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Philosophy



Some of my Slogans

  • Because one is not able to walk all paths of life, learn everything, but still forgets a lot from the conscious mind, one has to choose very carefully the next stone in the stream to jump to.


  • The most important thing to remember on a daily bases is that if one were to be born in medieval ages, then one must be able to trade with the very small amount of hardworking, smart, extra intelligent, people, who are capable of noticing that there is something wrong with the lifestyle and understandings of the majority of the medieval people.


  • Accusing bastards for being bastards is the same as accusing the world that the sun is shining, rain is falling and a year has 4 seasons. It is far smarter to make sure that UV-cream is available and an umbrella is at reach and that the the 4 seasons have been taken into account.

(A slightly different version of the same saying in Estonian: Kaabakate kaabakluses süüdistamine on samaväärne kirumisega, et päike paistab, vihma sajab, maa käib ümber päikese. Pigem tasub mõelda, et kas UV-filtriga kreem on hangitud, vihmavari kaasa võetud, erinevate aasta-aegadega arvestatud. :-)


  • Just like the enjoyment of sexual pleasures is something that everyone must do themselves in stead of delegating it to someone else, the standing for one's own interests is something that can never be delegated.


  • "Töökohad ning projektid tulevad ja lähevad, kuid inimsuhted jäävad." English translation: "Jobs, projects come and go, but human relations stay". The idea is that one should never mistreat anybody in the name of retaining one's job or getting a project or some other earning opportunity. I came up with that saying before year 2007, but a 2013 movie titled "Siberian Education" has a similar saying starting at 22min45s: "Hunger comes and goes, but dignity, once lost, never returns."


Interestingly they included that clip even to the trailer of the movie, despite the fact that it was not any kind of a high point at the movie. I noticed it at the movie mainly because it was so similar to a statement that I have come up with on my own. My version is probably a modification of a summary of a belief system that I was raised up with. For example, in Estonia there is a saying, "Mõisast varastamine pole patt", which stands for, "It's not a sin to steal from the party that has gathered its wealth by robbing and/or enslaving the thief." That idea was pretty much a guiding principle for many Estonians during the Soviet Union era, where it was considered culturally perfectly OK to steal from the Soviet state, with the only exception being that coworkers must not suffer from the consequences and one must not get caught with the activity, although often times many Estonian bosses also "looked the other way". That principle does NOT allow stealing from other private individuals or employers that treat its employees respectfully. On the other hand, the moment the employer lies or comes up with some other scam, all bets in this context are off.


Some of my Various Observations and Sayings

The only possible non-fake news are about dumb, passive, incurious lambs getting new StarWars style cannons on their backs, i.e. news about new technology. That's the only event that changes the game for the wolves, if global climate change, other speices, including various microbes, are not taken to account.


What regards to the importance of doing a good job at engineering/development/research, then the apes at the jungle do not care, if You fall down from the sky due to shoddy engineering (by the people, who developed the plane You were flying). Nor do the apes care, if You die due to the lack of medicine. The medieval kings could not buy themselves a small box of antibiotics even for the price of multiple castles.


Soviet era extensive economics/industry is similar to mega-corporations that try to expand their business by hiring more people in stead of increasing efficiency and automation.


One thing is the availability of tools and education and the possibility to get proper medical care and another thing is the lobbying effort to make people actually use their opportunities. The tools, education, medical care should be freely available to everyone and if needed, then great effort must be made to make them freely available to everyone, but if people do not use them and need to be lobbied to use them, then it's OK for those people to literally drop dead and suffer tremendously. 24/7 availability and announcement of existence and location of the tools and services and educational materials is sufficient. Anything else is lobbying.


All humans are inherently parasites and predators, who are willing to make anyone a victim of one's own pleasure, except that different humans see the limits of their operating environment differently. Dumber ones, including speeces of predatory animals, think that they can beat up and kill, may be even eat, others on the street without crossing limits that effect them to the point that they are not willing to cross those limits. The victim of the dumber ones will suffer tremendously and initially the physical attack, a drive by shooting, stabbing, bite to the neck, will succeed. A bit smarter ones think that if there is a "legal basis" for their action, for example, they might work as a guard at Nazy concentration camp or they might be a top politician or just a billionaire, who can hire the corrupt politicians and Police, conduct their abusive and parasitic actions through a more elaborate scheme and also initially succeed, with consequences arriving to them a bit later in a bit different form. Most clever humans use the cute cat model, where they avoid abusing anyone and try to get along with more capable clever "cute cats" by not being aggressive and not being abusive.


If a person lives in a dirt pile with cockroach-es, so that the cockroaches spread from that person's flat to neighboring flats, then that person is personally responsible for the actions that the cockroaches take at the neighboring flats. The same applies, if the role of the cockroaches are fulfilled by politicians, suicide terrorists, etc. Civilian Germans were fully responsible for the 2. World War. Ordinary Russians are responsible for the deeds of the various czars, Stalin, Lenin, Putin. Ordinary Estonians are responsible for the actions of the politicians at Toompea and the actions of various ministry officials.


Supposedly the Steve Jobs claimed that whenever consumers are asked, what they would like to buy, then their answer is that they would like to buy things that they can understand, more and cheaper. That excludes all things that are new, novel, because people are not aware of the new things and therefore the new things are not understood. The only way to find out, whether a truly novel product has any market, is to produce it and see, if people buy it. The same mechanism applies to research institutions, including universities: if universities are required to serve the business community, then the order is to produce mainly things that the business community can understand, more and cheaper, not any truly new and novel technologies. The only alternative to such a failing scheme is that the research institutions are given the money and told to do whatever they want, without any evaluation from the funding party. The funding party must do its evaluation prior to handing over the money and if research is what the research institution members do for fun, then that's what they are actually going to spend that money on regardless of whether some audit can verify it or not. (Probably the people carrying out the audit do not really understand, what is going on anyway, because paying for the strippers might actually be a research expense, just like barrels of alcohol are a research expense for people, who want to store organs in jars. People, who study exotic fish might need fishing equipment, boat rent and tickets to some island with palm trees, etc.)


Cats that catch mice are out, catching mice, not purring on their master's lap. Corporate world hires the purrers, freelancers that work for results only are the ones, who are out catching mice. It is difficult to have a corporate orgy with remote workers that want to do actual work in stead of socializing.


A properly slaved person believes that it can not survive without its master or that it is far worse off without its master than it is with its master. At its master's leash the slave feels safe and happy, to the point that it even feels safe to reproduce.


Counting on the smartness of violent adversaries in stead of arming oneself properly is like swimming among sharks without a protective cage and without a harpoon with an excuse that only a very stupid shark would bite or swallow me because my blood is poisonous to the sharks. Not bearing arms is a smart solution in a situation, where the probability of being bitten by sharks is smaller than the probability of accidental discharge of arms.


If You want peace, prepare for war. If You want that peace to be not based on repression, make sure that there is high level of competition. As stupid people get into conflicts even at the environment of high competition, the only way to avoid conflicts with the stupid people is to avoid having anything to do with them. To minimize conflicts at one's immediate vicinity, where it is not possible to avoid others, everyone must be helped to realize their maximum intellectual potential. The "cute cat model" is, how I self have to deal with people smarter than me and everybody must have the capability to apply the "cute cat model", because due to the relativity of smartness everyone are surrounded by people, who are smarter in some context than they themselves are.


If I can live peacefully, undisturbed, in a "submarine" that is undetectable by all war-fighting parties and that can not be accidentally influenced by any of the war-fighting parties and that has all the typical indoor living conditions that I want, including fine food and fine internet connection, and the "submarine" can slip in and out of the war area any time I want, without being detected by anybody, then it really does not matter, what mess goes on "above" or which side wins the war or how long the war lasts. Fish in the sea eat each other all the time and there are no news saying, "Today fish A ate fish B at the end of a fearsome chase." Tigers and zebras also have their quarrels. Humans have their quarrels about resources, including loot that flows from the bottom of the pyramid to the top of some hierarchy, like it happens with the Vatican pope and its closer, royal, subordinates.


Thinking multiple steps ahead in the game of Chess is NOT IN VAIN even if it is known in advance that the paths at the game tree can become inaccessible due to the actions of the opposing player. In the game of RealLife there are many players, including many opposing players. One of the players of the game of RealLife, the Player-of-Randomness, some call it God, can also cut off paths at the game tree, just like an opponent in the game of Chess can block game tree paths. In both cases, the game of Chess and the game of RealLife, it makes sense to think/plan multiple steps ahead even if it is a fact that the path(s) at the game tree might not be accessible. For some reason people called Realists, sometimes also called as Concrete_People, think that planning with resources/opportunities that do not yet exist, id est thinking multiple steps ahead, in the game of RealLife is futile. (I wonder, how do they imagine playing the game of Chess? Only one step at a time?)


The business of a 21. century Church is to offer simple explanations to people, who lack the intellectual capacity to understand the complexity of the world around them. In the medieval ages the business of the Church was to rob and the brainwashing activity was to increase the efficiency of the robbing activity. There is no need to pay for warriors if the extraction subjects bring the loot to the Church without the services of the warriors. Helping the extraction subjects to produce more material values increases the amount of loot gathered by the Church. That partly explains, why the smarter Church departments offered some actual education in addition to brainwashing the extraction subjects. Part of the actual education was needed to make the brainwashing easier. For example, people, who can not read, can not read the Bible and other propaganda pieces.


Free trade FUNDAMENTALLY leads to capitalism. Capitalism is like fire: helpful, if used with care, and very destructive, if proper precautions are not taken. Supermafia free precautions against the harm of capitalism is that all free trade participating parties stand for their interests, look for other trading partners to avoid taking a deal that is bad from their perspective. In Estonia there is a rule that children will not play with fire, except under the strict supervision of adults. (Think of new year eave's fireworks.) Child-minded people should not play with capitalism. Child-mindied people should work as employees and pay to some 2019 Finnish worker union to do the parenting for them.


As the main business model of a supermafia/"state" is to rob, regardless of political party, the supermafia will optimize its actions according to their loot maximization, NOT according to the maximization of benefits to the parties that pay more to the supermafiosi than gain from the supermafiosi. The "caring" communists/socialists of Cuba and Soviet Union and Communist China are the biggest exploiters of "blue-collar workers", "common men". The "libertarian" parties of The West all live off of "tax money". The Republican party of the U.S. lives off of U.S. "tax money" or from kick-backs from its campaign financiers, specially the payments of the various "regulated industries", pharmaceuticals, military industrial complex, various environmentally sensitive industries. The various _honest_workers_ like many of the firemen, secretaries, teachers, ambulance medics, "social workers", university lecturers/scientists etc. who get most of their income, usually in the form of a salary, from supermafia loot, tend to be just people, who do not care, where their money is coming from. They just think that as long as they do a Good Thing and they get their salary that always tend to get compensated according to supermafia looting rate and inflation, then all is fine and their problems are "solved". They are a bit like the Nauru islanders, who lack the capability to see that their version of the Good Thing has a really bad side effect and then the smarter bunch of them wonders, why things do not work out with their Good Thing despite their great efforts.

An example of a really stupid wish from one of such people, one Estonian doctor, is/was that all of the "citizens" would be covered with supermafia paid healthcare insurance, because the healthcare insurance payment for the whole population would form just a fraction of the supermafia loot and according to supermafia propaganda the "state is for the people" and "taxes are collected to the benefits of the people". Obviously being alive and well is not seen as a _benefit_, because what's the point of looting if the loot can not be spent to the benefit of the supermafia. Yet in 2019 all Estonians need to pay the supermafia 20% Value-Added-Tax for their food.


Battles are _always_ lost due to mistakes and lack of capabilities. If a random event is a key element that lead to the loss of the battle, then at least something was not taken to account to the extent that it should have been taken to account. Wars are lost by loosing battles.


If everything in life is horribly bad and the situation is that one's life as a whole will be a guaranteed failure or at least the overall picture is truly grim, then even if the task of "fixing life" is guaranteed to be too big for one's own lifetime, it is possible to solve one small, very tiny, sub-task so that the result of solving that sub-task is perfect. The idea is the same as in software development, where a huge task is divided to small sub-tasks. For example, more complex functions are described in terms of less complex, smaller, functions. Those sub-tasks are then solved until all of them get solved and with solving all of them the big task gets solved. An illustration might be love affairs during the World War 2 (WW2) era. The WW2 era youngsters will probably die due to bombing or starve to death at concentration camps, but the small sub-task of their hopeless life is having good sex and before they loose limbs and start to starve they can carry out that task TO PERFECTION so that the quality of their sex is at least as good as that of year 2020 peace time youngsters. Another example is politics: the slave minded fools can create horribly repressive social systems, be it the WW2 era Nazi party or be it the year 2020 "representative democracy with taxes/robbing and conscription/slavery", but it is possible to create PERFECT tiny sub-parts of the social system. For example, it is possible to choose, how to treat one's own clients, business partners, vendors, service providers, sub-contractors, colleagues, members of a distributed open-source software development teams. It is a problem, if the overall task does not get solved, but that is NOT an excuse for not completing the sub-tasks perfectly. What regards to failing in one's life, then there is a totally random, statistical, aspect to it anyway, because one can get killed at a car accident or fall down with a plane or get hit by a meteorite, stray bullet, a plane that falls down. Mathematically speaking, as long as the probability of getting instantly killed at some accident is not totally zero, indefinite life is not possible even if the medical system were able to cure diseases that usually are fatal to the elderly. Consequently, there is no one's own life-time to waste and regardless of one's age one must step it up to the maximum that one can to get those small sub-tasks solved in perfect manner! Be it sex, software, politics, family life, whatever it happens to be, and, yes, it takes quite an effort to figure out, what the "perfect solution" even looks like. Even if the probability of the fatal accidents were zero and the eternal life existed, research in mathematics and philosophy is required, because otherwise the perfect overall solution will never be reached even during infinitely long time period, just like some infinitely long number series will never reach some value. May be another way of saying this is that a small insect with limited mental capabilities must do, what a small insect with that kind of mental capabilities can do and the small insect must make an effort to do it WELL, regardless of how bad the situation is. The list of situations includes a situation, where the whole forest, where that small insect lives, is on fire.

Some Black Humor

About the Complaints that many Important Phenomena in Life are "too Abstract", "Irrelevant in Daily Life", "too Mathematical"

The Meteor that made big Dinosaurs Extinct

That saying is understandable only in Estonian.

Kõik suured dinosaurused tapnud meteoriit oli kõigi nende dinosauruste jaoks liiga elukauge, liiga abstraktne. Lausa nii kaugel elust, et kõik surid maha. Sama oli 2. Maailmasõda paljude eurooplaste jaoks, äris edukad Siberis maha surnud eestlased kaasa arvatud. 2016 seisuga on näha, et 2016. aastal äris edukad eestlased on tulevase Eesti-Vene sõja dinosaurused, sest ise relvade arenduse finantseerimise asemel loodavad nad Toompea supermafia kaitsele ning Toompea supermafia loodab enda relvade arenduse asemel omakorda erinevais kontekstides kokku-varisenud USA peale.


Medicine

  • I have (health) problems, therefore I'm alive. (The dead do not have any problems.)


Some Other Peoples' Sayings that I like

Kim Wilde

A rearrangement of her words: "People can instantly tell, whether a person is wearing the cloths or the cloths are wearing the person."


George Michael

It's not certain, whether it is true or not, but there is a rumor that the George Michael said in one of the documentaries about him when asked about media scrutiny and lack of privacy, 'if you can't have privacy, at least be honest'.


Riho Ühtegi

At an 2019_09_04 published interview to Pealtnägija: "A dead samurai is no longer a samurai."


James Norman Mattis

Those are not exact quotes, but approximations based on my(Martin Vahi) memories from his presentations.


  • There is always room on the battlefield for all allies.
  • History shows that the side with most allies wins.


My own interpretation of those 2 sayings is that the slackers and parties, who do not do actual work but just like to enjoy the company of others, are very useful for diluting focus of the enemy from the real workers to the slackers and companionship enjoyers and with that they alleviate the situation of the real workers and increase the probability that the real, serious, workers succeed at what they do.


Heather A. Conley

Let's get the capabilities, let's grow the effort, and then be little less focused on, what I call, the theology.


My Estonian Translation with a few slight intentional changes:

Rohkem riistvara, vähem teoloogiat!


Synthwave Folclore

Set of Sayings #1

A:"Try to relax, have some fun. Remember, what they say, all work and no play?"

B:"All sunshine makes a desert, so the Arabs say."


ZeroNet user quantumkitty

A citation from a 2020_01 forum: "The thing about Free Speech is that it doesn't always grant one the right to an audience. I personally had to learn that the hard way with my problematic social media use in the past."