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Jul 31, 2019 19:17:07

There is no magic, no purpose, no answer ... but don't be afraid

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In the film Yi Yi,  Mr. Ota pointed out that his card trick is not magic at all, merely memory and attention:

"I have no magic to save your company. Nobody can. I'm just like you without tricks. We can work together, but I think your partners want a magician."


Then I read the beginning of Feynman's The Value of Science:

"From time to time, people suggest to me that scientists ought to give more consideration to social problems ... we do think about these problems from time to time, but we don't put full-time effort into them - the reason being that we know we don't have any magic formula for solving problems."


When I stuck, a "magician" or a "magic formula" is what I'm searching for. There must be something like "happiness tricks" I don't know, and it must be very practical, such as all the titles of #1 New York Times best-selling books. 

By thinking so, I'm unhappy because I haven't find the "magical formula" yet, and I'm sure someone has got it (so I'm jealous).  

When there are popular books, films, podcasts, bloggers, ... Oh no! I'll blame for I haven't found them earlier, maybe one of them is the trick I'm looking for. 

Then I become frightened, frightened to miss the answer and fail the test of "finding the meaning of life". 

That's horrible!



But there is no magic, no purpose, no answer ... why be afraid?

Again, Mr.Feynman came to hit me:

"If you expected science to give all the answers to the wonderful questions about what we are, where we're going, what the meaning of the universe and so on. I think you could easily become the solution and then look for some mystic answer to these problems. ...  I don't feel frightened by not knowing things, by lost in the mysterious universe, not having any purposes which are the way it really is as far as I can tell possible. It doesn't frighten me."


Now, be easy, it's okay.

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