Be comfortable with being seen as ridiculous and idiotic. Be active, no matter how society acts so…

Be comfortable with being seen as ridiculous and idiotic. 

Be active, no matter how society acts so insecure, cruel, and childishly fearful. 

Be confident that you are a deserving human and that your pursuits are noble.


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Originally posted on May 18, 2018 at 07:59AM. [Tumblr direct link]

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You will always be in a state of cognitive dissonance. The only thing you can do is to choose which…

You will always be in a state of cognitive dissonance. The only thing you can do is to choose which worldview you will subscribe to and to mold it, as best you can, to match the realities you experience each day, in so far that you can still cognitively and emotionally function.

Your worldview will always, always differ from the worldviews of all humans around you. Most cases only ever so slightly, but more often than you would expect quite significantly in numerous enough cases. You cannot ever satisfy the cognitive dissonances experienced by others, nor can you possibly perfectly overcome the cognitive dissonances you yourself experience. You can, and in fact you must, choose which theories to subscribe to and which theories to reject, and you don’t have to share all with everyone, and even fulfill all demands thrusted upon you by all others around you. Keep yourself together. It’s the best you can do.

Grow. And expect that others will attempt to tear you down, maliciously or not, intentionally or not. Keep moving. Life’s a bicycle ride, kinda. You only keep upright by keeping on moving.


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Originally posted on May 13, 2018 at 12:47AM. [Tumblr direct link]

The language of Love is difficult to practice when hardly anyone speaks it anymore.

The language of Love is difficult to practice when hardly anyone speaks it anymore.


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Originally posted on May 07, 2018 at 01:15PM. [Tumblr direct link]

Just to record for myself that for four (4) hours today, May 1st 2018, from around 8:00pm-11:00pm…

Just to record for myself that for four (4) hours today, May 1st 2018, from around 8:00pm-11:00pm Jakarta time, Medium.com was blocked by the Indonesian government.

Access has since been restored. If any statement is to come out of the government it would probably be tomorrow morning, which will be around six to eight hours from now.

A worse-case scenario is that tomorrow morning the block on Medium would be reinstated. I hope it won’t come to that.


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Originally posted on May 02, 2018 at 01:26AM. [Tumblr direct link]

For those of you who say that people should be wise enough to have self-control when facing…

For those of you who say that people should be wise enough to have self-control when facing psycho-social manipulation through social media, I ask this: Do you need to eat?

Do you need to sleep? How many days can you go without sleeping? For those of you who still have eyesight: does sudden intense light aimed straight at your eyes make you feel pain? For those of you who still have ears: does a 15.000mHz sound wave at 50 dB make you feel physical pain?

The human hardware has specific responses to stimuli which will not change for at least give or take 60 years barring significant evolution. Your human body and nervous system has specific hardware vulnerabilities which will not be patched in a month, much less a week or a fortnight. Psycho-social manipulation is a real vulnerability and there’s no going around it. Legislation and socio-political norms-building may have at best a prefunctory effect on mitigating some of these risks but effectively the vulnerabilities will always be there.

Your mind is hackable. Know this. Plan accordingly.


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Originally posted on May 01, 2018 at 02:26PM. [Tumblr direct link]

For those of you who say that people should be wise enough to have self-control when facing…

For those of you who say that people should be wise enough to have self-control when facing psycho-social manipulation through social media, I ask this: Do you need to eat?

Do you need to sleep? How many days can you go without sleeping? For those of you who still have eyesight: does sudden intense light aimed straight at your eyes make you feel pain? For those of you who still have ears: does a 15.000mHz sound wave at 50 dB make you feel physical pain?

The human hardware has specific responses to stimuli which will not change for at least give or take 60 years barring significant evolution. Your human body and nervous system has specific hardware vulnerabilities which will not be patched in a month, much less a week or a fortnight. Psycho-social manipulation is a real vulnerability and there’s no going around it. Legislation and socio-political norms-building may have at best a prefunctory effect on mitigating some of these risks but effectively the vulnerabilities will always be there.

Your mind is hackable. Know this. Plan accordingly.


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Originally posted on May 01, 2018 at 02:26PM. [Tumblr direct link]