5% – A Story of Failure Part 5

One in twenty. Five out of a hundred.

Eris’ number. The mostly all knowing, the fairly powerful, and the not giving a fuck at all, Goddess of Chaos. She who brought disorder to the universe. The queen bitch of Discordianism.
Her number.
Five.

Disorder; the chance of failure. Chaos.
This is what allowed evolution to happen. Without failed mutations we wouldn’t exist. The failed adaptations.

Countless beings who were the opposite of “fittest”, who were not selected; they were our sacrificial lambs.

You cannot learn without first learning you’re mistaken and you cannot grow stronger without feeling your weaknesses.

Failure is what makes us great. Extinction is what created us.

A toast to those dead, deformed creatures, may we never forget their failures. Their failures, our successes.

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5% – A Story of Failure Part 4

One in twenty.

Old age will kill after 80-100 years. Ideally we’d live until then.
Grow and learn for 20 years, work and produce for 45/50 years, retire, rest for 20/30. That first 20 years, it’s when you become you. Twenty years out of a hundred.

That first fifth of your life is when the plastic parts of your brain form the framework of all future thoughts. Religion, language, culture; it’s the foundation of a psyche. It shapes your perceptions and how you process the things you learn about the world.

And yet it’s when you have the least control. The world is acting upon you. Your circumstances are not your choice. Parents, citizenship, economic status, community, it’s all foisted on you. All is not misery though. Once you become conscious; once you start reflecting on why you believe what you believe, then you get internal control.

So nothing is locked in stone, you can certainly rebel against any of those, but you’re never free of them. Every decision you make is because of them, even if those decisions are to oppose them. It never goes away.

That first fifth.
The twenty years.

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Dominant Perceptions

Go to a park. Sit down and hold a blade of grass. Try to see it as it appears to you and simultaneously as a collection of atoms. Can you see those atoms? Obviously you can’t actually see them, but you could picture something in your head that you’d call atoms. The thing you ‘saw’, that’s not the real ‘look’ of an atom. It’s not like it’s your eyes failing you, no creature can see see that. Atoms are small enough that they can’t interact with photons in a way to make sight (as we describe it).

When we talk about understanding things we often use synonyms for sight (“Oh, I see the point you’re making”). This shows an implicit bias. Sight evolved as our dominant sense and therefore we ‘see’ the world.
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5% – A Story of Failure Part 3

One in twenty.

That’s roughly the unemployment required for our economy to function. If more people get employed, then there’s a shortage of labour. This makes it harder for employers to find employees. 5% of our population must be unemployed. We call them lazy, deadbeat, a drain on society. We require them. 

With unemployment above 5%, it creates competition amongst labour. The workers must then compete for jobs. Employers have more power. If it’s below 5%, they lose that power. Workers can demand more rights. Employers cannot threaten unemployment . Labour becomes strong.

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Math

What is Math? 

People understand the concept of science. They may be wildly wrong about the details or how it’s done or even the underlying philosophy, but they can still describe what it is. Something in the realm of experimentation and theory or observations. Can you describe math in a similar fashion? 

On the one hand, it’s absolutely simple and obvious: one plus one equals two. There isn’t another possible answer, it just is. On the other hand, you have complex mathematics with irrational, infinite and imaginary numbers. You can hold one apple, it’s a lot harder to hold infinite apples, let alone conceive of what that could look like. And this is what makes so many people turn away from Math. It sounds like a completely made up game, where you juggle symbols and numbers without any reality behind them. And on top of that, the game isn’t even fun, so why play! 

The problem here is a misunderstanding of what that simple reality of mathematics is. See, holding an apple and saying “this is one”, is only kinda true. “One” is a concept, “one” is not a thing that exists. It is an idea that helps us understand our world. That’s all math is, a way to make sense of how things are in the universe. The numbers and the symbols Don’t exist, they’re merely useful concepts. “Imaginary Numbers” are just as imaginary as every “Real Number” because we made both of them up. 

This goes far beyond mathematics. Every concept of how the world works, whether it be science, math, religion or philosophy Is conceptual. It’s an idea, made up by humans. Whatever Truth really exists, is one all encompassing, singular thing; it is the universe itself. It can’t be broken down and it is entirely incomprehensible to humans (or any other thinking creature contained within the universe). 

Every system that forms a worldview is an attempt to explain the same thing: reality. Science is like Math is like Religion. That being said, certain models of the inverse are more useful than others. I find science and math have produced substantially better results than the others, but what I consider important may be different from what you do. I’m a fan of communication, transportation and easier access to biological necessities. I know these aren’t universal values. 

So pick the system you think is the most useful and don’t be a prick cause someone else chose different from you. 

And give math another shot for me.

5% – A Story of Failure Part 2

One in twenty.

Let’s say, for sake of argument, that you agree with me. What does that mean? For you to make a statement like that, how much of me do you have to agree with? No two people will ever be able to communicate perfectly so it’s clearly impossible to agree with anyone completely. I’m not wishing to get pedantic here; I’m not arguing against the concept of agreement. The opposite is actually what I’m driving at.

When do you stop ‘liking’ someone due to them making statements that you disagree with? When does the good outweigh the bad? Our memory is a fickle thing, it’s very easy to remember anger. If you’re reasonable and someone close to you offends you, you’ll let them explain themselves. You’ll talk and learn about why they said what they said. Our media has brought humans far closer together but we still maintain the same number of ‘close’ relationships. So we’re exposed to more people, more opinions, but not actually to the full viewpoints of those people. It makes it very easy to see the bad in them. To only see what angers you.

To ignore the weight of that 95% and only look at 5%.Crit Miss

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