The only issue open to an individual’s choice in this matter is how much knowledge he will seek to acquire and, consequently, what conceptual complexity he will be able to reach.
The process of observing the facts of reality and of integrating them into concepts is, in essence, a process of induction. The process of subsuming new instances under a known concept is, in essence, a process of deduction.
He needs a method of cognition, which he himself has to discover: he must discover how to use his rational faculty, how to validate his conclusions, how to distinguish truth from falsehood, how to set the criteria of what he may accept as knowledge.
It is the task of epistemology to provide the answer to the “How?”—which then enables the special sciences to provide the answers to the “What?”
man has to acquire knowledge by his own effort, which he may exercise or not, and by a process of reason, which he may apply correctly or not.
The creator lives for his work. He needs no other men. His primary goal is within himself. The parasite lives second-hand. He needs others. Others become his prime motive.
Men learn from one another. But all learning is only the exchange of material. No man can give another the capacity to think. Yet that capacity is our only means of survival.
“The basic need of the creator is independence. It demands total independence in function and in motive. To a creator, all relations with men are secondary.”
Man’s knowledge is not acquired by logic apart from experience or by experience apart from logic, but by the application of logic to experience.
Cognition precedes communication; the necessary precondition of communication is that one have something to communicate.
It is axiomatic concepts that identify the precondition of knowledge: the distinction between existence and consciousness, between reality and the awareness of reality, between the object and the subject of cognition.
We have to decide what to do, but we do not have to decide what to think. We can also say, we can’t decide what we think. RIGHT?
Your may have the knowledge of the past, but you can’t go back and act; but if you have the knowledge of the future, you may act in advance in order to make profit of that knowledge. So knowledge of the past is useless, unless it can help you predict the future. so, forget the …
In the process of writing, it is crucial not to stop for too long (and preferably not at all). One of the deadliest obstacles to good writing is critical overconscientiousness exercised during the process of writing.
Existence exists—Consciousness is conscious—A is A.
Thinking is like fighting, you can avoid thinking as you can avoid fighting. Fighting can be difficult, dangerous, exhausted, so does thinking. Don’t think thinking is easy, easy thinking means nothing. If you don’t feel tortured while thinking, you are thinking about the easy target, go torture yourself by thinking about the tough subject. Think …
Since we live with others, see the world around us, it is inevitable to be influenced by thoughts, actions, even mere existing of others, there is no way to escape this. Be tough, try to resist others as much as possible.
But while you are writing, you must adopt the premise: my subconscious, right or wrong. You must let your automatic connections function, because you have no others.
Thinking alone is not enough, action is required. If for thinking or action you must choose one and only one, then choose action. For too much thinking makes action paralyzed, too much action may cause death, but as long as you are alive, you will learn something from it, and be better.
There is no need / imppossible to learn everything, in fact, something may be harmful to know, just like something is harmful to eat.
In practice, therefore, you must be more reality-oriented than a scientist, who has the help of the physical problem and the physical objects he is working with. Aim at being at least as reality-oriented as a scientist—which in this context means being exclusively focused on your subject.
the universe exists independent of anyone’s awareness of it, that the function of consciousness is to grasp, not to create, reality, and that the absolutism of existence is what ought to shape one’s thoughts (and actions).
What is the cause of depression? The faulty thought, the persistent wrong thought of one’s own, in order to remove the bad thought that cause the problem, we have to fight it continuously. It is not easy, but to have a better day, we have no other choice.
Not every thought is useful, some thoughts are indeed harmful to ourselves, yet those harmful thoughts bring themselves up to our attention from time to time, so we must fight against them, make sure they go away when we notice them.
It is clear that weapons and equipment are not essential to the concept of fighting, since even wrestling is fighting of a kind.
Life is war and nothing else, everyhing in life is related to battle of life, depend on whether you’re a winner or a loser, you will be happy or sad. life is war, so it subjects to chance, intelligence, knowledge, intentions of others, which make outcome of life unpredictable, if anything bad happened ,accept it …
This difficulty of accurate recognition constitutes one of the most serious sources of friction in war, by making things appear entirely different from what one had expected. The senses make a more vivid impression on the mind than systematic thought.
it is nevertheless certain that if he has himself a talent for forming an ideal picture of a country quickly and distinctly, it lends to his action an easier and firmer step, saves him from a certain mental helplessness, and makes him less dependent on others. If this talent then is to be ascribed to …
In a sense, the duration of an engagement can be interpreted as a separate, secondary success.
Given the same amount of intelligence, timidity will do a thousand times more damage in war than audacity.
Truth in itself is rarely sufficient to make men act. Hence the step is always long from cognition to volition, from knowledge to ability. The most powerful springs of action in men lie in his emotions.