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Success!

So I was checking out my Instagram and ran into a post that said,

Fail seven times, rise the eighth

It’s funny that we’ve to fall seven times, it really is meant to be interpreted by people in their own ways. You don’t necessarily have to fall seven out of eight times, I mean because that would be silly, and maybe hysterical. Another one,

if you don’t sacrifice for what you want, what you want becomes the sacrifice

I’m sorry man, but I ain’t sacrificing nothing (pardon the southern dialect). Continue reading “Success!”

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The Information Loop: Intellectual Stimulation or Retardation?

Today I am going to write about something a little controversial and what I’d like to call fancily the Information Loop. This loop represents every source we get our information from: news, answers to our crockery questions, and how to tie a tie, and by some magic the loop seems to have answers to all of them. I’m taking this up on myself to debate the intellectual effects from our reliance on this repository of knowledge.

Before I dive further, why call it a ‘loop’? And let me assure you I’d done a bit of thinking before calling dibs on ‘loop’. We are often inclined to believe what sources (of information) we chose to get our information from is solely per our discretion but is it really? The prerequisite of knowing where to get your information from is also information. You certainly wouldn’t be reading this if you hadn’t been informed of WordPress. If you’re still not seeing it, the information pertaining to the whereabouts of other sources of information is one that needs to be acquired from a source. There certainly is a hierarchy but it is also a source (of information) and follows suit until you establish yourself in a loop – where you get information from the same sources and turn to the same other sources for more information. Continue reading “The Information Loop: Intellectual Stimulation or Retardation?”

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It’s 55 °F at the Ed Sullivan theatre. Why?

Really, why? And trust me, I’ve been thinking about that for a while now without reaching any satisfying explanation. For those of you who haven’t been to the Late Show when it was hosted by David Letterman or lately as of 2015, Stephen Colbert – it’s freezing in there, like nipples through your The North Face jacket cold. But I somehow didn’t feel bothered by it. Some people have called it the ‘refrigerator’, but that’s exactly what Letterman wanted, apparently.

When I first got tickets to the Late Show, which also happened to be my first time at the Late Show under Colbert’s tenure, I noticed something on the ticket about temperature. It said it was on the cooler end and we had to dress appropriately. The dress code then stated Broadway casual. I was more fixated on what ‘Broadway casuals’ meant, leaving little thought to the theatre’s environment. It was early into March and I had my trusty jacket on, so never bothered with carrying or putting on anything extra. Continue reading “It’s 55 °F at the Ed Sullivan theatre. Why?”

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I don’t know what this is going to be about, really!

It’s Sunday funday and people living in a timezone 5:30 ahead of GMT are either crying about having to be up early for job/school or letting it all go at one of the city’s many bars. I’m one of the latter people, because I’m on summer break back home.

I’m here at a bar I’ve never been before enjoying a Syrah which was served unusually cold. But I’ve done whining over it, well I did leave some damage on Instagram in the form of a rant. I don’t know if you are a friend of mine or another stranger but if you don’t know this, know that I let off steam by taking to Facebook to rant. My rants are almost always logical, hitting people who have fuc*ed up real good where it hurts – their egos, morals and values or tradition/practices. It’s not always a direct attack, sometimes subtlety pointing out their downfalls without (trying my best not to) offend said person in the process. My first tangent concludes here.

Now let’s talk people. People are what we call the collective man (hey, don’t you think that’s a little sexist – using man than something more generic?) What makes people who they are? How did we evolve cultures sometimes radically different than ones we see from our fellow neighboring countries/ethnicities? I’ll try and answer this question from my intuition into this construct of people their culture.

Woopsies… my beer is here. Gtg.

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Patriarchal Society: Its Effects on People

When I began writing on Chronic Overthinking (then Chronic Overthoughts), I would have never seen myself taking up such a topic for discussion. After thinking a little too much coupled with a questionable amount of free time for someone my age, I decided to share my views on this 21st Century atrocity. Before I jump into the content, I must tell you I’ve personally experienced the effects of said society – which can either be a warning to the readers to expect some personal bias or back up the anecdotal value of this post. But it’s really your call.

Patriarchy inculcates unjustifiable ideas of what a society should be like into youthful minds Continue reading “Patriarchal Society: Its Effects on People”

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Why Do Extremely Smart People Come Off As Utterly Stupid?

I can’t speak for all people so I’ll only go on to present my opinions based on personal experiences here. It’s really hard to define ‘smart’. There’s a fixed threshold in the IQ spectrum to be called a ‘genius’ but that alone does not guarantee you are ‘smart’. Smart is a convolution between a high IQ, a distinctive personality and other traits that put that person above the average crowd. Someone genetically predisposed with a high IQ would need suitable traits to make the most of their brain power.

It would be unfair to expect everyone to be smart, but victimizing smart people due to a difference of opinion is certainly unacceptable.

Continue reading “Why Do Extremely Smart People Come Off As Utterly Stupid?”

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Sexism: A Two-Way Street That Can Sometimes Be ‘Seen’ Acceptable

Okay, such is a topic I’d hardly take up to discuss because of a couple reasons. One, I am not in the humanities and two, I just don’t have much time around people, in other words, I’m not a ‘people’ person. Tackling issues on such fronts usually present a challenge to me making me pretty evasive of them.

How does sexism present itself in society? Most people are used to vaguely generalizing that sexism is discrimination against women on their liberties/rights/equalities, but we must realize sexism can work either way i.e., it’s a two-way street. Let me try and define sexism with strict logic; Discrimination based on the grounds of sex. The keyword is ‘discrimination’, and it can mean anything. It doesn’t always have to be a bad thing, privileges are also a form of discrimination. Continue reading “Sexism: A Two-Way Street That Can Sometimes Be ‘Seen’ Acceptable”

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I’m Only Human

Happy new year everybody! I hope you had a wonderful start into twenty seventeen 🙂 I personally had a blast – in Chicago! I was at this fairly new event in the city center called Chi-town Rising, hosted this year by Corona Extra. They basically have a huge steel star with lights mounted onto it to draw attention, guided on 2 I-beams running through the face of the Hyatt building by Wacker drive.

I’m back again with more posts to post but in the meantime, I thought I could write this short post just giving myself in to my human side. On my other posts, I use big words and phrases and try to be logically consistent and grammatically sound but today I’m just going to write about things on the very top of my head hoping this would help build better blogger-reader relationships and moreover, to help make blogging on Chronic Overthoughts therapeutic to me, you know the relaxation and all writing brings. I will also not be proof-reading this post or even try to optimize it – like I said earlier, this is purely what’s firing in my head instantaneously as I hit keys.

This New Year’s was a particularly good realization for me. I’ve realized that being me while doing things the way others do to impress humans at the fundamental level often pays off. This is best reflected in college applications – when I first applied to my dream schools, I made the mistake of completely being honest and ‘me’ but as it turns out, you have to play by the game a little bit where it’s required to make some of the trivial stuff up to mark and invest your mental resources into where ‘being yourself’ is appreciated. Lately, I’ve been making an action plan to see what needs to be done to get me a step closer to my goal which lead me to a couple things – playing by the game to a certain extent cut down on much of the stress and burden such activities bring with it. It also ultimately made me feel satisfied when I felt that I wasn’t standing too far out, making my every move predominantly noticeable while simultaneously making sure to not be too blended with everybody else so as to lose your unique identity.

Also, I’ve come to realize that sometimes there’s only a certain extent to which you can control or take authority over things – how, when and the way they take place. There are well-established constraints on everyone – nationality, blah blah blah which can only take you to a certain point beyond which you must just surrender and stop wasting your resources telling yourself that you’d come this far and there’s room to go further – especially if others had already done it.

My advice to my younger self would be to not look at your path to your goal as one that is linear – even if you think you are taking radical paths that have never before been traversed upon you are in-fact, naturally following a linear path. Your hard work or distinct behavior should not account for evidence to confirm your bias. They are merely obstacles placed on the vertical which you just have to navigate or work through no matter what. The obstacle which I’ve encountered is one placed along the horizontal. One might ask what difference does it make – the obstacles placed on the vertical will NOT forbid you from moving ahead towards the goal. These are merely there to slow you down. Maybe you got a low score on a standardized test and wanted to retake it – you’re just being slowed down while still staying on that straight path. Keep in mind that not all have the same obstacles – everyone has a different goal and hence, an action plan which they set for themselves or mutually agreed upon with a third-party. The horizontal obstacle is a roadblock to keep you from progressing further on that path to your goal. While a horizontal obstacle might seem like something that forbids you completely from reaching your goal, it really isn’t.

To deal with an horizontal obstacle, you have to realize that this obstacle was designed to be overcome in the long term. If I was telling myself this a couple months if not, days ago, I would have welcomed it with nothing but skepticism. This should seem like complete gibberish because we are told our short-term actions determine our results in the long-term. While this notion is agreeable in most cases, a horizontal obstacle requires you to think out-of-the-box! You not just explore radical options, but also develop REALISTIC action plans to make them reality, with much emphasis on the word realistic. Someone like me, who suffers from schizophrenia is lead to believe an idealistic and logical plan will certainly work. When it doesn’t – we rebel, loathe our existence and get more aggressive with our pursuits. But that does NOT help because your resources are now invested in something that isn’t helping navigate around this obstacle.

Don’t seek (never!) validation from anyone, even your parents, siblings and close friends. You are your best person to judge. Sometimes, I’ve found myself doing things merely to get validated by others. While this yields fantastic results in the short-term, it doesn’t help challenging obstacles as the one discussed above, obstacle which most people give up to. These obstacles make an average person feel like they’ve hit a dead end, only an intellectual who’s self-invested his/her resources will realize the bigger picture and work on a realistic solution that is statistically bound to work.

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Why Girls Don’t Like Me

I’ve been doing some analysis into why they don’t and here I document what I think are likely explanations (or theories) for it.

Averages matter:

We have been hard-wired to find averages attractive/desirable. An average face, character or personality all contribute to the attractiveness factor. The less deviated you are from the parameters of the average population, the more likely people are to find you attractive and/or desirable.

Societal perception:

The way society (majority of the people in your environment) perceive you can largely affect your social standing. Popular kids in high school are likely to have more friends because people continually work to increase their standing in society and one way to do it is by associating themselves with people who stand higher than them. In popular culture, one way this could affect females is how they are viewed (respected) by their fellow peers. A female associating herself with a influential male is more likely to be invited to parties or in other words, have a higher standing in society.

Natural selection:

Darwin’s theory of Natural Selection has been widely accredited for a long time to explain how organisms evolve to procreate at optimal rates. To achieve this, an organism will seek to mate with the opposite sex that has desirable qualities – something which natural selection has iteratively narrowed down to. The organisms with these qualities of interest are statistically likely to be least deviated from average.

Overall game:

Attraction/seduction/courtship is an art. It isn’t merely logical and scientific – meaning there are inconsistencies among what it preaches and what goes behind making it reality. For example, attractiveness may be defined mathematically but who one might find attractive may come down to the individual’s stance on societal and demographical norms. The human race has evolved as one, with people inheriting and assimilating themselves with certain protocols as to how certain processes should be carried out through successive generations. It is what helps this race sustain on the planet.

That concludes my post. My next test is one on Psychology. It’s finals week. Should I ever run into something that hopefully relates to this post, I’ll always come back and update with whatever floats my boat.