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  1. I'll agree with Distance and say that you might even like academics but merely resent the pressure you're feeling. If you can somehow find a way to tune into a genuine purpose within yourself that'll keep you going, then the academic path may be one you can continue on. If not, give it up and look somewhere else.
  2. I think I know what you mean because sometimes my mind will have ideas inspired by paranoia that I feel I have to reason away, yet I can't help it when I see the reasoning in the metaphors themselves. Like seeing something as a sign that has to do with me. I know that the best way to get rid of these thoughts is by not listening to them rather than by reasoning them away, because reason and reality are easily disposed if the fear becomes too great. It might just be an INFP thing, with Fi as our dominant function and Te being our least developed, it becomes quite hard to keep grounded in reality when the metaphorical lenses see only fear and paranoia. It also makes sense that the only way I get back down to reality is by some metaphorical conviction that emphasizes the importance of being grounded, or being a part of "reality"--the cold Te reality. Perhaps, then, the metaphors and analogies you're using to create your reality, is just your way of getting away from a shared, logical, and indifferent reality. (Not that I'm saying that reality is like this, but typically INFPs with an underdeveloped Te have that view of it hidden in their unconscious.
  3. Oh, the Ni-Ti tug-of-war. When Ni understands, but Fe still doesn't make any sense so Ti tries to put the pieces together rationally, and it ends up being like, "what is life? who am i? who are you? why am i feeling this way? Life?! People?! Aghhhh!" Se is a miracle cause instead of making any sense it goes, "Waffles. Waffles are good." Yes. Yes, they are.
  4. Consciousness is always in a state of interaction with information. The question is fundamentally what is the most profitable state of relating to information. While the mind, the intellectual organizer of the information, the interpreter, and communicator, is merely a subset of a higher set of interacting going on, the results of it's interactions are good indications of what goes on at a higher level. The higher level of interacting I am referring to is states of being either love or fear. In accordance with this higher level of interaction, the mind's interactions will either produce content that benefits the entire community, or produce chaos that causes separation of community. So, yeah, man. Just be cool with everything and everyone, and more productive states of mind will naturally flow as a result.
  5. The question of what one is seeking isn't nearly as important as why one is seeking. The why is the variable that will define how far a person will be willing to surrender to that which they are seeking. Typically, truth seekers are honest seekers. Their reasons for seeking truth are usually unselfish, however, that is not to say aesthetic seeker can't hold a similar position. Consider that a scientists who suffers for the sacrifices he makes in his dedication to work and truth is challenged just the same as the artist who suffers in a similar way for his art. The goal ought to be, in a philosophical perspective, the unionization of the subject to object. If an unconditional "why" can pierce through to reach a point where the subject can understand at a deep level its resonance with the object of desire, a point will be arrived at where truth and meaning meet, and "other" is at once fully realized. If that sounds too philosophical, consider your relationship with others in similar terms. It's not such an easy task though, for neither the seeker of truth or meaning. To the subject this will mean overcoming a lot of fear-based responses. The challenges that will appear before the person seeking will threaten the existence of the ego that must be rid of if unionization is to progress further. Finally, that "why" which is always unconditional, that will carry consciousness forward beyond it's imagined need for meaning or truth, is love. I say that as a rule according to the implication of the word's definitions. As a metaphor no other word comes closer to describing an entirely subjective position wherein a commitment to "other"--object--is implied, and yet also without any need to appeal to objectivity.
  6. Your theory, I'd say, is a generally good way of articulating the way in which consciousness comes to understand information. Consider the fourth as the deepest level of understanding, and I think "deep feeling" would merely be a natural result of deep understanding.
  7. I think it was the state of mind you took on even in the face of all the things that would normally bring you down. The trick isn't to try to run from those things but to be there with everything that was once wrong and to take on an accepting attitude. Isn't it beautiful how spontaneous it is?
  8. Leonard Cohen - The Partisan
  9. You must understand that from your experience you're still at a limited standpoint to judge general consciousness evolution. Your statements are moreso representative of the unique path you have chosen, and not of the general path to enlightenment. When imparting wisdom unto others consider what the words you've chosen are communicating to them at a deep level. Perhaps to some "voidness" has nothing that they can refer back to in all of their experiences in order to make sense of it, but if you'd tell them to break their bad habits they'd begin to show improvements in their life that would result in one step closer towards achieving enlightenment.
  10. Yes. In this game called life where we must grow by moving beyond ourselves, INTJs are at an advantage. Their intuition is a "cut-to-the-point" kind of function that emits ideas from the same beyond that all efforts lead to. This is what makes Ni a predicting function, as well as an irrational one. The INTJ, with the Ni fairy sitting on his shoulder (think Link), and his sword with which alone he must penetrate through, his Te, is a relentless warrior of evolution.
  11. Well put. I would call it the journey toward Christ though.

    I would say the only fear we have is fear of punishment whether in this life or the next.

  12. Quite a funny point to arrive at, when reading has led you to a conclusive uncertainty; no book or rational thought will surpass the guidance of the voices being whispered in winds and heard in silence. Thus is the beginning of the journey that is beyond the ordinary, though it appears disguised as a sentence to death.

    Of course, I am talking about the journey towards making the unconscious conscious driven by the curiosity to know whether that boogeymen really is hiding down there, or, if truly, there is nothing at all to fear.

  13. What a journey. Huh?

  14. I loved this film! What's hauntingly beautiful about the movie is that it brings intense emotions to surface on what appear to be just ordinary everyday things, yet these emotions don't feel random at all. I believe the movie is reveals deeply emotional truths that are belied by a life that just happened without any apparent reason for it--a saddening prospect when realizing how large it is and how small we are. You should also check out Don Hertzfeldt's other animations, especially