What Your Computer’s File Directory Says About Your Mind

04/06/20152 Comments

Today James points out what a missing folder in his computer’s file directory can reveal about the way we are thinking. By being aware of these blind spots we can find ways to re-focus our time and attention on those things that are important to us.

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  1. garyegeberg says:

    We have many options when it comes to the use of language, and one is to use “problem and solution” language. Because the quest for a solution is dependent upon a problem, as we don’t tend to try to solve nonexistent problems, here are a few alternative categories/words that may defuse or undermine the whole problem-solution dichotomy:

    *Creative approaches
    *Empowering strategies
    *Skillful means(a phrase that is familiar to Buddhist practitioners)
    *Healthy practices
    *Promising innovations
    *Innovative technologies

    The above are just a few that readily come to mind. One or more might easily be spun off into something more specific, such as “Creative Fear Mitigation.” In this case, fear is not inherently a problem unless we make it one; rather, it is part of the human condition and an emotion that, IMO, needs to be engaged and related to with creative kindness, compassion, and skillfulness. Yes, TPTSB are fear-mongering and want us to shiver in our boots–or sandals or bare feet–but fear has been around forever and seems to cry out for softening in many aspects of our lives.

    Because many problems and challenges in life are not able to be solved or resolved in a nice and neat manner, perhaps especially those that are as large in scale as the ones you explore on the Corbett Report, I am biased toward the use of “creative approaches” or “creative responses” language because it’s process oriented and helps me abide with life’s difficulties and challenges while creatively and courageously engaging and relating to them.

    It might be interesting, James, to invite your subscribers to play around with language and categories to see what can be come up with so that we are able to live in an increasingly proactive manner and with FULL, SOVEREIGN authority of our own individual lives, regardless of TPTSB. I applaud you for your commitment to be solution-oriented and invite you to consider the merits of using words in addition to or perhaps in lieu of “solutions.” My two cents.

    Thanks again, James!

  2. sahid.miller says:

    So I’m not the only one who can’t live with relying on some unknown server, run by some unknown budding capitalist using a centralized domain name service for access to my information 🙂 There’s a lot of options if you’re looking for easy to use applications to decouple yourself from that system and save pages locally. You could get started with something like Pocket, a pretty popular option for this context. It saves to Pocket’s server so once you get used to the habit of using it, there’s always wallabag, an open source alternative where you host the server on your own machine using a mySql db (or sqlLite?). There’s always the option to use some paid hosting service for it, which is better in my opinion than Pocket if you’re looking for a business that doesn’t profit off your information. Plus you get the added benefit of the ability/possibility of hosting your own servers for others if you have an application server, which you probably do for your website! I think it’d be pretty sweet for your Open Source research project, like you said, peer to peer solutions son.

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