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Timesaving with Social Clarity

31 About the Chronicle of Bongo One


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This chapter is part of the book Thumoslang for Character Renovation, but it is about The Chronicle of Bongo One.

A | Thumoslang Overview

[1] Thumoslang is a mere collection of all thumbnail definitions. Its objective is to match understanding, whereas its mission is to prevent misinterpretation. It is a nomenclature full of operating terms for social life. Think of it as a formal vocabulary or a collection of operating terms people use to become more mature in thoughts and more sophisticated in social life.

[2] Various individuals used Thumoslang as a linguistic tool to fix their relationships. They could do that because Thumoslang allowed them to analyze the relationship. They can see that miscommunication about the precise understanding of respect and other fundamental concepts in social life was the root cause. They could not see things on that level without Thumoslang. It is safe to conclude that Thumoslang is a tool of analysis.

[3] Thumoslang’s immense power rests in its thumbnail definitions. Calling each a definition is a misnomer. A thumbnail definition does not describe the concept but rather when it is at play to ensure the user selects the correct sense of the word. When interlocutors independently make the same selection for a term in focus during a discussion, they have a matching understanding. Thumoslang’s thumbnail definitions accomplish their mission by reminding interlocutors of the correct sense for a term in focus. The thumbnails use only a few words and thus avoid promoting unnecessary sideboard discussion.

[4] Memorizing math facts from a multiplication table prevents the waste of time on low-level calculations. Likewise, memorizing Thumoslang thumbnail definitions prevents the waste of time on low-level explanations. It is not unreasonable to think of Thumoslang as a multiplication table for social life.

[5] A thumbnail definition is perfect for an entity if it is impossible for something meeting the specified condition that is not the entity. If there is not an animal with wings and a beak that is not a bird, then the following thumbnail is perfect for the concept of a bird.

  • Bird; that means, an animal with wings and a beak.

[6] A thumbnail definition is invalid for an entity if there is something that meets the specified condition but not one of its instances. The following is an invalid thumbnail definition for a bird because a bat meets the specified condition but not a bird.

  • Bird; that means, an animal with wings.

[7] Each thumbnail definition of a concept is a mere reflection of when a concept is at play. That’s how listeners can almost always recognize and avoid confusing or misconstrued utterances.

[8] Could we prove that Thumoslang is a science? Thumoslang is a mere collection of thumbnail definitions, each of which answers one and only one question; how could one discern that the concept in question is at play? The thumbnail definition does not describe the identified concept itself; instead, it specifies the minimum condition required for the involvement of the concept. Here is an example.

  • Courage; means, action despite fear.

[9] The thumbnail does not depict what courage looks like; instead, it tells you when courage could not appear. If you saw neither action nor fear, you did not see courage. To express courage, you must first have fear, and you must then take action. Here is another example.

  • Science; that means, the observation of phenomena.

[10] Something is a science when it involves both observation and phenomena. Since every Thumoslang thumbnail definition is an observation of a phenomenon, Thumoslang is the observation of phenomena.

[11] Therefore, Thumoslang is a science.

B | The First Two Thumoslang Books

[12] Nickantony Quach and Mark Canny created the Thumoslang nomenclature when they published their book. It is Thumos: Adulthood, Love & Collaboration, also known as the Original Thumos Textbook (OTB). The book, however, does not mention Thumoslang by name because its writers did not understand their creation completely.

[13] To fulfill their vision of unwanted drama minimized systematically for all, they focused more on their Thumos Philosophy instead of its vocabulary’s immense power. As told in Chapter 20, The Discovery of Thumoslang, of the book Life in 184 Words, also known as Thumoslang on the Run (OTR), the discovery did not occur until December 2018. That was when Quach unexpectedly used Thumoslang for Changing a Life in Three Sentences.

[14] OTR is the first book written to teach Thumoslang. Its purpose is to help mentors and teachers turn each person into a human through a slow-burn personal transformation using Thumoslang as a linguistic tool and level of analysis. OTR can help you improve your life, increase your group’s productivity, and advance your community’s progress. Its words do not dance around the subject matter and waste the reader’s time. It is full of self-evident propositions to keep yourself on the shortest path toward your ideal self.

C | The Concept of a Bongo

[15] One of the most creative terms in Thumoslang is bongo. In Thumoslang, a bongo is an affectionate name for a wealth-building friend group (WBFG). The following sequence of Thumoslang thumbnail definitions should help explain.

  • Service; that means, deliberate assistance.
  • Benefit; that means, service to others.
  • Gain; that means, received benefits.
  • Income; that means, spendable gains.
  • Wealth; that means, passive income.
  • Bongo; that means, a wealth-building friend group.

[16] WBFG is not a single-purpose group such as a chess club. Members who lose interest in chess typically no longer want to do things with the chess club. Furthermore, a WBFG is not an investment club either. The latter is a group of people who pool their money to make investments. In contrast, the former is a group of friends who pool their intelligence to create wealth based on personal ideals, even from their empty hands.

[17] For the unversed, your ideals are the milestones most meaningful to your life. They make up your ideal self, which means what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary. Regardless of what you think or do not realize, your ideals are The Most Important Thing in Life.

[18] A bongo is a different type of friend group. Its mission is to build wealth based on its members’ ideals. A bongo is a group of in-person friends whose mission is their ideals. It is the family you choose to have, complementing your birth family.

[19] Before joining or forming a local bongo, you must not have any skills or desires. You only need to be yourself and desire to discover and develop your ideal self, the primary objective of your life. Soon you will want to create a bongo, a group of in-person friends who will stick with you much longer than the various local friends you lost over time. Building any group of friends as your social capital takes time and other resources. Along the way, why should you not be able to profit from such an investment?

[20] By definition, you will never lose interest in your ideals. You may not completely understand them, but you always have personal ideals. You would never want to give up on your bongo because its mission is your ideals. That’s why a bongo is a better form of a friend group. Why else would you want to become one of its founders?

D | About the First Bongo

[21] At the start of 2022, Alec Mustafayev (pictured, left), Nickantony Quach (center), and Norman Baker (right) formed the first WBFG. They called themselves Bongo One. What is the objective meaning of life? In other words, what is a definition of life that works when you talk about the life of a historical figure, and the definition works equally well when you talk about the life of a living person? Could one secure a good life without such understanding? The falsifiable answer reveals itself in the story of Bongo One.

[22] Humans go through life in four stages as they grow older: mimicry, self-discovery, commitment, and legacy. The second stage is the scariest; they can get burnt or come close to ruining their lives while discovering. Its first half covers adolescent and college years’ physical and psychological growth. Its second half covers the pre-commitment years beyond adolescence. Heavily influenced by the rudder of family and friends, they have little control over the direction they dawdled through the second stage. Many go berserk to achieve the illusion of control; they chase after shiny objects, no matter how bold, brash, or bizarre they may seem to other people. Ultimately, they’re always ready to become drowned in debt upon an unexpected interruption of their paycheck stream. Their next best hope is the story of Bongo One. That’s the still-developing nonfiction story The Chronicle of Bongo One (COB1).

[23] COB1 traces the growth of Bongo One and thereby demonstrates the power of Thumoslang, the official language its members use to conduct their meetings and make decisions. Chapter 7, First Thumoslang Speakers, already spelled out how members of a bongo should run their primary weeklies, also known as bongo drives.

[24] The Original Edition of COB1 is available online, but it is not available in print. Its chapters appear according to chronological order to trace the growth of three individuals. The author used many chapters in COB1 to write Life in 184 Words, also known as Thumoslang on the Run (OTR), the first book for teaching Thumoslang.

[25] After writing OTR, the author extended COB1 by writing this book, Thumoslang for Character Renovation (TCR), as its extension. OTB, COB1, OTR, and TCR are the sequence of books tracing the creation, discovery, and development of Thumoslang between 2017 and 2022. In a sense, they are all part of The Chronicle of Bongo One (COB1).

E | About the First 14 Chapters

[26] The video [Norman on the First 14 Chapters | Experimental Stage of Life | S1E2 | Ri4CTV](v=tRR89YFA7h0) captures Norman’s initial thoughts on the first 14 chapters of COB1’s Original Edition. Its transcript follows.


[27] I just took about half an hour, maybe 45 minutes, to read the newest work on reaching my goals. The work also shows how to define what a goal is for me, reach my goals, and define them. I never saw these steps presented in such a pragmatic or factual way.

[28] By figuring out what will make me happy, I realize I’m in the same situation I have been in for the last several years. I’ve never really picked where my destination is, like what I want to do myself. I know I would like to be healthier, happier, and have more freedom, but never have I made pragmatic steps to get those things. That’s why I’ve been pretty much exactly where I am.

[29] I’ve read the booklet Part 1 — The First Month in The Chronicle of Bongo One, [the Original Edition]. It consists of 14 chapters explaining how to create my goals and go after them. It feels like a lot in my head. I have two feelings about it; a new weight replaces a weight off my shoulders.

[30] On the one hand, I don’t have to guess where and how I will get there. After reading this, I have a step-by-step way of deciding how to get somewhere. There are many tools in between. Choosing that location and that destination also fills me up. I’m now deciding what I want to be remembered for; what is my reputation after my death? The weight of not knowing my life’s destination and how to get there is lifted off of me.

[31] On the other hand, with the new weight that replaces it, I now know how to do this. I have the pressure because the tools are now in my hands. So what am I doing just sitting around? I have to start doing these things, and it feels good. It feels like a healthy pressure like the wind is finally in my sails.

[32] It’s taken a while to come to this feeling. It’s also taken a while to have these steps set up so straightforward in short terms that I can understand. They lock into my head pretty quickly, pretty smoothly. I’m not confused about them. They’re not complicated to understand through practice, rehearsal, and (execution). I’m trying to remember the word. When I’m making it happen, I commit to executing the process. So after learning what’s available to me to use these steps, I’ve got to learn how to execute them. I have to practice. Just like anything else, I should succeed. That’s not without putting in the work first.

[33] After coming off this extensive read, I feel a little tired. It’s much information that makes sense. Also, it’s replacing much misinformation in my head. I may have learned many [invalid] ideas from outside sources or within me.

[34] Even though I feel tired, like how I felt after working out at the gym, it’s in my head. I just got to keep flexing that muscle up there, and eventually, I’ll be able to get to that end goal of mine, my ideal self. That person creates a world where everyone can follow their dreams.

[35] I’ve always had that goal. It’s a big goal, but I never thought I’d be able to reach that dream because I never had milestones and steps and a systematic way to approach my big goal. As my dad says it, I would throw something to the wall and see if it sticks. Some people get lucky doing it that way, but after reading these 14 chapters, I see an obvious path to take. I’m reassured that I’m not doing this alone.


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