August122014

Been seeing more cases of depression lately

There are two underlying sources of depression: existential and physiological. An existential depression comes from the discrepancy between the way your life is and the way you would like it to be. The reason why this causes depression is because it denies you volition, your human nature to make choices.

A physiological depression is caused by an imbalance of body chemistry. You feel depressed because your body is not getting enough or not being receptive to the substances which allow you a feeling of well-being.

Sometimes it is the case that an existential depression is caused by a physiological depression. You may feel depressed that you do not have a lot of friends, which may be because you have social anxiety. It would behoove you to address the social anxiety in order to make more friends. This is just one example, not the only one though.

Other times, a physiological depression can be caused by an existential depression. The stress of losing a job could wreak havoc on your body chemistry and actually start affecting you physically.

Whether a depression was originally existential or physiological, after awhile it will become both. It is at this point that the depression catches hold in a vicious cycle. The point I am trying to make here is this:

The physiological is an undeniable part of depression.

Knowing this will give you the power to address it. You may be able to stop the depression at the source, or at least mitigate its effects on you. Either way, you deserve to feel better.

Everyone’s physiology is different, so there’s no one right answer for every person’s depression. But I’d be happy to help you find any nutrient deficiencies you may have. Or, if you want to take the initiative, here are a few nutrients good for overall well-being: Vitamin B12, tryptophan along with niacin, more fiber, less carbs. I recommend the website Livestrong.com. I’ve found all sorts of helpful items there.

July12014
“The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding. […] Decency, security, and liberty alike demand that government officials shall be subjected to the same rules of conduct that are commands to the citizen. In a government of laws, existence of the government will be imperiled if it fails to observe the law scrupulously. Our government is the potent, the omnipresent teacher. For good or for ill, it teaches the whole people by its example. Crime is contagious. If the government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy. To declare that in the administration of the criminal law the end justifies the means — to declare that the government may commit crimes in order to secure the conviction of a private criminal — would bring terrible retribution. Against that pernicious doctrine this court should resolutely set its face.” Justice Louis Brandeis, Dissenting, Olmstead v. United States, 277 U.S. 438 (1928).
June302014
“The world is going to hell and everyone’s watching cat videos.” John Kobylt, KFI News Radio

(Source: kfiam640.com)

June292014
A lot of times, people don’t understand the difference between government systems and economic systems. The government system of the United States is a Democratic Republic. That means that the people vote for the politicians who—hopefully—enact proper legislation. The economic system of the United States is capitalism. True capitalism is where individuals are free to trade their goods and services for the goods, services, and money of other individuals to the mutual benefit of both parties.

The US was founded on the notion that the government was historically the greatest threat to people’s freedom, and so its power must be limited. Capitalism serves this goal. It intends the product of your labor only goes towards your intended goals. This is contrary to collective economic systems, such as socialism, where the product of your labor goes towards the government. This empowers the government and limits the power of individuals, easily allowing the government to subjugate its people.

A lot of times, people don’t understand the difference between government systems and economic systems. The government system of the United States is a Democratic Republic. That means that the people vote for the politicians who—hopefully—enact proper legislation. The economic system of the United States is capitalism. True capitalism is where individuals are free to trade their goods and services for the goods, services, and money of other individuals to the mutual benefit of both parties.

The US was founded on the notion that the government was historically the greatest threat to people’s freedom, and so its power must be limited. Capitalism serves this goal. It intends the product of your labor only goes towards your intended goals. This is contrary to collective economic systems, such as socialism, where the product of your labor goes towards the government. This empowers the government and limits the power of individuals, easily allowing the government to subjugate its people.

June282014
“It is in the interest of every individual to exist in a society that recognizes the right to defend oneself in a fair trial.”
June272014
“The next time you say, “I have a right,” ask: “Who has the duty?” If there is anyone who has a duty to do anything except refrain from interfering with you, ask: “On what grounds do I claim a right to subordinate that person’s will to mine?””

Charles W. Baird

Professor of Economics Emeritus

California State University at East Bay

(Source: fee.org)

June232014
“I loved you conditionally. You loved him unconditionally. I stopped loving you.”

love 

4AM

What is Volitionism? pt1

Start with the concept of free will, that individuals have the power to make their own choices. Then acknowledge the fact that individuals do not always have the power to make all their choices. A person, given the choice, would surely choose to be happy and free over being unhappy and fated. But since individuals are not always happy and free, it is apparent that they do not always have a choice in the matter, ie do not always have free will. Here, Volitionism recognizes this fact and reasserts free will by addressing the factor preventing the individual from choosing happiness and freedom. By CHOOSING to address the factor limiting freedom.

Example 1: An individual is depressed. It is unlikely that the individual chooses to be depressed, because, given the choice, he would be happy. So he must have no choice in the matter. But, he can find out what is making him depressed, like maybe a lack of B vitamins, and address it. In this way, he ultimately does have the power to be happy.

June222014
“As long as you exist in this world, you are subject to the demands of this world.”
June192014

Thanks a lot =\

  • Me: Thank you for your help, Dave. You're a scholar and a gentleman.
  • Dave: The last time I heard that, it was my teacher who used that old saying.
  • Me: Yeah? And was he an English teacher?
  • Dave: I think so.
  • Me: There you go, and what am I?
  • Dave: Old.
  • Me: No, an English major, dammit!
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