musk undernotes

Cincinnati, OH, United States

About musk

An idea worth spreading

The greatest idea of all times is to Love God and others. Spread it.

I'm passionate about

Love and loving; Traveling to new and unfamiliar geographies, sampling ethnic foods and brews, Music - all forms, life.

Talk to me about

Anything and everything, Love, Affirming our relatedness despite our differences.

People don't know I'm good at

People that know me - know. Those that do not know me do not know.

My TED story

Ideas worth spreading ought to have useful content.

Comments & conversations

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musk undernotes
Posted 4 months ago
Why do we criticize stupid people?
Stupid; lacking intelligence or common sense, Idiocy; extreme stupidity - Merriam-Webster For the record, in terms of social conduct (the premise of my question), without exception, we all, sometimes, do stupid and unintelligent things. However, recurrent stupidity, like idiocy transcends social attributes and mere put-downs. Acute stupidity is symptomatic of ‘idiocy’, a clinical profile of a real pathology indicated – for example, in patients with protracted dietary deficiency of iodine. There is even a standard treatment for diet-induced ‘idiocy’.
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Posted 4 months ago
Why do we criticize stupid people?
“Why do some folks need to create a superficial sense of superiority?” The question “why do some folks need to create a superficial sense of superiority?” begs a deeper question: ‘Why do some folks feel they are in a position to defend others?’ Is it in veiled self-defense because such folks subconsciously feel they are members of the group perceived to be under attack or are such folks consumed by self-absorption, the need to come to the aid of persons they regard weaker than themselves, and therefore needing their protection? By the very presumption that one is in a position to defend other people, such folks presume moral superiority to those they label as attackers, and condescension to persons they presume are in need of their protection.
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Posted 4 months ago
Why do we criticize stupid people?
Colleen, you wish to know why I need to label people ‘stupid’ in my question “Why do we criticize stupid people?” The subject in my question is the ‘collective self’; we, not I. So, the question rephrased is really” Why does each of us criticize persons we deem ‘stupid.’ When I chose the term stupid, I was simply assuming our perception and base instincts towards people we deem doing silly and unintelligent things. ‘Stupid’ therefore, is a judgment call; an action-imperative that provokes our compulsion to meet out (critical) corrective response. I agree I could have posed the question differently, but I wanted to retain the ‘sting’ and insensibility of our judgment-call that goads us into criticizing others. This, you can now see was explained in the subsequent texts to the question. The final question ‘do you agree’ is whether you agree that our reaction to unintelligent acts should be corrective rehabilitation or punitive condemnation? Altogether, my question has more to do with personal self-improvement, and less to do with comparing ourselves to others. I hope this clears the misconstrued perception that the term ‘stupid people’ presupposed a feeling of superiority towards others.
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Posted 6 months ago
How can we better leverage the experience and education of our senior citizens?
Sharing technical ideas are always useful especially when derived from years of work, experience and innovation. As a scientist and clinician, a top US company I used to work for tapped the resources of near-retirement seniors by ‘picking’ their brains and ‘passing on’ the knowledge of these seniors to young interns. However, I hope such transfer of ideas are limited to technical ideas or carefully monitored for redeeming moral value. Many social ideas being held by certain seniors are best left to die with them.
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Posted about 2 years ago
Do you think gay marriage will be universally accepted in the next 10 years?
Tolerance for homosexuality/gay marriage is already here but the universal acceptance of gay marriage will require a major paradigm shift in attitude regarding the social value of the practice. Unlike race or religion, acceptance of Gay marriage will probably remain out of the mainstream for a long time to come - not because people cannot come to terms with the practice, but because they cannot find sufficient identity and empathy for the practice. Since I am not happy with the reality I just delineated above, perhaps I like to rephrase your question to What will it take for gay marriage to be accepted universally? The answer of course is a universally acceptable and useful social value - like say, population control or sustainable development or ......... anyway, you get the point.
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Posted over 2 years ago
Why be a good person?
Dearest Emma, First of all, it is not true that 'selfishness' reduces your own individual suffering. It may preserve your gains, but the totality of one's index of happiness and fulfillment does not come alone by what we have gained and retained. Love - the process of giving of oneself for the benefit of others - is a gift we give ourselves by directing empathy and care to others. So, whether you are motivated by altruism or selfishness, loving others is the best guarantee for assuring your own contentment and fulfillment. So there you have it. Your best guarantee for assuring your own happiness, and reducing the suffering in the World is simply to Love. If that appears insufficient, perhaps you should actually heed your name; Emma - which means 'God with us'. One of the most profound covenants in religious history is to 'love God and others'. The best means for achieving this is to simply accept the spirit of God - which is both the essence of Goodness and Love, within us. This is what some people refer to as 'Grace.' Once God (Goodness and Love) is actually within us, it becomes quite natural to be good and loving to others. So, the answer to your question of what to do? Simply affirm your name Emma; Let God be with you. Amen.
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Posted over 2 years ago
What should I really do with my youth? I'm 18, and I want to really learn. Advice from any adults out there?
Plan: Make a list of 10 things important for you to accomplish in life. Do not limit yourself to simple and non-challenging goals. Actually write down 10 most important things you wish to achieve. The list could include any of the ideas you have of what to be...for example, to complete college or from ideas suggested by people in your circle of influence like the two ideas above to volunteer and travel to different cultures, etc. Next, figure out a practical means of actualizing your ideas. For example, the best means of combining volunteerism and experiencing other cultures is through the peace corps program. Asia and Africa presents good opportunities for this experience. A piece of warning; when you venture away from the comforts of your cultural, sociological, philosophical, ideological or geographical confines, you may feel the sensation of losing yourself. Take heart, and remain steadfast; you will end up at the very center of your enlightened consciousness. True freedom. Finally, as you journey along, do not lose your capacity to dream - of great and innovative ideas. Your presence here at TED and your quest for advise and direction is already proof that you are special, and on your way to becoming the unique individual you were expected to be. And if you do not achieve most of the ideas on your list, do not despair. Most people I understand never get to achieve a single most important thing that mattered to them. Imagine if you could achieve just 3 or 4 things on your list! So begin with that list, and enjoy the ride. It is a truly beautiful world. I wish you well.