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Conversational Consequentialism

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I'm a Consequentialist: I believe that the moral rightness of a thing should be judged based on the (expected) outcome of it, not based on any particular moral rules. That is, it's (generally) bad to lie because that leads to a confusing world, but if lying in a specific instance will keep you from being killed by the Gestapo, then by all means lie. It's bad to murder because that results in somebody being dead, not because anybody said not to. It's bad to be gay because uh well actually since it turns out that doesn't harm anybody it actually is okay to be gay, even if a deity tells you it's bad

I wasn't always a consequentialist, though, and trying to get this idea to fully permeate all of my thoughts takes a bit of effort. One of the main things that I've had difficulty thinking of in terms of consequences rather than rules or virtues is conversations. When talking with people, I still feel a very strong urge to be completely, frankly, brutally honest, and even worse, I feel that if I don't say something, that's the same as lying about it. This has gotten me into trouble. More than once. I've lost at least one, possibly two friends because of this, and it was only through deliberate, learned effort that I managed to avoid that urge getting me criminal charges

When you're talking with people, what are your goals with the conversation? Are you trying to convince them to do something for you? Are you trying to convince them to adopt your position on some issue? Or are you just having a fun conversation? In all of those situations, getting angry, or making the other person angry, is not a useful thing to do. Saying things that from your perspective are true, but where you can predict that the result of saying it is going to be counter productive, is incredibly tempting, but is actually counter productive. I mean, come on! You saw that coming!

My Biggest Fear and emotional Resilience.

On Ideas in the Making

I have on big fear in life that trumps all my other fears. That fear is the fear of having a job and being mediocre.

I don't really believe in jobs. I know that sounds weird to say, considering in order for society to function jobs need to exist, but I just feel that a lot of times, and for a lot of people, jobs are a waste of time, mental energy, and skill. Due to socio-economic factors, sometimes complex, sometimes not, a lot of people end up getting jobs they don't like, and sometimes even worse, to keep up with a life they don't enjoy.

I know a lot of people out there truly love their jobs and waking up everyday brings them great satisfaction, but ultimately for me, the lack of flexibility is just too much. Flexibility and freedom to me are the most important things in life. Being able to wake up and decide to do nothing and just watch a movie, or get on an airplane because of some amazing discount, or just go to the beach or what not is something that is extremely important to me. A job doesn't allow me to do this in most cases.

Ultimately I would like to work for myself either through starting a business, becoming a professional trader, or finding some loophole of the sort. Once I feel like I have a stronger base of the sort I would really like to venture to maybe doing something like specialty coffee, photography/travel blogging and the like. I have a huge passion for travel, languages learning, skill building, and specialty coffee/foods.

With the market in turmoil these past few days, and me not seeing it coming, and not properly taking steps to hedge against it, I have let stress effect me again. The fear of needing to have a normal job to make ends meet almost paralyzes me. Its funny because in 2012 when I wasn't making money and wasn't as ambitious to achieve my goals as this year and last year I never had any stress. Only when you feel like you have something to lose or that you might not get the closure you want does one start experiencing stress and second thoughts. Better handling my emotions, not letting impulsivity get to me, which could lead to bad trading mistakes.

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