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[–] WeKangzNow 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago  (edited ago)

You are correct. If you go against popular narrative, you better have your facts squared out. The objective should be truth seeking and not irl shit posting or trying to be hipster. Knowing the popularity bias should only entice you to look deeper into it - because generally speaking, popularity/authority bias is a evolutionarily beneficial trait. It starts when youre a kid and listen to parents, if you didn't you'd probably die....so just keep that in mind when you go against the grain and don't be too surprised when people opt for an appeal to authority.(Im not speaking at you, (seems like you're squared away) just adding to conversation.)

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[–] RodentLord 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Yep, I knew you weren't talking to me, just elaborating. I was just trying to make the point of "memorize some facts before you start talking shit, or else you look like a fucking retard". Which I understand memorizing facts comes hard to some people, but that just means you should keep your mouth shut if you disagree but don't have facts to support it.

One lesson I learn daily and reiterate to myself on an hourly basis is: Knowledge is power, and when you speak without thinking, you're giving someone else knowledge about yourself and gaining nothing. That is to say, you give away your power every time you open your mouth, and the people around you become stronger.

You stand only to gain from silent reflection before speaking. You'd be amazed how much money this can make you too, from people who are nervous and think that you considering their offer means that they should undercut themselves. You can literally make people negotiate for you by just shutting up, it's real world magic.

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[–] WeKangzNow 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Very interesting, I'll have to remember that one. I'm personally less interested in power and more interested in truth (while there does exist an interplay between the two, especially depending on how one defines power), but it works either way.

Really cool. I'm thinking of many wise people who have basically said the same thing, that could be embodied in that powerful visualization.

Edit: oh wow... I actually visualized your words and then thought you said them. Either way, good stuff.

As I read, "Knowledge is power, and when you speak without thinking, you're giving someone else knowledge about yourself and gaining nothing. That is to say, you give away your power every time you open your mouth, and the people around you become stronger." I instinctually visualized a person spewing out their spirit and others sucking it in. So in speaking, it was advantageous to speak only as truthfully, reflective and brief as possible, as to not allow your spirit to be sucked in by others, and only exert the spirit that is excess created through reflection and knowledge.

That's a testament to your words and me being deep in studying symbolism, metaphors, etc. I see them everywhere now, haha. Not as easy and concise as Mr. Smith effect, so I'll need to hone that sentiment into a better and easier visualization. (I'm very certain there are ones floating out there.)