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March 2, 2016

Evolution of Virtues

Filed under: Philosophy — Tyler @ 2:29 am
Abundance and Scarcity are a matter of both perspective and alchemy

Abundance and Scarcity are a matter of both perspective and alchemy

The idea of virtue as a quality relating to a high moral standard leads to an incomplete understanding of virtue. In a society that values wealth, productivity, fashion, intellect, power and beauty, one might avoid concepts such as virtue. Why take a detour away from what one desires?

This article will discuss in detail not only how virtue can be a more direct route to one’s desires…but also that virtue is a self-evolving engine that creates value at every turn.

Have you ever had a car tire or bicycle tire that was extremely low on air, but not quite flat or exploded just yet? You may have noticed that the vehicle was not quite as responsive as it used to be. Or perhaps the same amount of gas from a full tank didn’t seem to yield very many miles.

Sometimes slow degradation of a tire over a long period of time is too gradual to notice. We may need an alert light on the dashboard to remind us that there is a problem. Or maybe a friend or colleague might remind us of our situation by saying, “Your passenger side rear tire seems really low.” We step around the vehicle, often surprised or perhaps uncomfortable at the idea of something being out of alignment, and the truth is there. The tire is either low or it isn’t.

For sake of argument, let’s say that the tire actually is low. One recognizes the tire is low, and then it is either filled with air, patched and refilled, or perhaps replaced entirely. Yet the real experience doesn’t occur until the vehicle is used again. There is a distinct feeling of, “This (bicycle / car) is handling better.” This feeling is difficult to pin down and explain, yet it is always there.

Virtues are similar to the set of tires. At first they can be tools and equipment to help someone have a safe ride to where they need to go. Yet if the tires are properly aligned, adjusted, of high quality and proper treads…the drive itself becomes nothing short of pleasurable.

But there must be a starting point.

With all the distractions, gadgetry and toys of modern civilized life, something seems to have entirely no value. This something gets pushed aside by “instant checkouts” and belittled by “next day shipping” it is of course…patience, the simplest and most easily attainable of virtues.

Patience requires absolutely zero effort or energy. It asks absolutely nothing of anyone or anything. Young children have difficulty with patience not due to vice or flaw, but due to their insatiable appetite for life itself. Yet as adults, we seem to appreciate moments of respite, relaxation and serenity. From appreciation of silence and stillness, patience begins to do its work.

Let’s take a most mundane of examples for our modern lives…”Next-Day rush shipping” vs. “Free Shipping.” There is always a cost. If one can wait the extra few days for their item, he or she will not have to pay anything for the shipping process. On the other hand, if one is in a hurry, shelling out a few extra dollars may be of little cost or consequence.

Now let’s go a bit further. What does that savings represent? It’s just money of course. But for sake of this thought experiment, money can be a simple and effective way to discuss value, and energy either potential or put into motion.

Continue with patience. What is it bringing forth? Patience at a stoplight saves one from a potential accident. Holding a door for another person changes the social environment on a subconscious level. Eventually if one holds patience close, it will bear fruit. That simple fruit is strangely enough…more time.

It may seem contradictory for a virtue which emphasizes the release of concern for time to actually generate time, but it definitely does function so.

Yes, there are twenty-four hours in a day. And that never does seem to change. But our perception of time is more similar to the allegory of the watched pot than a simple clock. A watched pot never boils. What an amazing little sentence.

If patience is able to compound over several weeks, months or years. One will find a few extra moments per day. These moments are available for allocation. They can be used for anything. One can use these extra perceived moments for maintenance of home, organization of thoughts, pleasant conversation with friends, grinding away at a task, or perhaps rest. Yet being able to recognize these moments becomes synonymous with the feeling one gets from a set of properly aligned and filled tires. We have a better handle on things, the day seems manageable, life becomes less of a grind and more of a scaffolding…waiting for the day when the superstructure is finally complete.

At this point, one’s personality comes into serious play. More time…what to do with it? A studious person can take this time and become more intellectually disciplined. This can branch off into more subtle and refined abilities of the mind such as but not limited to: critical discernment, pattern recognition and memorization capability. But the process by which these abilities were gained required something. It was energy. And energy, although abundant everywhere, isn’t always easily acquired.

Eventually, the mind begins to see that energy is needed to do the work one needs to do:

“I want to study more, but I’m just too tired.”

“A few more repetitions of this exercise would get me where I want to be…but I just can’t”

“This needs to get done, but I’m about to collapse..I should rest.”

One who has patience will recognize this. Yet there is a fine line between pushing someone or one’s self to test or expand limitations. If one is impatient, critical mistakes can be made. A blown out shoulder can put an athlete months off track from an important event, a brain embolism caused by stress can negate years of cognitive expansion by damaging valuable nerve cells.

When we understand that energy is needed to do work, yet are patient enough to wait for that energy instead of forcing action…a new virtue emerges. This virtue is vigor, it comes from the food we eat, and the air we breathe. It is the wind, the sound, the light and the cool darkness within ourselves. A small amount of vigor can help us fight the force of gravity in the morning and wake up to perform our daily routines. A moderate amount of vigor allows us to be creative in art or at work and achieve our goals. The food in our meals has taste and is appreciated, the water and beverages are refreshing. One is existing with purpose, because we know our energy has value.

The recognition that achieving goals requires planning and decisions on both momentary, daily and long-term scales all at the same time can be daunting. So a vigorous person is challenged by time constraints and energy requirements. He or she already is seeing life as less of a burden and more of an adventure. Now the vigor is burning hotter, yet patience controls and shapes this fire. Eating too much food can be exhausting in of itself. It can extinguish the furnace of life that puts spring into each step. Not eating enough can cause one to become overly sensitive and push him or her to break under the strong wind instead of bend. There is no single solution, it requires a conscious, semi-conscious and subconscious mind that all trust each other.



Over time, this vigor becomes systematized. The self knows exactly what it needs to avoid pain, what foods it enjoys to replenish and regenerate, a routine emerges and new opportunities present themselves. The process by which power and energy is formed, channeled, and utilized becomes self-scientific. An alchemy of mind and body appears that is inexpiable and absurd when discussed with others. What works for one may be absolutely life-threatening and detrimental to another. At this point one has a distinct urge to share personal findings with others and “help” others with their “lackings.” Yet another virtue appears out of no where. This virtue is so important and crucial that it often goes unnoticed. It is the bells on the hat of the jester, it is the nod of respect to the stranger, it is the sincere smile instead of a suggestion to the disheartened. It is humility…a virtue without measure.

If vigor is the coals of the furnace, then humility is the hinged door that allows that heat to continue growing without burning the home of the smithy. No coals will roll out upon the worktable, no sparks will fly onto the tapestries of the mind. True humility is the ability to understand that if perfection of self had truly been attained, then the world would be different. If someone had unlimited energy of body or mind, the troubles of the world could have been alleviated with a great lifting. Yet this has not occurred, not because virtue does not exist, but because the process is often cut short by vice, desire to control others, strange circumstances or perhaps even unfair intervention. Regardless of intent or purpose, one this always remains the same. No matter how hard one pushes to complete the system, that very system will push back by either changing, contracting, expanding or reallocation. This does not mean one should give up in the quest for virtue, application of purpose and achievement of goals. Rather, it is a signpost to endeavor with a smile, and concede the fact that the most worthy of challenges will take more than a single lifetime to complete…no matter how long that lifetime may be.

The acceptance of the futility of action and yet refutation of sloth at every turn creates one of the most coveted virtues…call it haste, call it celeritas. Would your cape need a windy afternoon to be full? Enough patterns have been observed. Enough meals, enough restful nights. Why wait for a threshold when a wall can be scaled in half the time?

Patience has been mastered to such an extent that movement has become meditation. If one needs to get from one place to another. Then go there. If one can get there at any time realistically in the future with a humble probability of survival, can it be counted upon? Or perhaps was the destination too lofty? Yet if it is possible, then we can close the ground quickly. Haste is a mixture of vigor and intent, using humility as a way to maintain self-propulsion. And celeritas is haste combined with patience and forgiveness. The resources and technology of today is forgiven for its lack of perfection, for the self is not complete either. Instead of stopping, one with the virtue of celeritas decides to move forward and create solutions where there was disappointment and dread. Even failure is viewed as an integral part of the scientific process rather than a barrier.

Eventually, the resources required to achieve goals becomes so minimal that abundance becomes the new normal. Like-minded friends seem to be more valuable than gems or gold. What could truly be achieved if…

The moon speaks to the trees. “Are there birds and small creatures scurrying about at this late hour?”

A tree replies, “What of it?”

The moon laughs and says, “They seem to be enjoying themselves. I only wish I could help.”

The moved a long branch and pointed to a nearby pond. “You already are, old friend.”



February 2, 2014

Symbolic Concentration and Idolatry

Filed under: Philosophy,Products for Sale,Tyler's Mind — Tyler @ 7:51 pm

Here at Overidon.com we have a major choice.

With the advent of Tyler’s skills in both 3D Computer Art and also computer programming, we can now begin to create advanced products.

These products will range from the ornate and spiritual…to the coveted and the arcane. But where is the line?

Where does one draw the line between sculptures and trinkets meant to let the mind focus and relax?

When does a knick-knack become a tool for idolatry?

Those who know Tyler Jaggers already know that he is an eccentric Catholic with influences and interests in Buddhism, Ancient Sumerian art and mythology, Qabbalistic teachings as well as Euclidean geometry.

He feels that the Old Testament teaching of the golden calf makes perfect sense in this situation. When the chosen tribe was faced with fear and despair, some of them chose to melt down their golden jewelry and other trinkets in order to create a golden calf.

This golden calf was not a tool for them to worship their already chosen God. It was an alternative idol in order for them to worship a different god who they felt might bring them favor in their troubled time.

In this type of situation, would Tyler consider this idolatry?

The real question would be, were they praying through the calf? Or were they praying TO the calf?

Since this blog post is not a scholarly article on ancient Hebrew texts, let us for the sake of argument say that it is not historically clear one way or the other.

From the perspective of Tyler Jaggers, if the tribe chose a new god, and simply prayed to that god with the focusing assistance of the calf…then the calf was not idolatry, because it was just a symbolic medium for communication.

But if the tribe actually prayed to the calf as if the sculpture itself had divine power, then in all likelihood they were engaging in idolatry.

So this brings us back to the original question. Where do we draw the line as a provider of solutions, and a business?

It is the perspective of Tyler Jaggers and the official direction of Overidon.com that the American people are mature enough to acquire jewelry, knick-knacks, sculptures, and other 3D media without engaging in idolatry.

Our company and our investors want to give our customers the choice of new products which go beyond simple music and text entertainment. It is our desire to fulfill these consumer needs.

Therefore it is important that our viewers, subscribers and customers understand that these new products are being constructed with sensitivity, skill and respect. Overidon.com affirms that we are here for our customers and every construction although they may seem controversial, are made to satisfy specific consumer needs.




January 18, 2014

Transmission Received

Filed under: Gaming,Philosophy,Tyler's Mind — Tyler @ 12:07 pm
Transmission Received

Transmission Received

After playing through Valve’s Portal 1 again, I found a strange achievement. They are called, “Transmission Received” but I never successfully saw any of them. I just had a 0/17 successful achievements. It turns out this achievement is based on the radios in the game. Strange doesn’t begin to explain what I found out next.

It seems that our society has become so self-embedded that we are encrypting information for the sake of training those in the arts of encryption. The only reason why I think our society would do such a thing would be for training purposes.

If that’s the case, then long rabbit-holes with extensive journeys and with peculiar and distorted rewards would make sense. But something is making me rethink the entire situation.

As of right now, I think our culture has been warped by the gravitational pull of our own culture. The system is feeding into itself, and people are beginning to need different levels and frequencies of stimulus in order to attain any significant forms of satisfaction or perhaps spiritual release.

One of the big factors in this transition would be the manifestation of 3D printing into the mainstream public consciousness. People are beginning to see that manifesting ideas in the real world only requires a few months of computer training and geometry practice. That being said, something much bigger is looming on the horizon.

It is time to discard the philosophy of, “A jack of all trades is a master of none” and begin to embrace the philosophy of, “It is now required for masters of several disciplines to emerge and teach others.”

If we hold back, if we squander and wander and fail…then this century will be looked upon as one of the greatest wastes of energy and potential that could ever have been conceived.

But if we take nothing for granted and embrace the divergent unity…then maybe we will be pillars for a new type of society. One that pays homage to what has come before, but also crushes problems and inefficiencies within the icy fist of recursion.

Below is a strange video:

Here are some of my notes:

B * dA = 3

pi * R ^ 4th power ( emphasis on the 4th power it is circled)
divided by
8 * 7


{(pi * R^4) / (8*7)}

3. phi = d (emphasis on d it is circled) * V
divided by


phi = {(d*V) / (d*t)}
4. alpha to a base rho to a base c (emphasis on c it is circled) more data – psi timed iotoa and beta nots sure

5. p – q * A


December 14, 2013

Cyborgs vs Cybernetics and Cyberethics

Filed under: Book Reviews,Philosophy — Tyler @ 11:02 pm
Connections and Heuristics are the roots of Cybernetics...films portraying cyborgs don't give the whole picture

Connections and Heuristics are the roots of Cybernetics…films portraying cyborgs don’t give the whole picture

Yesterday, I finished reading an excellent book called, Alternatives to Economic Globalization (A Better World is Possible) which dealt with several important issues. Easily my favorite aspect of the book was the final set of chapters which focused on environmentally friendly solutions to economic needs and problems. This has been a major focus in my own research and even though this book was written in 2002…the concepts discussed in these final chapters were applicable today.

Before I delve too deeply into that subject, I want to discuss a concept that has been misconstrued in the media. It’s the idea of cyborgs. The term cyborg immediately brings forth ideas like Terminator robots and Robocops into someone mind. But these beings have actually very little to do with modern cybernetics. And when the subject of cyberethics is brought up, murderous robots tend to mess up the entire mental equation. And people are quick to dismiss concepts like cyberethics simply because of their names.

This is extremely unfortunate because cyberethics is one of the most important concepts when discussing and discovering new methods for environmental sustainability and innovation.

Let’s define these key terms so that this article has a strong foundation for deeper understanding of cyberethics and its potential for saving lives and money in our modern world.

First cybernetics is a term which is primarily concerned with systems that have active feedback mechanisms. One example of a cybernetic system would be a system of checks and balances within a healthy nation-state government. For example, in the United States of America, we have a Judicial, Legislative and Executive branches of government. These branches of government attempt to perpetuate the existence of that very government by making nation-state level decisions, creating laws and enforcing/interpreting those laws. If one branch of government becomes incapable of handling a problem, the other branches receive feedback from the media, public opinion, other lawmakers, civil disobedience which threatens the perpetuity of the government and of course many other mechanisms which exist in modern society.

The thing to remember is that cybernetics does not have to be about something related to computers.

Cyberethics takes cybernetics to a whole new level. Cyberethics is a way of thinking which puts heuristics feedback systems, resource optimization, and survival factors at the forefront of system creation. If one was to design a house with cyberethics in mind, he or she would probably want to make the most energy-efficient, good-looking and comfortable house possible.

In the book Alternatives to Economic Globalization, the authors bring up examples of South American cities which have low carbon footprints and high standards of living. I truly enjoyed reading about these examples and applaud the mayors and citizens which make such accomplishments possible.

But guess what? The year isn’t 2002 anymore.

In fact, 2014 is just around the corner. When I talk to people around town, no one really says, “Yep, it’s 2014. Who cares?”

Sorry, almost everyone I talk to says something like this, “Wow, I can’t believe it’s 2014 already. Time really flies.”

Why is this?

Has our perception of time changed in our modern society? Is saying time flies a simple politically correct conversation starter? I think there is much more to this than we think.

In the book Alternatives to Economic Globalization there is a constant recurring theme of taking power back from corporations and giving it to small-scale ownership and small-scale responsibility.

Even though the writers are absolutely correct, that small-scale environments are more energy efficient and environmentally friendly…they’re missing one important fact. Big corporations aren’t going to give up their place in the world without a fight. And since big corporations have wealth, influence, support systems, financial leverage, political inroads and many other methods to maintain their power…most of the first half of the book is just absolutely correct yet wishful thinking. It’s nothing personal but get real.

The reason why large corporations and large fossil fuel consuming countries are slow to change is because they’re big. Big things are heavy, big things move slowly. Why would governments and corporations be any different?

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!” Have you ever heard that before?

Well, in the bureaucratic sectors the motto is, “If it is broke, but if it still makes somebody money…then you’ll need to get approval to fix it because that’s your issue and I’m not putting my position on the line to help you. PS: This wasn’t my fault anyway, the problem originated from the other sector which is the root cause.”

It’s just a game of Pass the Bean and it’s not meant to frustrate people. It’s just the way things work in the real world. Well, the real world for many large sectors of business and government that is…but things are slowly changing day by day. And the root cause of that has to do with the bottom line.

As markets become saturated and consumable resources become more scarce, bureaucrats are faced with tough choices. It’s kind of like how treasure troves of old precious coins are reported to be found in dead people’s houses every few years in the local newspapers. It always happens because somewhere, someone was hording a whole bunch of something. And they weren’t doing much with it either…just collecting it. It happens all the time.

The problem is that the very act of hording something valuable without a way to circulate and grow wealth within a system can cause unhealthy behaviors on multiple levels. The Alternatives to Economic Globalization book touches on this when it discusses dependence on foreign oil and the support systems required to keep this system in place including wars etc. It’s a really good point because since our demand is so ridiculously high for a certain product, support industries can be drastically affected by changes in both consumption and production of something like oil.

One of my favorite movies is “Chain Reaction” with Morgan Freeman and Keanu Reeves. In this film a group of scientists and researchers come up with a way to use sonoluminescence in order to create excess energy. But Morgan Freeman’s character warns the chief scientist that the world wasn’t ready for this technology to become public so he had the scientists killed. (It’s not a spoiler this happens in the beginning of the movie so calm down.)

This makes sense: Large systems are the most vulnerable to rapid change.

But here’s the problem…actually it is less of a problem than it is an opportunity.

The advent of the open source movement in conjunction with the internet has allowed innovators to simple solve problems on their own or in small groups. If you don’t like something in your world. Change it. If you want to see more of something that isn’t in your world. Make it.

Use search engines aggressively. Use video repositories aggressively. If you are the kind of person who is comfortable with social networking, use it the maximum to learn what you need to know…and then promote your work to make a difference.

Alternative to Economic Globalization came out in 2002 and there wasn’t even a fraction of a the amount of information on the internet as there is now. So of course this book is going to use more of a “protest and force reform” type of solution to modern economic problems. But we are in an entirely different world now.

I wanted to learn Actionscript 3.0 back in 2004, so I bought 2 books and learned the programming language.

Now I want to learn Android development so I studied and completed the Javascript tutorials on Codecademy.com and I’m watching the video series below that deals directly with Android development and how it uses Java. I thought that Java would be a big jump away from Actionscript and Javascript and honestly…it isn’t that bad. It’s just a little bit more complicated with more tools, cogs and key-terms. But it is definitely within reach.

What we’re talking about is crafting our own retirements. Cleaning our environments by not being satisfied by the status-quo. Instead we can challenge our own lethargy and learn more than one profession in a lifetime. No one should make fun of someone for being a family man and doing the same job for 60 years. And on the same note no one should mock a dreamer who tries out several different jobs and professions. We all have our place in modern society and it is growing and becoming stronger every day because of our ability to share our adventures!

So feel good about yourself and realize that we have much more in common with each other than we think. We all want extra bucks in the pocket. We all want to feel safe and satisfied. That is completely normal and realistic. The trick is share ideas which can save innovators time…and sharing friendly support which can inspire perseverance and productivity!

Thank you so much for reading and have an excellent week.


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