Perception and Reality

The question: ‘what is reality at all?’ — is a really tricky one. If I’d have to reply in three words, my short answer would be:

Perception is reality.

But as soon you challenge your perception, your understanding of reality becomes much more loose. 


Wishful Thinking

Wishful thinking is like a drug. It is a bubble you create around yourself, in which everything is fine and everything will turn out alright.

Wishful thinking is the easy way. It keeps you lifeless and inactive, in times when you should move and act.

Wishful thinking is different from being an optimist. An optimist looks at the evidence and reality of the situation. Even if the situation looks bad at times, the optimist envisions a positive outcome after all. This gives him the necessary power to act, not give up, and move towards this positive outcome, even though he is well aware of the severity of the situation.

The wishful thinker, on the other hand, cannot or does not want to see the reality of a given situation. Instead, the wishful thinker wittingly or unwittingly suppresses reality. This creates an optimism bias in which wishful thinkers expect positive outcomes despite such expectations having no basis in reality.

The optimist faces the hardness of reality and acts. The wishful thinker downplays or ignores reality and procrastinates. If he acts, he is prone to overlook important details, which can lead to a vicious circle of unintended consequences.

Ask yourself whether you are facing reality or fall into the fallacy of wishful thinking.

Look beyond the information you habitually consume. Examine sources which you may find uncomfortable to read. Read at what is sold to you as fake news or conspiracies. Search for information outside your country, and your language.

It is possible that everything you wish to be true is not.


Balance Is Key

What do we want to do?

Sometimes it is more,

Sometimes it is less.

Whether ambition drives us, or the calm rests us:
both are good – In moderation.

The key is not to only rest.

But also not to work without rest.

Balance is key.


Philosophical Question about People in your Environment

There’s a philosophical question I asked myself today. There are many people you truly love. You value them and you really like them. In return, they love you too. But somehow, there are some people you truly love but hate spending time with. They might be friends from school or work, parents, or relatives. There are probably also several reasons why you dislike spending time with them. They are dragging you down to their mentality. You both don’t agree on basic topics. Intellectually you cannot have a real conversation. They are only complaining about everything. Talking bad words about other people. Don’t support you on what you are doing. Whatever the reason might be. I asked myself whether it is worth to spend time with people you truly love – and with truly I mean truly truly – but who drag you mentally and intellectually down. What is your opinion?


Good or Bad, Who Knows?

Some time ago I read about a Buddhist saying which says: “Good or bad, who knows?”. The notion behind this saying is that you should never condemn a situation which didn’t work out as planned. I want to explain the notion of this saying with a situation I experienced yesterday.


Good or Bad? Who knows!

From Printing to Re-Editing Everything

Yesterday I just wanted to print around 50 samples of a new personalized newspaper I was working on. Well, this five-minute job became, in the end, a five-hour task and my whole day was literally over. Good or Bad?