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My Instagram "search tab" shows me three themes. Beautiful bodies strapped with tiny glimpses of lingerie, cars and motivational quotes like: "You are 100-fucking-% in charge of your life, stop fucking bitching" or "0% luck; 100% hustle". Automagical algorithms threw dices and decided - this is the content bubble I'm inside.
The first two I indulge myself. The third one I don't ev... Huh. I don't even know.
Ok, now I know it starts as a random pile of thoughts but bear with me for a while. You shall be entertained, I hope. I came to realize that life is... Fucking amazing. It really is. Also, we have a fucked up point of reference. So much in fact, that it sounds cliche-ish to state that. Yet we still live by those points pushing ourselves to want shit we few seconds ago didn't knew existed. Let that sink in you - you have fucked up points of reference. Can you begin to comprehend that? Good.
What we also have (as human beings), is the brain that is never fully capable of understanding that statement above. None of us mortals has the brainpower to self-discipline our drooling over the newer and the shiner. I don't mean to judge if it's good or bad that we have that drive. Probably as a species, as the pile of gene-coded cells we are better off to be miserable fucks that are never satisfied for longer than few seconds. The population is exploding. Can you imagine the same if orgasm lasted a lifetime? And that's my point there. We live in a world of such abundance, that with little altruism and self-discipline we could end hunger of the world. But we don't do it. I certainly don't. Each and every day I put hunger in throats of others with my selfishness. I'm writing this on a laptop that could feed few families for a year. I then edit on a smartphone worth roughly the same. Meals for another more hang pitifully in my closet. Unironed.
We are all (to a grater or a lesser extent) somehow programmed into being miserable pieces of shit, no matter how great or how bad our world is.
Some genes and the way of thought
It is proven that the best predictor of our experience of happiness is our genome. Second best is the ones outlook. And on the distant third place is the environment (meaning geographical and socio-economical landscape). Another fact that I would like to point out is this: two random human beings have genetically more in common than two chimps in the same forest. Meaning, you could pick absolutely the most opposite person to you and still you're as similar to this person as the similarity goes in a biological sense.
Let us combine what we've just learnt. In one way or another, even the kindest person is sometimes an asshole. You, me, Mother Teresa, whomever you'd pick. No one in the world has the sheer brainpower to reduce their shittyness to 0. Our genes and outlooks predict most of our happiness, that's another fact. We are biologically very similar to each other, and with the exclusion of extremely dumb world-views, we all share similar outlooks. Those are our indisputable premises, our axioms.
What I mean is this: let us all cut all of us some slack, okay? We are all similarly shitty people, with similar shit going on and it's biological. Chill the fuck out.
Toilet room ethics, pop-sci biology and, just now, some physics?
There is this recurring idea in physics related discussions that no matter if the universe is inherently orderly because of natural laws, or to the opposite applies - it is random through and through, because of the pico-universe of quantum particles, there is no room for free will as we know it and intuitively experience it to exist at all. The idea is called hard incompatibilism, and great people over the Internet can explain it to you way better than I would. Go google that.
So not only if there was a free will in action (and there isn't), what we know for sure is highly suggestive that we should chill out while interacting with others. But let's count in the lack of free will. So now, there is absolutely no rational reason to take anything personally. We should just experience it as it is - inevitable.
The lack of free will doesn't mean that our actions don't matter - the opposite is true. It is because the system is so closed our effort matters the most. We just cannot help how much of it we are willing to put in, cause we do not have any power over thoughts that we experience.
I am sure that I confused you too much already. I can just hope that my vocabulary was rich and explanatory enough. Forgive me if it wasn't, I've put the effort but couldn't help it at the end.
Let us go back to the beginning
I believe that whatever the success in life could be measured in, it is earned or gained in such complex system that the best predictor of it could be just called as luck. I also know, that even if it wasn't (but it is), I would still stand by the luck as the predictor because you have to be extremely lucky to be born with those exact talents, brainpower, and environment that would instill such core values for you to stick with the path of success. There you have it - "0% luck; 100% hustle" is just a steaming pile of fresh bullshit. That being said, if that series of quotes is the systemic input that drives behavior which is beneficial in the market economy... It is good enough for me right now to not bitch about it so much - it's just "meh".
If you are reading this then, the world around you is amazing - it truly never has been so well in here. And we may be the most piece of shit, entitled generations of people yet to enjoy it all. So chill out and don't hate on fellow miserables so much.