The Thing Is We Don’t Really Want What We Think We Desire
Slavoj Žižek considers the pursuit of happiness to be dumb because we don’t really want it anyway.
Right at the beginning of the Declaration of Independence there’s that phrase: “pursuit of happiness.” But is that really what you want? Philosopher Slavoj Žižek has his doubts.
“Let’s be serious,” Žižek says about being in a heightened creative, AKA flow, state. "Happiness doesn’t enter it,” he says, “You’re ready to suffer.” You may feel intensity, yes, excitement, yes. But happiness suggests satisfaction, and there’s nothing satisfied about a creative fever. It’s much more akin to a desperate want.
In any event, Žižek has decided, “We don’t really want what we think we desire.” He says that this is not an unusual event, either, but instead just the way human beings function.
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Is it "perverseness," the "death drive," or something else?
A growing body of research shows promising signs that the keto diet might be able to improve mental health.
- The keto diet is known to be an effective tool for weight loss, however its effects on mental health remain largely unclear.
- Recent studies suggests that the keto diet might be an effective tool for treating depression, and clearing up so-called "brain fog," though scientists caution more research is necessary before it can be recommended as a treatment.
- Any experiments with the keto diet are best done in conjunction with a doctor, considering some people face problems when transitioning to the low-carb diet.
It's up to us humans to re-humanize our world. An economy that prioritizes growth and profits over humanity has led to digital platforms that "strip the topsoil" of human behavior, whole industries, and the planet, giving less and less back. And only we can save us.
- It's an all-hands-on-deck moment in the arc of civilization.
- Everyone has a choice: Do you want to try to earn enough money to insulate yourself from the world you're creating— or do you want to make the world a place you don't have to insulate yourself from?
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