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TEOMCROTE = TEOTWAWKI on steroids! The End Of Mankind's Current Reign Over The Earth takes into account that our ancestors were neither suicidal, stupid, nor our genetic inferiors but still wound up getting wiped off the Earth. Whereas CSER [cser.org: Centre for Study of Existential Risk] tries to PREVENT this dispensation from coming to an end, TEOMCROTE works from the eventuality/possibility/probability that the end our age takes place and what to do then

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happiness, peace (of mind), and knowledge


A WHOLE LOT of bs has been written, said, and thought about happiness and peace of mind. Usually it's mundane crap that SOUNDS okay, since it's part of this (psychologically) sick culture's paradigm to BELIEVE in the existence of mysteries; acquiring happiness is then the greatest of them all!

I believe i've come to understand the root of happiness and peace of mind and, ironically [how could it be otherwise...?], it's as mundane as it's believed to be mysterious.

My mundane answer to this ancient issue did, at least, serve to solve one riddle i'd come up with when i'd pondered the matter many many years ago: can a cannibal experience 'true' happiness'?
Can an evil person? And why do evil people appear to enjoy their lives so much sometimes?

The answer to what makes people happy is achieving desirable RESULTS.
This can conflict, however, with what gives people peace of mind and this is best illustrated by the fate of the addict; the addict experiences success and therefore happiness when the desired high is achieved. It's followed, though, by the low, not only ending the brief happiness but actually bringing about the experience of failure that is it's opposite. On top of the lack of success that brings about frustration, the addict also lacks peace of mind and this is agravated by the fact that one is aware of one's addiction and subsequent vulnerability.

What gives peace of mind is knowing that you've done all you can. That includes knowing all you need to know or having considered all that you need to consider. When you feel prepared, when there's nothing more that can pop into your mind (involuntarily) and when you also no longer fear that anything will pop into your mind about what still needs to be done, thought, or known,, comes peace of mind.

In the aforementioned example of the addict, such a person is acutely aware of things that need to be done. Such a person feels an intense lack of peace of mind, therefore. The high is not only followed by an intense low but also by a very disturbed state of mind (in the conscious drugless condition).


This forum is offering a lot of factoids and especially due to the endless array of data being offered people through the advent of the internet, INFOTAINMENT is a real danger. Infotainment is knowledge bereft of understanding and wisdom. It's a danger, for one, because one might at some point experience through infotainment that knowledge/data doesn't offer understanding and wisdom BECAUSE the knowledge/data itself is seen as cureall.
I've seen it with some YouTube poster who when confronted by myself about a lack of sense and reasoning in her uploads mainly responded with: "I've been researching for 11 years, therefore it's fair to assume i know what i'm talking about". This person clearly and completely ignored the simple fact that knowledge does not necessarily lead to understanding, let alone to wisdom, and that collecting data for whatever amound of time, therefore, means in itself nothing. The typical attitude of someone suffering from infotainment.
If data/knowledge doesn't lead to success in the form of understanding and wisdom (because one is practicing infotainment), it's logical that at some point the impression arises that knowledge/data is NOT linked to acquiring success. Through the obsession with accumulating data without processing it with other data, with your mind, and with your experience,, one might get the impression that knowledge undermines success (as it has in your own case if you suffer from infotainment). The truth of the matter is that EVEN MORE knowledge will not help YOU.

Knowledge is imperative for success. Knowledge is power and knowledge is freedom. If happiness is connected to success, then it's directly linked to knowledge.
Peace of mind, however, can be severely UNDERMINED by acquiring more knowledge. If peace of mind is the result of having done, learned, and considered what it is you might do, then learning that there's more to do, learn, or consider potentially ends that peace of mind.

People thinking, feeling, and living within a cultured mental paradigm often experience new knowledge as deeply disturbing; if you're taught that all you need to know is in the Bible, for instance, but someone tells you that scholarly research shows the Bible to consist largely of propaganda [ironically, a word devised by the Roman Church], your peace of mind is undermined by such knowledge and your mind will tend to shut it out, or you'll do so consciously.

A CULTURED body of knowledge, understanding, and wisdom,, can lead to serenity. Limiting one's knowledge, understanding, and wisdom to some cultured paradigm, however, will also result in limited success. The only success [i.e. happiness] that's possible is that which is tolerable within the paradigm. In fact, the main success OF such a paradigm IS the peace of mind that it offers as long as you stay within it's confines!

Such cultured paradigms and living, including that of the culture (one grows up and lives in) itself, undermine happiness while they desperately cling to the peace of mind that they promise to offer. The only 'success' they offer IS peace of mind and they support a depressive culture that deems happiness an illusion or ideal, not truly possible.

Happiness and peace of mind are two quite different matters, stemming from two very different sources.

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There's a good reason people actually don't think about (just about) anything and it has to do with what i posted above: they fear thinking about things will disturb their peace of mind and bring them out of their comfort zone. Peace of mind and happiness are then left to chance; it makes them into (supposed) mysteries.
Once you get past this and do give such things some thought, the above posted logic becomes accessible and one can come to understand WHY (and under what conditions) money or relationships might offer happiness or peace of mind.

It then can also become clear that happiness and peace of mind are connected, for just as peace of mind is the result of your mind having done all it can (and knowing/realizing this), happiness too is connected to the mind through knowing and realizing that success has been attained.

In our mystery-oriented authoritarian culture the mind is made little of. It's suggested that using the mind, as well, has great limits. "Leave everything to authorities because YOUR MIND can't handle the truth [but your authorities can]", that's the implied reality. The mind is relegated to mundane things and anything important is left to so-called authorities. The mind is also not a part of happiness or peace of mind in mainstream 'thinking' [obviously not a lot of thinking in mainstream reasoning...].

More sane, healthy, or 'real' life gives the mind it's due and appropriate respect. At the same time, however, there is that which is truly beyond the mind. Though mainstream (authoritarian) culture puts EVERYTHING beyond the mind, there's still that which is truly mysterious, though likely less so for transcended beings. It must be stated, though, that even transcended beings (like Adi Da) speak of Divine Ignorance. Some things might never be known but certainly there are enough matters that common folk [but not necessarily mainstream] won't be able to process by way of the mind: mysterious matters.


What then brings about bliss might be connected to truly spiritual and mysterious matters beyond the scope of the mind. One might speculate that to transcend the mind, however, requires conquering it first. All spiritual practices and disciplines suggest as much. Even the brain organ, in the form of proper nutrition, is part of so-called spiritual traditions and disciplines. This suggests that a proper functioning brain and mind are necessary, or at least supportive, of attaining bliss.

We may never understand what offers bliss and may need to look to the Teachings of enlightened masters in order to attain it. Discipline, however, is about doing our part and an appropriate understanding and use of the mind will be part of it, as well as enough to attain happiness and peace of mind (before we make it to bliss).

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]Edward Shaftesbury’s “Triple Law” of happiness, health, and sexlife: …

“The human body must be at its best;
the human mind must have a definite and permanent ambition;
the human heart must possess some life interest in common with a person of the opposite sex.

When all three of these conditions exist, then Sex Magnetism is possible in the highest degree.”

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the 3 pillars to happiness, peace, and intelligence


There are 3 basic requisites to achieving mastery of one's life. These are:
1: balance of emotions / psychological health
2: an intellectual foundation [the necessary pegs]
3: knowledge and understanding

The 3rd is simple today with internet. It's not even necessary for someone to accept some authority figure, teacher, or school in order to acquire the necessary knowledge and insight. All it takes is time. Though there are a few books that are good to have read, much research found in such books is to be found freely [gratis] online.

Psychological health is a big one. As explained (especially) by Alice Miller, this goes back to one's fate during infancy and is therefore in many ways a given. With certain disciplines and conscious considerations primal conditioning can be healed but this is hardly common knowledge. As illustrated by such research as The Milgram Experiment and The Stanford Prison Experiment, the psychological traumas that get in the way of people living intelligently are widespread and effect society severely.

Intellectually, there are important obstacles for people who live in the society that is so severely effected by the authoritarian psychological trauma (that Alice Miller explains). The information that is readily accessible online can only be absorbed one piece at a time. Each idea creates a peg in the mind on which further ideas and understanding can be hung. These pegs are commonly not offered by society and it's institutions itself. People are therefore commonly not prepared to absorb the knowledge it takes to understand what's going on (in society or themselves), even if they have the psychological health to do so. The road is long and hard as society culls everything that undermines the authoritarianism upon which it is built. It is an intellectual uphill battle to access and assimilate the knowledge that it takes to understand what lies at the root of society, humanity, and one's own personal condition.


A guru who has walked this path can assist. Such a person has already accumulated the knowledge and understanding necessary to come to grips with the world at large. The guru can offer both the pegs that enable one to grasp what one needs to know and understand, as well as what there is to know and understand.
If such a person understands what underlies common psychological traumas, it is possible to suggest healing disciplines and offer guidance until a semblence of psychological health is achieved.

The guru is the mountain climber that has scaled a vertical face of wall and hammered the spikes in place that others can then fix their ropes on, grab, or stand on. Others can then reach the top without having to have achieved what the guru had to without such support.
The guru also prepares people before they scale the wall, since it takes some skill and strength even to use the spikes he's hammered in place.

There's nothing supernatural about what the guru has achieved. It is a mistake to deny what the guru offers, waiting to scale the wall of life until one can do so without the support of spikes hammered into the rock face. Not everyone needs to play the same role. There are always specialists and there will also always be an Einstein or 2 somewhere on the planet. Humanity is not served by denying what Einstein or specialists have to offer until everyone is capable of the same.
The guru can simply explain what it takes to succeed in life, as any parent or teacher [the literal meaning of "guru"]. What distinguishes the guru from the teacher is that the guru teaches about things that apply to life in general whereas a teacher usually only covers one specific discipline.

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]10 simple things, backed by science

]New Neuroscience Reveals 4 Rituals That Will Make You Happy
- The Most Important Question To Ask When You Feel Down
- Label Negative Feelings
- Make That Decision
- Touch People

Talk on (synthetic vs natural) happiness.

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