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Alpha Beta Questions

Extroverted pick-up artists: have you found a lasting satisfaction? 
Introverted closet-freaks: does self-imposed monogamy have you wondering “what if?” 
Alpha-humans: are there enough notches on your bedpost? have you found a peak that is high enough? Do you cherish the memories of past triumph and mourn their passing? Are you living a legacy or leaving it?
Beta-humans: Do you accept your current conditions? Do you feel that quality overrides quantity? Do you find yourself settling for any vista the mountain has to offer while others climb to the peak? Does competition leave you feeling defeated? How do you compensate?
Free-thinkers: do you feel that these concepts undermine your innate liberated state? Recognizing that something small can only exist beside something tall & someone loses only when another wins, how do you maintain your detached balance?
$0.02

(Warning: mundane philosophical observations ahead)
There is no virtue in demonstrating competition. 

Practice is akin to a sharpening stone.

True competition is born from necessity. 

Only the resilient & adaptable will endure true competition.
Whether you fuck for sport or fondle for love, fight for glory or kill to survive, we all experience victory and defeat. 
In this way, our experiences are uniquely bonded: the predator and the victim are one as “all life feeds on life to live.” 
As physical beings, we fuck & fight our way through time ’til death while a weird starry-eyed serpent chokes down its own tail.

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(don’t give him any encouragement or he won’t ever shut up)

He spends his recent time with collegiate humans. He is living on the edge of a Venn diagram; relative comparisons nearly contrast him into obscure alienation. 

He greets the doorman with an obsolete gesture; the party kindly waives his absence of mind. He thinks, “Charisma will get you a seat at the dinner table. Befriending the chef gets you a slice of pie.” 

He’s busy humming the Uneducated Blues and wondering, “so what does this life have to do with me?” He philosophizes himself into a paper bag. 

Outside there are drunks in the park. He gives them change and fuels their melancholy with paper money; it means nothing to either of them. Generosity and despair are little words printed on pixel and paper; neither gets you into the land of milk and honey. 

All the action lives before our eyes; he sees high society upon billboard signs and wonders, “can life really be like that?” His ruminations achieve nothing so he follows the cracking pavement into the forest. 

Broken-hearted humanity swallows itself whole without his help. The hungry gathering spares no prideful crumbs. He waits quietly for the sun to rise.

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Understanding the Illusion of Financial Success

(Dispelling rationalized financial iniquity)
To understand is not to physically renounce our possessions; to go be poor.

To understand is to release the attachment to status & wealth, and to see how it is not serving our highest interests & the interests of this whole planetary ecosystem.

To understand is to realize we are rich with & without material.


To whom does wealth really belong?
It belongs to us all just as this Earth belongs to itself.
No man is ineligible to earn money if he seeks it.

Material wealth is man-made.
Man is not material-made.
Earth is universe-created.
The universe is not Earth-created.
 
We call ourselves human.
Which is to say that our lives are a collective human experience as it relates to the external world.

Before our salaries, we belong to nature.
This nature is not just the trees in the forest, it is also human nature.
We all decide what exactly this is by means of convention & true understanding from within.
 
To forget this is to suffer a great loss of self.
 
To understand true wealth is to acknowledge the ties that bind and cut them.

I think we know how to be happy with no money, therefore we should be able to remain happy with money.
To understand this is to become independent of wealth.
Through understanding, we become independent of greed.

 
This is important because it helps us realize the difference between money & happiness.
Happiness is unlimited, money is not.
Suffering is unlimited, money is not.
 
For one to prosper over another creates entitlement & competition.
Can we honestly say that these attitudes have made the world a better place?
Does money make the sun shine better?
Does material wealth make the grass grow greener?
 
To understand is not to develop a pro-mentality or an anti-mentality.
We get it how we live!

To understand is to break the illusion of relative success.
There is no such thing as success apart from our invention of it.
This does not necessarily mean dispel the concept of success.
It is a call to look deeply into the differences between individual success & collaborative success.

What is the difference between one winning and one losing?
They feed different aspects of loss & gain, playing the same game.

We are either happy, we are suffering, or we have transcended both.
 
By all means, we go out and play the games of civilized living, but always we always know in our hearts that these games will come to an end.
It will hurt our hands to have things ripped away.
If we cling to nothing, we inherit everything.

This is not religion.
This is not spirituality.
This is understanding.


I love us all & I trust we can always love & forgive ourselves at the moment of our choosing.
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