Do you understand yourself?

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How is it possible that today's youngest generation, living in the historically highest level of well-being with a huge number of possibilities, constantly shows a great deal of unhappiness and life dissatisfaction in various studies? How is it possible that we lose the ability to "learn to be an adult", how to reverse it, and why every libertarian should ask himself the question: do I understand myself?

For many, libertarianism is strictly based on strict division of responsibilities. The variously constructed concepts of "market law" pit the act of consequence against each other and try to come to terms with the help of completely absurd conclusions to decipher who is to blame until the last crumbs of each act. It is an attempt not to accept the possibility of that someone will do something, but no one is to blame.

Of course quite the right effort and a legitimate view. It is the only way to strive for the fairest society possible, where everyone has the greatest possible space to achieve the best possible.

There is one important thing here but by: if we look for the "last culprit" as a result, we can get into an absurd situation where "no one is to blame for anything" and the whole world of freedom-responsibility will fall apart like a house of cards. We lack a bridge, a connection to what is "inside" us, where it came from and how to actually deal with it and work with it.


Sit in a chair or lie down on the sofa - alone, in complete silence. Put your hands in front of you and release them. Look at them. Start with your index finger. Stop thinking about anything for a moment and just focus on that one finger.

Can you feel it from the inside? Not like when you pinch it, but only the finger - do you start to feel its warmth? Will you lose emotion in it? Continue with your whole hand, add your other hand, your feet. It is not easy.

Give it a few minutes. Please try again. What's on your mind? Void?

Ask yourself: what is your earliest childhood memory?

Then try it a second time, all from the beginning. But the question will be different: what are you most afraid of? Try again several times and find at least a hint of where this "biggest fear" may have come from you.

It is not necessary, but it is quite possible that the two "memories" - your earliest life and some core of "greatest fear" will be somehow related; most likely at least in time. Most of the "building blocks" of such seemingly irrational thought processes are instilled in our heads during the first few years of our lives.

And during a time when it is difficult or with a significant dose of moral and argumentative acrobatics that we come to the conclusion that we are somehow responsible for it. But these "imprints" influence our decisions and behavior much morethan we can often admit or imagine, no matter how "adult" we are.

A complex world

Our world / life is becoming more complex and longer. We do not live to 40-50, as we did 100 years ago, but by more than quarter century longer. Our lives have shifted by half the life of one generation in two generations. "Human capital" - the knowledge and knowledge gained as a result have moved the possibilities of humanity an incredible piece in an extremely short time, which in turn drives the speed of progress further, which in turn changes all those variables accelerates.

The complexity of the world is growing exponentially. Then next to him sits a 60-year-old gentleman and a 30-year-old millennium:

Millennial He often does not know what to do with himself. Where to "direct" his life, what is his "sense", why he should do "something". It's a normal classic paradox of choice, which is a standard psychological-economic phenomenon: there are so many possibilities that it is easier not to choose than to choose. The "benefit" of not choosing and ignoring is more than going through a difficult choice.

The 60-year-old gentleman does not understand - he was his age… But he was his age in 1960. The degree of complexity of the world and the possibilities were significantly lower. From the point of view of a 60-year-old gentleman, a disadvantage - in fact huge benefit: it's easier to choose from fewer options in a simpler world. It is huge time savings in decision-making, so the 60-year-old gentleman already at 30 functional family, apartment, car and a clear career.

The fact that they often do not understand each other is absolutely expected and neither is "worse" or "better" because of how he sees the other. They are simply the way they were worked out by the circumstances of their lives. They themselves are not to some extent responsible for their "opinion", view and consequent behavior.

Understand yourself

Go back to that meditation practice with the first memory or the greatest fear. You found something in the process new? Did they discover a trifle that you had no idea about, or that you might have felt somehow, but very foggy and vague?

And how old are you?? If this is not your first time on this site, you are most likely a man and you are between 25 and 44 years old. You are most likely approaching half of the expected timethat you will be in this world - and in something as basic as "your fear" you have found or concretized something new? How is it possible that "after such a time"?

Add to the exponentially growing complexity of our world internal complexity - overwhelmingly like people we don't even understand ourselves. Often we do not understand, where our basic character traits came from or we do not even realize that we should understand them because we take them Dane.

We find ourselves in situations in which we hate and misunderstand essentially immediately - or something from within. we ignoreto make it "jump out" for us - completely unprepared - in a few decades. We are creating a reason to have fear of ourselvesbecause the fear of the unknown is natural.

At the same time, if we are unable to understand ourselves, how we are to understand others? We automatically rush into a conflict that we are unable to resolve.

With the length of our life, the growing complexity of the world, which in turn affects our surroundings - and thus the growing internal complexity of ourselves, we begin to get into the loop of misfortune: "Today's young" people have historically the highest levels of well-being and opportunity, and yet they usually show a higher level of "misfortune" in research. It is natural that "future young people" will be even worse off and that the same was true of "then young people" in the past.

And here comes the libertarian argument: to the exponential growth of complexity our society and the growth in life expectancy we have (for us now unfortunately) more space to deal with themselves, failed flexibly enough respond to an institution that takes up a huge part of our childhood: education.

Free education is essential

If we look at (minority) trends in non-state education, what do we find? We will discover different forms freedom of learningwhen children choose for themselves what they will learn or various forms of freer leadership. We will discover more verbal evaluation and more work with "soft“Children's skills.

A common argument that advocates this is that "hard knowledge" is available, can be found - and there is no need to buff it, it is necessary to teach children to work with them, or that the child will need to be able to work in teams and the like. It is, of course right argument, although I am a supporter that some degree of bullshit - if given voluntarily by a child - is healthy. However, it is not key argument.

The key argument for me is that through verbal assessment, feedback, "learning" about emotions and "soft" education from an early age we teach understand yourself, live with yourself. We learn to reveal - much earlier - the hidden building blocks of the subconscious that shape us.

And not only that. We learn to perceive them - to work with them, to regulate them, drive them. This is an extremely demanding discipline, which will be confirmed by anyone who has ever had the professional task of leading someone to a similar change. It's basically about learning to be an adult, which is basic precondition for the possibility of accepting responsibility.

If I am able to regulate those of my inner traits that I have acquired - without choosing it - only then am I usually able to take 100% responsibility for the consequences of my behavior.

And only then am I completely capable of being free. That is why, in particular, free and nationalized education is such an extremely important element in the creation of a free society.

Over the last two generations, life expectancy has increased by one-half. We have much more time to prepare "ourselves" for adulthood. Education is not a sprint. The "buffering" of knowledge can increasingly move to the "on-the-job" phase of education, whether we are talking about "education" in the form of internships / internships or on the basis of interest in gradual preparation for research.

Much more needs to be focused on as soon as possible Understanding who we are and how we live with ourselves.

Generational depression is solved by an entrepreneur

And it is perfectly normal and understandable that this is - for many - too abstract a problem. It's coming about a completely new problem. The world has never been so complex, and the degree of complexity has never grown so fast, and that speed has never accelerated so much.

We have never lived so long. This is a newly discovered phenomenon, for which there is no historical lesson by which this could be solved.

It cannot be the bureaucratic apparatus of the state, building on past processes (that's how the bureaucracy works), which will come up with a solution.

They are just businessmen, discoverers of opportunities who are capable solve new problems with new solutions.

Nipple at the end: how to understand yourself?

Some libertarians, anarcho-capitalists, and others often oppose religion or various "alternative" philosophies.

Whatever we think of people who have embraced a religion or philosophy / teaching as non-violent, I am quite convinced of one thing: many of them are much more concerned with themselves than most of us. They then understand themselves much better and live a more conciliatory and happier life.

The well-known popularizer of anarcho-capitalism in the Czech Republic - Urza - identifies himself as a Christian. Although I do not consider myself a believer, in my own way I fully understand how it is possible to bring the two together.