Why You Should Be Aware You’re BIRGing Right Now

Have you heard of BIRGing? My friend Masih (follow) just made a post on Facebook about the extent of Seahawks bandwagoners leading up to the Super Bowl. (By the way, it truly is amazing how much Seahawks paraphernalia you see when you go outside in Seattle right now). I’ve never seen anything like it before.

“Games and sports are a phenomenal way to feel the rewards we need, without all the unknowns of life” – Vsauce

Today ‘Blue Friday’ before the Super Bowl, and I feel like every other person and car in the entire greater Seattle area is repping hawks right now. Pretty amazing, and cool indeed, because football is awesome, right? And we should show pride for the success of our local tribe, right? Yes, it makes sense why we would want to be a part of something great, but the psychology goes deeper than rap.

A couple years ago, my mentor told me to ‘not let the Mariners become your life’. At the time, I knew what he meant. He’d seen it, I’d seen it, but I never realized the extent of it. Last March, I heard about the term BIRGing, thanks to Vsauce education [watch video above about Why Do We Play Games? Talks about BIRGing at 10:00]. Basking In Reflected Glory. It’s when we claim to be part of something that is great, when really we have no direct connection on why it is great in the first place. BIRGing is a regular part of everyday life, we all BIRG, and it makes sense why we would want to bask in the glory around us whenever we can, because every body wants to feel that feeling of being great.

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But, like anything, when not used responsibly and in moderation, it can be dangerous. Why? Well, the psychology goes deep. In short (I have to get to happy hour here..), when one associates themselves so strongly with the BIRGing group, it starts to become part of their identity. To the extreme, that the BIRGer may forget to do anything significant with their life because they have virtually lived their successes and failures through the BIRGing group. We’ve all seen it. For example, that one guy where the Mariners is his life. He lives and breathes Mariners, thru the good and bad years. Difference between the Mariners and the Seahawks right now is nobody wants to rep the mariners because they’re losers, and EVERYBODY wants to rep the Seahawks, cuz they’re winners.

It feels good to win. And that’s what we’re after when we dress in blue today. (Y’all caught me wearing my hawks polo writing this, which, for the record, I only bought to wear for door to-door selling, because so much BIRGing was going on I had to, even early in the season.. not to say I don’t totally feel the blue glory on me right now;).

We just want to feel GOOD. Thats all. It’s like a drug. A crutch. We all have our own crutches, and I’ll admit, I have my own that could potentially be dangeruss if not kept in check, but y’all get my point (and I just like talking about psychology).

Let’s just be reminded that we are actually basking, in reflected, glory. I’ve seen it countless times as a subconscious excuse for people to give up on their own dreams. Let’s not be that guy. Let’s go out and win our own Super Bowls in life. Winning my Super Bowl means achieving financial freedom, doing what I want, when I want, where I want. [making money selling stuff online?] That’s my dream. But I have to remind myself of it all the time. And you should to.

~here’s to living THAT LIFE, YOUR LIFE, gloriously.

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Stay Passionately Curious

“I have no specific talent. I’m only passionately curious.”

-Einstein
I almost feel bad for good ol’ Einstein now that I think about it. He must have been SO curious about how the universe worked fundamentally that he HAD to figure out just what was going on. How does the earth pull me down when I am not touching it? How does the sun keep the earth spinning around it from millions Of milea away? There was NO way in his mind that he was going to die without some reasonable explanation for this.. So he thought and thought and thought and thought about how things worked. What’s stuff made of? What would it be like to be riding on a space ship traveling he speed of light?

I can only imagine the depth of thought that was churning inside of his brain as he sat at his desk. Since he was pondering such fundamental questions of physics that no body really knew about, he had to think outside the box. This is what allowed him to come up with the theory that space is a fabric, and stuff stretches that fabric because it is embedded in it. So other stuff that passes by will naturally go in the direction of the other stuff simply because that’s traveling a straight line on the fabric. But the fabric happens to be bent around a massive object like a bowling ball on a trampoline. It’s a bending of straight lines that causes massive objects to move towards each other , not the actual objects attracting.

No one had thought of such an idea before. He had to reach into the deepest bowels of his imagination and out his perspective if the world in so many different angles that it allowed ideas to arise that would normally seem non intuitive.
The skill of changing your reference points when looking at life is a difficult one to begin with, but Einstein excelled at this, and was able to bend and stretch his brain.

I try hard sometimes to put myself into someone else’s head, but it’s not always easy to fully get there, and it takes practice. It’s like trying to master meditation… Completely shutting off the normal voice in your head and trying to listen to someone else’s voice by imagining being in their shoes. Most people will say they understand what it’s like to be in someone else’s shoes, but they never really put in the brain power. It takes at least 5 minutes of solid concentration. At the end of fully transporting your consciousness into someone else’s, you should be drained, like how you feel after a two hour exam.

And that’s how Einstein must have felt. All the time. I wonder what kind of snacks he ate to keep his energy levels up. No chewy bars?

“The cure for boredom is Curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.”

I let curiosity drive me. I think we all can agree that we are all insatiably curious as kids. Well, ever since I was a kid, I knew I never wanted to grow up. I’m proud to say that that part of me never will change. It will only grow and evolve itself, with more curiosity coming with each piece of new knowledge.

I want to know everything. I wouldn’t have a problem with that. I would love to know the true nature of the universe and existence. Of course! Wouldn’t you? Our place in the universe? Or the question of all questions: how did I get into this body. Try that one on for size.

There pretty much isn’t a topic I wouldn’t love to become knowledgeable about. Sometimes I think that there just isn’t enough time to learn all the things I want to learn! To scratch all those curi-itches.
Well, on my quest to live forever and know everything (like, god, I guess?), at least until I die, I will never be bored.

~here’s to a life committed to lifelong learning.

We Live in The Most Amazing Time Ever (By Far)

We live in such a cool time! Like, the best time… ever?!

First of all, trying to wrap our heads around the concept if time is an excruciating task for the mind. (Read this post first then check out out a must-watch video on this). Just trying to think about how long it has been since dinosaurs roamed the earth is like trying to lift heavy weights with the brain. Try this, it overloads my brain every time: picture how long 100 years is and how much could happen during that time. Could possibly be one human lifetime, right? Then picture 10 of those going by. That’s a long time, 1,000 years. A lot goes down over the course of 1,000 years. Multiple generations of families and their love stories and tragedies. Multiple battles lost and won. Forests grown and depleted. Then try to imagine 2,000 years passing… 3,000 … 4,000… 5,000… 6,000… 7,000… 8,000… 9,000, ten thousand years, tick-tock (Check out this cool Vsause video where every second is a thousand years). Almost hard to grasp at this point, huh. Truth is, that’s not even the beginning of it! 10,000 years on earth is really a blink of an eye from the cosmic perspective. 1,000 years going by 10 times over (crazy forever in human terms) is literally like one millisecond for planet earth. Now, let’s wait for that 10,000 years to happen again, and again, and again, and again, and again, (five more times), and we have 100,000. Double that whole thing (ouch), that’s 200,000 years (first humana lived). Repeat everything so far 5 MORE times, and we’ve finally done our best to perceive a Million years.

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Here’s when the REAL fun starts. A MILLION years is still NOTHING! A million years! When we talk about life on earth, a million years is not that much. Now try to perceive 10 million years…tick…20 million…tock…30 million (oh, the pain)…100 million years! Think a hundred mill is pretty old? Nah. Not on earth terms. When we talk about dinosaurs, we talk in hundreds-of-millions-of-years. I know. Everything we have tried to perceive thus far, perceive it again, and stack the two on top of each other, and you finally are perceiving how long ago the first dinosaurs walked: 200 MILLION years ago. Read this post from the beginning two more times and we’ve imagined how long ago the first animals squirmed around in the sea 600 million years ago. Jesus, I know, right!  And you thought 100,000 years was a gosh-darn long time to wrap your head around!

By now you might be thinking, how long has stuff been going on anyway? Well, the first living cells have been doing their thing for, wait for it… 3… b i l l i o n years. Yes, three-billion-six-hundred-million to be more accurate! (not like a million years happening six HUNDRED times over is anything worth noting;) What’s crazy, is that means for about 3 billion years (forever), earth was a ball of mold baking in the sun, before anything exciting happened (at least that’s the way I think of it). Unfathomably long, it’s pretty much comedy at this point, no matter how hard we try to grasp it. Earth itself? Just tack-on another eternity to that, a BILLION years (tick-tock), NBD.

 My point here is, after four billion agonizingly boring years have passed on ‘our’ planet that we call home, we suddenly enter the age of wizards and gods. It started less than 300 measly years ago when we captured lightning (electricity) in a bottle. Then, suddenly less than 30 years ago strung a net of interconnected magical crystal balls (computers) across the entire globe (internet). Then, suddenly, less than 3 years ago, there’s a magic superfast-information-processing-program-being (Watson) that beat one of the smartest humans at a live game of trivia.

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” – Arthur C. Clarke

Does that mean that any university lab today is indistinguishable from hogwarts? Lol, yep. So we’ve cracked magic. And us mortal human-wizards are giving rise to smarter and smaller artificial wizards, which are magically creating smarter versions of themselves each year. The crazy thing is, this pattern is only speeding up, and we can’t think of a good reason why it would ever stop… Sooner than most people think, in the next couple decades or so, (like a quarter of a breath on our planet’s terms) it’s predicted, based on steady patterns, that the first artificial wizard will be more intelligent and fast-thinking than all the human wizards combined.

“By the 2030s, the nonbiological portion of our intelligence will predominate.” – Ray Kurzweil

This is because the power of information technology aka computers aka superfast-thinking crystal balls of knowledge, grows exponentially. This itself is hard to grasp, in the same way that it’s hard to go from trying to percieve 10 years to 100, and a hundred million years to a billion. Indeed, our technology doubles in power about once every year, so after 30 years of doubling 1, you have 1 billion. Most people naturally think linearly, so one might imagine the smartphone of 30 years from now being 30x smarter, when in fact it will be 1,000,000,000x times smarter. That’s the key. It’s in another universe. I find it very exhilarating to realize that technology 30 years from now is just as impossible to imagine as iPhones were to our young parents.

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We live in the age of magical powers, so let’s have as much fun with it as possible while we’re here. We have had crystal balls (internet) for only like 20 years, or 0.01% of human history. Without a doubt, there has never been a century in the history of this forever-old earth, that has seen as much change as this one. Right. Now. That’s pretty special, considering how old our earth is. It’s older than we can imagine, which says to me that we are more special than we can imagine. And each year from now-on will experience more technological change than the last. Until there comes a point, around the year 2045 (prediction), where tech evolves so fast that it becomes impossible to imagine what tech will be like the next year.  We’re talking in the realm of science fiction at this point. When I think of sci-fi tech I think of teleportation and spontaneous beaming of physical objects. Who knows. Then again, this iPad I’m typing on was complete science fiction to my grandparents.

Being alive today, we are more special than we can wrap our heads around, so let’s take advantage of these magical tools of creation and make some extraordinarily cool stuff! 🙂

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