Culture: How Does It Affect Us?

On expression,

[Also included in this section is a lengthy introduction that will be foundational to upcoming sections. I might seem to use culture and society interchangeably, but society should refer to a people’s culture, accounting for their demography while culture is an ideologically constituent part of a demography. Cultural ideology on a whole encompasses the theological and philosophical realms.]

An innate desire to creatively and artistically express oneself is among the fundamental of human wills. I’ve often emphasized my theory of cognition and religion and culture being as one closely woven net, almost like an inseparable fabric. As a result of my insistence of the mentioned, I’ve managed to offend many people. Culture encompasses the various demographic intricacies operating in one’s immediacy – these include popular theological and philosophical ideas, geography and race and complex environmental feedback mechanisms. Religion refers to the majority religion among a demography that influences their theological ideology as mentioned above. Cognition, in this context, is defined as an individual’s ability to perform tasks of reading and writing, comprehending and reproducing information effectively and efficiently with respect to some statistical benchmark. Like gravity, IQ and other metrics of cognitive ability are all relative – and it wouldn’t do justice to compare the IQ of a chimpanzee with a gorilla. Just like the animals, I believe every civilization, over time, with the aforementioned factors of complexity, developed a standard cognition among their people that we call today as average – like the international average IQ of 100. Inductively reasoning from present-day IQs of many civilizations might be key to understanding their culture and religions.

Metrics such as the popular IQ measure an individual’s ability to perform specialized tasks by narrowing down with the specifics at hand. It is iterative and systematic. You could train your brain with IQ tests for a couple weeks leading up to your counsellor’s appointment and pull off a few 10 or more points on your existing IQ. Such cognitive metrics measure how well your brain has specialized – from the time of birth, that is. I believe as one gets older and leaves childhood, IQ is no longer a complete and holistic measure of one’s cognition. Therefore, a fair measure of brain function would be accomplished through divergent reasoning. Divergent tests measure the collocially-called creativity metric – also a statistical measure of how well an individual’s brain is divisive. As one progresses in age with experience, this divergent and rather chaotic type of cognition manifests into convergent cognition. Everything from the simple essay prompts to analytical problem solving can be employed in the task of measuring this lesser-known type of cognition.

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I Hate My Native Language

This post should help blow off some steam.

I don’t like to talk about this often – about my parents’ ethnicity and language. My parents are of Tamilian ancestry and they speak the very rudimentary language of Tamil. If you are some lifestyle blogger who’s here to read something wonderful about some exotic, far-away land and its people, I’m sorry. You certainly would not want to be here.

There’s so much I wish I could tell you – or more honestly, want you to see because the things I’ve seen and experienced can only be believed through physical sight and are of such extraordinary magnitude that it only can do justice. This is one of those situations that some fine poets will not be able to adequately capture.

Some cultures are backward. Some people are disgusting. Some languages are inadequate. Some demographics only exist to rot!

I’m finding it unnecessarily hard to express these thoughts in the English language. These thoughts I’m referring to are indigenous to the mind of the local demographic, and while I don’t like to think of myself as one of them, I have fallen victim to their ways starting young. I believe the brain encodes memories and outside information in ways so they can be retrieved and easily reproduced in a certain language at a later time. Unfortunately for me, I was first exposed to the local language – and it only seemed reasonable. You learn to speak the language of the everyday folk. But this is not a post of my appalling excuse of a childhood, but one that diaries my current thoughts from the events of the day. I won’t however point to anybody or any particular instances but instead try to leave you with a picture of what it would have been like to be me – for a day, that is.

I am a straight male of nineteen years of South Indian ethnicity. I possess a very high IQ as determined previously by a registered psychiatrist and some kindergarten and middle school teachers. The ones from my high school hated me – and I hated them back equally so we were even on that. I have a witty sense of humor. I am very creative. I gave up my culture and religion several years ago for reasons you’d know if you were me. What happened to me giving you a picture of what it was like to be me?

Imagine being an ADHD individual with generalized anxiety with an overall lack of inhibitory neurotransmitters. That’s Shreyas! And now imagine being this person of immense ambition, and intellectual and physical energy walking among a civilization in political and scientific ruins. Imagine this person living among a folk where ignorance is glorified and who live off a sense of false entitlement given to them by a society that can be safely called as borderline retarded. Wait, what am I saying – what I meant to say was retarded. Up your arse with being politically correct – I’ve had it with that shit a long time back. Imagine this person being left with no other than to forcibly speak himself into the local language. A language of restricted vocabulary lacking any kind of linguistic sophistication. Sentences are only plain. You cannot make logical talk with a language of such. The language is ridiculed with logical failures – and counter-arguments presented in this language can exploit its lack of logical consistency. And this is often what most people who speak this language do. For my kind of IQ and an almost destructive need to express myself creatively, I chose English – a fine language. I chose the contemporary Judeo-Christian culture.

Over the years, I have developed a very profound sense of cultural isolation – and it only makes sense because of what we just saw with the guided visualization. I have found to disassociate myself. I would fantasize. I would not belong in the right places – in my body or in my surroundings. One form of isolation quickly leads to another especially in a society as such described – causing intellectual, emotional and social isolation very soon. In fact, I feel like they showed up almost simultaneously, not in some chronological order like I’ve stated. I need a proper analyst to study my case – who knows, maybe there’s something worthy of research in me.

I think I just wrote a small part of my biography there!

Self-reliance Isn’t Foolproof

In my previous writings, I have shown self-reliance and narcissism as wonderful methods of coping with emotion turmoil. However, they fail to remain foolproof as I’ve stated if one of two conditions are met,

  • you are a minor still
  • you operate in medieval legislation i.e., Islamic and Hindu countries

This method of self-reliance and narcissism which I’ve claimed to go hand-in-hand cannot work if the political system of your country prevents you from enjoying the liberties of a forward-thinking, contemporary culture – where you rely on yourself for everything. With that duly noted, this post will help formulate alternative measures for the temporary – until such time you can leave to a better place. Most conservative cultures – such as Islamic and Hindu – have deeply rooted ideas that the legislation cannot practically do away with – even the legislative ideas of an advanced and open form of government such as a secular republic – that it claims to be. In a country like India – the world’s most ignorant country by all measures – there is a cultural consensus about heirarchy – a belief that people of a higher order are perfect and it is unlikely from a moral place that they would ever do something you should accuse them of legally. So much that this cultural idea affects how willing a lawyer would be to take up your case, how much interest your local city police will take in your report given they even consider you for filing a report in the first place, and ultimately effecting your verdict by the judiciary.

the Indian judiciary is one steaming hot pile of cow shit!

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Why I Chose To Be A Narcissist And You Should Too

There have been many bad connotations to narcissism and I wish to give new meaning to it – as a way of life, a way of functioning in society without legal consequences. I define narcissism as the trait that makes one care for oneself and put the priorities of theirs or whatever they chose to associate with first regardless of the moral dictates of society. It so much easier to function this way as I will explain later and with this you are insured against heartbreak, betrayal and other emotional trauma of such. Narcissism is a fundamental trait of LaVey Satanists – practitioners of Satanism as made popular by LaVey – where you indulge in what you see required for your emotional and physical gratification with no regard for others or society inside the confines of law.

Don’t carry the load that will eventually destroy you!

The interaction between the anthropological construct that we call society – which actually manifests as physical entities – and human is one that is purely reciprocal that relies on a give-and-take policy. It is the result of what you do and what others do to you in return that gives rise to a balance. But the sad thing about this metaphorical balance is its tendency to be uncertain and sometimes downright cruel – in other words, it does not work fairly and just to the liking of yours despite your good intentions. You often don’t realize but the truth of the matter is that you do good in return for good, that’s simply the way it is and no one can be innately good without being subjected to good – because it is in the fundamental nature of humans and animals to not be good, animals are jerks to each other – that’s simply how they get their way in their unstructured world.

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The Bargain of Life

Folks, today I want to document (this is really for my own future reference, or for the future me who will have had time-traveled, whichever comes first) the bargains we make, very sub-consciously toward happiness. Before you judge this article for being one of those lame posts on how to think positive, no, that certainly is not what you’re going to be finding in here.

The bargains (of happiness) are those you perform with little thought. You often see people from war-torn countries with little to no sense of empathy. One might satisfying conclude this person to be a psychopath. But they’re really not, these people have grown a skin, a metaphorical emotional shell so thick all around that nothing, good or bad can permeate through. It’s like the Trump wall, but a bargain with your self over Mexico. This so-called shell as I’d like to call it renders them incapable of showing any sense of appreciation for good, and equally not able to take in good given to them.

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Fifth Tangent

We are supposed to be talking logic this time. More specifically, I’d like to talk logic and people – how they use and understand logic.

While most people aren’t necessarily logical, they seem to have a decent grasp of what is logic. You and I are capable of everyday reasoning. But we find ourselves making decisions seeing past conventional logic – and it really has more to do with human psychology. Sometimes, nasty people exploit this loophole to win an argument, make a point, or even manipulate us like some theatrical puppet.

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Psychology and God

Over the course of time, humans have developed a multitude of faith systems. It helps introduce a sense of divinity – which I’d rather like to call a sense well-being or peacefulness into the devotee. In this post, I approach the subject with the scientific method – questioning, observing and inferring with what falls under my domain of perception. Now if you are someone who knows me in real-life (or perhaps social media), you’ll notice I don’t take on such subjects for discussion but let this be an exception 😉

Peacefulness: Okay, before you go on telling me meditation has calming effects, let me reinstate we are strictly constricting our discussion to acts of the spiritual nature such as praying. From my observation, I find that praying or as the devotee would say surrendering oneself to a superior entity has a calming effect on the mind. How? Here is my theory. I say that praying or surrendering one’s problems to God allows the mind to satisfy the self that its problems are no longer “its” but rather now shared among with a superior entity who possibly (as the mind would say) has in its powers the ability to sort them out. Also, this might reduce anxiety as the burden is “virtually” shared.

Happiness: Any psychiatrist or scientist for that matter would quite arguably say happiness and peacefulness are all pretty much linked. You raise the levels of GABA, dopamine and serotonin in the brain and you can expect to see these psychological states triggered in the individual and these effects are observed in people who have just committed spiritual acts probably because of the reduced anxiety. I believe the notion that spiritual people (as claimed by them) lead happier lives is partly true basing on this scientific fact.

Tendency of wrong-doing: If you look up personal records of criminals, I’m sure you’ll find mental illness or some sort of mental agony that likely has coerced them into committing the crime. Again like I’d discussed previously, happiness stems from the brain’s chemistry and this chemistry is in-turn dictated by what the brain does to itself. Does the brain pop in an SSRI or two to make itself happy or perhaps drink coffee? In case of people who claim (and believe) to have spiritual connections in their lives are in my opinion, less likely to do wrong primarily because of the aforementioned reasoning. But again there are factors like fear that could come into the equation (as in certain faith systems) and prevent criminal activity of a person.

Confidence: I’m sure those who preach religion also claim they gain confidence to do something when they are involved or will participate in an event that can mathematically be said to have an unforeseen and probabilistic outcome, or as the preachers call it “luck”. Now how do we explain this apparent gain in confidence with science? We could say that the act of praying induces a sense of well-being in the individual as we previously justified scientifically and this brings about a change in brain chemistry that explains the gain in confidence.

A big question: Who is likely to live longer, happier lives?

As silly as it sounds, I think this is worthy of a debate before I conclude my post, crawl into my sheets and doze off to sleep. Do scientific people like me who stand by our understanding of our physical surrounding to explain our lives (what has happened, is happening and will happen) live happier and longer lives or do the God preachers do it better? The religious are a little likely to live happier lives with lower levels of anxiety as a result of their faith while the scientific people might really know what it takes to keep them happy and well and do it accordingly, hence equally living lives as fullest to their religious counterparts. It’s hard for me to put forth an answer to this question just like that without solid research and therefore will leave this post here, leaving you to ponder. Maybe you will question your whole belief system after this (if you do have one)!