I’m a philosopher and cognitive scientist by training. So why do I write the way I write? Why do I simplify things that are so much more complex? Why do I deny my knowledge by using simple words?
In school and university, we get educated not to use simple words. We learn that the world is complex. That life is complex. But the truth is: only simple words have power.
Truth. Will. Freedom. Strength. Simple words give power: they empower our wills.
See, words can’t substitute experience. They must encourage experience, encourage willpowered action! And to do that, they must cool our minds. But only simple words can cool the mind.
See, nobody gains true knowledge, gains true wisdom from reading and studying. Books, sentences, fancy words are never accurate because they’re human inventions, yet human experiences aren’t. Human experiences can be captured by words only if they’re vague and simple enough.
See, I don’t use sophisticated words to get to know myself. I don’t use complex sentences to learn and think. I use simple words that guide my Will beyond language into the richness of life. I let simple words pave my way to mindcoolness.
How to use simple words in life
Stop telling yourself stories, stop pondering the complexity of your problems, stop using sentences to describe what you’re feeling! Use simple words instead. Words like hate, fear, pain, pride, courage, strength, fuck, yes, no, go.
Instead of saying, “I think my problem is that blablablah,” say, “Fear.” Instead of saying, “You know, I often feel as if blablablah,” say, “Pride.” Instead of saying, “I just want to blablablah,” say, “Will.” Instead of saying, “Women like her are so blablablah,” say, “Hi.” Instead of saying, “When considering my current life, I think that blablablah,” say, “Strength.”
Whenever you talk to yourself, reduce your self-talk to simple words. Talk to yourself not in stories or sentences, but in simple words of emotion, virtue, yes/no, and go. Everything on top of that is overthinking. Simple words keep you from bullshitting yourself and make you more decisive.
Discussing the nature and causes of your problems is overthinking. Formulating the structure and dynamics of your emotions is overthinking. Pondering what you assume you should be doing is overthinking. Evaluating women in terms of sexiness on a scale from 1 to 10 is overthinking. Re-evaluating your life choices and bathing in an endless sea of contingencies is overthinking.
While sophisticated self-talk keeps you intellectually engaged, vague, simple words make you take action. And if you’ve been telling yourself the wrong words or words that hold you back, good. Now you know that they’re bad and you can use better words. The words aren’t important. Words are just tools to focus your Will, and simple words simply bear the greatest focal power.
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One more thing
The power of simple words is also why I love God. The word ‘God’ is so simple and abstract that it has zero scientific power: it doesn’t explain anything. And yet ‘God’ is a most powerful word to describe human experience and encourage human excellence.
Whatever we think or feel or want to understand, ‘God’ is always an adequate description. Because God is the truth. It’s like Dao (or, if you’re a girl, Love). With superhuman force, it frees you from the shackles of language, gives you a perspective beyond your petty ego, and cools your overthinking mind. Saying “God” is like saying “Aaaaaaaaaaaauuuuuuuuuuuuuuuummmmmmmmmmmmmmm.”
Open your Will to the complexity of life, kill your mind with simple words, and take action! That’s freedom through strength.