A problem always consists of contradiction. It can be a contradiction of thoughts, of objects, of anything. If somebody wished to buy beer but there was no open store at that time that’d be a problem. If somebody was living but was also threatened by illness or starvation that’d be a problem. If somebody wished to speak but was shy that’d be a problem.
Numerous people throughout history have attempted to help others solve their problems, and on the same time numerous others -either out of stupidity or intention- have attempted to achieve the opposite.
Studying has a lot to do with problems resolutions. When somebody seeks to become skilled in a particular field he seeks to resolve the problem if being unable to achieve something. And there is a lot of good information on how to become skilled on many fields, but on the same time there is also the opposite. And we can have this problem of people seeking to learn to achieve X but on the same time being uncertain which course will enable them to achieve it. Even worse we can have the problem of people being uncertain what they wish to achieve and study so they can learn what to wish to achieve.
Uncertainty, doubt, confusion are not ‘nothing’. When nothing is present something can exist. If I intended nothing I could effortlessly intend something. But was I confused what I intended I’d need to resolve that confusion instead, otherwise I would be stalled. And so, some have invented that system of confusing others, and then giving them the solution themselves, because when somebody is confused he becomes ‘hungry’ for solutions, so he can then go live. If -for example- I wanted to have a relationship and I failed continuously, I would stop and think to myself ‘what the hell?’ And then somebody could come and guide me, and who knows where that guidance would lead to. That person could tell me that I failed because ‘women are bad’, or because ‘capitalism’ or ‘communism’ or ‘the world…’. And I would feel good that my failure had nothing to do with me; however, those solutions wouldn’t enable me to then have a relationship, they would cripple me to the degree I believed them.
That is why there is a need to have consistent systems of information. If we wish to live, we need to be able to resolve problems related to life. It is a necessity and there is no alternative. There is no ‘nothing’ in life. Life is an attainment, that’s continuously attained. The alternative would be no life, which doesn’t exist in life.
One can either set his own goals or allow the environment to make him set his goals. In both cases, he would be doing it himself. So why do the second when one can do the first? Do you think that’d lead to conflict? No, unless you intended to conflict. And those few people that I mentioned above, keep pounding ‘conflict, conflict, conflict’. They make it seem that all life is so dangerous, so terrible that nothing can be done about it. Then they come and ‘give you a hand’ by making you work for their own causes. Don’t buy that, just set your own goals. It doesn’t matter to me what goals you wish to attain for I don’t need you to work for me, nor do I need to cripple you so you wont attain what you want. My own goal is ‘no problem’ and that is what I wish for others too.
When you choose to accept information that will help you attain something, you need to be very careful of consistency. Does that information lead there, or does it contradict itself? In other words, is it enabling or is it problematic?
I personally have a love/hate relationship with philosophy because it is ‘open minded’, anything goes, and so anyone can write a book, and call it ‘philosophy’ even if he swears at philosophy in the same book. And even though I don’t have anything against other’s freedom to write books and publish them, I also don’t buy that they’re all ‘equal’, as if they were numbers. No, philosophy is a minefield with few treasure chests. Most people create more problems and become more stalled or even apathetic after having studied philosophy than they were doing before, because they do not discern which information with enable them and which information will stop them. So, this is an invitation to discern.
I’m very well aware my texts don’t help everyone attain their goals either, but could only help those that have similar goals to my own, and that’s what I intend to do. That is my team. I don’t have the ‘right’ information. Sometimes I give enabling information for those whose goals coincide with my own. I wish to help others help themselves the same way I help myself. And if I failed myself using a bunch of information I wouldn’t want to share it.