I always struggle what to write about: Should I write practical advice that works for me or should I write about the underlying theory or philosophy?
And I think it is becoming clear to me that there is no point in giving practical advice if nobody will use it. If you don’t know why it works you won’t make a habit of using it. Also when you understand the underlying process you will find the solution to any problem yourself. Like I could give a lot of programming tips or I could give more general advice, like tell you to meditate. But will you do it? Will you believe that meditation is the single most powerful thing you can ever do?
This is not easily processed by a rational mind, and if you try to reason it, you won’t do it. How can meditation or not-thinking actually solve anything? Impossible!
It’s fun for me to try to explain this. Zen monks also tried to do this for ages. They used koans for example as a tool to show, to experience the understanding. Let’s continue this tradition.
I made up a koan for you to solve. It is a Gödel-like ridde. I challenge you to answer this riddle correctly:
There is a game set for you with a prize to be won. The game rules are:
If you say a TRUE sentence you get the prize (which is let’s say 10,000$ cash).
If you say a FALSE sentence then you lose.
So it is enough to say for example a true sentence like “2+2 is equal 4″ and win the prize. (it’s also enough to say a false sentence like “I’m handsome” to lose:).
Now you see it is simple to win the prize, so this is not the challenge, I assume you aren’t retarded. We’re not actually playing this game, the riddle is as following:
Suppose that you say “I won’t win the prize”. Will you win or not?