26 June 2017

In the Name of Comfort

If you have been exploring this blog for a while, do you think you know yourself better now than you did when you first came here?

When did you first become acquainted with this blog?

Is this blog helping you to understand other people?

Is it helping you to feel more comfortable with yourself?

Are you feeling comfortable about yourself?

Is this blog helping you to feel more comfortable in social circumstances?

If not, why not?

Could inner peace, therefore your peace of mind, be about feeling comfortable with yourself and your needs?

Do you feel most comfortable with yourself when you are alone or when you are with other people?

Do you feel most comfortable when performing physical work or mental work?

Do particular people in your life make you feel comfortable or uncomfortable?

If you feel uncomfortable about someone, why is that?

Is any discomfort you feel mainly as a consequence of unfair demands upon you?

Is any discomfort caused by intrusions of various sorts?

Is any discomfort caused by your surroundings in other ways?

Have you ever experienced emotional blackmail or another sort of bullying?

Do you sometimes make other people feel uncomfortable and if so, why does that occur?

I am interested in how people reason, and why they sometimes do not reason enough.

I am also interested in how people perceive themselves, and why they often perceive themselves inaccurately from a social perspective.

I am interested in how people reach understandings, individually and in groups, and why they sometimes fail to understand themselves and each other.

I am interested in the comforts of hopes and certainties, especially those in relation to identity.

I am also interested in the discomforts of identity and changes in identity.

I am interested in why some people are satisfied with changes in their identity and some people, in a similar situation, are not.

I am interested in how people feel comfortable and uncomfortable about communication and connections.

I am interested in why people travel and whether they do so to feel more comfortable or whether they do so to go outside their comfort zones.

I am interested in whether people are motivated to learn something because it is likely to make them feel more comfortable, or not as the case may be.

I am interested in why some people find discomfort to be entertaining or even pleasurable.  I know I am not one of them.

I am interested in whether you will express your views here and whether you will do so in a way that makes you feel most comfortable about how you see yourself and the world.

I am interested in whether you are sitting comfortably or not, or standing to read this, or lying down, and why.

I am interested in whether you make connections between entertainment, friendship and identity.

I am interested in whether you believe yourself to be in pursuit of truth.

I am interested in whether you are comfortable in knowing your cohorts.

I am interested in whether you are comfortable or uncomfortable with unpopularity.

I am especially interested in what makes you feel comfortable in the name of peace and what does not.

But you may not feel comfortable about why I want to know how comfortable or uncomfortable you feel.  Could the reason be a secret?

02 March 2017

In the Name of Recognition

In the online world, we can sometimes choose whatever name we wish to be known by.  As Via, I have chosen a pseudonym that is distinctive but also one through which I can retain some anonymity as well.

Most people hope for some recognition, and perhaps even respect.  Most of us also want at least a little privacy. 

If you feel different from other people in some way, that in itself may be a worthwhile distinction.  Is it something that makes you stand out from the crowd?

How have you developed and used your talents? How do you adapt to challenges?  What are you hoping other people currently recognise in you?  How do you hope to be recognised in the future?

Are most people recognised mainly because they are different or because they fit into other people's expectations?

Who do you want to recognise you, and why?

Are you now unrecognisable in relation to the person you once were?

What has changed about you over the years?

What has stayed the same?

How do you reflect upon age and identity?

Have you ever had a new name?

How do you want to be recognised for your individuality?

How do you want to be recognised in relation to your relationships and other connections?

How do you want to be recognised - and remembered - through records and recordings of various sorts?

How do you want to be remembered into the future, perhaps even centuries into the future?

Do you mainly want to be known for being talented?

Do you mainly want to be known for being a good person?

Do you mainly want to be known for overcoming challenges, seeking justice or providing justice?

Who do you recognise in the name of justice?

14 September 2016

In the Name of Culture

There are many aspects of our individual identities that are shaped by the cultural environments in which we live, and have lived.  Examples include how we speak, the vowel sounds we make, the words we choose to use, and even how we spell those words when writing, whether accurately or not.

When looking at the multitude of interests of bloggers and social media users, do you ever think about how each person might have gained the tastes and interests they list as expressions of themselves? How did you acquire your tastes and interests, and your sense of identity?

Perceptions of culture may sometimes lead to mistaken identity and identity confusion.  Are you sometimes confused about your own identity and your own culture?

In 21st century culture, there is much confusion about menial roles, higher goals and social enterprise.  Are you sometimes confused about the meaning and purpose of your life in relation to culture?

The way people pronounce words, and whether they speak the same language, has much bearing on the way they interact.  What does Via Veeya Vyah mean to you?

Culture involves patterned ways of dealing with the world.  It is partly shaped by geography and psychology.  Culture involves images, half-truths and reality in various proportions.  What is your own patterned way of dealing with the world, and how did that pattern develop?

When thinking of culture and psychology, in some societies introverts are cool and in other societies they are treated as if they are not quite normal.  I am an introvert myself.  I cope best with one person at a time rather than a group or crowd.

As a researcher, I work best in a quiet, private space, without interruptions or intrusions, mostly because I do a great deal of reading and writing.  Quietness and privacy are part of my identity.  They may even be part of my preferred culture.  What do you prefer, and why?

If you think all the world's a stage and you are constantly expected to play to a crowd as a star performer, why is that?  Do you think of yourself as only having a bit part, or a supporting role or an existence as an extra?  Would you prefer to see yourself as a director or a playwright for the world stage?

When cultures mix, there can be a great feast of languages, with or without much understanding.  If you travel to areas where most people speak a language you do not understand, how does that make you feel about yourself and your culture?

And how does your name fit in with your cultural identity?  Those of us with inconsistent names can cause a great deal of confusion in the minds of anyone with inaccurate expectations of us.

Cultural compatibility usually involves having accurate expectations.  How do you prefer to behave in the name of culture?