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Thumoslang

Timesaving with Social Clarity

Part 1 – The First Month

This book is for those who want to turn each man into a human using a slow-burn personal transformation based on Thumoslang, the formal vocabulary for optimizing life.


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Part 1 – The First Month

The Chronicle of Bongo One

Nickantony Quach & Alec Mustafayev

Are you still in the experimental stage of your life? If so, the following story is perfect for you. It follows the growth of several individuals like you, who happen to live in the smallest of the United States. They are the first Thumoslang pioneers. They are not asking you to join their group; just sing the same song. Thumoslang pioneers are not all in the same organization. They are mainly individuals worldwide who believe in respect for personal ideals, especially those still in their lives’ experimental stage. They also want all people to live together and work together at peace in the same world.

Table of Contents

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  1. The General Anthem for Humanity
  2. Alternative Covers for Imagine by John Lennon
  3. Let’s Sing the Same Song
  4. The First Encounter
  5. The Consequential Handshake
  6. Support the Dream of Others | Video
  7. A Second Look at Thumoslang
  8. The Shortest Book with the Biggest Idea
  9. The First Impromptu Interpretation | Video
  10. Nick’s 184 Words for Humanity | Video
  11. Are You Afraid of Death?
  12. A Closer Look at Life and Death
  13. A New Approach for a New Life
  14. Productivity Yardstick for Every Meeting
  15. Norman on the First 14 Chapters | Video
  16. Experimental Stage of Life
  17. The Story of Bongo One
  18. Discovering the Secret of Storytelling | Video
  19. Discovering a Simple Approach to Life | Video
  20. Slowburn Personal Transformation | Video

 

1 | The General Anthem for Humanity

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Are you still in the experimental stage of your life? If so, The Chronicle of Bongo One is a perfect story for you. It follows the growth of several individuals like you, who happen to live in the smallest of the United States. They are not asking you to join their group; just sing the same song.

Imagine all the people sharing the world. You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us, and the world will live as one.

If you believe in the words from Imagine by John Lennon, you may want to ask the following question; how? How can we get all the people to share the world when the speed at which civilization progresses has become overwhelming for modern humans and has caused a collapse of meaning?

Before the answer reveals itself, let’s listen to the same song by watching the video [THE MOST INCREDIBLE PERFORMANCE OF ‘IMAGINE’ | Idols Global](v=taH6RT0Bbtg).

If you prefer an alternative performance by the same singer, watch the video [Chris Klaefford – Imagine – Original AGT audition](v= YdxdpRZgfT4). The former was in Europe, whereas the latter was in America. As the song generates tears across the world, it is surely on its way to becoming The General Anthem for Humanity.



 

3 | Let’s Sing the Same Song

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Thumoslang pioneers are not all in the same organization. They are mainly individuals worldwide who believe in respect for personal ideals, especially those still in their lives’ experimental stage. They also want all people to live together and work together at peace in the same world. That’s why, first and foremost, they want to have a General Anthem for Humanity so that we can now and then sing the same song at once across the world.

Do it now if you did not watch the video [Andy Dexterity sings ‘Imagine’ by John Lennon | The Voice Stage #24](v= WpJElTrpEIk). When the Thumoslang pioneers say all people, they also mean to include those who can’t sing and those who can’t hear.

Do it now if you did not watch the video [Pentatonix — Imagine (Official Video)](v= NLiWFUDJ95I). You can be LGBTQ+, man, Jewish, American, Black, Christian, Latina, woman, or whatever else. So long as you’re a human, the Thumoslang pioneers want to include you.


Nickantony Quach (center) and Alec Mustafayev (right) work together as the Quach & Mustafayev Group. QMG, Norman D. Baker (left), and their local associates work together as the Thumoslang PVD Group, also known as Ri4CTV on YouTube.

Nick, Alec, and Norman are three of the first Thumoslang pioneers. As of this writing, in January 2022, Alec is still a teenager. Norman is nine years older, but he is also still in the experimental stage of his life. The three work with one another as a wealth-building friend group (WBFG), also known as a bongo, in the smallest of the United States but with one of the most enormous ideas for our humanity: Thumoslang, the formal vocabulary for optimizing life. They are not asking you to join their group. Without joining their group, you can, too, choose to form your own bongo (WBFG) locally and sing the General Anthem for Humanity as part of the worldwide movement.

You must not pay anyone or buy anything to begin. Ri4CTV will help you get started free of charge; you can interact with Nick, Alec, or Norman directly via Instagram at @Ri4CTV. They each have control of the @Ri4CTV account on Instagram. Thumoslang PVD Group (Ri4CTV) also operates the Ri4CTV website, the Ri4C website, and the Thumoslang website.

Collective learning is what differentiates mankind from other animals. The Thumoslang pioneers will learn how to systematically turn each man into a human using a slow-burn personal transformation based on Thumoslang. Part of it is to follow these chapters as they trace the growth of three men: Nick, Alec, and Norman. You will learn how to sharpen the blade of another person’s mind as you transform the lives of others around you.

 

4 | The First Encounter

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Norman and Nick first met one another during the last summer days of 2019. Norman and his cousin were riding their BMX bikes at the downtown skatepark while Nick was behind his camera for the YouTube channel Ri4CTV. The video [ BMX for Life | NDBaker93 | S1E1](v= LiEnOFJ00rM), the debut episode of the YouTube series NDBaker93 captured their encounter. They met on 9/20/2019, one day short of a month after Nick filmed the YouTube series Thumoslang101 as the first successful demonstration of Thumoslang, the formal vocabulary for optimizing life. They met in the morning, hours before Nick filmed the YouTube video [ What is Leadership? How to Exercise Leadership? | Thumoslang Vocabulary | S2E4](v= UqPpQcHxthU).

“In the afternoon the same day he first met Norman D. Baker, Nick took his filming gear to College Hill for potentially more YouTube footage. On the way, he saw a large bicycle gang heading South towards the campus of Brown University. Nick rushed ahead on his bicycle and placed his filming gear on the sidewalk in front of the school’s bookstore to catch the bicycle gang. The entire chain of bicycle riders should pass through in front of his camera. However, they didn’t; instead, Nick saw only a few riders. As he saw them riding by, an objective definition of leadership played out in an unexpected realization.” — Read more at An Unexpected Realization, Chapter 3 of the Guided Thumoslang Tour to Leadership.

 

5 | The Consequential Handshake

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At t=16:02, the video [Relation vs. Relationship | NDBaker93 Thumoslang105 | S8E5](v= 9QFbf3kO49A) captured the very first handshake between Alec and Norman, a day and two months after Norman first met Nick. Norman was entering his home at Evergreen Street with groceries while Nick interviewed Alec. November 2019 was the month that changed Alec’s life; the historical handshake was a day and one week after Alec first met Nick. At the time, Alec was still in high school; Norman was nine years older but still in the experimental stage of his life.

The handshake that changed three lives took place one year and a half before Alec and Nick began writing Trekvella, their first product. Trekvella is a collection of over eight series with more than 60 episodes on Amazon’s reading platform Kindle Vella. In addition to teaching Thumoslang, most episodes serve as introductions to and a glimpse into the lives of real people with real problems seeking practical solutions.

Events such as the handshake are what make stories on Ri4CTV authentic. “What is authenticity?” Norman asked Nick in July 2021, the month Nick and Alec wrote The Gist of Authenticity, the sixth episode of the Kindle Vella series Thumoslang Philosophy. Nick and Alec wrote: “authenticity is at play when we have ongoing goal-directed performance but not as a response to events. It is easier to understand its adjective form.”

  • Authentic; that means, accurate self-representation.

“Authentic food is the food that exactly meets its description and meets a person’s reasonable assumption of its character. If you used egg noodles instead of rice noodles to make a bowl of pho, you did not cook authentic Vietnamese food. The dish would bring about false self-representation. The opposite of authenticity is pretension. If you’re not authentic, you’re pretentious.”

Because many frequently brought up the question of authenticity, the author decided to append this chapter with the following explanation in mid-January 2022.

A spontaneous occasion is an unplanned event, that is, without deliberation. A friend wants to spontaneously visit a coffee shop during a long walk.

  • Spontaneity; that means, no external cause.
  • Spontaneous; that means, without deliberation.
  • Occasion; that means, a specific event.

An impromptu gathering is an occasion prompted by another event. An impromptu gathering of strangers brings attention to a busker playing good music.

  • Impromptu; that means, prompted by the occasion.

An authentic gathering can be spontaneous or planned ahead of time, but it must not be pretentious.

  • Authenticity; that means, non-reactive motivation.
  • Authentic; that means, accurate self-representation.
  • Pretension; that means, false self-representation.

Suppose Jane is a friend of John. Jane is not, but John is a member of your friend group. John asked you to talk to Jane about joining the group. He also told you that she wants to sell an imperfect computer. If you offer to purchase it, you make an impromptu offer. The other consideration prompted the offer. The offer is authentic if you were looking for an additional device before John brought up Jane. The offer is pretentious if you plan to throw away the purchased device after Jane joins your friend group.

 

6 | Support the Dream of Others

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During the first days of 2022, Nickantony Quach presented 184 words as his Final Words for Humanity. It’s the shortest nonfiction with the biggest idea for us all: Thumoslang!

Norman D. Baker was so impressed with Nick’s Final Words for Humanity that he immediately spoke on camera about what defines his life: the reputation after death he desired the most. The video [Support the Dream of Others | Experimental Stage of Life | S1E1 | Ri4CTV](v= eVKF_8R80EU) captured his impromptu speech. The video’s title spells out the mission of his life. The footage’s recording date, the third day of 2022, marks the start of Bongo One. The group had only two members, Alec and Nick, in the previous 20 months. In the video, Norman used the following words to elaborate on his life’s dream.


I want to start this video by mentioning a prominent figure in the fashion industry, the streetwear industry, and the general lifestyle and culture that recently passed away: Virgil Abloh. This gentleman created a fantastic company called Off-white. I only learned about him maybe two days ago. Virgil Abloh is a gentleman who stormed these industries simultaneously by coming up with the thought process that he wants to affect everything at once. That’s super relatable to what I want to happen here in Providence and beyond.

The proof was just two years ago, the partners of this group and I created a company called Providence Haven. Providence Haven is a creative collective where we invited artists, musicians, authors, anybody that had some vocation or craft. We had glassblowers, dancers, and sound engineers. All these things are very unique; I loved each of them.

I personally would have liked to be able to do all of them at the skill that all my friends were doing or these strangers that became acquaintances were doing. Still, I realized I had to pick where I put in my time. I don’t have enough time to learn how to play the guitar, heat up the glass, and shape it appropriately. I don’t have all the time in the world to learn how to be an author that uses words concisely with a purpose and plot. I’m just trying to figure out how to do all these things.

Today, I was reminded that I need to pick where to go if I get anywhere in life. I need to pick a goal. A great conversation reminded me. Where I want to go is back to Providence Haven. I want to support all these unique crafts, all these unique vocations, and lifestyles, and that’s where Providence Haven was born out of, very similar to what Off-white is for Virgil. I wanted to shake up as many different industries, lifestyles, and cultures as possible. I’d do it by supporting people close to me and projects that really meant a lot to me and touching my core.

I want to take this moment on camera to say I’m ready to do this again, revamp these ideas, and make Version 2.0 or Version 3.0 of this collective of creatives. If you’re an artist, I can see what you’re doing is impressing our society for the better. If you’re an educator who wants to bring a particular program to local communities, a community leader, or a politician, what you’re doing in terms of legislation will help us. These are all avenues and projects I want to help again.

I couldn’t figure out how to do all of them simultaneously other than making an umbrella company like Providence Haven. It’s like Off-white is. I want to use that to support everybody who wants to do what they want.

I think I’m just trying to figure out at this moment how to utilize my dream and its ethos as a way to propel other people’s dreams. I got to use that word ethos. I just picked that up from Virgil Abloh recently. It’s amazing. Even though I’ve seen his work worldwide, what he’s doing, I only recently connected it with what I was doing two years ago. People are doing this already. They’re doing it on such a high level, international quality. I, too, want to do that and improve our cultures in how people interact.

To get there, it’s a lot of little steps that I have yet to plan out. I know my end goal is to support the dreams of others, and I would love the help to shape this idea. I would love to make this happen. It’s my big dream out here. 2022, I really want to make this happen. It’s tough to articulate, but I would like to make a company that supports you!

 

7 | A Second Look at Thumoslang

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Nickantony Quach (pictured) is the creator of Thumoslang. Here is what he believes. Unwanted yet preventable drama is a significant impediment to human flourishing in every stage of life. That is true for everyone, including those at the bottom, top, and anywhere between.

Created in 2017, Thumoslang is a systematic solution for individuals and groups of any size. Thumoslang is the formal vocabulary for optimizing life through social clarity based on falsifiable truth. Its mission is social clarity; its objective is people have a matching understanding. Its power of social clarity could make your internal dialogues more effective and your meaningful relationships more robust. Thus, the actualization of your ideals goes much faster. To maximize your group’s productivity, help its members reach their ideals at the maximum speed possible through the use of Thumoslang.

Borrowing Jamie Wheal’s jargon, Thumoslang can offer our humanity with Meaning 3.0. Learning Thumoslang is your journey towards social clarity. Teaching Thumoslang is our journey towards Humanity 2.0, when an average person understands how to eliminate unwanted yet preventable drama in life systematically at scale. Thumoslang can become a shared vision to guide human flourishing.

Thumoslang’s immense power rests with its thumbnail definitions, which make up its nomenclature. If you want to become an expert in any field, you must first learn its nomenclature, i.e., its naming system. Using its vocabulary, you are far more powerful when you talk about various topics in the field. If you want to become an expert in the field of social life, you must first learn of its nomenclature; that’s Thumoslang. For a demonstration, consider the following four Thumoslang thumbnail definitions; they facilitate the counting of personal relationships, necessary for effective management of social life.

  • Inclusion; that means, considered as a participant.
  • Involvement; that means, causing inclusion.
  • Relation; that means, purposeful involvement.
  • Relationship; that means, ongoing relations.

Thumoslang’s thumbnail definition is a misnomer as it does not explain the meaning of the named concept. It does not tell you what the concept is in detail but rather when it is at play to ensure you select 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 discussions.

Have you ever argued with another person about what a book is? Consider the following Thumoslang thumbnail definition.

  • Book; that means, comprehensive thoughts.

If the above sentence makes your intuition give you a new insight, you’re experiencing the power of Thumoslang.

 

8 | The Shortest Book with the Biggest Idea

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Your life is your reputation after death; these are the first seven of Nickantony Quach’s Final Words for Humanity. The definition applies equally well to every contemporary and historical figure’s life. His first 51 words teach two fundamental lessons: living a good life and entering adulthood. The following 53 words show how to organize your life. The 56 words further expose the anatomy of a relationship every master of social life must know. The last 24 of his 184 words wrap up the shortest nonfiction with the most significant idea for humanity: Thumoslang! The next big thing in social sciences is coming soon to your hometown. The earliest adopters will achieve a higher level of life and become superheroes in their social circles. Better control of social interactions will profoundly affect many lives in ways unimaginable to most. Who wants to be the first to break the news to school or their hometown? Corroborate videos are on the YouTube channel Ri4CTV. Your report will transform your community the same way its composition transforms your life.

 

9 | The First Impromptu Interpretation

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When the above photo was taken on the first Tuesday of 2022, Norman D. Baker (left) and Alec Mustafayev (right) exchanged their thoughts on Nickantony Quach’s Final Words for Humanity. Nick composed the 184 words on the previous day as the shortest nonfiction everyone wants to have.

Alec gave it the first read-through. The video [ The First Read Through | Final Words for Humanity | S1E1 | Ri4CTV](v= IxXwDP5cFdk) captured the reading.

Upon Norman’s request minutes later, Alec offered the first impromptu interpretation of Nick’s 184 words. The video [ The First Interpretation | Final Words for Humanity | S1E2 | Ri4CTV](v= ZWUR1G1xW-o) captured Alec’s interpretation, presented below.

Thumoslang helps anyone get to their ideals faster because it gives them the tool to shortcut their thinking, language, and relations. It lets you speedrun it all. So you don’t have to spend three months trying to figure out how to get close to someone when you can just figure out how to set up two ongoing relations with them in two weeks, and then you’re already done. It speeds up a thousand little ways like that. That adds up to become a lot. We can guarantee this outcome to most people. So I think it’s time to do that and get paid in return.

 

10 | Nick’s 184 Words for Humanity

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The following 184 words are Nickantony Quach’s final words for humanity. He could not compose them without using Thumoslang, the formal vocabulary for optimizing life. It is difficult to decode them without understanding the vocabulary. His words involve seven Thumoslang thumbnail definitions. They identify the concepts of life, living, ideal self, social roadblock, social shortcut, relationship, and relation.

Your life is your ‘reputation after death.’ Living is ‘adding more to life.’ Your ultimate mission is to become your ideal self by actualizing your ideals, ‘your most meaningful milestones.’ That is, by definition, how to live a good life. Discovering those milestones is how to enter the threshold of adulthood. Members of your wealth-building friend group can, in the long run, help you discover them all. Those milestones are necessary to build the reputation beyond death you desired the most. They must cover ideals for each of the five (HaRDCoRe) departments in your business of the self: Health, Relations, Dreams, Career, and Retirement. To reach your most meaningful milestones sooner, you need to have fewer social roadblocks and more social shortcuts. These relationships help you go slower or ‘faster towards your ideals.’ A relationship requires at least two ‘ongoing relations.’ A relation requires ‘purposeful involvement,’ in other words, the same purpose shared by two participants in the same activity. All is possible with the four elements of love and the four steps of reciprocation in endless collaboration. The original Thumos textbook explains further.

 

11 | Are You Afraid of Death?

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Are you afraid of death? You should be as you cross a busy street. Are you restrained by the fear of death? If so, you have life insecurity. In that case, consider the following thumbnail definitions from Thumoslang.

  • Danger; that means, suffering probability.
  • Fear; that means, expected danger.
  • Restraint; that means, holding back.
  • Insecurity; that means, restrained by fear.

When you are restrained by fear, you have insecurity. When you are restrained by the fear of death, you are insecure about your life. If so, it’s time to take a second look at what life truly is. Nickantony Quach’s Final Words for Humanity have the best explanation.

His final words for humanity are not his last words. Final here means ultimate or the best version. What are your best words for humanity? Until you answer this question, you are unsure of the best product you will produce for mankind. In other words, you’re not sure of the reputation after your death you desired to have the most. That is, you’re not sure of your life. Consider the following Thumoslang thumbnail definition.

  • Life; that means, reputation after death.

The best way to eliminate life insecurity is to discover and work for the best product you will produce for mankind. Your life is secured as soon as you have your best words for humanity.

  • Freedom; that means, no restraints.
  • Security; that means, freedom from fear.

The above logic does not work until it provides a compelling argument for the above definition of life. That’s the purpose of the next chapter.

PS: Nickantony Quach wrote this chapter when he was inspired by the following message from Wesley J. Heywood, “Hey, I saw on Ri4CTV the description of Nick’s Final Words for Humanity. Is he OK?”

 

12 | A Closer Look at Life and Death

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Elaine Esposito, born in 1934, was in a coma for 37 years, between six and her death. She was alive during the coma; otherwise, her loved ones would not put much effort into caring for her unconsciousness for almost four decades. Only one in ten recovers from a coma, during which you’re a patient, and you’re alive even without consciousness. The following three Thumoslang thumbnail definitions should help clarify the concept.

  • Perception; that means, sensory understanding.
  • Awareness; that means, first-hand perception.
  • Consciousness; that means, contextual awareness.

Before death, Esposito was technically alive. If you’re growing old, you’re alive even if you could not lift a finger at all. When is death?

Using cell biology, let’s explore the question. An organelle is a specialized subunit with a specific function in a cell. Eukaryotes are organisms whose cells have a nucleus enclosed within a nuclear envelope. The cytoplasm is all material other than the nucleus enclosed by the cell membrane.

Protozoa is an informal term for a group of single-celled eukaryotes, either free-living or parasitic, that feed on organic matter such as other microorganisms or organic tissues and debris. The ciliates are a group of protozoans characterized by hair-like organelles called cilia. The video [This Ciliate Is About to Die](v= ibpdNqrtar0) shows the death of a ciliate, Loxodes Magnus. It sheds cytoplasm and cell membrane for several minutes when it stops living normally. However, the organism seems just as alive as earlier. Its chemistry continues as the chemicals spill out of the organism. When is death? Consider the following Thumoslang thumbnail definition.

  • Death; that means, no further energy consumption.

That brings us to a more consequential question; what is life? As you’re reading this, you know the meaning of being alive. You must thus know what life is, right? Why bother to define it?

Jonathan Kwee, an alumnus of Cornell University, was one of the first college graduates who studied the original Thumos textbook and encountered Thumoslang for the very first time. He was so impressed with the new knowledge that he wanted to write a book on living a good life using the new vocabulary. That desire brought him to collaborate with its creator Nickantony Quach.

On the third Monday of October 2017, they had a three-hour argument over defining life. Jon believed that the concept was so basic that it was unnecessary and condescending to define it. Nick felt the opposite, yet for precisely the same reason. They used a typical dictionary definition but deemed it unsuitable for their purposes. Traditional dictionaries define life as a state of animation or existence, helpful in telling if something is physically alive. However, that definition does not help write a book about living a good life. In the end, Nick challenged Jon directly with a simple question.

“What is your definition of life?” Asked Nick. Jon, an idealistic millennial, initially viewed life as a collection of memories and stories. A veteran quality assurance engineer, Nick thought of life as a biological unit. It did not take them long to have a startling revelation. What hope would they have to write a book about having a good life if they couldn’t reach a shared understanding about what it meant?

You may want to give it a try; ask others around you to define life or any other concept fundamental to our humanity. Its definition seems obvious, yet a simple question reveals that few people share the same understanding of what it means. Some might think of it as a resource to be managed. Others might consider it an ongoing struggle, an experience of continuous growth, or something else entirely. Believing that you know what each term means is easy, but developing genuine shared understanding is more challenging.

How you think about something determines how you feel about it. Someone who views life as competition will behave differently than another person who sees it as a journey. Each paradigm has a different set of implications. No wonder we struggle to understand one another when we take a closer look at the concept of life.

“Take a closer look at the life of President Lincoln,” your history teacher might have told you at school. What does life mean in this case?

“Do something for your life now,” your parents might have told you at home. What does life mean in this case?

“We must deliver on our promise to make the life of our customers better through smarter solutions,” your boss might have told you at work. What does life mean in this case?

Why not challenge yourself now and write a short sentence down on a piece of paper to define the concept of life and answer the question; what is life? Would your definition work at once for the above history teacher, your parents, and your boss? Revise your definition several more times and see if you could develop one that would work for all three cases. It should not take you long to appreciate the difficulty involved.

“Take a closer look at the life of President Lincoln,” your history teacher was thinking about the result of what he did before death. Included therein is the value he offered us all even after his death.

“Do something for your life now,” your parents were thinking about how much you would be eventually worth. They did not realize they were thinking about the result of what you would do before death.

“We must deliver on our promise to make the life of our customers better through smarter solutions,” your boss might not have realized it at the time. However, he talked about what others thought of his customers’ activities while still alive.

To be applicable in all conversations about a good life, a practical definition of life must involve the concept of assessment. Try the following idea for size. Life is the assessment of what you’ve done and what you will do. Living is the process of getting such an assessment generated. In other words, life is an assessment of what you can and could do between birth and death. This idea aligns more with your intuitive definition of what life is. It allows you to answer a question like, what do you think about the life of Albert Einstein? It’s impossible to answer this question without a general assessment of his past activities. It allows you to answer a question like; what do you think about your friend’s life? It’s impossible to answer this question without involving a rough assessment of your friend’s past and future activities.

Since we involve history, let’s consider the following thumbnail definition. Your history teacher might applaud it.

  • History; that means, connected events.

Do you think Elaine Esposito is part of recorded history? The Guinness World Records immortalized her. Consider the following argument. To exist, you must, even while doing nothing, generate related events as part of your personal history. Existence is the generating of history. Human existence is the generating of history by a human between birth and death. You will generate the past that others and yourself may or may not remember during existence. You may or may not control the process but be mindful of developing your history due to its repercussions. This argument gave Thumoslang the following thumbnail definition.

  • Existence; that means, generated history.

That brings about these two thumbnails:

  • Entity; that means, independent existence.
  • Being; that means, existing entity.

Let’s argue further. A being is an entity that exists and generates its history, even without consciousness. Elaine Esposito was but is no longer a human being. However, her human existence is still in the book. Existence is about the embodiment, whereas being is about individuation.

  • Embodiment; that means, in material form.
  • Individuality; that means, personal distinctions.
  • Individuation; that means, giving individuality.

Some believe collective learning is what it takes to turn a living being into a human being. The acquisition of new knowledge for humanity turns a man into a human. When and how did the man in you become a human?

Plant biologists argued that plants are definitively not conscious in a paper published in Trends in Plant Science on July 3, 2019. They pushed back against those who studied plant neurobiology and argued that plants could learn, respond to their environment, and have some consciousness.

It is safe to assume that plants are living beings, even without consciousness. Elaine Esposito reminded us that you must not have the consciousness to be a living being or even a human being. At this point in our argument, we know this much. To live is to add more to your age.

Let’s get our quality assurance engineer involved. Here are three thumbnail definitions he came up with for Thumoslang.

  • Excellence; that means, high-level achievement.
  • Quality; that means, the level of excellence.
  • Assessment; that means, quality snapshot.

When you take a snapshot of an object’s quality, you conduct one of its assessments. Assessments lead the way in deliberation and illuminate the gap between reality and ideals. These three thumbnails should clarify further.

  • Consideration; that means, weighed decisions.
  • Deliberation; that means, documented consideration.
  • Reality; that means, agreement by independent peers.

We can all agree that Elaine Esposito is dead, but her life is not. We can also all agree that President Lincoln is gone, but his life is not. We’re still talking about their lives. When we discuss her life and his life, we think of their reputation even after death. When others talk about your life, even while you’re still alive, they’re talking about your reputation after death without realizing the fact. The following Thumoslang thumbnail definition says it all. It’s a perfect definition because it applies equally well to living and dead human beings.

  • Life; that means, reputation after death.

Now that death is a necessary concept for defining life, you’re forgiven for being fearful of life once in a while. If you want to be alive here and now, you have to stare directly into the eyes of your eventual death. “No one wants to die; even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there.” However, “remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life,” said Steve Jobs. “Almost everything–all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure–these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you will die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”

When we think of our parents’ lives, we think of the value their activities bring us. That’s an assessment. Suppose you have a sister. Your sister’s life is an assessment of what she did and what she will do, even after death. What you think about the life of anyone, dead or alive, is your assessment of that person’s activities, past, and future. Who was the person last giving you their view of your life? Did that assessment have any impact on you?

Living is the process of generating assessments, which happens in the present. Your teachers and parents have various reviews of your activities. Likewise, your friends have another set of evaluations about you. You do, too, have several assessments of your past and future. You and only you can decide which assessments are essential to you. You and only you can live your life.

  • Living; that means, adding more to life.

The most fundamental question for any human being is; how should one live? How should one think, behave, experience, and perform? If you want to move from a simple existence to a complex life, ask yourself the fundamental question, then live according to the answer. What should you do with your existence; what should you do with your body and its capabilities? What should you do for your life; what activities should you carry out to influence your reputation after death? “Your life will be what you make of it or what you let it become,” says Jonathan Kwee. “The choice is yours!” Elaine Esposito’s life lives on; so does President Lincoln’s life. Will yours?

SOURCE: Reputation After Death, the second episode of the Kindle Vella series Thumoslang Philosophy.

 

13 | A New Approach for a New Life

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Norman D. Baker has just turned 28. Yet he is still in the experimental stage of his life. Days later, Alec Mustafayev, nine years younger, and Nickantony Quach, a published philosopher, discussed the fact and raised the following question. How could Alec finish his life’s experimental stage long before his age catches up with that of Norman today? These events inspired Nick to write this chapter.

If you celebrated your birthday recently, you might have asked yourself the following questions; should I be doing things differently in the next 12 months? If you stay the course and do the same as projected for the next 12 months, would you then be at the same place in your life? If you stay the course and repeat the next 12 months ten times, would you still be near the same place in your life ten years later? If the answer is yes and not what you want, you must do things differently.

How did you get here? Part of the answer is whatever your family and friends did, and whatever they didn’t do for you, in the last 12 months. Suppose your family and friends got you to where you are now in life, but you do not like it. In that case, stop counting on your default family and existing friends for your future. They are suitable for your heart, but they cannot do much for your mind. They can only support you emotionally. They can help you advance neither your intelligence nor your finances much further.

“Thank you,” you should say to your default family and existing friends for all they did for you in the past. That does not mean you should keep counting on them for further advancement in your life. It’s time to have A New Kind of Friend Group. For that, you need to have A New Approach to Friendship.

What do you want? What does your life need to have? These are two different questions. The difference becomes starker when you consider the following Thumoslang thumbnail definition.

  • Life; that means, reputation after death.

We all want to have many things. We wanted to have physical or material things like a nice car, a lot of money, or an attractive spouse during our earlier years. We also want to experience adventurous things like visiting every continent, piloting an airplane, or attending a global event.

As we mature, we want to have better control of our emotions. We want to stay attractive as we age, feel important to others, or keep self-limiting thoughts at bay. We also want to publish a book, grow old without losing control of our bodies, and make enough money to care for aging parents.

Once in a while, what we want aligns with what is necessary for our reputation after death.

“I want to know what I want and have the confidence to go after it,” said one of us.

“I want to be remembered positively after death,” said another one of us.

You’re lucky if you know what you want to have or experience. You’re luckier if you know what is necessary for your reputation after death, in fewer words, what your life needs to have. The trouble is mainly with making it happen, all of it. Consider the following postulation.

You cannot make a big thing happen by yourself as a one-man show in the long run.

Younger people tend to believe otherwise. How could they embrace the above postulation’s absoluteness? They would as soon as they understand the following two things entirely. First, what are personal ideals? Second, why are they The Most Important Thing in life?

Suppose you want to make it happen, all of it. In that case, you need to have collaborations. Notice the plurality. You need to collaborate not once but endlessly throughout your lifespan.

What does your life need to have; what is necessary for your reputation after death? The answer is A New Kind of Friend Group. For that, you need to have A New Approach to Friendship. “And last but not least, a complete understanding of what collaboration truly is,” the original Thumos textbook suggests.

 

14 | Productivity Yardstick for Every Meeting

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Nickantony Quach did not come up with the term bongo, referring to a wealth-building friend group (WBFG), until the last week of 2021. He did not come up with his Final Words for Humanity until the first week of 2022. It’s the shortest nonfiction with the most significant idea for us all: Thumoslang! Norman D. Baker was so impressed with Nick’s words that he immediately spoke on camera about his life. The video [Support the Dream of Others | Experimental Stage of Life | S1E1 | Ri4CTV](v= eVKF_8R80EU) captured his impromptu speech. The speech marks the official start of their bongo, which includes the teenager Alec Mustafayev.

Norman and Alec, nine years younger, both are still in the experimental stage of their lives. Now that their bongo has the third member, Nick needs to ask the following question. How could we ensure that our bongo meetings are more productive than how we conducted our casual meetings in months past? What is the productivity yardstick for every meeting? These questions inspired Nick to write this chapter on the second Saturday of 2022.

“What’s keeping you up at night,” asked Yamiche Alcindor one day and a year after the 2021 United States Capitol attack, “but also, what’s driving your reporting?” At t=15:03 in the video [The Jan. 6 Investigation and What Comes Next for Congress](v= CxpMv3whykw), the second response begins.

“I’m the most worried about the fact that I’m a journalist who devotes all my time to finding facts, as my colleagues do, and there’s a large portion of America that rejects them right out of the gate,” said Carol Leonnig, Washington Post investigative reporter and the co-author of “I Alone Can Fix It.” Without pausing, she continued. “And we’ve got to find a way as journalists to connect with that group and make sure that they’re not brainwashed and manipulated.”

What keeps Nick up at night drives his effort for the bongo. When members make their decisions based less on facts and more on feelings, their distractions prevent them from reaching their ideals at the highest speed possible. This chapter attempts to prevent members from being brainwashed or manipulated by the consequences of their emotions. Their lack of training in philosophical argumentation is part of the problem. The following thumbnail sequence suggests when an argument is at play.

  • Process; that means, involving steps.
  • Conclusion; that means, process outcome.
  • Argument; that means, assessing a conclusion.

Instead of working with arguments, we often allow fallacies to take charge of our meetings. The following thumbnail sequence suggests when one is at play.

  • Observation; that means, use of the five senses.
  • Inference; that means, a conclusion based on observation.
  • Fallacy; that means, invalid inference.

We often fail to practice the four steps of reciprocation spelled out by Chapter Six of the original Thumos textbook. One of the steps is comprehension.

  • Impression; that means, a memorized snapshot of the experience.
  • Distortion; that means, a false impression.
  • Comprehension; that means, no distortion.

Listeners tend to distort their comprehension using a straw man fallacy, which gets the speaker trapped in an irrelevant position. A straw man fallacy happens when someone appears to be refuting the original point made but is actually arguing a point that wasn’t initially made.

  • Strawman; that means, trapped in a distorted argument.

Members must recognize that and tactfully stop the originator of fallacy from straw-manning others further. When speakers avoid being trapped in a contorted argument, they make the straw man fallacy useless noise.

Outside of our meetings, shiny objects replace fallacies as the enemy of our personal ideals. Consider the following sequence of Thumoslang thumbnail definitions.

  • Diversion; that means, knocking off-course.
  • Distraction; that means, causing a diversion.
  • Wave; that means, sudden intensity.
  • Shiny object; that means, a distractive wave.

“I don’t have time for my distant dream when my girlfriend is available,” a member tells himself. That’s why he did not work on his dream during the four weeks while she was in town. What if she were in town for four months?

“I’m too busy searching for a girlfriend to have time for my distant dream,” another member tells himself after his former girlfriend left him.

In both cases, members used actions instead of words to convey the above self-messages. To a typical young man, either a girlfriend or a lack of one is a shiny object, by itself not that bad. The trouble is one does not arrive without another; they come in waves. People focus on a shiny, new object, in other words, whatever is most current, trendy, or the latest concept, regardless of how valuable or helpful it may ultimately be. While it seems worth focusing on, it is ultimately a distraction. They mistake something small and focus and fixate on it to the extent that they lose the big picture.

We cannot be with every member and monitor their productivity against their ideals around the clock. However, we must estimate the amount to keep everyone honest to themselves and others within the same group. That begs the question; what is productivity? First, we need to understand the concept of work and deliverables.

  • Acknowledgment; that means, accepted existence.
  • Deliverable; that means, an acknowledgment of use.
  • Work; that means, making deliverables.

The result of your work is not a deliverable. After sending the result of your work over email, you still do not have a deliverable. That’s just the delivery of your work. When someone uses the work’s result, it becomes a deliverable. If you formalize it, it becomes a product.

  • Product; that means, a formal deliverable.

When you make more and more deliverables to get closer and closer to having a product, you have productivity.

  • Advancing; that means, moving forward.
  • Productivity; that means, advancing deliverables.

As soon as you have a definition of what you want to have as the reputation you desire to have the most after your death, you have chosen a life you want to live. It requires a series of milestones applicable to your ideals. They make up your ideal self, what you truly want to become. If you made another advance towards your ideals during a particular hour, day, or week, you achieved productivity for your life during that time.

When was the last time you achieved productivity for your ideal self? It was not when you last worked. It was not when you last delivered your work either. The last time you achieved productivity for your ideal self was when another person used the result of your work. That person experienced some effect from the reputation you would have after your death.

When Nickantony Quach composed the 184 words as his Final Words for Humanity, he did some work. He was making deliverables for his life, his reputation after death. Those 184 words did not mean that he got a deliverable for his life.

During the first days of 2022, Nickantony Quach presented 184 words as his Final Words for Humanity. It’s the shortest nonfiction with the biggest idea for us all: Thumoslang! Norman D. Baker was so impressed with Nick’s words that he immediately spoke on camera about what defines his life: the reputation after death he desired the most. The video [Support the Dream of Others | Experimental Stage of Life | S1E1 | Ri4CTV](v= eVKF_8R80EU) captured his impromptu speech.

Norman’s speech is an explicit acknowledgment of using Nick’s 184 words. Norman’s speech is what makes the 184 words Nick’s deliverable for his life. Until you have a deliverable, in other words, an acknowledgment of using your work’s result, your work might have been a waste of time.

SOURCE: Language of Management, the seventh episode of the Trekvella series The Business of Your Ideals.

 

15 | Norman on the First 14 Chapters

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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 Part 1 – The First Month in The Chronicle of Bongo One. The author did not expect such articulate feedback, presented in words and video below.


I just took about half an hour, maybe 45 minutes, to read the newest work created around how to reach 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.

Through figuring out what will make me happy, I realize I’m pretty much in the same situation I have been in the last several years. I’ve never really picked where my destination is, like what I want to do in 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.

I’ve just read the booklet Part 1 – The First Month in The Chronicle of Bongo One. It consists of 14 chapters explaining how to create my own goals and go after them. It feels like a lot in my head. I have two feelings about it; a weight off my shoulders is replaced by a new weight.

On the one hand, I don’t have to guess where I am going 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 exactly where my life is going, how to do it is lifted off of me.

On the other hand, the new weight that replaces it is 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.

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 smooth. 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.

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

Even though I feel tired, it’s like that kind of tired 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’s a person that creates a world where everyone can follow their dreams.

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 really approach my big goal. As my dad says it, I would just throw something to the wall and see if it sticks. Some people get lucky doing it that way but after reading these 14 chapters, do I see that there’s an obvious path to take. I’m really reassured that I’m not doing this alone.


The following video captured Norman’s words presented above. It is the second episode in Season 1 of the YouTube series Experimental Stage of Life on Ri4CTV.

 

16 | Experimental Stage of Life

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One of the most creative concepts in Thumoslang is a wealth-building friend group (WBFG), affectionately known as a bongo; its members are bongo builders. The first group is Bongo One, formed during the first days of 2022. Its members include Alec Mustafayev (left), in the last of his teenage years, and Norman D. Baker (right), nine years older. Both are still in the experimental stage of their lives as of this writing.

What keeps them and their peers there is not knowing the correct answer to the following questions. 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.

In general, humans go through life in four different 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. In the end, they’re always ready to become drowned in debt upon an unexpected interruption of their paycheck stream. Their next best hope is the YouTube series Experimental Stage of Life, starring Norman D. Baker. The series is full of micro-episodes with raw footage measured in single-digit minutes. They are corroborating videos for The Story of Bongo One.

Season 1

 

17 | The Story of Bongo One

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Mike Vanseveren (center) was the one who suggested using the word Thumos. Nickantony Quach (left) and Mark Canny (right) took up Mike’s suggestion and used the word to title their original Thumos textbook (OTB). The textbook discusses their creation, the Thumos philosophy, as introduced by the YouTube series PVD Philosophy.

It took them two years to finish the textbook. During the second year, “Mr. Brad,” a visiting professor at Brown University, participated as the primary test subject for the new philosophy. Without his involvement, the author would have had difficulty bringing the writing project to early closure. All participants did not expect the philosophy’s sizable impact on the professor’s life. None could ever thank everyone else in the project enough for their constructive involvement.

If you take out all the rules of any philosophy, what remains is its formal vocabulary, also known as nomenclature. Every key concept presented in the OTB is named by a term identified by a short sentence as a thumbnail definition. Without awareness, the author neither named the vocabulary nor described its immense power in the textbook.


In December 2018, two years after publication, Nick discovered the vocabulary’s immense power when he saw how he could change another person’s life using only three thumbnail definitions. In the video [Thumoslang Appearance | NDBaker93 | S19E03](v=J2DemiPnOJw), the 19-year-old Charbel Hachem (left) recalls the experience. Nick tried it on the 31-year-old Jim Sestito (right) a few months later. It worked again. Nick saw the need to name the language used in the original Thumos textbook; should he call it the Thumos language?


Ifeanyi Onyekaba happened to be the next test subject for Thumoslang a few months later. When Nick first saw Ifeanyi in mid-July 2019, he skipped about shadowboxing while waiting for someone else at India Point Park. Initially, Ifeanyi thought Nick was someone Ifeanyi was about to mentor that morning. After a few exchanges, he understood that Nick was doing YouTube and agreed to share his story on camera. Ifeanyi shows us how to pronounce his name in the video [Ifeanyi the Boxer | NDBaker93 | S2E2](v=OjNHzYoNcUY).

After the mentoring client left Ifeanyi, Nick was still around. They walked to the boxer’s car, many blocks away. Along the way, Nick shared his use of Thumoslang for mentoring purposes. Unbeknown to Nick at the time, Ifeanyi was impressed with the approach of using a nomenclature as a strategy for life. Nick didn’t expect to see his new friend again anytime soon when they parted ways. Nick found myself surprised when Ifeanyi Onyekaba contacted him and asked for his advice in person, four weeks after their first encounter.

At the start of their second meeting, they were still strangers to one another. Nick was not sure of the main reason why a 25-year-old mentor with a college degree and a professional sales job would need any advice from Nick. To their surprise, the meeting lasted three hours, all on camera. The YouTube series Thumoslang101 captured the entire conversation raw, with only a tiny amount of film editing involved. The series turned out to be Thumoslang’s first significant sign of success. Anyone can now witness Thumoslang’s immense power at play within a few hours.


The series Thumoslang101 offers the first demonstration of Thumoslang’s immense power. “What surprised me the most was how quickly [the 25-year-old father, who was a salesman,] was able to go from being very… confused. You sharpened the blade of his mind,” said Jairson Ascencao (above), one of the earliest practitioners of Thumoslang. “I was surprised by how quickly you were able to sharpen the blade of his mind. And what I meant by that is, he was able to hone in very quickly and realize some essential things about himself in three hours. I spent so much time in school and have never seen someone grow that much that quickly. That’s what surprised me the most: how much I was able to see him grow.”


When Norman D. Baker (left) heard of Thumoslang as the vocabulary’s new name in 2019, he told Nick (center) that it smoothly rolled off his tongue. That was when the name of Thumoslang stuck for good. To change the subject, bongos are an Afro-Cuban percussion instrument consisting of a pair of small open-bottomed hand drums of different sizes. They also refer to a herd of antelopes.

Since December 2021, Nickantony Quach (center), Alec Mustafayev (right), and Norman D. Baker (left) have used the term bongo as a nickname for a wealth-building friend group (WBFG); its members are bongo builders. They are the first ones; together, the three friends are Bongo One. Their story as a bongo began during the first days of 2022.

According to A New Kind of Friend Group, a chapter of The First Steps to Personal Ideals, “the phrase, wealth-building friend group, is a mouthful. Its abbreviation (WBFG) barely helps as it trims off only a single syllable. Neither the phrase nor its abbreviation is good enough in a prolonged discussion that often brings up the concept. Nickantony Quach and Alec Mustafayev saw the issue in an extended discussion of theirs during the last days of 2021. That’s why they considered using the term ‘bongo’ as a nickname for a wealth-building friend group.” Bongo builders want to create a group of friends who will stick with us much longer than the friends we lost in the past. It takes time and other resources to build a friend group as our social capital. Along the way, they should be able to profit from such investment.

The Chronicle of Bongo One, the online book hosted by this website, tells the story of Bongo One.

 

18 | Discovering the Secret of Storytelling

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In the context of this story about Bongo One, a bongo is a wealth-building friend group (WBFG); its members are bongo builders. Two members of the same bongo are doing their bongo when they are working to advance themselves closer towards their ideals.

Norman and Nick have been doing their bongo since the New Year. They met now and then over two weeks to do productive things for their ideals. Norman does not work outside of meetings. So far, He spends time during the meeting to acquire new skills and internalize new concepts presented by Nick.

Because Alec worked with Nick over the last 20 months, he understands how to work using Thumoslang. The video [The First Interpretation | Final Words for Humanity | S1E2 | Ri4CTV](v= ZWUR1G1xW-o) demonstrates Alec’s mastery of Thumoslang well. Norman needs to catch up with Alec in this skillset.

Developing The Chronicle of Bongo One and telling The Story of Bongo One is how Nick speeds up Norman’s growth. The video [Discovering the Secret of Storytelling | Experimental Stage of Life | S1E3 | Ri4CTV](v= xs0MSkujxog) shows how Norman acquires new skills from Nick. As Norman explains in the video, he has just discovered the secret of storytelling. You have to be authentic, entertaining, and educating. Below are his own words.


By working with a close friend and having a conversation about how I’m going to get to my goals, we realize something together. We realized that I have authenticity in the sense that I can be real about what I’m talking about, but I don’t have control of my story. I believe that stems from me not knowing whether to be entertaining or educating. Based on what we just talked about, it’s a smooth blend of both.

I’m at the time of my life where I’m finally deciding; I want to be able to hold someone’s attention long enough for me to be able to explain to them how they can grow. It’s a fine line to tread that I haven’t quite figured out, but now I’m deciding.

I’m deciding to answer that question; how can I do both for people? How can I look left and right? How can I make sure that, while you’re watching and being attentive, you’re also learning something, and it’s worthwhile?

It’s a tough one that I haven’t answered yet for sure, but I just realized most of my life I’ve only been trying to do one or the other, and I think I can do both at once.

 

19 | Discovering a Simple Approach to Life

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Norman explains a new discovery in the video [Discovering a Simple Approach to Life | Experimental Stage of Life | S1E4 | Ri4CTV](v=4PfZbZDvbX8). He learned how to live by pushing the idea instead of the person. This living strategy should bring him a better outcome in the next decade than the last one. Below are his own words.


How do I push Thumoslang forward? It’s a question I haven’t asked recently, and or ever. How do I push Thumoslang forward? It’s a question that I never came up with before.

Man, maybe because I’ve always been kind of self-centered, like, how do I push myself forward? I’m coming up with this on the spot here. I’m so used to pushing myself forward that I never actually looked at a question in that way. I’ve looked at people in that way; how do I push someone forward? How do I push my friend forward? Oh, you know, just be there for them at the gym, or emotionally, or whatever.

Pushing an idea forward is something so foreign to me; it’s not tangible. So how do I push an idea forward? I’m trying to find parallels in like art. When someone uses a new idea in art, how do they extrapolate something new out of it?

I never asked that question. How do I push Thumoslang forward? It’s just such a new idea to me. It’s so intangible if that’s a word. I can’t touch it. I haven’t talked with anybody about it either; how to move forward with it? It’s tough. I’ve never asked that question before. I’m not sure why I haven’t, but I know if I can answer it, I can definitely push more than just myself into a better future.

 

20 | Slowburn Personal Transformation

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In the context of the story of Bongo One, a bongo is a wealth-building friend group (WBFG); its members are bongo builders. Two members are doing their bongo when they are working to advance themselves closer towards their ideals.

Norman and Nick have been doing their bongo since the New Year. They met now and then over two weeks to do productive things for their ideals. Norman does not work outside of meetings. So far, He spends time during the meeting to acquire new skills and internalize new concepts presented by Nick.

Because Alec worked with Nick over the last 20 months, he understands how to work using Thumoslang. The video [The First Interpretation | Final Words for Humanity | S1E2 | Ri4CTV](v= ZWUR1G1xW-o) demonstrates Alec’s mastery of Thumoslang well. Norman needs to catch up with Alec in this skillset.

Developing The Chronicle of Bongo One and telling The Story of Bongo One is how Nick speeds up Norman’s growth. Norman explains what he thinks in the video [The Start of a Slowburn Personal Transformation | Experimental Stage of Life | S1E5 | Ri4CTV](v= Cltm46Lde0I) as he starts a new slow-burn personal transformation. Below are his own words.


We’re all trying to grow. We’re all trying to get rid of the old habits that no longer are useful to us. These old ways of thinking honestly have kept us being the same kind of person or doing the same kinds of things for too long.

I want to break the loop. That’s why I started this fantastic process with my team over here, my bongo group. We’re practicing together and relearning simple social terms to perceive how an event plays out.

I’m learning to redefine what respect is to me, what love is, what communication is, what reciprocation is. Without ever having all of these words acutely defined in my life, I lived off of feeling instead of a defined and concise definition. By living off of feeling, and just these notions in my head, I screwed up a lot of social situations. I created these habits and characteristics that didn’t serve my best self. Because I didn’t serve my best self, I went through traumatic things just like everybody does.

To counter these traumatic things that have happened to me, I had the surprising things push me down. Still, I need to learn to stand back up, so I push the other way with the ego, with this persona I created in response to the trauma that pushed me down.

Going through this process of defining maybe some definitions for the first time in my life, I’m defining them. Going through my memories occasionally and reapplying my new definition and how it could have fixed the situation. It’s a trauma release knowing that if I knew this back then, I would be in a much different place in my life. I’m staying in a much better place in my life, too.

So by redefining and at least for the first time defining these things, am I helping myself take off that pressure that the trauma caused. I’m mending this persona, this extra that I created to think.

This is hard to say because this is all very new thinking in my head. Still, I realize that I haven’t always thought very straightforwardly. So now I’m working on it.

Because I’m realigning all my thoughts, It’s helping me realign my emotions, and slowly and indeed, I’m making the best version of myself.

I’m getting a lot of help, thanks to the people I work with very closely, emotionally, and intellectually if it wasn’t for these guys. I want to be as happy as you see right here. That’s it.



[End of This Part of the Book]

All chapters on this webpage make up a booklet that is part of the book COB1 Original Edition. Click here for the book’s Table of Contents. For a formal introduction to the book or its context, see The Story of Bongo One. The next page is another part of the book.


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