Envisioning a better version of myself

I posed an exercise to the TT subforum in the Neanderhall. If your interested in this sort of guided exercise try to think of someone similar to yourself, but better. Someone who inspires you to be a better version of yourself. Then answer the questions below so you can better imitate their lifestyle. (If you can’t think of anyone, just imagine them like I instructed the TTs to do.)

Here’s a reproduction of my challenge to them:

Thought exercise: What does a healthy TT look like?
Post by Aeoli Pera TT bigocc sock bigeye avgspace goodtest » Wed Apr 10, 2013 12:23 am


Do you know of any healthy, happy, (Godly?) TTs? As I’m sure you can tell, this is an important question.

If so, try to answer these questions about them so we can piece together how the strange, old men of the earth can thrive in a new world of noise, concrete, and confused mindlessness.

If you don’t know of any TTs to whose lifestyle you’d aspire, try to envision an idealized version of yourself and ask the revenant of your imagination the same questions.

Do they have a driving purpose? What is it?
Are they religious? Are they spiritual? How? Do they attend religious meetings or pursue spiritual understanding alongside anyone?
What do they value most? What don’t they value at all?
How do they look? How do they dress? How do they wear their hair and groom their facial hair?
How would you describe their emotional state when they’re alone?
How would you describe their disposition to friends and family?
With whom do they associate?
How do their friends and family describe them?
What is their attitude toward humanity as a whole?
Do they have a mentor? Are they, themselves, a mentor to someone?
Are they married?
What do they do for a living?
What is their income?
What is their education?
What is their diet like?
How do they exercise?
What are their hobbies?
What do they read?
How much do they sleep? What do they dream about?
How do they think? How much and often do they think?
What characterizes the things they create? Which aesthetic do they pursue? Do they have a muse?
Where do they live?

I mentioned this was going to be exercise, right? Well, exercise those typin’ fingers! Feel free to do a couple of questions per reply as your free time permits.

Further questions are welcome. Historical examples are also welcome (Newton? Von Braun? Sidis? Descartes? Aristotle?) (i had a couple of candidates in mind, but some quick google work disqualified them. Eric Raymond, in particular, looks to be TM. Tex might not be a healthy example. Same with Richard Stallman.)

I’ve since decided on John C. Wright for my example. There exist no azimuthal pics of him on the internet, but I suck at face-typing anyway. From the front, he looks like a heavyset Yahtzee Croshaw with better facial hair and an ascetic dress code.

John C. Wright

I am, however, pretty keen at reading a person’s personality type through their written words. Plus, there’s his biography from Wikipedia:

A former attorney, newspaperman, and newspaper editor, he graduated from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William & Mary in 1987. As an undergraduate, he studied the Great Books program at St. John’s College of Maryland in 1984. He was admitted to the practice of law in three jurisdictions (New York, May 1989; Maryland, December 1990; Washington, DC, January 1994). His law practice was unsuccessful and drove him into bankruptcy soon thereafter. He then worked for the newspaper St. Mary’s Today. He currently works as a technical writer in Virginia, where he lives with his wife, fellow author L. Jagi Lamplighter (St. John’s College of Maryland, class of 1985), and their children. At the age of 42, Wright converted from atheism to Christianity. In 2008, he converted to the Roman Catholic Church, of which he approvingly stated: “If Vulcans had a church, they’d be Catholics.” For several years Wright has made regular posts to his website on many topics, especially science fiction.

All of that screams TT. Especially the decision to practice law in Goddamned New York, Maryland, and thrice-Goddamned Washington D.C. I mean, many of us probably contributed to bring “the disaster” on ourselves by inordinate ignorance of society and human nature, but that’s downright ridiculous.

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