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The Practice of... not practicing

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Dec. 26th, 2004 | 05:59 am
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I can identify with this avoidance of a Practice, somewhat, although in a way I have not completely examined.

What I find greater or more attractive in a person is either of:

A. sticking with (training for, focusing on) a skill to the point of excellence
B. putting just a little extra energy into any, each, and EVERY little thing that you have a scrap of natural talent for.

I encourage people to go with A, because it has a bigger payoff for most people and is perhaps more normal, or at least traditional. And admirable.

I am unabashedly guilty of B in my own life, but I feel it's what comes naturally to me. Makes me look like a Renaissance Man, when in reality I'm just coping with my neural landscape. I can know one or two things about everything far more easily than a bunch of things about one thing. I am a professional generalist.

As far as judging what's healthy for you, no one can say -- unless they ask you and you tell them and they tell it back to you, which is what therapists do -- but I will throw my moral/ethical/religious/worldview/philosophy two cents in here and say if it enhances your experience in this life and doesn't take away from anyone else's, it's healthy.

cross-posted from another thread

The astute reader may correctly suspect that I'm going to contradict myself on this later. But I keep pressing these keys with letters on them and I like the way they click, so

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Triple Entendre

Re: Test Scenario

from: triple_entendre
date: Dec. 29th, 2004 05:27 am (UTC)
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Is this focus on camelid knowledge unhealthy? If not, you probably need to restate your philosophy for the purposes of clarity.

If I may be overly literal for a moment: it's just a single truism, designed to guide one's thinking, rather than a complete philosophy. In a case such as yours, where that snippet of philopophy does not speak to your situation, you need (if anything) more or different philosophy. (More likely you just need to go for a walk and it will sort itself out.)

Most of my philosophy is like that. My net philosophy is a set of truths, each of which has been (as Einstein recommends) made as simple as possible -- but no simpler.

As with all sets, mine is also subject to Godel's Incompleteness, except I think that my set disregards it and actively includes some contradictory elements.

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