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    A thread about me

    In my opinion, in your post, you omitted the most important goal of personal development. Making moral progress, becoming a better human being, ought to be your primary goal. Our brains, specifically the pain-pleasure function, decide that for us. When we intentionally harm innocent people, we...
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    I lack motivation and my life is boring

    The reason you chose the law is probably because you wanted to enhance your reputation with your family and your peer group. That's not a good reason to do anything. You want to become the kind of person who seems to have nothing to prove to himself or anyone else. You should want genuine...
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    WHAT IS WEALTH?

    Sometimes we think in images, but mostly we think in words. Thinking can be thought of as self-communication. So, when reasoning or communicating with others, we should choose our words carefully to say exactly what we mean. Words can change meanings in context, so the same word can have more...
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    Who wants to be a millionaire?

    Commanded Creation wrote: It would appear as though you are in fact debating the topic of wealth (the pursuing and acquisition of wealth has been one of the main points of this discussion/debate in the first place). I'm going to post this comment again. Would you please read it again and more...
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    Who wants to be a millionaire?

    Commanded Creation wrote: I don't know that people realize what all they have to miss out on and give up by not having wealth of some means or other. If they did, "Wealth is the ability to fully experience life." Henry David Thoreau I'm not debating the topic of wealth "...of some means or...
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    Who wants to be a millionaire?

    Command Creation wrote: Do you think that the pursuit is the problem area. Or do you think that it's the people who misuse these things that are the actual problem? Usually (not always) both are problems as I see it. The pursuit is usually driven by a need to feel superior. We would be better...
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    Who wants to be a millionaire?

    Commanded Creation wrote: Let me start off by saying that I agree that most people, on some degree or other, do pursue power in an effort to gain superiority over others... Then we are in agreement. Superiority over others has never been a worthwhile or worthy cause. However, I was talking...
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    Who wants to be a millionaire?

    Commanded Creation wrote: "Do you think that pursuing wealth, fame, prestige, and/or power is psychologically unhealthy (maybe even pointless)?" Yes. I think that we humans are all infected with the need to feel superior to some degree which produces all manner of arrogant behavior. We not...
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    Who wants to be a millionaire?

    Joseph (or any other poster), I can't think of a good (psychologically healthy) reason to pursue wealth, fame, power or prestige. If you wouldn't mind sharing -- why do you want to get rich?
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    Who wants to be a millionaire?

    You are moving the goal posts on me, CC. Are we talking about the time and effort to get rich or the time and effort to make a living? I thought the topic was the former. Prior to retirement, I made a pretty good living, self-employed, working a 20-hour week. Had I wanted to become rich, I...
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    Who wants to be a millionaire?

    No, Joseph... I'm not interested in getting rich. I want inner peace. It's obvious that gaining wealth would require a lot of my time and energy and, even if I were successful, it would not result in inner peace. It's true that it's not the destination (inner peace) that matters. My goal is to...
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    Reasoning: The Most Useful Tool for Personal Development

    Thank you, Toby. I wish you all the best as well.
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    Reasoning: The Most Useful Tool for Personal Development

    Or not worth it? Not worth it. I respect your integrity. I'm sure you believe you have it right, and you mean well. But, the way our minds work, we might just as well be from different planets.
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    Reasoning: The Most Useful Tool for Personal Development

    Toby, a debate is a discussion involving opposing viewpoints. That's what both of us have been doing here. We have been debating. In a debate, when someone makes a claim, they are supposed to support it with evidence or reasons. When they don't, it's called an UNSUPPORTED CLAIM. Here's an...