This post will be short, but I encourage you to read it two or three times. It could save you a lot of headache.
The most convincing sort of falsehood looks like this.
1. Clearly true fact.
2. Clearly true secondary fact that's emotionally charged.
3. Faulty causality that ties the two together.
That simple structure is so convincing, but so incredibly bad for you that it'll get you into all kinds of trouble. Especially if you're analyzing your goals, or your weaknesses, or trying to form an ethical structure, or something important like that.
Stop and re-read this one. There's no way to fill in the blanks without examples that wouldn't be either very boring, or incredibly hurtful/controversial to someone going through it. But try to make some of your own in your mind, and be damn careful when something falls into this structure of argument.
No, you are just picking a controversial topic.
Though I'd be interested to see how you would lay this out with the:
1. Cancer is a painful experience
2. People have freedom to control and choose how they feel, therefore, be able to overcome the painful experience.
3. if you feel devastated by having cancer, it's your fault because you chose to feel devastated.
I wouldn't even claim 1. to be an absolute fact , but this false causation is ubiquitous.
1. Cancer is potentially fatal
2. Certain lifestyle choices increase your chance of getting cancer
3. Cancer is your fault.
I came across your site a few days ago after a friend posted a link to your "What Skills Do You Need to be an Entrepreneur? Only Two" article. While I've read many different blogging sites about similar topics, there was something about your writing that has compelled me to stay on your site and read through dozens of your articles. In fact, of all the sites/blogs I have read, you are the first I have attempted to contact. You seem like a really interesting guy, and you have certainly inspired me.
Anyways, I read in one of your works that you aren't much a fan of small talk (nor am I), so I'll cut straight to my questions:
What are you thoughts on Ayn Rand? Have you read Atlas Shrugged or The Fountainhead? The reason I ask is because a lot of your writing seems to reflect some of the core points of her philosophy, at least on an individual perspective (as portrayed in The Fountainhead). I'm not sure how you feel about her philosophy for a society as a whole, as in Atlas Shrugged.
If you've never read her before, here is a good excerpt of her thoughts on money (to get an idea of what her books are like):http://www.capitalismmagazine.com/economics/money/1826-francisco-s-money-speech.html
My friend and fellow blogger Cam Chardukian writes in on The Downfall of Video Games:
For example it took almost no effort for me to quit watching television. I've also gone from eating the unhealthiest diet imaginable to literally not having eaten a single desert in 3-4 years and actually finding artificial/processed foods to be disgusting.
Why on the other hand have I been able to make progress in things like socializing or nofap, but ultimately been unable to achieve similar levels of success in them?