Some of this stuff isn’t my philosophy, I just needed a place to put it.
Programming languages used in my projects
- GameMaker Language
I have a deep interest in the following fields and have invested a lot of my spare time reading in depth about a variety of subjects that fall into these categories.
- Cognitive Science
- Computer Science
- (Wilderness) Survival – In addition to all the reading I’ve done and video tutorials I’ve watched, I have done some wilderness survival of my own in Hawaii in 2010-2011.
Once my minimalist gear list and budget are complete, they will be added to this page in addition to my philosophy.
For me, minimalism is an effort to maximize my life by giving myself more time, resources, and effort to put toward the things that truly matter to me. Minimizing clutter and distractions is a long and never ending process. As we change as individuals, so do our interests and goals. As such, it is easy to accumulate too many things in our physical and mental spaces if we do not pay close attention. Time is limited, and in order to reach our goals, we must focus our efforts rather than letting ourselves succumb to existential paralysis by trying to live out all of our many potentials.
Minimalism To Me — The Spartan Lifestyle
- Rigorously self-disciplined or self-restrained.
- Simple, frugal, or austere: a Spartan diet; a spartan lifestyle.
- Marked by brevity of speech; laconic.
- Courageous in the face of pain, danger, or adversity.
I stumbled into this lifestyle unknowingly through my own ideas that have slowly evolved and come together to match the spartan ideals. I now fully embrace the aspiration of the spartan lifestyle. At the heart, it means maximizing the time and energy I spend on the things that are important to me. In the finite time I have to exist, it seems wise to consciously decide how I want to be spending my time here, as well as giving myself the freedom to do so.
“There are only two rules to success: 1) Start. 2) Don’t Stop.” ~ /u/Chr0me
“The moment we believe that success is determined by an ingrained level of ability as opposed to resilience and hard work, we will be brittle in the face of adversity.” ~ Joshua Waitzkin
Self discipline is the art by which we manifest reality.
“You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” ~ Marcus Aurelius
Self-restraint is the ability to find your way through the sea of commotion and chaos.
Simple, frugal, or austere: a Spartan diet; a spartan lifestyle.
“I have learned to seek my happiness by limiting my desires, rather than in attempting to satisfy them.” ~ John Stuart Mill
It is not the fulfillment of desires that makes me happy (in the things that I buy, the lifestyle I lead, or the food I eat). I find the less things I have distracting me in terms of desires, the easier it is to focus on more important things, especially staying mentally and physically healthy.
Rather than filling my physical, digital, and mental spaces with things I don’t need, I carefully evaluate whether something is an integral part of me to decide whether to continue incorporating it into my life.
Food, as with most things, can be viewed as an indulgence and/or as something that keeps the body healthy. Just viewing food as fuel allows me to be more frugal, while at the same time eating what will keep my body going from day to day and year to year.
Simplicity is not buying into the idea that your self-value and happiness is somehow linked to anything but yourself.
Marked by brevity of speech; laconic.
“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” ~ Albert Einstein
Courageous in the face of pain, danger, or adversity.
“Sometimes I feel the fear of uncertainty stinging clear, and I cant help but ask myself how much I’ll let the fear take the wheel and steer. It’s driven me before; it seems to have a vague haunting mass appeal. Lately I’m beginning to find that I should be the one behind the wheel.” ~ Incubus
“You can conquer almost any fear if you will only make up your mind to do so. For remember, fear doesn’t exist anywhere except in the mind.” ~ Dale Carnegie
All of life is filled with uncertainty, but that’s no reason to let fear get in the way of the things we want to do. We are the masters of our own destinies. Our mental states are ultimately something that nothing and no one else gets to determine; we simply choose how to react to the world, whether that is consciously or subconsciously.
In all our indecisions, ignorance, and unawareness, we lose time to things we knowingly or unknowingly let occupy our lives. It’s often easy to identify things that are negatively affecting you, but it is harder to be aware of things that are neutrally affecting us. These things may seem harmless, but in fact they are taking up our time and energy that could be put toward something else. Living an life deficient of adversity in the comfort zone, not delving into our personal fears, is to be content with mediocrity.
Courage is the ultimate form of freedom.
My music used in other people’s projects
- Falling Leaves – Jump Swing Studios
- Lost In The Asteroid Belt – Azafran
- Red Grid – JJ2000
- Decline – Grep
- Super Toaster Shooter – Kurnic
- Super Red Rope Puzzles – Kurnic
If I find the time, I would like to get a lot more of my songs online, but not all of them are in finished states. When I get around to it, I will put links to these songs on this page.