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Thumoslang

Timesaving with Social Clarity

6 | His 184 Words Changed the World

His 184 Words Changed the World

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The book Life in 184 Words, also known as Thumoslang on the Run (OTR), presents Section F below as Chapter 12 – A Closer Look at Life and Death. OTR also presents Nick’s 184 words as Chapter 39 – Final Words for Humanity.

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A | The Tombstone Message Challenge

[1] In their weekly meeting on the last day of February 2022, Nickantony Quach (center), Alec Mustafayev (left), and Norman D. Baker (right) asked one another to come up with a personal tombstone message. Nick did it: His 184 Words Changed the World.

[2] The tombstone message challenge was inspired by the video [Spreading Over Knowing | Bongo1PVD History | S1E21 | Ri4CTV](v=9guCqMJu89o), filmed in the same meeting. Its transcript follows.

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[3] My bongo team and I are watching a YouTuber talking about what’s happening in Ukraine. The country was invaded just days ago. We noticed something this YouTuber said. Alec said, “Hey, this guy seems to know Thumoslang.” I immediately thought, “Yeah, everybody knows Thumoslang.” However, we don’t have a pragmatic way of sharing the system. Alec describes how this YouTuber can look at the ideals people are heading towards and talk about their decisions. We’re talking about President Zelenskyy of Ukraine here. It’s about how he’s standing up for his country by not leaving it even after Russia’s invasion. When I said everyone knows Thumoslang, everyone already understands how to set up goals for their life and respect one another. Still, at the end of the day, we don’t have a system across all standards to say we are all capable of sculpting our lives using social nomenclature. Yeah, man, rock on!

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B | Nick’s 184 Words

 

[4] 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 following 184 words as the shortest possible nonfiction book on the previous day. Many divide the 184 words into four different passages, explained later.

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[5] Speaking in Thumoslang, 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. You must discover them all to enter 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 all ideals carried by each of the five life departments in your business of the self: Health, Relations, Dreams, Career, and Retirement. To reach your most meaningful milestones sooner, you need more social shortcuts but fewer roadblocks. These relationships help you go faster or slower 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 by discharging the four elements of love and walking the four steps of reciprocation in endless collaboration; see the original Thumos textbook.

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SIDENOTE: 110 of the above 184 words appear in Thumoslang on the Run, under Chapter 15 – What is a Good Life?

C | Alec’s Comment on Thumoslang

[6] 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.

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[7] Thumoslang helps anyone get to their ideals faster because it gives them the tool to shortcut their thinking, language, and relations. It lets you speed-run 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.

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D | The Four Passages

[8] The definition of life found in the first sentence of the 184 words stated earlier applies equally well to all humans, dead and alive. As the first of four passages, the first 51 words of the shortest nonfiction teach two lessons fundamental to all: living a good life and entering adulthood.

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.

[9] As the second passage, the following 53 words show how to organize your life.

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.

[10] As the third passage, the 56 words further expose the anatomy of a relationship every master of social life must know.

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.

[11] The following quote presents the fourth passage, the last 24 of his 184 words, wrapping up the shortest nonfiction with the most significant idea for humanity: Thumoslang!

All is possible with the four elements of love and the four steps of reciprocation in endless collaboration. The original Thumos textbook explains further.

[12] 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.

E | An Unexpected Reaction

[13] As soon as Nickantony Quach shared his 184 words online, Wesley J. Heywood, Alec’s friend, came back with, “Hey, I saw on Ri4CTV the description of Nick’s Final Words for Humanity. Is he OK?”

F | Another Look at Life

[14] 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.
  • Freedom; that means, no restraints.
  • Security; that means, freedom from fear.

[15] 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.

[16] 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.

[17] Given that the above definition of life endures the test of time, one of the best ways 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 figure out your best words for humanity.

G | The Reputation of Life

[18] 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.

[19] Before death, Esposito was technically alive. If you’re growing old, you’re alive even if you could not lift a finger. That brings us to a serious 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?

[20] 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 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.

[21] 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?

[23] You may want to try it; 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. 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.

[24] 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?

[28] Why not challenge yourself now and write a short sentence down on 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 thought 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.

[32] 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.

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

  • History; that means, connected events.

[34] 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 generation 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.

[35] That brings about these two thumbnails:

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

[36] 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.

[37] 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?

[38] 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.

[39] 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.

[40] 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.

[41] 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.

[42] 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.

[43] 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.”

[44] 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?

[45] 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.

[46] 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 complex life, ask yourself the fundamental question and 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?

[47] What is the reputation you desire to have the most after you die? Your reputation after death (RAD) is the true definition of your life even while still alive. “Your life will be what you make of it or let it become,” says Jonathan Kwee. “The choice is yours!” Elaine Esposito’s life lives on; so does President Lincoln’s life. Will yours?

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