Kind of have this idea that while you’re free as a child and then you let me see if I can put this properly that you have a certain delightful wonderful positive freedom as a child and then that’s given up as you approach adulthood.
But the truth of the matter is that you have a lot of potential as a child but none of that is capable of manifesting itself as freedom before you become disciplined, and discipline is a matter of the imposition of order and the order is necessary, especially for people who are hopeless and nihilistic. Lots of people are hopeless and nihilistic way more people than you think, and part of that is because no one’s ever really encouraged them and so the book is in part a matter of encouragement.
It’s like lay yourself lay a disciplinary structure on yourself, get the chaos in check and then you can move towards a state that’s freer because it’s discipline first.
Look if you’re going to become a concert pianist, there’s going to be several thousand hours of extraordinarily disciplined practice, that’s the imposition of order on your potential, let’s say. But what comes out of that is a much grander freedom, and so in virtually every freedom that you have in life.
That’s true, freedom is purchased at the price of discipline, your kid here is an impossible thing why don’t you go out and fail? You say here’s something worth going after here’s a step you could take that would push you beyond where you are but that you also have a reasonably high probability of succeeding at right, they call that within a time frame, within some time frame that’s the other thing you have to parameterize.
It with regards to time frame, that’s right and that puts you in the zone of proximal development and that’s a concept that was generated by a guy named Vygotsky, he was a Russian developmental psychologist and a smart one. It’s where the idea of the zone comes from to be in the zone and when you’re in the zone you’re expanding your skills at in a manner that’s intrinsically rewarding because you’re succeeding and so you want to set if you’re good to yourself.
You think okay, I need to set a goal but I need to set a goal that someone as stupid and useless as me could probably attain if they put some effort into it and then you got then you’ve got it perfectly because it’s not so high that it’s grandiose or impossible that you fail necessarily and then justify your bitterness.
It’s like, well, I could do well because that happens to people, happen all the time. Yeah, it’s like this all the time you know it’s like it’s yes exactly well I set a goal and I didn’t attain it, so I’m not going to set any more goals right, it’s like no, you set a goal that was inappropriate for the time frame, that’s right, you didn’t calibrate it properly and you’re playing a trick on yourself because you wanted to fail so that you could justify not having to try. That’s why I’m being a victim, yeah, which isn’t helpful.
You’re still gonna be a victim, it’s like there’s no way out of that man so you know because life is this, life is a challenge that in some sense can’t be surmounted. So, there’s no way out of your problem but there are certainly proper ways of dealing with it.
Yeah, I mean do you have to move from point A to B in life? But point A is often a very difficult place to be because we’re fragile and bounded and mortal and limited and because we know that and so one of the implications of that as many great religious traditions are at pains to illustrate or demonstrate or proclaim is that, life is essentially suffering and I believe that to be a fundamental truth, but perhaps not the most fundamental truth because I think the most fundamental truth is that, despite the fact that life is suffering, people can transcend that and partly the way they transcend, that is by pursuing things of value and so that if there is no value proposition at hand then you have no earning to justify the difficult conditions of your life and that’s brutally difficult for people.
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