a family and to be together for life.

This is the recipe for inadvertantly trapping each other by taking away
freedom of choice before all the variables which are necessary
for making a rational decision, present themselves.


I then explained that through marriage...
people may freely invest their time and efforts without fear...
as they not only had time to decide before taking on the obligations
inherent in an exclusive relationship...
but that society would be able to freely invest in them as well
(banks and mortgage companies).

I went on to explain about how all of life is about
the investment and management of resources.

Time, emotions, money, effort...
and the future possibilities you choose to do without...
are all investments to be made wisely.

Without the relative certainty and protection of a marriage...
individuals would shy away from commiting their resources...
for fear it could all come to naught far too easily.

This would not allow for...
full and free expression of affection...
of time and energy invested in the deepening of the relationship...
and it would result in the economizing of their other resources...
even of hiding funds in case of the relationship failing.

Without any solid commitment...
people simply would not invest their resources freely...
and everything either comes to a standstill...
or is greatly hampered out of fear.

However...
my main point was to correct his view of how marriage is a social construct...
that it is a means of oppression by authoritarians who wish to manipulate people...
and that it flew in the face of basic human nature.

I had explained that it was quite the opposite...
that it was a natural evolution of basic human nature...
so as to allow freedom from fear so people would be able
to invest their resources freely.

This is what bonds people at a much deeper level.


I had then contrasted the social engineering of Marxist ideologies...
of how this ideology has been a failure in all its forms
precisely because it goes against human nature.

I went on to say that this social construct forces people to not invest
their efforts as there is not an adequate return on their investment.

No matter the effort, time, ingenuity...etc...given...
the return is the same.

The more given...
the more that is expected...
and all with the same reward as someone who doesn't produce much.

This forces people to hide their resources and to economize their efforts.


I then went on to show that the same effects of Marxism on people
exist with his notion of non marriage.

They both are thought to be a utopian existence while both
go against basic human nature.

I then went on to say that his notion of non marriage would...
therefore, be a social construct based upon a utopian ideological ideal
which is also, not based upon human nature.

Further...
that because marriage reinforces basic human nature...
it is a natural evolutionary result of basic human nature...
that of the allowance of the investment of resources...
instead of being merely a social construct.

People will naturally do that which they find actually works.

As marriage fullfills the needs of people...
as opposed to leaving an ambiguous future such as non marriage would...
and so, limiting the investment of resources...
it has evolved and spread as a natural process.


I also said that getting married is the same as forming a company.

You are working toward a common goal...
and it is through the investment and management of resources
that you can expect greater returns
(you may operate more efficiently than one person can...
through a division of labor, while at the same time...
being protected from catastrophic failure through redundancy...
as well as having a higher investment rate of resources...
and this is not even counting the automatic doubling of emotional returns...
the pleasure of giving...and the pleasure of receiving).


This young man is exceptionally bright...
and I am sure he will come to the correct conclusions later in life.

I left him with the reinforcement of my main point...
all of life is about the investment and management of resources...
without which...all progress grinds to a halt.



Now...
I know that I tend to give out advice...
and often times...
that it is unsolicited...
and is even sometimes unwelcome.

However...
whenever I see I can help someone...
even be it through unsolicited advice...
I simply must try :)



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Now...
on to the second placard.



1)   Walk Before Running


Yes...

and this is especially important to apply at all levels.


The concept behind this adage is one of efficient learning:


Start with, and master the basics first...
break down the lessons into concepts...
and into bite sized pieces for easy digestion...
and learn in a sequential manner...
as each previous lesson sets the stage for the following one.


Psychologically it also matters.

To do as the concept implies...
is to set yourself up for success...
as your objectives will be easily met...
so long as your steps are small enough...
and this will further deepen and sharpen your drive.

Success begets success


To skip steps without at least verifying your competence
at lower levels, is to set yourself up for failure.

With unverified competence...
comes a natural lack of confidence.

With a failure to first master the basics...
comes a failure to achieve at higher levels.

Failure after failure breeds frustration and lassitude.

It causes one to fear trying at all.




2)   Listen Before Speaking


Yes...

at least until you have all of the necessary variables
to reach a sound conclusion.

This...
however, does not preclude the notion of interrupting for the sake of clarity...
or for the challenging of a false premise
or for an otherwise shoddily constructed argument.


This brings us to the next adage.





3)   Think Before Acting


To think things through is to see the answer (desired result) to the problem...
and the means to effect the desired result.

It is to plainly see the connecting paths...
from the answer...back to you.

Now...
what is implicit in this adage...
just as with any thought process...
is you must know what you want to achieve.

By knowing what you wish to achieve...
it gives you the starting point from where you may begin...
and then reverse plan back to you.

Reverse Planning is the most efficient form of planning and thinking
(this is what the military uses in its planning of missions).

Do I think that this is the most efficient form of planning
just because I was trained in its use in the military?
(I was trained in the planning and execution of small unit operations).

No...
the military uses it because it is the most efficient form.

Not only are lives on the line...
but it must be done under tight time constraints...
so, efficiency in thought is paramount.

I will not only explain the rationale for its use...
I will show how efficiency is automatically achieved...
as demonstrated mathematically.



               1
       1      2
               3

                1
0        2      2
                3

                 4
         3      5
                 6


The above is a very simple logic tree demonstrating just three plausible
areas of exploration per level...
and the improbable consideration of the correct choice being made at each level.

In other words...
this is to assume the best possible outcome.

In reality...
the number of times is far higher...
and why many problems seem insurmountable...
or why it takes committees huge amounts of resources and time
to come to conclusions which could have been done far more efficiently...
and then only to discover the impossibility of completion at the end...
instead of at the beginning of the route as you travel in reverse
(in the case of resources not being able to meet the demands).

I real life...there are so many variables to consider...
with each one possibly altering each step beyond...
that it would be far more extensive...
with each added level growing exponentially.

With just 3 steps to reach the previously unknown destination...
it would take a consideration of 7 steps for the destination to be reached...
and you still would not be assured that the best solution had been chosen without
an in depth analysis of each possibility...as you are a blind traveler.


With reverse planning...
you start at the destination...
and work your way logically back to yourself.

4------3------2------ Result
(with 4 being us...and the result being the starting point)

This not only assures the greatest efficiency...
it tracks the time necessary with each step...
and by the time it reaches you...
you have an accurate schematic of chronology
and the resources necessary to achieve the objectives...
which also tells you the plausibility of goal completion...
without the need to explore unknown possibilities...
as everything is in perspective and the best routes become
self evident when working in reverse...
as you already know your own position in relation to the result...
and so the route then becomes a straight line.

In short...
instead of starting at you and trying to predict an unknown and the path there...
start from the desired result and let the path dictate itself to you.


As I had gone over reverse planning and the application of it
in real life as applied to the parents and their children and their futures
in a previous article...
I shall leave it here for now.





4)    Wait Before Judging


Yes...
but only until you have the necessary variables to render a rational conclusion.


People often falsely think that their motives cannot be seen
through their actions.

Actions of rational people may be predicted...
given the requisite clues are given.

How so?

Because rational beings follow logical paths.

With each logical branch followed...
it greatly limits possibilities...
until a path of highest probability reveals itself.


Although, when emotions come into play...
it can greatly alter the outcome.

So...
while it is fairly easy to know what should be done...
or what a person should do...
it does not always match what the person does.

However...
since one knows what should be done...
any deviance from that path by another...
allows others to be able to judge the person taking the other path...
at least to the correctness or incorrectness of the action, inaction, or reaction.

Possible motives for the deviance come into play...
and the most probable usually stand out when measured
against body language indicating emotions...
and situations which could mitigate the choice of an apparant irrational decision.


However...
it is pure idiocy to be of the mindframe that we are all different...
therefore no one could possibly judge another.

We share similarities far more than we differ.

We follow logical paths...
we are all subject to one of the two
basic motivators of sentient beings
(pursuit of pleasure / aversion to pain).

Human nature follows certain paths...
we know the difference between right and wrong
in a given set of circumstances.

We need not know all of the specifics...
just where people branch off in general.

So we don't have to know everything about a person...
and we do not have to have done the same thing...
so long as we have experienced a similar circumstance.



5)  Dream Before Waking


Yes...
so long as you consider reality into the final equation
(which is why the word 'waking' is included).


What this means is to consider all possibilities not usually considered
in the creative process as this is what leads to innovation and creativity.

New solutions, and paths not previously walked, are found through this process.

This also plays into the reverse planning scheme.

Dream of a desired destination or result first.

This is the answer.

Then just solve the problem of the route back to you.




6)    Give Before Taking


Yes


This matters both...
psychologically...
and sociologically.


Psychologically...
strive to never be in debt to another.

A good person wishes to give of himself more than he receives
not only because of the pleasure it gives him...
but because it ensures the dark clouds of debt do not gather over his head.

However...
he gladly receives because he also knows that other good people feel the same.

A manipulator will attempt to put others into his debt...
so he may cash in the debt at times most advantageous to him.

A good person allows the other to give to him to relieve them of their debt...
in a way which comes from their heart...
and not a time or a manner which is of the receivers choosing.


Sociologically...
the wishing to remain debt free...
while wishing to give to others more than received...
makes for a giving relationship of people.

It involves people helping each other to build or accomplish
more together than separately as they may trade specialties...
and so, divide labor efficiently...
and the force of debt repayment adding the energy into the cycle...
which then drives progress.

This is where bonds build in trust.

It is in trust that people may invest their resources in one another.

If everyone sought to receive more than give...
it is a draining of the energy out of the cycle...
which brings all progress to a halt.

All involved then seek to hoarde their resources from one another...
and teamwork is no longer possible.



7)    Laugh Before Crying


I must admit...
this one I do not understand.

I say...
strive to structure your life where there will be no need to cry (bitterly)...
but only laugh instead.


If you plan for the long term...
you will have everything to look forward to.

This sets the stage for an underlying light heart...
so the simple pleasures in life are enjoyed...
and the obstacles in life are merely objectives to conquer.


Even in grief...
so long as you had been giving towards the other person in life...
your tears will not be out of guilt...
but out of sweet sadness.

You will remember the good times and miss their presence...
but you will know that they had known of your love for them...
and how each had enriched the other's life.

This is what allows the grieving person to love once again.

The other will always be remembered...
and his memory will have have either forced a change for the better...
or will have reinforced the notion of living life well...
as it is not just for us that we live in a giving fashion...
but for others as well.



8)    Live Before Dying


Yes

I would have added the word 'Truly' to the beginning...
but it is implied.

As I have said before...
to know that we only have one shot at life gives us the sense of urgency...
of the sense of it being special.

As with anything special...
you pay particular attention to everything.

Anything which is paid particular attention to...
is experienced at a deeper level.

Things which are experienced deeply...
are remembered well.

An accumulation of deep memories are what
make life truly well lived...
and this is what makes life so magical.





















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