Danger Lampost

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What is your New Year's resolution?

A New Year's resolution is a commitment that a person makes to achieve personal goals, or reforming a bad habit. This is an ancient tradition, and one that I believe still serves a valuable function.

Yet a 2007 study by Richard Wisemen from the University of Bristol involving 3,000 people showed that only 12% of those who set New Year's resolutions succeed in keeping them. What gives?

"Resolutions are more sustainable when shared, both in terms of with whom you share the benefits of your resolution, and with whom you share the path of maintaining your resolution. Peer-support makes a difference in success rate with new year's resolutions" So says Frank Ra, author of "A Course in Happiness".

In the spirit of inspiring all of us to achieve worthy goals, I ask in this public forum: What is your New Year's resolution this year?

If I can, in a year's time I'll post a conversation here entitled something like, "How did you do on last year's resolution?" So, if you're still here too, you can refer back to this conversation and answer.

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    Dec 25 2012: I know some resolutions may be too personal to share in such a public forum as this, so I thought I'd just kick off a reply with one resolution here: My resolution is to transform one specific hateful and negative relationship in my life into a positive relationship, even in the face of what I perceive to be continuous hatred from this person no matter what I do. It seems hopeless to me at this point, and so I undercut my own chance of success here, and yet I must hope against all hope to change this. The personal goal I commit to achieving is changing this relationship. If I'm still here in a year, maybe I'll post a TED conversation entitled, "How did you do on last years's resolution?" Hopefully I'll be part of the 12%. :)
    • Dec 27 2012: Well done, you shared your own resolution !

      And your resolution is quite a brave one
      Confucius said: take the impossible mission.
      I think they are the same kind of spirits
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    Dec 29 2012: I am keeping a positivity box. Throughout the year I will write down the good things that have happened and then on the next new years eve I will open the box and read the notes. I am doing this in an effort to be more positive and focus on the good things in my life.
  • Dec 29 2012: Yes, I'm also fighting against censorship by the big banana, the google itself. Of course I'm losing and you'll never hear about it. The google just tweaks the ranking vectors, and you are disappeared. One interesting book on the topic is called "The Filter Bubble", but again, you're unlikely to hear about it if'n the google can do anything to keep you from noticing.

    The underlying problem is that there is too much information available, and your input channels can easily be saturated. Since most people prefer to hear they are right, they tend to steer away from disagreeable evidence of their mistakes and errors. People tend to believe what they want to believe, but I'm something of a weirdo in that I'm extra skeptical of evidence that agrees with me...

    As regards the Nick Hanauer talk, it is available elsewhere, and it is more relevant and INTERESTING than it was at that time. They are about to drop the austerity bomb on ALL of us.
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    Dec 26 2012: My new years resolution.. kind of weird, but something that matters deeply to me, is bringing the Inside Out Project here to my town. To help people see things as they are, there is no specific guidelines to this, but rather to have the pictures up and all over the town. To have hundreds of these pictures up by the end of 2013.
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    Dec 26 2012: I never make a resolution because I'm very situationally oriented. In other words I know specific situations will come up during the year, and I'll have to deal with each one on its own terms, and I don't think it will help to have made some general, overarching resolution at the year's start.
  • Dec 25 2012: I resolve to fight censorship and support freedom.

    Let me begin with a question for TED:

    Why is the Nick Hanauer talk STILL not published on the TED website?

    Do you like censorship? Do you visit TED in search of mental stimulation? Do you want them to censor the ideas they don't like?

    The censorship of this talk was certainly NOT because the topic of income inequality is "not interesting enough", which was the official excuse. They have published many talks related to income inequality, and they have published many talks that were much less interesting on various subjects. I believe that it was the combination of his passion and skill in delivering his message that scared TED into censoring it.

    In short, TED is afraid of offending their donors. How many other talks have been censored just to keep the money flowing?

    I used to visit TED quite often in search of interesting new ideas. His talk was one of the most interesting I ever saw associated with TED, the talk was delivered at a TED meeting, and yet it has never been published on the TED website itself. The official explanation is obviously bogus on both counts: It was more interesting than many talks which have been published, and it has many ideas worth spreading.

    Today I had some free time. I used to spend some of my free time viewing videos on TED, but I stopped because of my dislike of censorship. It saddens me, but I will not support TED or even visit their website as long as I regard them as just another bunch of censors.