Michael Tross

Perth W.a, Australia

About Michael

Languages

English, French, German, Latin

Comments & conversations

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Michael Tross
Posted 9 months ago
Why is it that against all odds we still hope? Is this a good thing or a bad thing?
There have been times in my life where I have asserted to myself that my experiences are teaching me not to hope. Each time, in eventuality, has lead me to the realization of the ultimate destination of such an assertion; apathy. If we fall into hopelessness, even though we might justify it pragmatically, we eventually stop caring about things, left only with the foundational ponderings of our youth to guide our ambitions away from the raw and meaningless pursuit of success in the eyes of the world. In short....hope makes things meaningful. Another thought I've had is that hope is necessary in everything we do. Save chance, we need to hope in something before we achieve it. If we believe the endeavor is hopeless we aren't even likely to start it. It's a hard concept to word, but I'll elaborate on it if asked.
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Michael Tross
Posted 9 months ago
We should have digital cremation of an individual when they die which will erase their digital footprint.
Given the mixed opinions on the matter I think it would be a good idea to have the option for digital cremation. While I don't like the idea of referencing my death details every time I sign up to something, it could very well remind me of my mortality which has its advantages. What I really don't want to see is the emergence of another industry to be exploited. I'm not sure what the current death industry has explored on the digital side of things but I'd hate to log in to facebook and see some hokey ad that wants me to buy into their DC scheme. But there it is, for me. It should be up to the individual whether they want to be digitally cremated or digitally buried. I don't know if it's already in place in systems like the web archive but there should be organization of what we keep and what we get rid of, just like in literature.
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Michael Tross
Posted 9 months ago
What's your opinion on Unconditional Basic Income? (This is not Communism)
After a bit of coffee I have some things to add. I would assume BI would be difficult to implement entirely to one economy to achieve positive results in relation to the world economy, but if such a venture succeeded it would be a powerful example for the rest of the world. Also I wanted to note here something about the value of money today. Money, as I see it, is meaningless. Yes, it holds great value within society but apart from something to throw or write on, depending on its form, its practical use is rather limited when compared with the essentials such as food, water, shelter, etc. So if the value of money doesn't come from its practical application it must come from what it represents. To those who are goal oriented and passionate about their work it represents the time and effort they have used in attaining it. When they spend their money they are literally spending their time and energy. There are then some who quantify the value of their money with their level of success, whether it be in business, investment, even thievery amongst. They feel they deserve what they pay for (except for the thieves who probably just steal it and may or may not have inner moral conflicts :P ) But what about those who win money from the lotto? What does that money represent to them? What are they spending or giving to charity? Time? Effort? Success? What would be the value of money in a world BI system? Addendum: I say these things in a questioning and in no way authoritative manner. (Had some problems with phrasing in the past)
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Michael Tross
Posted 9 months ago
What's your opinion on Unconditional Basic Income? (This is not Communism)
At first glance it appears to be a very good thing. Just as the folds gradually disappear from an ironed sheet, so do I think humanity can adapt to such a dramatic change. My highest concern is that it would require an extreme overhaul in education. Many of us are taught from a very young age to see the world through the eyes of money, whether it be intentional or not. In my largely uneducated and idealistic view, this proposal seems to be a step towards possibly eradicating money and moving humanity into a new era of united passionate peace. Perhaps I just need coffee....
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Michael Tross
Posted 9 months ago
What's the difference between intelligence and imagination, and which is more useful in alleviating the human condition?
I suppose imagination could be described as the extrapolation of a perceived pattern based on applied emotion. Patterns in our head can change the way we perceive things in the world, making them no less real, but viewed differently. For instance, I used to practice an exercise called par kour, which involved making obstacles work to your advantage physically. A few months into my training I started seeing the world differently; I would notice shapes and routes I never noticed before. Is this what you mean by imagination influencing perception?