If you know me, I don’t do New Years Resolutions. Instead, I reflect on the past year. To me, if one hasn’t learned things within the past year, then it’s as if one hasn’t gained wisdom. And if that’s the case, then was that past year even worth living? Thus, here’s a list of things that I’ve learned this past year:
- I’ve learned a lot about economics by reading some good books, but I’m far from being an expert. I wish I knew more but going back to school has taken up a lot of my time and learning about economics has taken the back burner. I’m hoping to get back into it as soon as I can. But I guess a good start is to learn about Keynes and Hayek.
- I’m not a big proponent of natural rights. To me, the notion is too abstract. Instead, I opt for freedom and it seems that there are various levels of it where one can use one’s positive freedom and live one’s life to the fullest. Simple negative liberty is simply living; positive liberty, it seems, helps one to live life to the fullest. I explain more here and I hope to expand on this topic later on.
- “Fighting for Freedom” seems to be empty rhetoric.
- I still don’t get how one acquires property. I think Rousseau may be right: someone simply says it and everyone else believes it to be so.
- In my last class, oppression is a political ideal that doesn’t get any attention. Mainly it’s because classical liberalism doesn’t see anything as oppressive except in the negative sense. Positive liberty needs to make some headway.
- It’s a complicated issue, and I’m still torn on it.
- I’ve lately gotten interested in issues about Free Will. Is it possible to exercise it? I think one can. Psychologists have made a lot of studies of people who have made their own choices in life, and those that have had choices made for them. Not everyone prefers to make their own choices, some prefer to have other choose for them, or they believe that they cannot really exercise effective control. But those that cannot or do not make choices has been strongly associated with depression, suffering, less fortitude, and overall loss of control of life. Now here’s the interesting thing: even if determinism is true, I still think people could have a healthy belief in choice-making and their own choice-making effectiveness. By capturing and incorporating one’s free, people can live healthier and take on a lifestyle with a robust attitude.
- The way out is to help those who have learned helplessness.
- Something tells me that God cannot be omniscient and He cannot be outside of time.
- What can one do about being a snob? In some ways, it’s helpful, but it’s just so downright high and mighty too. Maybe the solution is to be an elitist for the common people.
- The Middle East has many problems. There are, however, some solutions.
- Again, whenever you hear “it’s just my opinion,” it simply tells me that the person doesn’t want to argue because that person wants to hide behind a fake facade of one’s own comfortable dogmas. If you really want to argue effectively, check this out.
But when everything is down, just remember: Awesomeness is everywhere.