A Little Bit of Hiking

Went today for a little hiking on one of the hills outside the city I live in. On the way there I could not help but notice how the car traffic increased steadily in the past years. I don’t know exactly the statistics and the car ownership percentage, it’s just an observation. Another phenomenon that I observed is the steady increase in the average weight of the people in this country. There might be a correlation here, a lot of more polluting cars, less movement, more sedentary lives, less exercising and less hiking. Speaking of hiking, there are very few people hiking in the area where I usually go. Maybe it’s better that way, it’s a beautiful place and more people might be a nefarious factor for the area, I already witnessed nefarious human activity in the year during the past years.

Admiring the beauty of the nature, exercise, clean air, peace, tranquility, freedom, charging your batteries with energy and positive thoughts – a hiking in the woods is all about these things.

I also found and collected some elderflowers with the purpose of making a delicious elderflower cordial back at home.

Forest light in Iasi, Romania
Forest crossroad in Iasi, Romania

Elderflowers in the forest, Iasi, Romania

Reward Theory of Attraction

Reward Theory of Attraction

What this theory basically says is that people tend to like (be attracted) to those whom they associate with rewarding events. In other words, people tend to be attracted to those that make them feel good or to those that remind them of people they enjoy being around. If a relationship offers more reward and pleasure than cost and pain than that relationship is more likely to continue.

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The Daily Concept – Reward Theory of Attraction

This theory can explain why no love can feel like the first one: a first love generates new sensations, feelings and a lot of novelty. And this theory can also explain why people tend to be attracted by those that remind them of an ex, whether physically or a similarity in attitudes, gestures, voice, or interests.

 

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Axiom of Cumulative Inertia

Axiom of Cumulative Inertia

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The Daily Concept – Axiom of Cumulative Inertia

The title of this sociological axiom sounds complicated and off-putting but the axiom itself is easy to explain:  it basically says that the more time someone spends in a certain place the less likely the person is to move out from that place in the future.

Some reasons for this kind of behavior might include: loss aversion which results from possible unknown problems in a new place of residence, financial stability – it’s possible that the person might have achieved a successful career after staying at the same workplace for a while, the presence of a social network – family and friends.

In conclusion: the more you sit in the same place the more you are likely to remain there and the more motives for you to stay there accumulate.

 

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Concept of the Day: Germ Theory Denialism

Germ theory denialism

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The Daily Concept – Germ theory denialism

The advocates of this theory consider that germs are not the cause of diseases but only a symptom of disease. They are basically saying that Louis Pasteur was wrong and that Antoine’s Bechamp microzymian theory is right. The microzymian theory says that diseases are caused by unfavorable conditions in the host and environment cause the host’s microzymas to decompose tissue and cause bacteria. Bechamp’s model says that microzymas are tiny enzymes that produce enzymes and cells when they have favorable conditions.

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A Life Well Lived

Life is like a game of poker and living a good life is all about playing the cards that fate gives you to the best of your ability. It’s not about regrets and having no regrets. What does this means anyway? Doing everything you want? Well, you can’t do anything you want and you can’t have anything you want so of course that there will be regrets. There is no person alive or dead that lived a life without regrets. There is no person alive or dead that had in life all they ever wanted. Nobody’s given the best cards all the time. On the other hand, nobody’s given the worst cards all the time. We have to make do with the cards that we are dealt and we have to make lemonade from those lemons that are thrown our way and to make strawberry smoothies from those strawberries that are thrown our way.

A life well lived
In the end, just three things matter:
How well we have lived
How well we have loved
How well we have learned to let go.

Seeing the good in the bad things that happen to us is a life well lived. Seeing the bad in the good things that happen to us is a wasted life. I don’t want to be able to say “I have no regrets” in my last years of existence, I want to be able to say “I lived the best possible life with the things that I’ve got”. I have many dreams and I want many things, smaller or bigger, but I have to internalize the fact that I will never have some of them. I want to find happiness and joy in the small things in life, to always remain curious and enthusiastic about the world around me, to have passion, to be interested in discovery and exploration, to experience the least amount of idle time as possible. I might not achieve all the things in life that I want and I might have regrets but I will certainly consider my life well spent knowing that I managed to squeeze out the flavor of life with the things that I’ve been given and that I wasted no time. That would be, for me, a life well lived.

 

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