Minimalism and The Pareto Principle: Physical and Mental Mobility

Minimalism is the simple practice and philosophy that one can live (more) with less. It’s a life, mind, and home stripped down to the bare essentials, which can have a variety of effects, ranging from aesthetic appeal and financial gains, to spiritual and mental clarity.

The Pareto Principle states for the average event, 80% of the effects will derive from only 20% of all sources. The rule was first published after economist Vilfredo Pareto demonstrated that 80% of Italy’s land was owned by only 20% of the population. The rule has been applied to many other cases as well, such as crime, income, sports, and even computer programming.

Minimalism and the 80/20 rule have a lot in common: It can be said that a minimalist reducing their possessions to the bare essentials is finding the 20% of their belongings that encompass 80% of their daily life activity.

Mental Mobility

The Mental Mobility claim is realized when a minimalist begins the process of auditing their own personality and belief systems. Let’s start out with the biggest belief system of them all: Religion.

I first used this dual doctrine on my Christianity practice. I stopped reading the Bible in my teens, realizing that I already received my useful 20% because all the most popular stories get retold in Sunday School.

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve used less and less of the stories and relied on just a few specific verses that produce 80% of my results:

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” – Matthew 6:33

“The Kingdom of God is within you” – Luke 17:21

“For whoever has, to him more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.” – Matthew 13:12

“Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” – Mark 12:17

A handful of verses isn’t really that close to being 20% of the entire religion, so this where I have applied the Mobility aspect, to not just restrict myself to one religion, but feel free to find the cream of the crop to encompass the most productive 20% of all Religions.

“Attachment is the root of suffering”

This is a Buddhist teaching.

I am also interested in Tai Chi which has connections to Taoism. Yoga has its roots in Hinduism. I practice Lent even though I was not raised Catholic.

It would seem more minimalist to just select one religion, but it’s not minimalist to adopt all 100% of the entire system.

“Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless, and add what is specifically your own.” – Bruce Lee

By reducing baggage, a minimalist frees up their options. If your whole life could fit into a suitcase or a van, than you could travel on a whim without anything holding you down.

Only take up what is useful, and scan for that 20% in all things.

Why claim a political faction? Find the 20% of policies that are most important to you.

Why be a die-hard for a sports team? Enjoy the 20% of players that dominate the league.

It might even be worthwhile to just start catching the highlights of certain events and videos now instead of tuning into the entire live stream.

I think you get the point.

Simplify your life, and always move freely. Don’t be tied down to anyone or anything, and go your own way.

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You Are What You Produce And Consume: Not A Product Of Your Environment

I can recall a lecture from Sadhguru where a student had asked for advice on maintaining his spiritual practice while back home with his distracting family members.

Sadhguru answered, in short, that your spirituality should never be so fragile.

“It is the power of the mind to be unconquerable.” – Seneca

I started to come to this knowledge during my own health journey, as I’m approaching three weeks of my Anti-Candida version of the Keto Diet, and also eating only one-meal-a-day to set the difficulty rating on Hardcore mode.

I have failed many times in the past, and I had considered quitting entirely on several occasions, stating that until I moved away into my own place, I would never be able to avoid giving in to the off-menu items my other housemates regularly consume.

I was giving myself an excuse to be mediocre until I was handed the opportunity to be great.

What nonsense. You can’t blame people or your environment for your failures.

When I finally reach my goal weight, I would have been the only person to have done it for myself. Likewise, I was the only person responsible for gaining all the weight to begin with. No one else ate the food for me, and no one else could lose it for me either.

Seeing yourself as separate from your environment is a tool for Self-Mastery, as where you are and who you are with will never become a reason to compromise on your principles.

Your environment slowly becomes only yourself, and your abilities, focusing only on the things within your control. And the most immediate thing you can change, in any environment, is yourself and your opinions on the matter.

The bag of chips on the counter; the fresh brewed coffee in the kitchen; the donuts out on the table; if none of them align with your own personal values, then they do not become part of your ecosystem; They simply belong to someone else.

You don’t just pull clothes off mannequins and electronics off shelves at stores; there are boundaries in place that we respect. In turn, you must build your own personal boundaries out of self-respect for yourself.

It takes too much effort to change your environment anyway, as it is far too rigid with too many authors attached to it. Conversely, relying on your environment to help you produce results is also unwise as it can prove unpredictable with the amount of variables that are able to run through it.

You should treat everything around you in this life as a total accident, but what you choose to create and consume are complete deliberate actions.

Where you are right now is exactly where you need to be, because you’re not actually here anyway.

You’re always here. Right here. In your mind!

“Remember that the ruling faculty is invincible, when self-collected it is satisfied with itself, if it does nothing which it does not choose to do, even if it resist from mere obstinacy. What then will it be when it forms a judgment about anything aided by reason and deliberately? Therefore the mind which is free from passions is a citadel, for man has nothing more secure to which he can fly for refuge and for the future be inexpugnable. He then who has not seen this is an ignorant man; but he who has seen it and does not fly to this refuge is unhappy.”

Marcus Aurelius

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The Nature of Reality and the Meaning of Life

In other posts I have explained that often times we take actions based on our genes and biology (food and sex) and rationalize them later as if they were our own decisions. It’s possible that we do the very same with the concept of Life.

In fact, some define consciousness itself as a rationalization; our own arbitrary reasoning for what and why we are.

By why must there be a reason or purpose behind Life? Why can’t Life just be the thing appreciated within itself?

If we don’t honor existence for existence’s sake, then we are forced to observe Life for some fundamental truth, but the only obvious outcome for all Life is its eventual death.

And we don’t want to do that.

We don’t want to have to unanimously agree that we only live just to die (even though it’s true.)

So, let’s slow down for a bit.

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I began my descent to this conclusion after contemplating the choice for having children. 

All groups conceive because of their genetic imperative; Like any other animal, it is natural for the human race to persist.

But to what end? I ask. What are we multiplying for?

If the human race survives, until the end of time, what purpose would we have performed?

So we achieve World Peace, go to Mars, conquer the solar system, explore the galaxy, then all galaxies, and come face to face to watch the boundary of the universe expand in real-time.

Awesome.

But the only thing that actually happened was we simply increased our knowledge about our own reality. Nothing more.

When we reach the ends of the universe, God is not going to open the door from a room like The Truman Show and say “Congrats! You finally made it!“, and invite us in to a new dimension.

And even if that does happen, it’s the same process all over again.

Inherently, Life is just something to do while we are here.


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The highest level answers I’ve heard regarding the question on the meaning of Life were:

(From the spiritual perspective):

God created us and the universe to know more about itself.

(From the mundane perspective):

There is no meaning to life, but we create meaning on our own.

Great, so if we create our own meaning, that confirms that Life and Reality are so inherently meaningless that we are forced to define it.

So here’s my contribution: How about Life, and Reality, simply just is.

I’ll break it down for you.

Often times we assume Life and Death are duality counterparts: When you become alive, that’s the start of your existence, and when you die, that’s the end of it.

But death doesn’t erase the fact that you existed. Even in the past, before you were born, we could say you exist because you will be born in the future, and in the future you still existed because you were born and died in the past.

Therefore, Life and Death simply operate on the spectrum of existence.

So then what is the dual nature of existence?

There is existence, so there must be non-existence.

A concept and a dimension of something much greater than death, which is just the end of an existence. No, this is a reality where absolutely nothing exists at all. This is non-reality.

If we choose to accept this assumption as true, then the nature of reality and the meaning of life is solved:

We live to eventually die, but we exist to off-set the reality where we don’t exist at all.

Philosophy will never become a science. No higher purpose has to be attributed to our lives anymore. There is absolutely nothing to be accomplished in this reality, because existence itself is the thing-in-itself.

It is not “I think, therefore I am.”, but simply “I am.” and “You are.”

There are schools of thought that believe “All is Mind”, but this is solipsism.

Even when I was first presented this I suspected that there must be things that exist outside the mind. For instance, all the things that you do not know.

So if the “All” had to be anything, it would be the “One”.

The One thing that unites us all within what we all exist from; existence itself, only because it is diametrically opposed to absolutely nothing at all.


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30 Days of No-Fap – Road to Self-Mastery

This isn’t my first time around the block. Before now, the longest streak I’ve ever had was 163 days.

But even though I’m less than a 1/5th of my highest streak, hitting this milestone seems different this time.

It’s as if the efforts of my previous streaks have compounded into a habitual memory and has allowed me to easily pick up where I left off, and maybe reach even higher levels of insight than before.

“A Saiyan gets stronger after every battle.” – Prince Vegeta

I suppose the greatest difference now is starting this streak after finally losing my virginity. Sex was still the goal for me during the previous streaks, with sexual transmutation a tool for reaching some personal confidence standards to finally pursue sex seriously.

No Fap and Sex Transmutation was just a means to an end.

But now that I’ve had sex, I’ve also been able to clearly see what kind of person I am before, during, and after engaging my sexual urges, whether it’s with a partner or with porn.

“Know Thyself”

I think there is very little to be learned about yourself in the pursuit of sex. After all it is just a sensual pleasure.

The desire for sex is just an intelligent expression of our genes, with its ultimate goal to reproduce, and it is only our ego that rationalizes these pursuits for us in a communicable way that has us speak to ourselves about it in our minds to make it appear as if it’s something we truly want. As if it was the rational direction we should take.

After 30 days of No-Fap, I do not see the rationality of pursuing and completing sex in the traditional ways we currently accomplish it. I’ve even had to question eating food, another sensual pleasure that can explode into addiction.

Food just passes through you, in the same way sex passes through you. It’s just a biological drive. However, the difference is that food is more of a necessity than sex. Without food you may die. But you can survive just fine without ever orgasming. In fact, some philosophies believe that a man should preserve his semen as it is his life force.

Claiming that sex is a “need” as we do in conventional society is just rationalization.

My argument is not to abandon sex forever, but to simply curb it, to fast from it, only to recognize it has no true dominion over you.

Many of us take the Red Pill but we stop after knowing the horrific truths about the media, politicians, and every day women are manipulating us. So we go our own way. But what is the purpose of outdoing those that want to control us if we cannot control ourselves?

These men vow to never spend a dime on marriage, child support, and a date with a domestic woman, and turn around only to risk their lives in red light districts spending thousands of dollars at home and abroad.

How is it rational to determine that there is no future to be made with the modern woman, yet you’ll still engage with her, even if it’s for a one night lay?

No matter if a woman is a sinner or a saint, when you lay with her you become her equal. So no matter what you feel about them, it’s also a reflection of yourself” – Anonymous

Think of the men who spend hours in the street and in clubs pursuing women, sometimes with less than a 5% success rate, rationalizing that “rejection builds character.”

No. You want to get laid, because your genes want to reproduce. All the time and resources your body uses to build semen just for it to end up in a latex bag. Or even worse, a tissue in your hand. Pathetic.

And you’ll go back and do it all over again, never questioning why the ride doesn’t stop.

Imagine the businesses and skills these men could acquire if only they knew they were slaves. You ended your slavery with the media, with corporate society, and with women, but you have not recognized the blind spot you hold for yourself.

What I want to achieve through No-Fap and MGTOW is Self-mastery.

Are you willing to take on the challenge to no longer being a slave to your own biology?

See you on the far side. – Monk Moon Base

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