Definition: End of History Illusion, Paradox of Aging, Hieratic Scale

End of History Illusion

Misperception humans have that they won’t change much as a person (personality-wise) for the rest of their lives

 

Paradox of Aging

The fact that older people are happier despite declining health, independence, and so on

 

 

Doesn’t anybody check how these things appear on newsfeeds???

Try Hara Hachi Bu to Help with Your Weight Loss Resolution

Lots of people resolve to lose weight throughout a given year, and they try all sorts of diet to do so. I’m not going to debate the merits of losing weight here, but if that’s your thing, I have a very practical suggestion to help. It is a lifestyle called hara hachi bu, from the Japanese island of Okinawa, home of the largest populations of people aged over 100 (centenarians).

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The IF Facebook Note

facebook notes for thinkersCopy the text between the dotted line as your note in Facebook, MySpace or other places. Put each of your answer on the line just below each emotion.

To make this an English as a Second / Foreign Language exercise, assign the note with some degree of explanation for each answer, whether a sentence, short paragraph or presentation.

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You can get to know a lot about someone not just what is true of them, but what might be true of them if certain things were possible. If nothing else, it’s a good conversation starter or changer.

So put your CAPS LOCKS key ON to accentuate your answers and let’s get going!

 
1. If you could have stopped aging at any point in life till now, how old would you want to be forever?

 
2. If you could possess an extraordinary talent in one of the arts, what would it be?

 
3. If you could be fluent in another language you currently do not read or speak, which would it be?

 
4. If you could be forever recognized for one thing, what would you like to be known for?

 
5. If you could break one athletic record, which record would it be?

 
6. If you could only save one thing from your place in event of a disaster, what would it be?

 
7. If you could “uninvent” one thing from the world so it no longer existed, what would it be?

 
8. If you could have one personality trait from someone, what from whom would you choose?

 
9. If you could commit one crime without being caught, what crime would you commit?

 
10. If you could ensure your children had one experience you had, what would that be?

 
11. If you could start a new charity, who or what would it help?

 
12. If you could have lived the life of a fictional character, who would it be?

 
13. If you could resolve any dispute in the world right now, which one would you resolve?

 
14. If you could give out an annual award, what would it be for and who would win it first?

 
15. If you could get rid of one fear you have, which fear would it be?

 

 
If you didn’t know the person who gave the answers you did, what would you think of him/her?

 

 
Please tag some friends to encourage them to try this note as well, and please include me because I would like to know what you would do if some of these things could happen to you.

For more introspective Facebook notes like this, please see https://digitalcitizen.ca/facebook-notes/

 
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1. If you could have stopped aging at any point in life till now, how old would you want to be forever?
RIGHT NOW, BUT I’M NOT DISCLOSING WHAT THAT IS ON A PUBLIC BLOG.

2. If you could possess an extraordinary talent in one of the arts, what would it be?
PLAYING THE PIANO, DEFINITELY!

3. If you could be fluent in another language you currently do not read or speak, which would it be?
I FIND CHINESE VERY INTERESTING.

4. If you could be forever recognized for one thing, what would you like to be known for?
BEING A RENAISSANCE MAN WHO WAS GREATER THAN THE SUM OF HIS PARTS.

5. If you could break one athletic record, which record would it be?
WORLD MARATHON RECORD, FOR SURE!

6. If you could only save one thing from your place in event of a disaster, what would it be?
MY CHILDHOOD PHOTOS FROM VIET NAM (IN ONE BOX).

7. If you could “uninvent” one thing from the world so it no longer existed, what would it be?
SMOKING. THAT COUNTS AS A THING LUMPING IN CIGARETTES, CIGARS, WEED, POT, ETC.

8. If you could have one personality trait from someone, what from whom would you choose?
MICHAEL JORDAN’S DESIRE TO COMPETE IN LIFE.

9. If you could commit one crime without being caught, what crime would you commit?
I’D ASSASSINATE SOMEONE WHO DOES THE WORLD A LOT OF HARM, LIKE MAHMOUD AHMAJINEDAD IN IRAN. You know, sometimes I wish the “crazy” people of the world who kill others would go for a little redemption and kill somebody worth killing. There are plenty of those around. I guess that would make them sane, though. Anyway, you shouldn’t rant in your note! 🙂

10. If you could ensure your children had one experience you had, what would that be?
MY ESCAPE FROM VIET NAM. I LEARNED TO APPRECIATE SO MUCH AT SUCH A YOUNG AGE.

11. If you could start a new charity, who or what would it help?
IT WOULD BE A CHARITY TO FUND SCHOOLS THAT HAVE AN EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE CURRICULUM, HELPING CHILDREN AND YOUTHS WHO ARE CHALLENGED BY THEIR LACK OF EMOTIONAL CONTROL AND/OR DEVELOPMENT. OTHER KIDS WHO WANT TO ENROLL COULD ALSO ATTEND BECAUSE IT IS GOOD FOR EVERYONE. HOWEVER, IF IT WEREN’T FUNDED BY THE PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM, THEN THOSE IN NEED WOULD BENEFIT FROM THE CHARITY AND THE REST WOULD HAVE TO PAY. CAN’T AFFORD TO ENROLL EVERYBODY IN IT!

12. If you could have lived the life of a fictional character, who would it be?
LT. COMMANDER DATA ON STAR TREK, THE NEXT GENERATION.

13. If you could resolve any dispute in the world right now, which one would you resolve?
THE ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN DISPUTE IS A GOOD ONE.

14. If you could give out an annual award, what would it be for and who would win it first?
THE GIV’ER AWARD, FOR BEST EFFORT TO GET THE MOST OUT OF LIFE WHILE BENEFITING OTHERS. MY FRIEND DENISE R. WOULD GET IT FOR BEING A SINGLE MOTHER OF THREE ADOLESCENT GIRLS, WORKING A FULL-TIME JOB AND HOLDING THE CANADIAN MASTERS WOMEN MARATHON RECORD.

15. If you could get rid of one fear you have, which fear would it be?
I SOMETIMES HAVE A LITTLE FEAR I FORGOT TO SET THE RADIO ALARM FOR WORK IN THE MORNING SINCE I TURN IT OFF FROM TIME TO TIME ON THE WEEKENDS.

 

 
If you didn’t know the person who gave the answers you did, what would you think of him/her?
SOMEONE WHO CARES AND IS INTERESTED IN A LOT ABOUT THE WORLD.

One Sentence Philosophies or Attitudes Facebook Note

facebook notes for thinkersCopy the text between the dotted line as your note in Facebook, MySpace or other places. Put each of your answer on the line just below each prompt.

To make this an English as a Second / Foreign Language exercise, assign the note with some degree of explanation for each answer, whether a sentence, short paragraph or presentation.

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You may or may not have a philosophy (or attitude) towards the big things in life. Well, this is as good a time as any to find out. And if you do find it, there’s no better time than the present to start living it. This note might take a little soul-searching as well as thinking.

Someone thinks you’re a smart oyster loaded with pearls of wisdom and seeks your vision on 20 big ticket items in life. You can take that with a grain of sand, if you like. If you are to keep that status, though, you must share your wisdom like a sage, in one sentence… the sort that can easily be quoted, texted or Twittered. Don’t try to be pretentious, grandiose, deep or anything. Just be yourself!

So put your CAPS LOCKS key ON to accentuate your answers and let’s get going!

 
1. Happiness

 
2. Adversity

 
3. Success

 
4. Aging

 
5. Love

 
6. Sex

 
7. Faith

 
8. People

 
9. Health

 
10. Money

 
11. Family

 
12. Mistakes

 
13. Feelings

 
14. Work

 
15. Forgiveness

 
16. Education

 
17. Death

 
18. Life

 
19. Living

 
20. Life philosophies

 
One a scale of 1-10, how well are you living your philosophies on these matters?
(1 = hypocrite, 10 = example in action)

 

 
Parting words of wisdom?

 

Please tag some friends to encourage them to try this note, and include me because I want to benefit from your wisdom.

For more introspective Facebook notes like this, please see https://digitalcitizen.ca/facebook-notes/

 
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1. Happiness
IS DIFFERENT THINGS TO DIFFERENT PEOPLE, BUT CANNOT BE KNOWN WITHOUT SADNESS.

2. Adversity
ARE CHALLENGES THAT MAKES LIFE MORE INTERESTING.

3. Success
IS MEASURED BY THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHOSE EYES SPARKLE WHEN YOU ARE AROUND THEM.

4. Aging
IS A STATE OF MIND MORE DEPENDENT ON EXPERIENCE AND ATTITUDES THAN TIME.

5. Love
IT IS BETTER TO GIVE THAN TO RECEIVE.

6. Sex
IS LIKE ICE CREAM IN THAT VANILLA ISN’T GREAT, BUT IT’S BETTER THAN NONE.

7. Faith
BELIEVE IN SOMEONE OR SOMETHING.

8. People
ARE BORN NEUTRAL, AND IT’S MORE THEIR NURTURE THAN NATURE THAT MAKES THEM WHO THEY ULTIMATELY BECOME.

9. Health
IS THE MOST PRECIOUS THING YOU HAVE ABOUT YOURSELF SO TAKE CARE OF IT LIKE IT IS.

10. Money
CAN BUY HAPPINESS, IF YOU KNOW HOW TO SPEND IT, BUT SHOULD BE THOUGHT OF AS A MEANS OF CONVENIENCE FIRST AND FOREMOST.

11. Family
IS CHOSEN BY YOU, NOT BY SOCIETY OR A DICTIONARY.

12. Mistakes
A MISTAKE IS NOT TRULY A MISTAKE IF YOU LEARN SOMETHING VALUABLE FROM IT.

13. Feelings
HAVE AS MANY AS YOU CAN, AS MUCH OF EACH AS YOU CAN, WITHOUT LOSING CONTROL.

14. Work
ENJOY IT AS MUCH AS YOU CAN, AND WORK TO LIVE, NOT LIVE TO WORK.

15. Forgiveness
FORGIVE BUT DON’T FORGET.

16. Education
LIFE IS BY FAR THE BEST SCHOOL YOU’LL EVER ATTEND SO TRY NOT TO FAIL ANYTHING AND NEVER DROP OUT.

17. Death
SHOULD BE, BOTH, A CELEBRATION OF ONE’S LIFE AND A MOURNING OF A WORLD WITHOUT THEM FROM THEN ON.

18. Life
IS THE ONLY TRUE SACRED THING.

19. Living
EMBRACE KAIZEN, THE ART OF CONSTANT SELF-IMPROVEMENT.

20. Life philosophies
IT IS GOOD TO HAVE THEM, BUT BETTER TO LIVE THEM.

One a scale of 1-10, how well are you living your philosophies on these matters?
(1 = hypocrite, 10 = example in action)
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Parting words of wisdom?
LIVE, NOT PREACH, YOUR PHILOSOPHIES TO IMPART THEM ON OTHERS, AND DO UNTO OTHERS AS YOU WOULD HAVE UNTO YOU.

I also wanted to add a philosophy on war that it is the coward’s way of resolving things because those who start them often never even come close to fighting. However, 20 philosophies was more than enough to challenge people, I think.