Is this philosophy of mine misguided?

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My claim is simple: people enjoy many arbitrary activities due to their own subconscious baggage which we've aquired as a result of an weird lifestyle, removed from the the aggression of hunter-gatherer society. Probably partially genetics too, but that alone doesn't explain the huge differences between people. This isn't bad, but it means activities which don't induce intensity are boring to those less neurotic. An alternate approach to living intensely is seeing new twists on the old archetypal concepts. Note that since different people carry different baggage, then there's no real, bigger justification for carrying the baggage one does except "I'm me, I'm gonna arbitrarily continue to be that way". Here are some examples to demonstrate different ways the baggage can show it self, and how it forms the personality.

“All writers are vain, selfish and lazy, and at the very bottom of their motives lies a mystery. Writing a book is a long, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.” - George Orwell.

Wittgenstein said philosophy repels those who suspect it is a timewaste due to language confusion in it, thus reinforcing language confusion in it. Too many philosophers have been freaks, this makes it overly obvious how society's unminimalistic unnaturality has gotten to them SOMEHOW.

Non-physics scientists? "All science is either physics or stamp collecting." - Rutherford telling it like it is regarding the gruntwork that is science, and yet those in it work long hours. The abstract parts of science as bloated (i.e. few jobs) also in the west and they too attract freaks. Mathematicians actually think of numbers as beautiful; how baggage-y. Now if one really tries to understand a subject there may be new such archetypes to uncover, new paradigms so to say but if one has taken to a bit more meta-y perspective beforehand it quickly becomes obvious only so much is ever possible within every such paradigm so its not that exciting after all.

Idealism, morality. "act so as to treat people always as ends in themselves, never as mere means." yeah who cares? Life goes on whether some philosopher sits around in his house. To care about the things Kant and others do is just an arbitrary use of one's time. They must carry much subconscious baggage to have such great passion.

Perfectionism, aestheticism in general. Why care if a cord is a little messy? Some people actually care about such bull. A painting too. It's just a painting. That's that. While research has been done into human appreciation of symmetry and such, it doesn't explain overly strong neatfreakery and how neatfreaks make a life out of aestheticism. If anything human appreciation of such should only only be a minor sidething to humanity. How can it not be their subconscious, unecessary baggage giving them an artificial enjoyment boost?

Just visiting places. A city or whatever is really just another variation of the same old, same old archetype, only the specifics vary.

Or pershaps something has passed me by, not illuminated by my limited psyche. If there is something more to it ultimately, then I sure would like to see it. Further clarifications of terms can be given. I want to discuss as I don't feel I can be entirely certain without that. Note: I have nothing against society.
 
Jan 5, 2012
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Note that since different people carry different baggage, then there's no real, bigger justification for carrying the baggage one does except "I'm me, I'm gonna arbitrarily continue to be that way"

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Mathematicians actually think of numbers as beautiful; how baggage-y. Now if one really tries to understand a subject there may be new such archetypes to uncover, new paradigms so to say but if one has taken to a bit more meta-y perspective beforehand it quickly becomes obvious only so much is ever possible within every such paradigm so its not that exciting after all.
Once a thought has been uttered, it is no longer original. There are only so many breakthroughs to be made, and once they've been made, they are used up - gone. Any repetition would be only that: repetition.

And so, if one is only interested in the perfection found in the world of original thought, then that one must either be brilliant beyond description, or s/he will become incredibly bored with life. And most people just aren't going to come up with enough breakthrough stuff to fill their lifetimes.

So, people carry baggage. They arbitrarily decide that they are going to be a certain kind of person, and everyone else does the same. Then, we can all enjoy the human drama that unfolds between us instead of just sitting around in our respective armchairs trying to beat each other to understanding.
 

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