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  4.      <title>Orjan's thoughts</title>
  5.      <link></link>
  6.      <description>Thoughts on egomining, art, identity etc.</description>
  7.      <lastBuildDate>Thu, 21 Sep 2006 10:10:00 GMT</lastBuildDate>
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  9.      <webMaster>[email protected]</webMaster>
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  12.      <title>Site news</title>
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  15.      <pubDate>Thu, 21 Sep 2006 10:10:00 GMT</pubDate>
  16.      <description>
  17.      I've made some changes to the site.  It is now possible to comment on pretty much everything - anonymously if you want - and the comments are put in a RSS feed, in case you want to keep an eye on them.&lt;br/&gt;
  18.      I've also added a function to &lt;a href=""&gt;From All To Nothing&lt;/a&gt; to let you get the whole story in any given path on one page, so it's easier to print, link and bookmark.
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  23.      <title>Gotta have 'spect!</title>
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  26.      <pubDate>Thu, 14 Sep 2006 23:10:00 GMT</pubDate>
  27.      <description>
  28.    &lt;p&gt;Let's take a look at the amoral and sociopathic egoists I mentioned a while ago.  It starts with a simple premise: you are solely responsible for your life.  Nobody else can be, because only it's down to your choices, the things you do and don't do, the things you say and don't say.&lt;/p&gt;
  29.    &lt;p&gt;You can't be responsible for the choices of other people. You might take a hand in helping them choose, and they may or may not let your opinions affect them, but it's their choice.  Nobody can be responsible for your choices. They may affect your circumstances, and what options are available to you, but what you choose is up to you.&lt;/p&gt;
  30.    &lt;p&gt;You are solely responsible for your life. Fine. Nobody else has the right to demand something of you or have expectations you have not given them. Okay. You do not make other people disappointed if you don't do what they want - they make themselves disappointed. No problem.&lt;/p&gt;
  31.    &lt;p&gt;And people look at that and think it looks terribly selfish.&lt;/p&gt;
  32.    &lt;p&gt;Well... not quite...&lt;/p&gt;
  33.    &lt;p&gt;&lt;a href=""&gt;More...&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;
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  38.      <title>Great expectations</title>
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  41.      <pubDate>Tue, 29 Aug 2006 10:10:00 GMT</pubDate>
  42.      <description>
  43. Of course, you don't want to make people disappointed.&lt;br/&gt;
  44. &lt;em&gt;- No? Why not?&lt;/em&gt;&lt;br/&gt;
  45. Because... because then they might not like you?&lt;br/&gt;
  46. &lt;em&gt;- No? So they wouldn't like you if you had a bit of respect for yourself and took responsibility for your own life and your choices?&lt;/em&gt;&lt;br/&gt;
  47. Now you're being obtuse. It's not about that, but about helping each other. Give and take. The whole society is built on that.&lt;br/&gt;
  48.        &lt;a href=""&gt;More...&lt;/a&gt;
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  53.      <title>Facing the wall</title>
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  56.      <pubDate>Thu, 03 Aug 2006 18:50:00 GMT</pubDate>
  57.      <description>
  58. You can accept, on an intellectual level, that you are responsible. Often, that is merely surface knowledge.  A bit deeper down, you don't really want to accept it. Because to accept full responsibility for your life and your actions, on all levels, is the bravest thing anyone can ever do.
  59.        &lt;br/&gt;
  60. To reject all excuses. To stand up to be judged, by oneself and others.
  61.        &lt;br/&gt;
  62. Rather than take that great step, you can set yourself limits.  Barriers that prevent you from doing things you want to do, but don't want to take responsibility for. You put them up as a defence against yourself.
  63.        &lt;br/&gt;
  64.        &lt;a href=""&gt;More...&lt;/a&gt;
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  69.      <title>Anchors</title>
  70.      <link></link>
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  72.      <pubDate>Mon, 31 Jul 2006 22:48:00 GMT</pubDate>
  73.      <description>
  74.        Most people have anchors, something that is a secure mooring in life.  It can be something close, like the family, the home or the job.  It can be a friend, or a club, or church.
  75.        &lt;br/&gt;
  76.        It's something that anchors you, something fixed against which you can see where you stand in relation to life and the world.  It's the kind of deep knowledge, where you know in your bones that &quot;regardless what happens I'll still have my family&quot; or whatever the anchor might be.  In some ways it defines identity. We can say &quot;I am...&quot; and then we add the anchor.
  77.        &lt;br/&gt;
  78.        Most of the time, you don't think about them.  That's the whole point, that they're there and fixed and you can take them for granted.
  79.        &lt;br/&gt;
  80.        But sometimes the chain breaks, and the anchor is lost.
  81.        &lt;br/&gt;
  82.        &lt;a href=""&gt;More...&lt;/a&gt;
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  84.    </item>
  86.    <item>
  87.      <title>Spare change, guv?</title>
  88.      <link></link>
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  90.      <pubDate>Mon, 20 Feb 2006 22:48:00 GMT</pubDate>
  91.      <description>
  92.        So, can you change yourself?
  93.        &lt;br/&gt;
  94.        There are people - often New-Ageist women between 20 and 35 if I'm allowed to use a prejudiced stereotype - who claim that you can.  No problem, they'll say, you can be whatever you want, if you only free your mind and have the will.
  95.        &lt;br/&gt;
  96.        Cool. Right. I want to change myself; I want a stronger will and self-discipline.
  97.        &lt;br/&gt;
  98.        No problem, they'll say, all you need is the will and some self-discipline.
  99.        &lt;br/&gt;
  100.        Whoops...
  101.        &lt;br/&gt;
  102.        &lt;a href=""&gt;More...&lt;/a&gt;
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  107.      <title>So, who am I?</title>
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  110.      <pubDate>Sat, 4 Feb 2006 23:48:00 GMT</pubDate>
  111.      <description>
  112.        That's a question that has occupied philosophers and theologicians (and later psychologists, behaviourists and cognition researchers) for a very long time, without reaching a generally accepted answer, so I don't think that I (who?) will be able to pin down a catchy definition here.  On the other hand, maybe the important thing isn't to phrase a definition that's true to everyone, but to look at the question from a few different angles and let people think for themselves. We'll see. There is an answer, in the end.
  113.        &lt;br/&gt;
  114.        &lt;a href=""&gt;More...&lt;/a&gt;
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  118.    <item>
  119.      <title>Attitude problems</title>
  120.      <link></link>
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  122.      <pubDate>Sat, 4 Feb 2006 23:32:00 GMT</pubDate>
  123.      <description>
  124.        In the article Find five faults, I wrote about habits, behavioural patterns and attitudes.  It might be a good idea to explain these a bit more.
  125.        &lt;br/&gt;
  126.        For what is a person? A collection of habits. Prejudices, opinions, taste and preferences are habits, showing how we're used to think, used to feel, used to react. And we tend to follow the tracks laid down by our habits.
  127.        &lt;br/&gt;
  128.        &lt;a href=""&gt;More...&lt;/a&gt;
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  133.      <title>Pretty and smart</title>
  134.      <link></link>
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  136.      <pubDate>Fri, 3 Feb 2006 10:32:00 GMT</pubDate>
  137.      <description>
  138.        &quot;Someday,&quot; I said to my sorta-date, &quot;I want someone to paint a lissome young blonde, and label her, 'The Philosopher.'&quot;
  139.        &lt;br/&gt;
  140.        &quot;Pretty girls don't need to think,&quot; he said, &quot;They can get by on looks alone.&quot;
  141.        &lt;br/&gt;
  142.        &quot;But I want to be pretty AND smart,&quot; I said. Somewhere between wistful and defensive.
  143.        &lt;br/&gt;
  144.        &quot;Well, you can't,&quot; he said. Somewhere between ironic and brutally honest.
  145.        &lt;br/&gt;
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  147.      </description>
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  151.      <title>Is a dream a lie...</title>
  152.      <link></link>
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  154.      <pubDate>Wed, 1 Feb 2006 11:31:00 GMT</pubDate>
  155.      <description>
  156.        ... if it don't come true...
  157.        &lt;br/&gt;
  158.        What happened to the dreams? What happened to all the things I would do? The girls I loved at a distance, the books, songs and poems I would write and be hallowed for, the places I would see, the people I would meet, the photographs I would take, the things I'd buy, all the things I would learn?
  159.        &lt;br/&gt;
  160.        &lt;a href=""&gt;More...&lt;/a&gt;
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  165.      <title>Behind the thoughts</title>
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  168.      <pubDate>Fri, 27 Jan 2006 16:31:00 GMT</pubDate>
  169.      <description>
  170.      I would appreciate your comments or questions on what I write, and you are welcome to leave them anonymously, if you wish. Just follow the comment link on the top of each page.
  171.      &lt;br/&gt;
  172.      I have been told that some RSS and Atom clients do not show the link to the item, and just shows the summary/description as if that was the whole entry.  This is, to put it mildly, stupid.  But to accommodate this stupidity, I will supply a link in the summary too...
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