Manmade Morality

Morality has always been a confusing concept to me. What constitutes good and bad? Who makes the distinction between what is right and wrong or good and bad behavior?

I wrote earlier that we all lived in an inclusive reality, but our views of life are entirely subjective. If our experience of life is generated from within us, then wouldn’t that mean that there is no absolute principle or rule that dictates what is good or bad?

Everybody have their own definition of what is good or bad. Yes, there are external stimuli that can determine your definition of morality. Perhaps you are influenced by your religion, your parents, your surrounding environment, political party, and many other influences. Whatever the case is, how can anyone ever say that an action is good or bad? Good or bad is just your explanation for how the world operates.

Actions, in reality, are not determined by good or bad. If anything, it only operates in the realm of cause and effect. There is a change, or a consequence that follows all activity. Good or bad is not the nature’s doing. It is our doing. It is our karma. Continue reading

Boundless Ignorance

It is said that ignorance is bliss. If you don’t know about something, you don’t have to worry about it. This basically means that lack of knowledge can result in happiness. As a young adult, I agreed with the phrase.

Whenever I looked upon children, I was always awed by their innocence.  They don’t know about the drama in the world, nor do they care. They simply live in a joyful state. It doesn’t take much for a child to be happy.

To me, I have associated bliss with childhood innocence and ignorance. I know this is true because when I was a child, there were a lot less things that I worried about. I only cared about good grades and video games. Continue reading

What Do You Want to Be?

Growing up it has always been definitive that you must know what you want to do when you become an adult. Our parents would always ask us, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

Being a child, many of us didn’t know the answer to that question. A few of us might, but the majority of us were clueless. But if I have to be truthful, I knew what I wanted to be in my childhood. I always wanted to be a Pokémon master because I wanted to be the very best!

Yes, I know that being a Pokémon master is just a child’s dream. It is neither a profession nor a career choice. It may seem fun in the beginning because it fulfills my childhood imaginations and fantasies. But, I have long lost interest in Pokémon. Even if this dream of mine was fulfilled, I would have abandoned it long ago.

This is why the question of what you want to be when you grow up never made any sense to me. This question is mostly geared towards children. And most children don’t have the necessary knowledge or experience to answer it. They are in the exploratory and initial learning phase of life. There’s no need to introduce future variables that they know nothing about at the moment. Continue reading

Inclusive Reality

Solipsism states that nothing exists in the world, unless it comes from your personal perspective. You are born into a dream-like world where only you truly exist, everyone else is an illusion. Situations and events that occur in your life only happen for your own convenience. In other words, life revolves around you.

I can’t totally agree with the ideas beyond solipsism. This theory seems to stem from egoism. It makes you the sole center of the universe. I find this idea to be a misconception. However, there are partial truths to it.

In our experience of life, we have only seen the entire world from within us. Everything on the outside is interpreted within. In a sense, all our understandings of life come from a bias perspective. There is no such thing as objective view. Continue reading

Starting a Private Cryptocurrency Company

Ever since I started investing in cryptocurrency, I realized just how easy it was to make money in this market. For me personally, I have tripled my initial investment of $7,500 dollars to over $24,000 dollars in less than two months.

Perhaps, I invested in an opportune time when the market was undergoing a heavy upward trend. It may be true that I was also lucky. Whatever the case was, my investment was not an outlier in the market. My cousins, who I convinced to invest in cryptocurrency, also had positive results of doubling their money.

In my last article, I wrote that it is important to think multiplicative in terms of investing in cryptocurrency. The gains that you make are all the same. It doesn’t matter if your one dollar investment becomes two dollars or one thousand dollars investment becomes two thousand dollars. They are the same in that your investment increased in value by a factor of 2.

Understanding how common it was for your investments to double in value in this market, a great idea occurred to me. If I had an initial investment of say $50,000 or $100,000; then tripling that amount would have given me $150,000 and $300,000 respectively!

This is a large sum of money, and if possible, is extremely life changing. I don’t know how long this market will continue its parabolic upward trend in price. What I do know is that the cryptocurrency market is relatively new, so I wanted to take some risks.

After a month long extensive study of cryptocurrency and experimenting with my own portfolio, I finally felt competent enough to ask my parents, uncles, and aunts for the initial capital needed for investing in cryptocurrency.

This was the start of an entrepreneurial endeavor by me and my cousins. Continue reading

Investing Strategies in Cryptocurrency

“Happy New Years to becoming cryptogods. To wealth and riches and getting bitches.” My cousin Simon typed in our messenger group. He was ecstatic about the potentials of making money in cryptocurrency.

Ever since I took a leap of faith and invested in this new technology, I have had great returns. I convinced a few of my younger cousins to invest in cryptocurrency. Due to the extremely bullish trend of the market, all of my cousins doubled their initial investment within a month.

Being entranced with such an event, many of them were unable to keep their emotions in check. Some of them were experiencing dopamine rush, like my cousin Simon.

For me, on the other hand, I was unfazed by the explosive growth in my portfolio. It was the natural consequence of research and calculation.

I have studied cryptocurrency for hundreds of hours. I probably studied harder in a month than I ever did in college. I cannot say that I am an expert in this field. But I have a general understanding on the cryptocurrency market. I want to share some of this with you. Continue reading

Investing in Cryptocurrency

“You’ve heard of this new cryptocurrency coin called ethereum lately? It has been on the news quite a bit lately.” I asked my cousin Simon as I typed in ethereum on my phone browser.

“I have never heard of it.” My cousin Simon replied. “But I have heard of Bitcoin.”

“Well yeah, everyone has heard of Bitcoin.” I replied back while looking over the price of an ethereum coin. “Apparently this is another cryptocurrency that has been on the rise. This ethereum coin is $350 bucks right now.”

“That’s nothing compared to Bitcoin! A Bitcoin is worth over $8,000 right now.” My cousin Simon exclaimed. “Even though ethereum is cheaper than Bitcoin, it is still very expensive. I don’t think I could afford one.”

“Yeah, you’re right.” I agreed with Simon as we continued talking about various things. Our thoughts drifted away from cryptocurrency, it was not important to us. At least that’s what we initially thought.

A week later, I suddenly remembered my conversation with Simon and decided to check on the new price of ethereum. I was curious if there was any change. This time I grabbed my phone and googled the same thing. Back on the same dark blue webpage, a white centered number greeted me. It was 450. The new price for ethereum went up to $450! That was an increase of nearly 30% in price within a week.

Shocked and hardly believing the new price of ethereum, I quickly messaged my cousin Simon. I told him the news and he was mildly shocked. I just couldn’t understand what was going on and neither was he. However, I had an urgent feeling inside of me. If the price of ethereum can rise 30% in a week, what will happen a month down the line?

Without thinking much, I immediately convinced myself that I need to buy some ethereum. I went to YouTube and found an instructional video on how to buy ethereum. With the new knowledge, I downloaded Coinbase and added my credit card to the app. I ended up buying 2 ethereum coins without truly knowing what they are. And there I began my journey into learning about cryptocurrency. Continue reading

Imaginary Love and Memory

“You know what will make me really happy?” My mom said as she stared at me while I avoided her eye contact. “I would be really happy if you get married and have kids.”

I gazed back at my mother with an annoyed expression on my face. It wasn’t the first time she said such things to me. In fact, I have heard it dozens of times.

“You should give Amy a call. She’s a great girl. I don’t understand why you don’t talk to her more. Your uncles, aunts, dad, and I are all cheering for you.”

“Mom…” I sighed. “There’s nothing to talk about. I hardly ever talk to any one of my close friends. I don’t even talk to my cousins like Simon. Heck, I barely even talk to you on the phone.”

“Why don’t you then? You don’t have to talk on the phone. Message her. Use social media like how all you young kids do all the time.” My mom lectured me.

“The reason you don’t feel anything towards her is because you refuse to communicate with her. Just because we introduced a family friend’s daughter to you, doesn’t mean we are forcing you into a relationship. You can talk to her and get to know her. Become friends with her. Go out and have fun together.” My mom harangued while giving instructions like she knew exactly what she was doing.

“You are not young anymore. In life, everyone grows up, gets married, and has kids. This is a natural process. Everybody goes through it, why do you resist it?”

I listened to my mother quietly and discouragingly. I don’t want to argue with my mom, so I nodded and agreed with everything she said. She is right. There is truth in what she said, but I couldn’t accept her answers.

I sat there on the bed half absentminded and half paying attention to my mom. There is lingering doubt and fear within me. What she said made sense. I really wanted to agree with her, but past memories kept resurfacing in my mind. They were experiences that left a deep wound in my heart. Continue reading

Overcoming Depression

Depression is a highly unpleasant state to be in. If you’ve ever been depressed before, you know that you lose interest in everything you do. Activities and hobbies that bring you joy and happiness no longer satisfy you. Likewise, there is a surging emptiness within you sucking up all life, causing fatigue and lack of energy.

We all know the symptoms of depression. Many of us went through it. It varies in frequency and intensity from one person to another. To be honest with you, I believe that depression is a normal part of life. You can learn a lot about yourself when you are depressed. However, many people are incapable of this because their emotion becomes who they are.

If you can’t discern your emotion from who you are, then it is very easy to be taken for a ride. You don’t know what is going on because at some point you have allowed the external situation to control how you should think. This means that on a certain level, your brain is on autopilot. You are thinking accidentally without your consent.

So what does this have to do with depression? Well, depression, in a sense, is an emotion. It is very easy to let depression control your life. You can do this by simply paying attention to the negative circumstances in your reality. Continue reading

Go Pass Judgment

Judgment has always been a controversial term. It means to come to a conclusion about a certain topic. For many people, the word judgment has a negative connotation. It means that you are comparing, contrasting, and evaluating people, situations, and etc. If you used your judgment, you realized that there are plenty of synonyms for it.

For example, discrimination, categorization, discernment, belief, conclusion, and evaluation are all words that have similar meaning to judgment. When you judge someone, you are in a sense, drawing conclusions based upon the information you have gathered through your senses.

There are many people who believed that judging others is an immoral way to live life. They believe that judgment is the devil’s trait. We must purge ourselves of this trait if we want to coexist in this diverse world. However, if you realized anything, even those who abhor judgments, are making judgments! Continue reading