The Philosophy of a Cynic, Part I

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I wrote this rather quickly so bear with me. And this is just the beginning, I plan on writing more later on. I won't make any promises.

I think most of us at some point in our lives start questioning what we believe in. If you were to ask about my philosophy, I'd write about it easily. It's one of my favorite questions.

On Questions: There is such thing as unintelligent questions and it's not always the person that's unintelligent. Whenever someone asks me a ridiculous question I don't answer since it doesn't matter, instead ask them the question and see if they answer it. Most likely they won't answer. Or you could make up your own question and have an answer for it already which is easier than thinking of an answer to a question you weren't prepared to answer. Be prepared to answer your own questions.

On Conformity: It cannot be dodged completely. Years ago I had a conversation with a comrade who explained nonconformists to me. I couldn't quite grasp the concept and honestly I still can't. Nonconformists are subtle conformists. I took a sociology course and learned conformity is approving of a society's goals and means of achieving established goals. Serial killers aren't conformists, all criminals aren't conformists. But if anyone gives themselves a different goal and achieve them differently, they are not conformists. Don't stress about conformity, it's meaningless.

On Death: Since I am not dead I can't write about this subject. Although I'm writing a memo reminding me to write about death when I die.

On Possessions and other Materials: They are just things that are nothing yet they mean so much to people. Suppose I gave a comrade a plastic ring, comrade has to decide either to get rid of it since it's junk or keep it as a reminder about friendship or something that plays with human emotions. What would they do? Well it doesn't affect me since they aren't giving it back. I think people should give back gifts to the person who gave it to them so that the person doesn't throw it away. People should give gifts they like in case the person doesn't like it and gives it back, they won't be angry. It doesn't matter if you have a better item than another person because you won't be buried with it. Understand that letting go of items is better than keeping them.

On Things that matter: I talk and write too much about things that don't matter that I forget about the things that do matter. I've compiled a list of what matters after much debate with myself. The truth matters without it I don't think I'd want to do anything. Things that matter: Woody Allen's books and films, Martin Scorsese's films except Hugo which I think was a horrible fantasy. It was so unrealistic and I'm not talking about it being a fantasy because fantasy can be realistic but this one wasn't. Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, and James Joyce are a few of my favorite writers. Knowledge is important too.

On Individuality: It triumphs the community in certain circumstances. The individual who fights injustices compared to the silent community is rare but appreciated. The community that looks out for each other instead of leaving every man for himself is also rare.

On Goals: I don't believe in long term goals. They're always put aside and never really achieved. If you procrastinate, don't set long term goals for yourself: it's pointless although almost funny. Instead I set short term goals each day and accomplish those. Each short goal leads to a larger goal and that's how achieving goals is supposed to work.

On Emotions and Writing: Emotions aren't meant to be written, rather acted by actors. Feelings can't be conveyed fully through words. (This idea of mine is still debated heavily.)

On Ideas: They, like people, change and grow and die, and once they die they become a memory.