Monday, June 22, 2015

Alex's 2015 Father's Day Card / Dinner At The Atlantis



Song:   Nocturne

Artist:  David Lanz




Today, I just slept in.

Alex had this card on the table for me.


 Alex is so cute.
He put our next night walk goal...100 lbs.

Although he took Geometry many years ago...
it is his weakest mathematical area...
and so, he is going to review it over the summer.


We then went out for dinner at the Atlantis.

We ate on the Skywalk Terrace at the Oyster Bar.

I started out with a large bowl of Lobster Bisque and plenty of bread.


Alex ate fried oysters.
He loves oysters...
well, actually...
he loves almost all seafood.


I then had a lobster sandwich.

The bread was called a 'honey bun'.

It was a hot dog bun!

Although, I must admit...
it was a honey flavored hot dog bun  :)

The lobster sandwich was good...
so, no complaints from me.


On our way out...
the pillars ejected their flames
(one minute of flames every half hour).


Alex's summer course at UNR was cancelled.

We just found out today.

Alex will concentrate on his various math programs at home instead.


We are postponing our trip until
we talk with admin. at UNR.

We hope to leave in a couple of days.





















Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Alex's Night Walk Update - Rucksacks With 75 lbs.



Song:  Under The Bridge

Group:  Red Hot Chili Peppers


On this night...
we put in the last contents of our third 50 lb. bag of sand into our rucksacks.

This brings the total weight in our rucksacks to 75 lbs. each (34 kilos).

I also bought a shelf for my room which is strong enough to hold both rucksacks.

I did this to ease the difficulty of putting on, and taking off, our rucksacks.

This will eliminate the possibility of shoulder strain once the rucks start to really get heavy.




As you can see...
the shelf is just high enough so we may simply back up to the rucks...
slip them on, cinch the straps...
and then walk out the front door
(with, of course, the process reversed when we return).




Alex was doing some final adjustments to his rucksack as we started our walk.

As we will be adding weight more rapidly for the next couple of months...
I cut back the distance walked, to half the norm (from 2 miles...to 1 mile).

Once we reach 100 lbs. (45 Kilos) of sand in each of our rucksacks
(we should be at 100 lbs. in a couple of months)...
we will then gradually increase the distance walked each time...
until we, once again, reach the apex of the hill...our turnaround point
(The last half of the walk consists of a long and sizable hill).


Should we try to rapidly increase the weight and keep the full distance...
I fear we will over stress ourselves...and not recover quickly enough.

We must first toughen our tendons and ligaments with the shorter walks...
before allowing ourselves to really stress our bodies on a longer...
and far more strenuous, walk up the hill.

We will stay at 100 lbs. until we can reach the apex of the hill...
whereupon we will then drop back to the quarter way point
and then go back to rapidly adding weight 
until we have added an additional 25 lbs to each ruck
(every time we empty a 50 lb. bag of sand)...
and we will then slowly add distance until the apex of the hill
is once again reached.

This cycle will continue for as long as we can.

Our intermediate goal is 200 lbs. of sand per rucksack...
however, I don't think there will be either room enough in the rucks...
or that the rucks will be strong enough for too much more weight.

I will have to buy either larger and more rugged rucksacks...
or devise a way to carry heavier weights on our walks.

I was thinking of adding weight lifting plates to the rucks...
but then again...I will have to find more rugged rucks for anything over 150 - 200 lbs.


During our last walk...
for the first time...
Alex started to really feel the weight.

He was relying on his youth and vigor before...
and he got away with walking inefficiently.

As I have the advantage of an efficient walk with heavy weights on my back
(I had to learn this in the Army, and the training stayed with me)...
and as I have become more conditioned...
my efficiency makes the walks relatively easy now.

Alex is making the classic mistake of taking too large of a stride as he walks.

I had explained to him that by merely shortening the stride...
it is like being in low gear.

You also simply lean forward and make the walk a controlled falling forward of the body
(going up hill...you also allow your body to rock, and roll...
towards the lead leg as you walk.
This is, in essence, placing the walk into super low gear).

Oh well...
pain is a great teacher  :)

He will learn.

However...
I am not being cocky.

I know that once we start going up the hill once more...
I am going to suffer tremendously  :)

Once Alex learns efficient walking...
his conditioning will grow far more rapidly than will mine.

I shall, once again, become the weak link

(although, my feet no longer become sore...
not only because my ligaments have toughened...
but because I had bought better shoes).


Walking with heavy weights for distance...
THIS is true core training.

However...
the effects won't really become profound until you get 
to at least your own body weight on your back
for a couple of miles of walking.

You are using all of the largest muscles of the body...
in coordination with all of the stabilizing muscles...
in the correct sequence, timing, and intensity.

This is the essence of core training.

If you add a large hill with heavier than body weight on your back...
the cardiovascular training effect goes through the roof.


I know some must be worried about the growth plates
of a child getting compressed...
resulting in stunted growth.

Not so with heavy weight walking.

Firstly...
you must realize that walking with heavy weights
is a far more gentle exercise on the growth plates than is that of jogging
(especially for larger bodies).

With each strike of the foot in jogging...
there is a direct force on the growth plates which is equal to 2-3 times the body weight
(unless one may run with the efficiency of an ultra marathoner).

In Gymnastics...
it is far higher
(unless they are on rebound floors).


Secondly...
when walking with heavy weights...
the walk is more of a glide...
as the stride must be greatly shortened...
and the body mechanics are forced to become efficient.


Thirdly...
deep restorative sleep is when growth hormone is released in its highest amounts.

Heavy exercise depletes stress, and in doing so, induces deep relaxation
(especially when done 1 - 2 hours before bed...and after a hot shower).
This is a necessary component to achieving deep restorative sleep.

Not getting enough deep restorative sleep...
or a lack of a highly nutritious diet, will stunt a child's growth
(however, you must realize that the number one cause of a short statured child...
is genetics  :)

Growth plate damage usually only occurs as a result of a traumatic injury...
such as a bad bone break at the growth plate.

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I must apologize ahead of time...
I get a little too dramatic when I am emotional about something  :)

So...
here it is...
a little poem I had penned for this article:


'Strong of Body...Strong of Mind'


Strong of body...strong of mind...living life well...
 are all intertwined.

It is only through the route of purposeful and controlled pain...
that the route to the true depth of the beauty of life may be gained.

For it is only through the purposeful striding through the gates of hell
that one may one stride through the gates of heaven...
to sit among the gods on clouds abounding...
and to truly experience the magical pleasures within.

                                                                                      ------ Shiroi Tora


Now...
this is more than merely a poorly penned poem.

It contains information of the psychological and physiological effects of exercise...
and of what it unlocks in the human body and mind.


I will need to expand on this...
for unless you are familiar with intense and prolonged exercise
of all of the largest muscles of the body at the same time...
you will have no true understanding of the poem.

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'Strong of body...strong of mind...living life well...
 are all intertwined.

It is only through the route of purposeful and controlled pain...
that the route to the true depth of the beauty of life may be gained.'

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Explanation:

Through the training one goes through to achieve a strong body...
the mind (the will) becomes far stronger.

Along with heightened physical capabilities...
come heightened intellectual and emotional capabilities.

This is physiological.

Heightened stressors on the body...
so long as they do not overwhelm the adaptive capabilities of the system...
result in supercompensation of said system.

Intense and prolonged exercise of the whole body 
effects a general hormonal and neuro-chemical response.

When the body is made to feel threatened with possible extinction...
a general alarm is sounded...
and all manner of hormones and neuro-chemicals are released...
all aimed at, not only reestablishing situational stability...
but a new general heightened capability.

The body has to have two things in order to thrive...
the physical capability...and the will to survive.

Supercompensation assures that, not only the body
will become stronger from a full recovery from stressors
as a result of the hormonal response...
the natural opiates of the body alleviate pain...
and greatly increase the pleasure received through all of the senses.
It also resets the threshold of pain higher...
and the threshold of pleasure lower.

All sentient beings are driven by but two basic drives...
the pursuit of pleasure...
and the aversion to pain.

Increase the pleasure...
and decrease the pain...
you increase the behavior.

This is psychological.

(not due to intelligent design...
but as only those who had supercompensated enough in the past...
survived arduous conditions...
and who were also willing to push themselves to explore and conquer... 
 had lived to pass on their genes).


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'For it is only through the purposeful striding through the gates of hell
that one may one stride through the gates of heaven...
to sit among the gods on clouds abounding...
and to truly experience the magical pleasures within.'


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Explanation:


By controlling the intensity, the duration...
and the frequency of the stressors through exercise...
you may control the body's response and recovery...
and so, assure supercompensation.

With supercompensation...
and the resulting greater hormonal and neuro-chemical output...
comes a far, far, greater sense of general well-being.

Everything...
absolutely everything...
is felt to a much higher degree of pleasure...
and past highly enjoyable experiences are relived in great detail.

Colors, sounds (especially music), smells, taste, and touch...
are all felt to the bone, and take on whole new meanings.

The very air itself...
 tastes and feels delicious.

A particular song may be played hundreds of times in a row
without you tiring of it because of the whole gamut of sensations it arouses
(if even only through the mp3 of the mind).

You are on an inner journey of the mind...
and all the sensations of which, are felt throughout the body.


Again...
this is only achieved with intense enough whole body exercise...
done for a long enough duration...
and the effects of which...
last for days.

Your body feels light...
as if you were walking on clouds.

You feel as if you were a god...
immortal, and indestructible.

Everything in life takes on a crystal clarity...
your body becomes devoid of all stress...
and your mind is filled with a deep love of life.

A beautiful sunset becomes a symphony of sensations...
as necessary as food...
and as delicious as a gourmet feast.

All of life is filled with hope...
 as you know this is something which is entirely under your control...
 something which can never be taken away...
and is always yours to receive on demand.


The key to the intensity and duration of the whole body exercise
is also one which self adapts to ensure
you do enough, without doing too much.

Exercise to the point of nausea...
and then, and only then...
back off just to the point where the nausea subsides.

This is exercising in the zone.

Continue for 45 minutes to 1 hour.

So far as frequency...
when the feeling of super well-being subsides...
and you also feel full of energy and have the absence of any residual pain or malaise...
the body has completed the supercompensation process...
and it is then time for another beautiful walk into hell  :)


My next article on our night walks will be when we reach 100 lbs. per ruck.

I am very much looking forward to this milestone.











Monday, June 15, 2015

Adages From A Bonehead: Morality



Song:  A Pillow Of Winds

Group:  Pink Floyd


If you have not already read the first of these articles:





Socrates 

 The teacher of Plato


Plato 

 The student of Socrates...
and the teacher of Aristotle


Aristotle 

 The student of Plato...
and the teacher of Alexander The Great.



These three men are widely regarded as the fathers of Western Civilization.

They had recognized and systematized the concept of right and wrong...
 the logical methods of achieving right, and refuting wrong
(not just in questions of morality...but as a way to solve all problems)...
and basic principles of living well 
through the governing of behavior as individuals, and as groups...
in an efficient and effective manner.


MORALS:

Golden rules regarding virgin right and wrong...
as applied to all humans and their behavior.

As these rules are universal...
and universally applied to all...
they are subject to degradation...
neither by time... nor by circumstance.


These golden rules are the template for the following basic subcategories:



VIRTUE:

An ideal behavior of morality.



VALUES:

That which is held as virtuous by various groups or societies.



ETHICS:

Principles or rules which govern a person's, or a group's, behavior.



Problems arise in the world because either:

Morals are not established...
and/or...
Values and Ethics are not aligned with Morals.


Okay...
all easily said...
however, what does all this mean?


Example:


MORAL:

Everyone has the right to exist...
unless he attempts to unjustifiably take that right from another...
either through action, or through inaction.


VIRTUE:

Assertion


VALUE:

Self Reliance / Self Protection


ETHIC:

The laws determining the difference between 
that of Murder, and that of Self Defense.



Perverted moral:

No one has the right to kill another (ever)
(as in the frequently misinterpreted religious saying of:
'thou shall not kill').

The meaning is... 'thou shall not murder'.

If the previous were the case...
no one would have the right to self protection...
or in the protection of his children or family...
or that of any other innocent person.



Misalignment of an ethic to that which is moral:

Partial Birth / Late Term Abortions
(I am not talking of morning after pills or pre 8 week old abortions)


Planned Natural Expiration

The withholding of fluids and nourishment 
to stable non-brain dead comatose patients
(they are dehydrated to death...with pain control in place).

And who deserves a lifetime of welfare 
more than those who cannot do for themselves?
(with none given to those who can do for themselves, but choose not to).

Such as was the case of Terri Schiavo (free care for life should have been provided)...
and especially with our grievously injured soldiers returning
from a war zone from exactly where our society had sent them 
(they deserve full pay for the rest of their lives...
along with quality, speedy, and free, health care).


With mere euphemisms...
and with the mere citation of a greater need through false argumentation...
morals are frequently, and conveniently, overridden.

How so? 

How is it that the most innocent of all beings (a viable baby)...
may be subject to death on the false argument of it being a woman's choice?
 (again, I am not talking of pre 8 week old abortions).

Let's see...

A woman has the choice to take full preventive measures ahead of time
through a variety of contraceptives.

Check

A woman has the choice to take precautionary measures after the fact 
to prevent implantation of the fertilized egg to the womb through 
the 'Morning After Pill'...or even one which causes a miscarry.

Check

A woman has the choice to monitor her body for pregnancy while 
there is still plenty of time to exercise an early abortion
(actually...three full months).

Check

A woman has the choice to give her baby up for adoption right after birth.

Check

A woman has the choice to drop off her unwanted baby...
at any 'Safe Haven' (usually any Police or Fire Station)...
and depending on the State...
from 3 days to 1 year after giving birth...
all without fear of prosecution.

Check


You wish to tell me about how Partial Birth / Late Term Abortions...
are a woman's choice?

Another frequently cited excuse is one of deep psychological harm 
to the mother were she forced to carry her baby to full term.

What?

The mother cites that she would always wonder about how her 
child were doing in the world were she to give her baby up for adoption
(so...it really is a matter of selfish convenience...isn't it?).

There is no general justification for them.

I am sorry...
but it is Checkmate.


On just the thinnest of excuses...
a mother may have her viable child killed...
and a doctor may murder for profit.

Precisely because there is not always
 the firm alignment from Morals to Ethics...
anything may be done to anyone...at anytime.

If even the most innocent being may be murdered...legally...
anything may be justified.

By just saying that a simple majority consensus...
if even by just those in power...
somehow justifies any action...
then anything may happen.

This is when people are ruled by man...
instead of being ruled by morals.

Those of whom live without firm morals to rule them...
shall forever be manipulated, ruled, and eventually enslaved, by the whims of tyrants

(I don't know if this was an actual quote from someone famous.
I seem to remember it from somewhere...and I paraphrased it).


Let's see...

Hitler and the Holocaust.

Socialist Russia under Stalin and Lenin.
Their great purges...including the Pogroms...the Gulags.

Communist China under Mao with their great purge.

Pol Pot in Cambodia

Hmmm...
we are already at an estimated 100 million engineered, and specifically targeted, deaths.


You can see the problems which arise when ethics
 are not kept in strict alignment with morals.



The Importance Of Morals:

Morals are what give structure to the behavior of human beings...
the most important of which is the identification of the existence...
and the identification of...
 right and wrong...
and without which...
everything would be subjective

(nothing would be objectively true...
everything would be a matter of perspective...
there would be no black and white...only grey...
and so, anything would be okay).


Morals must always be the guiding principles
in order to assure the greatest possibility of survival...
as well as setting up life for maximal gain...
for individuals and, especially for, groups of people.

Morals also must apply at all times...
to all people...everywhere...
and under all circumstances.

They must, therefore...
be very broad in scope.

It is through morals that individuals 
become free to invest their time, intellect, and efforts...
and so, may start thinking of the future.

They may start working together and organizing
an efficient system of cooperating with...
and protecting, one another.

Without the framework of morals...
people would be filled with distrust...
and would be constantly at war with one another...
as certain groups would be preying on others freely.


You may also think of a society as one large living organism.
Morals are the cellular instructions which allow the smooth functioning
of all the systems in the organism.

When cells are allowed to go rogue...
you have cancer 
(When morals are not followed).

When the body doesn't recognize itself...
it freely attacks that which serves a function...
and you have an autoimmune disease
(When ethics are not in alignment with morals).




Now...
take the first moral

'Everyone has the right to exist...
unless he attempts to unjustifiably take that right from another...
either through action, or through inaction.'...

and combine it with the essence of a couple of others:

'Everyone has the right to the fruits of his labors.'

'Everyone deserves respect and freedom of heart, mind, and body...
so long as he gives the same to all others'...

and you have a simple adage to live by...
one which covers so many morals:


Bonehead Adage #1:

'A moral man's sword cuts but one way...
in the act of assertion against aggression.'



Or...
if you would prefer:


Caveman Style:

'Violence not good or bad.
Assertion...good.
Aggression...bad.'


Or perhaps something with a little flair?:


Dramatic Prose Style:

'Force of Will and Violence are but tools.
Through Assertion...they become the sword of justice.
Through Aggression...they become the scythe of evil.'

:)


Meaning:

Violence is not intrinsically evil.
It must sometimes be used by the Assertor...
to protect against the Aggressor.

The difference between the actions of Assertion and that of Aggression...
is the difference between the one who has the virgin right...
and the one who tries to covet, enslave, or destroy.

So long as the actions were necessary...
and only the amount of force necessary was used to stop and/or subdue the aggressor...
or in the use of whatever force that was used or threatened to be used by the aggressor...
up to, and including, deadly force.


Why would I make this the first adage?

What about words of love...
or perhaps kindness...
or about anything warm and fuzzy?


Because...
nothing else would matter if one could not be assured of the virgin rights to:

His very life...
and those of his family

The accumulation of his efforts

Basic human respect and freedom

These lie at the first two very base levels of 
Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs.


Without these...
the individual would not even try...
societies would cease to function beyond the most rudimentary level.


By one knowing an individual has these virgin rights...
he would give basic respect to all...
and knowing that he is also an individual...
he could then be open to truly living his life...
knowing that he is also deserving of respect of heart, mind, and body...
and that he has the absolute right to be free from fear and oppression
through bullying in any form.

'Only a person free from fear...
is free to truly learn...and free to truly love.'

(look at that...another adage!  :)






















Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Words Of Wisdom From A Bonehead




Song:  Us And Them

Group:  Pink Floyd


Why would anyone wish to get any advice from a bonehead?

Because...
if even a bonehead, such as I...
could fully retire at the age of 51 (I am 55 now)...
 have no real worries (monetarily) for the rest of my life...
to have realized that our most valuable commodity is one of time...
and so, to know enough to enjoy the magic of everyday life...
it means I had done certain things in life correctly
(in my case...it wasn't luck...it was careful planning...
of always looking to the future...and of walking that carefully laid out path).

Besides...
so long as the message can be verified...
it is not about the messenger...
it is all about the message.

Ex.:  A person at a bar drunkenly mumbles...
1 + 1 = 2 (mathematically speaking).

Because he is drunk...
the message cannot be trusted?

As it can be verified...
the message is all important...
not the messenger.


Photos taken at Las Vegas on the Stratosphere tower...
after Alex's 2015 ARML Nationals Competition.


I had included these photos to show
that I am quite unremarkable in stature and in weight.

I am average in almost every respect.

You wouldn't notice me in a crowd.

I am merely...Joe Citizen.

I am not especially intelligent...
actually...I am quite the bonehead.

I am not...however...a fool.

A fool thinks he is better than he is
(and that is why he never improves).

I know I am a bonehead...big difference  :)


When I say bonehead...
I mean as measured objectively.

As I have said before...
all my grades throughout my years in school...were abysmal.

My vocabulary is ...well...atrocious.

School was torture for me.

I simply could not sit still...
or keep my mind from wandering.

I was highly immature until I went into the Army
(I will always be grateful for my time there.
I got my life on track after I got out.
I had come out a much better person).

Although I had done better at university...
I am still amazed I had tolerated sitting in a classroom until I graduated.



I was a quiet child...shy and awkward.

You know how some of the highly intelligent children are quiet?

Well...I was not one of them for that reason  :)

I was quiet because...
well...you know the saying:

If I keep my mouth shut...
they will only think I am a bonehead.

If I open my mouth...
they will surely know I am one :)


However...
I was quiet mostly because...
like most quiet people...
I observed and listened very carefully
(except in class :)

Like most people...
I learned much of what I know by experience...
and by reading a lot of books on various subjects.

My mind operates very simply...
through good ole' country common sense.


And so...my first piece of bonehead wisdom:


1)   Observe and listen very carefully...
 try to understand the core meaning or pattern...
its importance and its application...
through simplification...and generalization.


Without the input of information...
the variables necessary to come to rational conclusions
will not be available to you.

You must carefully watch and listen for not only what is there...
but for what is not.

You must be especially watchful of contradictions in speech.

Ask yourself why and why not.

Think things through to their natural conclusion.

The result will become apparent.

If not...
the necessary variables were not given...
and this will also tell you something.

Especially when it comes to people...
it is through their actions, in-actions, and reactions...
which will tell you the most truly about them.

When there is a discrepancy between the stated intent...
and the implied logical result...
or between words and actions over time...
and knowing that words are easily said...
but actions over time takes effort and commitment...
you will automatically know what to believe...
and you will then be faced with but two possible reasons
for the discrepancy:

Purposeful 

Non Purposeful



Most Common Core Reasons 
for Purposeful Discrepancies


Core Reason:  Arrogance


It is through arrogance that a person may justify his deceit.

He sees himself as an adult...and the others...as children...
or more accurately...
he sees himself as a god among mere mortals.

He always seeks social dominance...
usually through the control of information.

This is a person who is logical enough to deceive...
but not logical enough to realize he is on the wrong path in life.

By thinking that all others are fools
(he must...otherwise, he would not try to constantly deceive)...
he lacks true foresight.

He thinks that life is about putting up a front...
a facade...a false face.

You will see it in his 'power' posturing...
and in his obnoxiously loud behavior and provocative dress.

He is screaming out..."Believe ME"...
instead of saying in a modest manner...
"Believe this plan because it is the most efficient and effective".

He will put all of his effort towards the appearance that he is better than he is...
and so, thinks that a good lie is the ultimate achievement...
when instead, by putting his effort into actually becoming good...
he would further his life without fear of exposure.

It is through their stubborn arrogance that they think they may constantly
double down on their lies...to always make them bigger...
to add emotional emphasis...to repeat them long enough and loudly enough...
that others will believe them.

They know the power of words and emotion.
They will frequently try to slip in ambiguous words with emotion attached
as a distraction for their false premise.

While this often works in the shorter term...especially when large crowds are involved...
they will lose to the intelligent person with true insight...and a solid plan...
in the long run.

As an arrogant person...
he loves...more than anything else...
power and prestige.




Core Reason:  Evil



Subcategory:  Greed


This person's end game is one of material gain.

They don't care if they are exposed in the long run...
so long as they will have gained materially. 



Subcategory:  Sadism / Anger / Envy


Sadists are very special types of people...
and thankfully, quite rare.

They derive great pleasure in destruction.

Beyond this...I really don't understand what drives them.



Angry and Envious people are not so rare.

They don't care for a plan to move forward...
they just don't want any plan to work.

They are typified in the 'Crab in a Bucket' mentality

(the crab that stays at the bottom of the bucket...
not trying to climb out himself...
but who just constantly pulls other crabs down that try to).




Most Common Core Reasons for
Non Purposeful Discrepancies



Core Reason:  Simple Logical Misstep


Simple logical missteps are easily committed...
 especially when dealing with complicated matters...
and so, it is easy to get lost in the logic tree of the mind.

When asked to explain himself...
he will usually be able to correct himself.




Core Reason:  Ignorance


These people may be idealistic...
but simply have not thought out what they espouse.

These people merely parrot what they have heard.

As a parrot, all they can do is simply repeat what they have heard...
often while attempting to mimic the emotional content using
the same voice inflections and body language.

And, as a parrot, they have no real understanding as to what they say...
and so, have the 'deer caught in the headlights' look when 
challenged to explain the discrepancies.

These people...
not having understood what they had said...
will not have understood the naturally implied logical result
which points to the falsity of their statements...
especially if there is an inherent contradiction.


So why is knowing why so important...
especially when, for whatever reason...
you cannot trust them?



The plain fact is...
you should not rely on trust.

Each of us is fallible as to knowing the true intent of others.

Truth through verification of the message is all important.


The second reason is...
by knowing the reason behind the discrepancies...
you will be able to predict future behavior...
and so, establish counter measures
in cases of purposeful deceit...
or you may help guide the ones
who had non purposeful discrepancies.



A major reason to listen very carefully to words which are spoken...
is that words have meaning.

As there are seemingly numerous synonyms in use...
many are actually higher or lower on a hierarchy of meaning...
and this can change the application of such words.

It is not merely an argument of semantics.

Semantics means...the meaning of words.

To leave out words which could affect the result...
to put in words which could apply more broadly than implied...
these are just some ways deceit is carried out.



There are three basic rules of communication:


Communicate Openly And Honestly

Communicate With Precision And Concision

Communicate Not To Be Understood...
But So You Cannot Be Misunderstood.



When these rules are not adhered to...
there is an underlying reason.

Knowing these underlying reasons...
if even by deducing them over time...
will allow you to apply the appropriate remedies.



Why am I telling you this piece of common sense?


Two reasons:


Firstly...
as I am constantly astounded by the actions of people...
the actions which tell me they are not thinking things through...
I can only deduce that common sense is no longer so common
(and so, speaking of it alleviates much of my frustration...
'The emperor has no clothes!').



Secondly...
I am setting up a series of articles on simple adages in life...
as codified by a bonehead (me).



These will serve as a reminder for those who had lost faith
in their fellow man...or in himself.

I am letting you know that I am part of the silent majority...
and that you are not alone.

We know that rational thought...
critical reasoning...
will show the best path in life to take...
one which is not devoid of deep emotion...
but a path which will allow one to prosper...
and so, clear the horizon of the dark clouds
which inhibit the full expansion to new horizons...
giving one the piece of mind to fully, and deeply, enjoy life.


I am quite the opposite of the crab at the bottom of the bucket.

I am a crab who had climbed out
and had seen the vastness of the ocean...
and who is lowering a rope of hope to all the rest
before scampering to the ocean to live my life as a King Crab...
scouring the seas for the scallops of life.

Why?

Because, just as misery loves company...
so does that of the joyous.

People who live joyously...
love to see joy in others.

 Why?  Because of altruism?

No...
because it doubles the pleasure.

That of receiving...
and that of giving.


Now...
as a self admitted bonehead...
what right do I have to give advice?

Two reasons:

Firstly...
again, it is all about the message...
not the messenger.

I will fully, and rationally, support my statements...
and I have full faith in knowing that you will see
similar parallels in your life.


Secondly...
being a bonehead does not mean being foolish.

I have learned many of the correct paths in life in retrospect...through experience.

A highly intelligent person can see a clear path from the beginning...
often as a child...many years before so many of the others.
This was not me.


However...
knowing I am a bonehead forces me to acknowledge
that there is so much to learn from every experience...
and from so many people...
and the reason I observe and listen so carefully.

My lack of speedy processing and a great reserve of memory
has forced me to think ahead...
and to simplify and generalize that which I observe...
into easily understood, and followed, adages.


These have guided me in life successfully...
especially considering what I once was
(a person with a pinball mind and who had constantly daydreamed...
one who was easily distracted and very impulsive...
a late bloomer in almost every respect).



The great value of these adages is that so many on the Autistic Spectrum
use these same types of generalized rules to navigate life.


As I am not religious...
I will not be speaking from a religious standpoint.

However...
I am moral.

This will be the starting point of my adage articles...
Morality.
















Saturday, June 6, 2015

NNV Math Club's Summer Practice



Song:  What A Wonderful World

Artist:  Louis Armstrong



The NNV Math Club will be gathering for weekly two hour math practices
during the Summer.

These special sessions were organized by a couple of the veteran members.

The young members of the club are very motivated...
as they had a very good showing at the ARML Nationals
(6th in the Nation in their division).


I took Alex to the reserved conference room for the practice session.







These two young men were the organizers of the summer math circle
(the young man in the Fedora...and the young man in the orange shirt).

Although they are veteran members...
both are just in 10th grade.


The young man in orange had made copies of past AMC and ARML contest problems...
and he also had a copy of a national Mandelbrot contest page
filled with problems for the members to solve.


Within a short period of time...
the classroom filled up with almost all of the team members.



Each member quickly got serious in their problem solving.


The young man in red was very helpful.

He readily helped others by explaining how to solve tough problems.


There was neither hint of haughtiness in teaching...
nor shame in asking for assistance.

The mood was upbeat...
and the discussions were math-centric.


The two veteran members helping Alex to understand a problem he had difficulty with.


I had only stayed in the class for the first hour.

I then retired to the library.


All of the computers are for use for the students of UNR
(a student number must be entered to use them).

Next time...
I'll use Alex's student number.

I'll catch up on the news before getting lost in a book.



I love two of these words...
'Quiet' and 'Reading'.

I love books...
and quiet comfortable surroundings...
and the time to just get lost in a good book.


I found myself a good book...
and then found a comfortable chair to read in.

Before I knew it...
it was time to meet Alex at his practice session.



The class had ended...
and the young members affirmed the date and time for their next session.


What made me think of this song:

1)  The leadership demonstrated by the two veteran members...
in setting up the weekly sessions...
supporting the sessions by having problems printed out and at the ready...
having had already secured and reserved the classroom...
and by leading the sessions in an organized manner.

2)  The selfless sharing of knowledge by the strong members...
and the open asking for help by the others whenever they had a problem.

 3)  The math team pulling together in search of knowledge...
and their willingness to give up a weekend day to strengthen their skills.

4)  The look of excitement...
and hunger for knowledge...
in each team member's eyes and posture.

Nothing motivates people more toward success...than a prior success.

This young team now knows what can be done with diligent practice.


Most of all...
it is so good to see youth on the correct path in life.


Yes...
each young member is highly intelligent.

However...
no...
this is not the most important attribute.


Life is not so much a question of aptitude...
as one of attitude.


Each of these young math club members
knows the value of deferred gratification.

They are working towards mastering an important subject
so they will be able to have a career they can not only love...
but one which will provide the monetary rewards
which will allow them to secure their futures
(however, they also have a passion for math).


What one attribute do I think runs common
among youth such as these?


I would have to say...
rational thinking.

With rational thought comes...
forethought...which gives rise to foresight.

This is what gives these youths their uncommon amount
of wisdom and maturity.

They know the great value of life...
and what is needed to succeed in it.


They know that as life is a meritocracy...
that it is not excuses...
but performance...
that ultimately matters.

They also realize that the time to prepare for the battle field of the world arena...
is relatively short.

In essence...
they know full well that the battle is won...
not on the battlefield...
but in the training halls.


The applied essence of this line of thought (deferred gratification)...
is that by working diligently towards goals while still young...
they are setting up the vast majority of their lives for one of
great happiness and deep satisfaction.

It really is quite simple.

There is no time in life where personal responsibility is so low...
and time so free...
as when one is a youth.

If a child does not use this time efficiently...
when he becomes an adult...
he will have relegated the whole rest of his existence
to having to work much harder and longer...
for much less.


(However...
this is not to say that each does not also enjoy his/her life now.
Far from it.
Many of the members are talented in the arts or sports also.
It is just that they use their time intelligently.)


So...
when I see self directed behavior in youth 
which I know will serve them well in life...
a path which will put them on a positive spiral...
I cannot help but think to myself...

'What A Wonderful World'  :)










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