o Negative visualization
This is the practice of visualizing things going wrong, which should eliminate shock
when they do go wrong
To eliminate fear and anxiety, one may ask oneself, “What is the worst thing that
can happen?” with respect to a particular situation. Often, this worst-case scenario
is not very harmful in the overall context of one’s life.
If the worst-case outcome would not itself necessarily disturb one’s mind,
then the anticipation of that outcome should not disturb one’s mind. And
the more disciplined one’s mind, the less likely that the worst-case outcome
would disturb one’s mind.
As a bonus, negative visualization may lead one to better appreciate the positive
aspects of one’s current situation
Given my background I have a more pragmatic approach to these things - as opposed to keeping it within the bounds of cerebral philosophical musing.
For instance when I think of “Negative visualization”
If you are always expecting the worst out of a situation, then there is a good chance a situation will have negative out comes.
But, to ignore negative potentials, and hope that wishful thinking and happy manifestations will carry the day - can set up failure.
Negative visualization is also an excellent way to stay safe.
On the road when I’ve been in a close call, or seen one, or seen telltale skid marks - I do dwell on what may have happened,
that in turn makes me that much safer and alert a driver - than if I just went through my driving days never thinking of the real dangers that surround that act.
On my various jobs, where I put myself in harms way - a healthy sense of ‘negative visualization’ forces me to think about what I’m about to undertake and in turn to take the time to follow safe practices and use the proper safety gear and go about my job in a deliberate thoughtful manner. Particularly since I’ve moved past regular full-time full-crew construction projects to semi-retired Handyman and small construction projects and it’s not uncommon for me to be working alone with no one around to save me should a serious accident happen.
Existential skepticism is the view that it is highly implausible that life has inherent meaning, purpose
I believe that existential skepticism follows from the combination of atheism, afterlife skepticism,
free will impossibilism and moral skepticism
o According to this combination of views and modern science, life is a randomly generated,
contingent and nonmoral phenomenon that is devoid of free will and destined for
annihilation in a blink of the cosmic eye, at both the individual level and the aggregate level.
As such, it is difficult to imagine what kind of inherent meaning, purpose or value that life
could possibly have.
However, one’s life may still have subjective meaning, purpose and/or value, and one may still
subjectively value the lives of others
I can’t do the philosophy thing too well - though I do a lot of personal philosophizing.
In my world the above all adds up to one sentence I realized long ago:
“Your life means as much or as little as you yourself want it to mean.”
oh no did I just allow this to circle right back to “free will” - and I was trying so hard to get away from that….