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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Move towards realism

Some of my favorite movies have stories with a very grim portrayal of life. They have characters who are not larger than life and the protagonist's life is mundane at best, if not downright destructive.

Most popular movies today frequently have the message of "you are do it all" and hail a culture of winning. Life on the contrary, gives us both good and bad.Truly, I don't think the culture of boosted self esteem portrays an accurate picture of life(nor does is do any good). I do think that one must be able to accept the good/bad and not work in the delusion that things could be better. A nicer approach would be to accept whats given and then do the best one can to better the situation.This would not only benefit us in the future but also improve the present.       

I am not suggesting that optimism is bad, simply that realism is better.

Some of my favorite movies that are have less than perfect stories:
  • Wrestler
  • Magnolia
  • Into the wild
  • Sunset limited
  • Leaving Las Vegas
  • Bringing out the dead
  • Requiem for a dream

Images from and Peanuts by Charles Schulz

Monday, August 12, 2013

Tradeoff's in Human Desires

As humans, I believe we share a set of conflicting emotions/desires. Accepting the paradox, and then gradually learning to navigate them may lead to a fulfilling life.

We share tradeoff's in :
  • Experience Seeking: There is a desire/thrill in learning new things and experiencing new environments/situations.
  • Problem Solving: I believe humans are problem solvers having an innate need to "figure it out". This is linked to our ability to change/manipulate the environment and thus, experience a degree of control where there might be none.
  • Stability: We have a bias to the familiar and seek comfort in rituals and routines. Love is also a part of that stability seeking behavior; in a environment that can feel all too familiar a loveless affair.