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In Praise of Play
In life if you approached it like it were all fun and games ... wouldn't you be happier, more productive, more creative and more passionate about living? https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/09/16/in-praise-of-play/
08:26
September 16, 2020
How To Make Photography Fun Again
Photograph like a child!
02:55
September 16, 2020
In Praise of Playing with Kids: Play Time with Zania and Anave - Park and Home Pillow Fort
In Praise of Playing with Kids For the most part, I FAAAR prefer interacting and playing with kids than adults. Why? We have soooo much more to learn from children: Their phenomenal sense of creativity, disregard for rules and ‘social tact’. They speak what is *really* on their mind. I wonder if children (if we observe their thought patterns and behaviors, etc) are the more *true* form of human being. The modern adult as simply a castrated, domesticated (herd) animal. Children are like wild beasts; is this our primal nature?
06:11
September 16, 2020
The Whitewashing of Society
First of all I don’t believe in “white” people. This makes no sense. I’m actually more pale and more “white” in skin tone than many Caucasian people (the more accurate term for a “white” person) as a Korean. So when I talk about “white washing”, what do I mean? I mean it is like applying bleach to anything which is saucy, interesting, enjoysome and “racy” and “inappropriate” in life to make it acceptable and “wholesome” to essentially placate over-protective parents, paternalistic members of the elite intelligentsia, and also to placate advertisers. MORE >
15:34
September 15, 2020
Change.
Why is change so scary and difficult? Why are we so reticent to change? My thoughts: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/09/15/change-2/ To change things or to change ourselves means: I must take some sort of real life risk and have some sort of ‘skin in the game’ in regards to my personal actions in embodied reality. It is safer to complain. Talk is cheap. Action is expensive. Expensive meaning: If you fuck up in real life, there are real consequences. However when you just complain, there is really no downside. Even when you complain, nobody will punish you for complaining. Actually it seems that 99% of social circles are just complaining parties. People come together, and love to complain about x, y, z. This is why I hate talking politics; it is all about complaining, no changing.
11:11
September 15, 2020
The Effort is the Reward
No effort, no reward.
08:50
September 14, 2020
What’s Overrated, What’s Underrated?
A thought the other day: What’s underrated in life, and what’s overrated in life? My thoughts: Sleep is underrated. Productivity is overrated. Cars are overrated. Walking is underrated. Shooting film is overrated. Shooting digital is underrated. Bench press is overrated. Deadlift is underrated. Leica is overrated. Ricoh is underrated. Tesla is overrated. Toyota is underrated. iPhone is overrated. iPad is underrated. Sunlight is underrated. Indoors is overrated. Email is overrated. Phone calls (audio only) are underrated. Merino wool clothing is underrated. Cotton is overrated. Sneakers are overrated. Barefoot is underrated. Reps are overrated. One rep max is underrated. MORE >
12:20
September 13, 2020
ERIC KIM AESTHETICS
My personal aesthetics.
07:13
September 10, 2020
THE FUTURE OF MONEY
The future of money is a question on the future of human trust and cooperation.
16:38
September 9, 2020
WHY WATER YOURSELF DOWN?
Would you mix a $10,000 bottle of wine with water? Of course not. So why water down your thoughts, your being and your own soul? THE COURAGE TO DECIDE.
04:23
September 9, 2020
Why is it so hard to meet others who have an opinion?
You must decide for yourself.
05:34
September 9, 2020
DECIDE.
The courage to decide.
05:13
September 9, 2020
BE A KID
In praise of child like thinking: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/09/08/be-more-like-a-kid/
05:33
September 9, 2020
DECIDE.
What is the most difficult thing in life? To decide. To put your foot down, and to take extreme culpability and extreme responsibility for your self and life. https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/09/08/decide/
05:13
September 8, 2020
CREATE BEYOND YOURSELF
Simple thought and idea: Once you’ve made your own needs and wants uber-basic, then you can devote all your energy, time, mental space, mental power, and human metabolism on creating things *beyond* yourself. Note arsbeta.com (crowd sourcing real photography feedback). Why App — philosophical reflection tool. MORE: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/09/06/create-beyond-yourself-2/
08:24
September 6, 2020
On Leaving a Legacy
The best way to leave a substantive and enduring legacy: Don’t devote any of your life doing anything you hate for. Also … only doing that which you truly love and care for. And when you do what you do, share it openly and freely with others! In praise of OPEN SOURCE. MORE: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/09/06/on-leaving-a-legacy/
05:35
September 6, 2020
WHY JOBS?
Of course we need jobs to pay rent, feed ourselves, etc .. but with today's brave new COVID world, what is really the purpose of a job? For example for a lot of people, a job is their external identity and sense of self. For others it is a monetary thing; they have too much debt (debt is the devil) and cannot afford *NOT* to work (they are dependent on their job to pay off their bills, credit card debt, mortgage, additions to their house, car payments, etc). READ: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/09/06/why-jobs/
06:34
September 6, 2020
BUILD YOUR OWN EMPIRE OF YOURSELF.
You are the platform. You are the end goal. The goal ain’t to build some external empire in quick sand. No. The end goal is for you to build your own personal self to the max. More: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/09/05/build-your-own-empire-of-yourself/
07:19
September 5, 2020
In Praise of Having Unrealistic Ideals for Yourself
Better to aim high and fail (and hit a higher mark) than to set a lower goal and hit it!
03:17
September 3, 2020
The Ethics of Self Esteem
Let us think beyond 'self esteem'. I feel the notion of 'self-estimate' as far more robust and accurate.  MORE
06:08
September 3, 2020
Advertising
Advertise yourself or die. 
05:00
September 3, 2020
Energy Vampires
READ > ENERGY VAMPIRES: people who TAKE and sap away more energy than they give you. Let us not be fooled: our energy (and life) is limited. Therefore be very very very very very choosy on who you decide to give your energy to (or not):
10:13
September 2, 2020
Individual Economics
An individualistic economics perspective: Don’t worry about world global and macro economics. Focus on your individual economics. Let us remember the first notion of “economics” is actually regarding home economics (Aristotle on Home Economics [Greek is Οἰκονομικά and Latin is Oeconomica]). “Oikos” as referring to “home”. Also Hesiod on home economics (Works and Days, and his theories on household management— like starting your own farm, getting a woman maid, getting an ox, etc). How to manage yourself, your household, etc. MORE: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/31/individual-economics/
10:49
August 31, 2020
WHAT DO MILLENIALS WANT?
From a millennial perspective: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/31/what-do-millenials-want/
05:53
August 31, 2020
On Discovering Your Own Voice
Your voice is your own voice and cannot and *should not* be changed. 
08:27
August 28, 2020
THERE IS NOTHING MORE BEAUTIFUL THAN THE HUMAN BODY AND THE HUMAN FORM
When in doubt, prioritize your own body and personal form, physique and bodily composition above all.
04:43
August 28, 2020
Is it the Duty of the Strong to Help the Weak?
Why help others? Certainly it is not a universal 'rule' or duty for everyone. When it comes to duties, I believe all duties should be self-imposed. You only pursue a duty because you personally care for it, or because you personally have dictated to yourself: This is a worthy and worthwhile goal for me. I shall pursue it because I deem it worthy for me. For myself it has been simply a matter of my personal ethics: So many people have helped me get to where I am today and thus I feel it is my duty to also give back and pay it forward. Or in other words: Help other kids who were once in a position like me!
06:03
August 27, 2020
You're the Judge
To be 'critical' comes from the Ancient Greek 'kritikos' which literally means "to judge". Thus when it comes to any knowledge, informations, opinions or ideas... go to the source (primary documents, not human-centipede secondary documents) and judge for yourself. Think more >
09:41
August 26, 2020
Why is Laziness Seen as a Vice?
A further inquiry on why we think laziness is a vice: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/26/why-is-laziness-seen-as-a-vice/
09:37
August 26, 2020
Why Seneca
Seneca -- the ultimate doer-and philosopher. https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/25/why-seneca/
05:42
August 26, 2020
The Anti-Meat Conspiracy
The Anti Meat Conspiracy Read Here I am convinced -- One of the worst ills in modern society is this vehement anti-meat bias. For example, ask yourself: If you are an intellectual, are you allowed to go to a dinner party and tell everyone outloud that "I love to eat meat!" No. You would be seen as a monster, someone who is killing the planet, etc. The more 'virtuous' thing is to be either vegetarian, vegan, or perhaps someone who only eats 'pasture-raised grass-fed humanely slaughtered' meat, preferably from Whole Foods or a farm, "once a while". Even more virtuous to "give up red meat"-- because it is 'bad for the planet', 'bad for your health' and 'inhumane to animals', etc. Why do I care about this? Now if you have a Netflix subscription you've probably seen one of the anti-meat propaganda films. I am not going to argue the ethics of meat eating in terms of environmental reasons (yet), but I desire to explore the contours of our strange new society which is profoundly dog-and-pet friendly, but anti-human? Are animal lives EQUIVALENT to human lives? First question. I say easily: No. No matter what, a human life will ALWAYS be infinitely superior to an animal life of any kind. If I had a choice of saving a stranger's baby's life or the life of my (beloved) dog, I would always choose the life of the human being ... even if it weren't my own kid.
09:44
August 25, 2020
ERIC KIM RANDOM TURBO THOUGHTS
The best thoughts are random, unfiltered and raw: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/25/eric-kim-random-turbo-thoughts/
13:33
August 25, 2020
Just Say What is On Your Mind
The best life: Maximal freedom of speech, activity and thought. What should we atone for most? Self-censoring ourselves … lacking the courage to say what is *really* on our mind: More: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/25/just-say-what-is-on-your-mind/
09:15
August 25, 2020
WHAT DO YOU REALLY WANT OUT OF LIFE?
We are being distracted to death which prevents us from asking the simple (yet essential) question: What do I really want out of life? More: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/25/what-do-you-really-want-out-of-life-2/
08:47
August 25, 2020
The Philosophy of Conspiracies
Why do some people soooo badly want the conspiracy theories to be true? Because it gives them some sort of comfort knowing that they can scapegoat someone else (Peter Thiel, Rene Girard) for their own suffering, pain, and existential dread: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/25/the-philosophy-of-conspiracies/
08:41
August 25, 2020
Bodily Eumorphia
You must first love your body before you begin to love yourself. Also — Your body *IS* YOU! Also: No matter how rich or powerful you are, you can never transform your body to be anything else but what it is. Also: I have never met any person who loves their body, face, or look. More: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/24/bodily-eumorphia/
20:56
August 24, 2020
Ethics.
The sad reality: Nobody cares for ethics because it doesn’t make money and isn’t lucrative. But just because it ain’t lucrative doesn’t mean that it is not important or illegitimate! More: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/23/ethics/
03:37
August 23, 2020
Money Moves You
Money: Codified human-metabolism-movement power. If money can be used as a tool to motivate people to do x, y, z for you … it is good. It is true that money makes the world go round Or better said: Money moves people. More: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/23/money-moves-2/
07:13
August 23, 2020
Balance isn’t the Goal
If we were perfectly balanced, technically we are stuck in a state of stasis. Progression movement and growth only works if we are unbalanced … leaning towards a certain way! An anti-hippy, zen-Buddhist-Taoist modernistic notion of “enlightenment”. https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/23/balance-isnt-the-goal/
05:02
August 23, 2020
Become Rich
The simplest guide on becoming rich and wealthy: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/22/become-rich/
05:20
August 22, 2020
How to Retire
Personal thoughts on retirement, the philosophy and how to do it
08:12
August 21, 2020
Life After Retirement
What is a life post-retirement? A life which is more carefree, less busy. Slower. Only pursuing what you care for. No need for a monetary incentive to do ... anything!  Contrary to popular belief ... after you retire you can actually become *MORE* creatively productive with your own personal interests and passions in life!  More >
05:38
August 21, 2020
Work Flow
My philosophy on work flow: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/20/work-flow/
03:24
August 21, 2020
ARE COMPUTERS MADE FOR HUMANS OR ARE HUMANS MADE FOR COMPUTERS?
Let us not get suckered. Computers should be 'bicycles for the mind' (Steve Jobs). Don't think that humans can be made redundant. We can get rid of all computers with zero downside. But can we get rid of all humans with no downside? https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/20/are-computers-made-for-humans-or-are-humans-made-for-computers/
03:51
August 20, 2020
Skepticism.
To become wiser, become *MORE* skeptical of everything. Also — know that ‘absence of evidence isn’t absence of evidence’ (Nassim Taleb). There is much hidden information unbeknownst to us. Hidden facts which are hidden from us. “The truth is hidden deep, otherwise it wouldn’t be the truth” (Heraclitus) MORE: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/20/skepticism-2/
09:13
August 20, 2020
What Do You Really Want Out of Life?
Nobody really knows what they want out of life. Some people want to be 'happy' or to maximize their hedonic pleasure. But ... shouldn't we think *BEYOND* these base pleasures, and towards something deeper and more profound? https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/20/what-do-you-really-want-out-of-life/
07:07
August 20, 2020
Only Create What You Care For
Towards a more autotelic (self-driven) approach to life: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/20/only-create-what-you-care-for/
04:25
August 20, 2020
Why it is Better to Beg for Forgiveness than Ask for Permission
‘Top Off’ JAY Z song.“I see the po-po behind me, I ain’t ‘gon stop!'” (JAY Z) 99.9% of the time you ain’t gonna get ‘in trouble’. Also — most people are too slow. Don’t let anyone slow you down! https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/20/why-it-is-better-to-beg-for-forgiveness-than-ask-for-permission-2/
06:36
August 20, 2020
Just Share Your Own Personal Truth with Others
In life there ain't no right and wrong. The best goal is to simply share your uncensored personal truths with others. https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/19/just-share-your-own-personal-truth-with-others/
04:04
August 19, 2020
ERIC KIM WORKOUT MOTIVATIONAL TALK
I think perhaps my Archimedes lever is motivating others and of course my self. https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/19/eric-kim-motivation/
21:03
August 19, 2020
Why Am I So Unmotivated?
Because I need a reason to move ... if I do not have a reason, I will not move! https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/19/why-am-i-so-unmotivated/
07:33
August 19, 2020
SELF RESPECT
SELF RESPECT is the most robust (and only form) of respect you need. https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/19/self-respect-3/
06:44
August 19, 2020
All News is Fake News
Let us not get suckered: All news is fake news. What do I mean by this? Well– All news is cherry picked and taken out of context in order to maximize clicks and advertising revenue Often we cherry pick what people said rather than what they *meant to say*. More: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/17/all-news-is-fake-news/
09:38
August 17, 2020
Could Nationalism be the Solution to Racism?
My thoughts: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/16/could-nationalism-be-the-solution-to-racism/
09:49
August 16, 2020
How to Effectively Administer Propaganda
You cannot get a certain message to spread or stick without propaganda: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/16/how-to-effectively-administer-propaganda/
07:19
August 16, 2020
Bitter is Better
In life, foods, and almost everything in life … bitter is better. For example coffee is sweet and enjoyful to us because it is bitter (small dose of poison, hormesis). Also, bitter greens (kale, collard greens) are only “healthy” to us because it is bitter (bitter substances stimulate our body’s physiological response). Similar in real life, it is the bitter experiences which make us better and improve us. A life with no bitterness, sadness, sorrow, pain or suffering isn’t a life worth living.
09:29
August 13, 2020
So What?
Let us say all the hoaxes, conspiracy theories or whatever is true. Then what? Like Andy Warhol said: Whenever I was criticized in life, I would just ask myself: “So what?” This fixed a lot of things. This is my point of interest. Let us say all the isms which exist in America and beyond are true and irrefutable. Then the question comes: So what are you gonna do about it? https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/13/so-what/
07:55
August 13, 2020
How to Thrive in Today's Brave New Covid World
In times of extreme stress are the best opportunities for you to thrive: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/13/how-to-thrive-in-todays-brave-new-covid-world/
05:54
August 13, 2020
Rich Photographer, Poor Photographer
To be rich and poor is mostly a mindset thing: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/12/rich-photographer-poor-photographer/
08:15
August 12, 2020
Why Monochrome is the Future
Why I'm betting big on monochrome: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/11/why-monochrome-is-the-future/
04:11
August 11, 2020
Greedy for the Gains
Why I’m so greedy for the gains: 1. ‘Greed’ is subjective The big problem: People tend to think that ‘greed’ means “evil”. But this is nonsense. Any human being who doesn’t want more is either mentally or physiologically sick. A human (and life in general) is about growth, augmentation, becoming bigger, better, and more. More: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/11/greedy-for-the-gains-2/
07:18
August 11, 2020
The Future of Lifestyle
hat is the future of lifestyle? My thoughts: No travel More time stuck indoors The importance of mental and physical/physiological health Money as less important (why save up for a home, if you know that staying home all day sucks?) Existential dread — more people trying to find a purpose or direction in their life More people who want to be creative while stuck in quarantine A great chance to start blogging, vlogging, and just sharing whatever interests you.
05:49
August 10, 2020
Purposeful Productivity
The goal ain't work for work sake. The goal is to only work on things you truly care for (what you got your heart in). The goal is purposeful productivity: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/10/purposeful-productivity/
01:58
August 10, 2020
The Psychology of an Internet Troll
Contrary to popular belief, most of the (good) internet trolls are actually highly intelligent, motivated, smart, and educated individuals. But why do they troll? Some of my thoughts: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/10/the-psychology-of-an-internet-troll/
06:23
August 10, 2020
How to Work More
How I do it: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/10/how-to-work-more/
09:14
August 10, 2020
Movement is Motivation
Movement is the goal. To move the human mass. Movement should better be thought of as “motivation”— the initial motive force that gets us humans moving and going! https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/10/movement-is-motivation/
05:02
August 10, 2020
Why I Don't Read Comments
I don't think I've ever read a comment online (or even in real life) which has personally benefitted me -- whether it be a positive one or negative one. No great ideas are created via committee. Avoid the trap of trying to placate others. Have extreme faith in yourself, your own ideas, and propagate them widely: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/09/why-i-dont-read-comments/
03:16
August 9, 2020
All Press is Good Press.
How did Trump win? Easy; the liberal media gave him probably $1 trillion dollars worth of free marketing and advertising. Humans aren’t rational or objective. We are emotional beings. This means: As as long you’re in the media spotlight, you will win. MORE: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/09/all-press-is-good-press/
07:51
August 9, 2020
In Praise of Productivity
Towards a 'via negativa' notion of productivity: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/09/in-praise-of-productivity/
04:01
August 9, 2020
BITCOIN AND CRYPTOCURRENCY FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS
Why I bought Bitcoin (BTC) and Digibyte (DGB) and think cryptocurrency (and other forms of crypto, like digital ledgers) are the future for photographers and this brave new digital economy: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/08/bitcoin-and-cryptocurrency-for-photographers/
09:21
August 8, 2020
Happiness 101
Happy hacks: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/08/happiness-101/
04:27
August 8, 2020
The Future of Living
The brave new world of (future) living: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/08/the-future-of-living/
11:37
August 8, 2020
PUT YOUR FACE ON IT
No real identity, no real opinion:
03:29
August 7, 2020
Why Blogging, Vlogging and Internet Media is More Important than Ever
Or in other words: Yes, your opinion is valuable! https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/07/why-blogging-vlogging-and-internet-media-is-more-important-than-ever/
03:54
August 7, 2020
Why I Don't Schedule
To schedule is less wise. Better to takes a 'Bayes' approach -- a combination of tinkering with your schedule, going with the flow, following your gut (and legs) and not putting yourself into a 'Procrustean bed' of a (boring and rigid) schedule. MORE: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/07/why-i-dont-schedule/
05:42
August 7, 2020
Real Life is the Ultimate Video Game!
We all love video games. But ... life (real life, embodied reality) is *THE* best video game! https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/07/real-life-is-the-ultimate-video-game/
04:08
August 7, 2020
Photography Marketing 101
No marketing, no future: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/07/photography-marketing-101-2/
04:10
August 7, 2020
WHY IS EVERYONE SO FAKE?
Because most people are either cowards (no skin in the game), or their opinion (online) depends on advertising, revenue, sponsorship, etc: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/06/why-is-everyone-so-fake/
01:35
August 6, 2020
Why I’m So Suspicious of Everyone Online and on the Internet
My thoughts: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/06/why-im-so-suspicious-of-everyone-online-and-on-the-internet/ As long as someone monetizes their YouTube channel with advertising or their own website-blog with ads … don’t trust them. Why not? They cannot truly be 100% free with their thoughts, in fear of losing sponsorship or advertising revenue. More trust of people who are either independently wealthy, have a random side-job (plumber, janitor, cleaner, construction worker) than someone who is employed with the aesthetics of their body composition. No trust in ‘fitness experts’ who hasn’t publicly admitted to steroid usage. This is why I trust CALUM VON MOGER more than other guys, because he has openly admitted to steroid use! Or in other words: Only trust assholes. Don’t trust ‘nice guys‘.
08:16
August 6, 2020
Workout in a Spirit of Fun!
There is No Proper Form
09:01
August 5, 2020
Why I Love Working Out
I would PAY MONEY for the *PRIVILEGE* to workout. To me, human grandeur and apex happiness is not possible without working out and eating lots of delicious meat: MORE: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/05/why-i-love-working-out/
02:16
August 5, 2020
In Praise of Masculinity
If you're a man, it is good to be masculine. https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/05/in-praise-of-masculinity/
08:27
August 5, 2020
What Are Your Life Goals?
And even once you achieve your life goals, then what? https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/03/what-are-your-life-goals-2/
02:48
August 4, 2020
JUST FOLLOW YOUR GUT.
More wisdom in your stomach, legs, and intuition than your 'brain'. https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/02/just-follow-your-gut/
03:56
August 2, 2020
How I Talk with Strangers
I love talking to strangers. Why? And how do I do it? https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/08/01/how-i-talk-with-strangers/
02:29
August 2, 2020
Social Fear Aversion Therapy
One of the worst ills of ‘Gen Z’ kids: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/07/31/social-fear-aversion-therapy/ They cannot make eye contact, have poor social skills. Even us ‘Millenials’. We cannot make eye contact. We always got our AirPods in. It is not considered ‘cool’ to talk to strangers. Worse yet, most people don’t got the guts (or social skills) to talk to strangers. But what is the real problem here? Twofold: Modern society doesn’t encourage talking to strangers or interacting with strangers (stranger danger) Technology and our phones make us socially averse to other people.
02:43
July 31, 2020
Why the Truth is Overrated
Instead of seeking the 'truth', better to pursue just having the power to create art!
03:31
July 30, 2020
Consistency.
I have high expectations of others. A big one: One’s back-stage self should be the same as one’s front-stage self. In other words: Don’t talk a certain way behind the scenes and talk a different way in front of the camera. Make it the same. Make yourself consistent: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/07/30/consistency/
07:06
July 30, 2020
Mental Hygiene
We talk much now about physical hygiene (in today's brave new COVID world), but how come we never talk about *mental hygiene* -- in the context of mental health?
01:55
July 30, 2020
Fear Marketing 101
The general gist of fear marketing: More effective to drive people towards certain decisions and behaviors based on fear, rather than praise-reward-encouragement. https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/07/29/fear-marketing-101/
08:29
July 30, 2020
Ideologies Are Prisons
Avoid all ideologies and "-isms"; they all tend to be a trap. https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/07/29/ideology-is-a-prison/
02:48
July 29, 2020
Fear Marketing
https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/07/28/fear-marketing-is-the-most-effective-form-of-marketing/
02:02
July 29, 2020
Why I Don't Trust the Internet
There will always be implicit bias on the internet; just follow the money! https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/07/26/why-i-dont-trust-the-internet/
06:43
July 27, 2020
True Friend
True friend: someone who legitimately wants what is best for YOU, not for them. 
04:09
July 26, 2020
In Praise of Capitalism and Consumerism
Everyone has told us that capitalism and consumerism is evil. But truth be told, capitalism and consumerism and international trade/finance has probably led to more tolerance as well as more peace. As a pacifist (I am anti-war), I prefer a world with more tolerance and mutual peace. As unjust and cruel as capitalism is, it seems to be the least bad system to promote global tolerance and peace. More: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/07/26/in-praise-of-capitalism-and-consumerism/
06:48
July 26, 2020
Anti Body Body Shaming
If you got a great body, share it! https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/07/25/anti-body-body-shaming/
03:23
July 25, 2020
Selfish Isn’t Evil
Why do we think selfish is evil? In the modern world when we call someone selfish we mean to say ‘evil, wicked, and you’re gonna go to hell’. But let us be more critical. To be selfish (from a sociological perspective) is evil because what one does for only him or herself (which doesn’t benefit others) is anti-herd, anti-community, and anti-collective. But us more spirited and wise philosophers know: Selfishness (without inflicting physical violence upon others) is our greatest virtue.
05:41
July 25, 2020
Why Sociology?
The best lens to understand society. And if you plan on (continuing) to live in society, sociology is great. https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/07/25/why-sociology-3/
06:21
July 25, 2020
Just Share It.
"Even a hair casts its own shadow" - Publilius Syrus (this means even the most minute, small, mundane, everyday thing you share can be interesting!) Why share it? https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/07/23/just-share-it-3/
10:00
July 24, 2020
Unquantify Yourself
To quantify yourself is anti-human: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/07/22/unquantify-yourself/
09:47
July 22, 2020
YOU ARE KING.
No need to 'explain' yourself. Just assert yourself and your own opinion! https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/07/22/you-are-king/
06:36
July 22, 2020
You’re Always in BETA MODE
In praise of bricolage, trial-and-error, and constant self-iteration: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/07/21/youre-always-in-beta-mode/
09:38
July 21, 2020
You Cannot Fake Substance
You cannot fake substance: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/07/17/substance-is-king-2/
05:35
July 17, 2020
ONE REP MAX Philosophy to Life
https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/07/16/one-rep-max-philosophy-to-life/ Simple idea: In life, strive to achieve your ‘one rep max‘ in business, entrepreneurship, powerlifting, and life. For example: See to achieve a ‘proof of concept‘ by seeing how much you can sell a certain product for, your hourly consulting rate, or your services and workshop fees. Strive to increase your one rep max for deadlift instead of boring pointless reps. Better to increase intensity than reps.
03:29
July 16, 2020
Care is Courage
Care, courage -- same word ('cor' which is Latin for "heart").  Proto-Indo-European '*ker' -- the root of everything, your heart. https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/07/15/care-is-courage/
11:33
July 15, 2020
How the Nerds have Hijacked Society, the New Luxury, You Cannot Buy a Good Body
READ: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/
20:38
July 14, 2020
BILLIONAIRE MINDSET BY ERIC KIM
Mental: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/07/13/eric-kim-billionaire-mindset/
11:23
July 13, 2020
Never Stop Simplifying
Strive for uber-simple. The simpler, the better. https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/07/12/never-stop-simplifying-2/
01:58
July 12, 2020
ERIC KIM Philosophy of Tolerance
My personal thoughts on the importance of tolerance in society: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/07/11/eric-kim-philosophy-of-tolerance/ Audio File download: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/ALL-Philosophy-of-Tolerance-by-ERIC-KIM.m4a
23:50
July 11, 2020
Think 30 Years Ahead
In praise of (semi) long-term thinking: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/07/09/think-30-years-ahead/
08:08
July 9, 2020
The Kaizen Approach to Life
Everyday, strive to improve (at least) .5%, or 1%, or whatever percentage. Even a tiny tiny tiny improvement everyday, compounded over a year is insane gains! https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/07/08/the-kaizen-approach-to-life/
03:52
July 8, 2020
Entrepreneurship is Best During Uncertain Times
This seems very counter-intuitive, but the best time to start your own business and entrepreneurial endeavor is during uncertain times (like now!) https://youtu.be/vk4jAB79wLc More >>>
03:51
July 8, 2020
Your Opinion is Valuable
No matter what your background or who you is, your opinion is valuable. https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/07/06/your-opinion-is-valuable/
12:39
July 7, 2020
Photography Philosophy
Photography is everything. https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/07/06/photography-philosophy/
04:47
July 6, 2020
Mental Health IS Physiological Health
Why do we separate mental health with our physiological (bodily) health? https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/07/05/mental-health-is-physiological-health/
03:32
July 5, 2020
Self Legitimacy
You don’t need to depend on others to grant you legitimacy. You stand on your own two feet; you grant yourself legitimacy. https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/07/05/self-legitimacy/
07:42
July 5, 2020
Biological Health and Happiness
We humans are biological beings. Shouldn't we prioritize our biological health and biological happiness? https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/07/05/biological-health-and-happiness/
06:03
July 5, 2020
Photography Entrepreneurship 101 Presentation by ERIC KIM
Create the change which you wish to see manifested in the real world. Entrepreneurship as the art of risk-taking to create something interesting, unique, useful, or great for your own benefit and the benefit of all of mankind: MORE: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/07/04/photography-entrepreneurship-101-presentation-by-eric-kim/ PDF: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/SLIDES-PDF-Photography-Entrepreneurship-101-by-ERIC-KIM.pdf
29:59
July 5, 2020
The American Attitude is Open to All.
If we think about American cultural hegemony over the planet, then certainly ... being an 'American' is less about a nationality or place, but perhaps more of an attitude or code of living. https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/07/03/the-american-attitude-is-open-to-all/
09:15
July 3, 2020
Towards a Modular Future
Perhaps we should head towards a more modular future ... less reliance on buying stuff. Instead, focus on BUILDING things. CREATING THINGS! Creating things from scratch. Don't buy a Lambo; rather... start with a beater car and build it up! https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/06/30/towards-a-modular-future/
09:45
June 30, 2020
VIRTUE.
Virtue is the goal: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/06/30/virtue-3/ What is virtue? Human grandeur. Human greatness. What it means is to be great, high and mighty, WITHOUT the pettiness and bullshit. Virtue as a 'via negativa' concept; you become MORE VIRTUOUS by being less petty, less scared, and less small.
04:42
June 30, 2020
You Cannot Fake Enthusiasm
Enthusiasm means 'a god dwelling within you' [enthousiasmós]. You cannot fake it. You cannot also fake passion nor true love. https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/06/29/you-cannot-fake-enthusiasm/
09:25
June 29, 2020
Don’t Censor Yourself
Be you: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/06/29/dont-censor-yourself/
09:14
June 29, 2020
Part 2: Towards a More Critical and Rigorous Line of Thinking
Critical thinking is better: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/06/28/towards-a-more-critical-and-rigorous-line-of-thinking/
09:55
June 29, 2020
IN PRAISE OF A GHETTO LIFESTYLE
The more ghetto, the better! A combination of 'creative constraints' and approaching a 'MacGyver' approach to life: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/06/28/in-praise-of-a-ghetto-lifestyle/
06:09
June 28, 2020
ERIC KIM Critique of Race
Why notions of 'race' are fallacious and hugely problematic: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/06/26/eric-kim-critique-of-race/
24:59
June 26, 2020
The Body is the Soul
The soul ain't some random gaseous substance which can exist independently of your body. No. Your body is your soul, and your soul is your body. Which means: when your body dies, your soul dies too. https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/06/25/the-body-is-the-soul-2/
06:07
June 25, 2020
In Praise of Extreme Self-Vanity
If people were more vain and into themselves... wouldn't they leave others alone more? https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/06/25/in-praise-of-extreme-self-vanity/
09:55
June 25, 2020
What is the Purpose of Life?
There is no ultimate purpose to life. Your purpose is self-directed. https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/06/25/what-is-the-purpose-of-life-3/
07:40
June 25, 2020
Put the Skin of At Least 300 Years Between You and Your Contemporaries
Think long: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/06/25/put-the-skin-of-at-least-300-years-between-you-and-your-contemporaries/
08:00
June 25, 2020
Conflict of Interest
Be very suspicious of everyone: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/06/23/conflicts-of-interest/
09:51
June 23, 2020
The Philosophy of Masculinity
What does it mean to be masculine and why does it matter? Some thoughts: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/06/23/the-philosophy-of-masculinity/
19:03
June 23, 2020
LECTURE: HOW TO CONQUER YOUR FEARS PRESENTATION ERIC KIM
Don't let fear get in your way. You will always feel fear when pursuing your passions. Just don't let fear PREVENT you from doing what you desire to do. https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/06/22/lecture-how-to-conquer-your-fears-presentation-eric-kim/ PDF: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/ERIC-KIM-CONQUER-YOUR-FEARS-ONLINE-WORKSHOP-1-2020.pdf
10:37
June 22, 2020
In Praise of a Low Maintenance Lifestyle
Less stuff, less problems.
06:49
June 17, 2020
Elitism 2.0
Towards the new elite. https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/06/17/elitism-2-0/
07:39
June 17, 2020
Mental Hygiene
Mental hygiene > physical https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/06/16/mental-hygiene/
08:26
June 16, 2020
What is Really Holding You Back in Life?
The only one holding you back is you. Isn't this the ultimate optimistic thought? https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/06/14/what-is-really-holding-you-back-in-life/
09:21
June 14, 2020
Walking As An Existential Thing
Don’t walk for ‘exercise’. No — walk for existential reasons. To walk slowly is the first step to becoming a philosopher (Nassim Taleb). Also remember the Nietzsche quote: Trust no thought which doesn’t come to you while walking! https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/06/12/walking-as-an-existential-thing/
05:33
June 13, 2020
Why I Am So Suspicious
For the most part, I cannot trust nobody else but myself, Cindy, my mom, my sister, and my old friends. Why? My thoughts: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/06/11/why-i-am-so-suspicious/
18:35
June 11, 2020
Towards a Philosophy of Aesthetics in Photography
Question: What are our ideal aesthetics in photography? Do we want our photos to look as much as 'real life' as possible, or ABOVE-REALITY (uber-reality, uber-photography?) https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/06/10/towards-a-philosophy-of-aesthetics-in-photography/
09:03
June 11, 2020
It is the duty of the strong to help the weaker
https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/06/07/it-is-the-duty-of-the-strong-to-help-the-weak/
06:24
June 8, 2020
Reverse Flex
The best flex … via negativa style. https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/06/06/reverse-flex/
03:45
June 6, 2020
My Art of Manliness
What does it mean to be a man? https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/06/04/what-does-it-mean-to-be-a-man/
11:42
June 4, 2020
SELF HATE
The worst hate? Self-hate. https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/05/29/self-hate-2/
07:32
May 29, 2020
ANTI PURISM IN STREET PHOTOGRAPHY
Nothing is pure. Purism is for suckers. MORE: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/05/27/anti-purism-in-street-photography/
09:31
May 27, 2020
Privilege Yourself
The most important person to privilege -- yourself. https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/05/26/privilege-yourself/
09:33
May 26, 2020
EK BEATS
BEATS
15:58
May 26, 2020
ANTI VIEWS
Don't be mediocre: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/05/25/anti-views/
03:41
May 25, 2020
How to Fast
I am convinced: the secret to life, life extension, getting buff/swole (and losing body fat) is through fasting. MORE
09:16
May 24, 2020
EK v20 (Beats by KIM)
Mp3 All beats: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/beats
02:45
May 24, 2020
YOUR LIFE EXPERIENCES
Just write about, photograph or share your own life journey and experiences.
04:37
May 22, 2020
SPORTS THEORY
Why do we love sports? We get second-hand high from the adrenaline, victory and supremacy of the athletes playing.
09:56
May 22, 2020
COURAGE IS A MUSCLE
USE IT OR LOSE IT
06:02
May 19, 2020
In Praise of Sole Proprietorship
What I believe in — sole proprietorship. Basically you’re a one man ship. You got extreme responsibility in yourself. It’s all on you.
08:18
May 19, 2020
VELCRO SHOES Documentary Film by CINDY NGUYEN
The sounds for a new film by Cindy. See the film and learn more here >
03:59
May 16, 2020
Why do anything you consider disagreeable?
Is it our duty to do boring, tedious, and hateful work we don’t care for?
08:02
May 16, 2020
What if You Could Never Travel Again?
How can you make the best of where you are right now?
03:04
May 15, 2020
How to Start a Photography Project
My practical ideas and thoughts:
08:15
May 9, 2020
Stoicism and Child's Mind
The barbell between both being a hard stoic, and also a curious child's mind? http://erickimphotography.com/blog/
06:26
May 9, 2020
PROMOTE YOURSELF
You are the ultimate brand
07:45
May 7, 2020
Universal basic income
What if you could never augment your income?
07:42
May 7, 2020
BEATS: Music to write to
https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/05/07/how-i-write-2/
26:33
May 7, 2020
Why Are Photographers so Insecure?
Perhaps because many photographers are closet painters?
08:18
May 7, 2020
Photo Composition Thoughts
If you make a good composition but unintentionally, is it still legitimate?
06:30
May 7, 2020
The Secret of Great Composition
The human body
09:52
May 6, 2020
WHAT IS THE SOURCE OF OUR POWER?
https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/05/04/what-is-the-source-of-our-power/
16:46
May 4, 2020
How to Remove Friction from Your Creative Life
https://erickimphotography.com/blog/
15:15
May 4, 2020
WHAT DO YOU ASPIRE TO BECOME?
become you
09:40
April 29, 2020
BEATS by KIM - Extended
beats
17:00
April 24, 2020
LIFE IS THE ULTIMATE MMORPG (MASSIVE MULTIPLAYER ONLINE ROLE PLAYING GAME)
Expanding on the game theory of life:
09:58
April 24, 2020
The Art of Manly Virtue
What does it mean to be a great man?
08:42
April 23, 2020
Critique of Egalitarianism and Utilitarianism
My critiques: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/04/23/critique-of-utilitarianism/
17:38
April 23, 2020
The Brave New COVID Lifestyle
Things will never be the same. Perhaps instead of waiting for things to get back "to the way they used to be", it is about adapting to this BRAVE NEW WORLD ... and for us to also learn how to profit/benefit from these uncertain times. LEARN MORE
08:19
April 22, 2020
Why Go Further?
Why stay at the ground-level, when you were born to soar?
09:41
April 21, 2020
BETTER TO BE A GAY MONSTER THAN A SENTIMENTAL BORE
"Un monstre gai vaut mieux qu'un sentimental ennuyeux." - Voltaire A happy (gay/joyful) monster is worth more than a sentimental bore (ennui). MORE
09:45
April 21, 2020
My Thoughts on Depression, Anxiety, Melancholy
Just my thoughts. Theory -- depression, anxiety, and melancholy originating from the body (physiology). There is nothing wrong with you. Loss of motivation (desire to move) must originate in the body. More
09:56
April 21, 2020
LIFE IS AN RPG AND YOU'RE THE HERO!
BRAVE ON.
09:40
April 21, 2020
Why smaller is better
Go small
13:11
April 20, 2020
WHICH HUMANS ARE BEST REMEMBERED?
Those whom exhibit the most courage, bravery, audacity, and grandeur.
06:23
April 19, 2020
I don't like numbers
Quantifying your self-worth is for suckers.
09:39
April 19, 2020
What is a Pandemic?
Pandemic -- something affecting all (pan) the people (demos).
12:47
April 18, 2020
Time and Training
WITH ENOUGH TRAINING, YOU CAN ACCOMPLISH ANYTHING!
06:31
April 17, 2020
The Philosophy of Fresh Air
The best life-- the life with the maximal amount of fresh air!
10:00
April 16, 2020
Action and Reaction, Cause and Effect
I prefer thinking a more physics-based approach to life. Don’t think about “fate” and stuff like that, but think: How will my actions manifest in reality? MORE: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/04/16/action-and-reaction-cause-and-effect/
09:57
April 16, 2020
Anti Self-Preservation
Don't worry about your own self-preservation if you want to ascend higher!
06:15
April 16, 2020
Back to Basics
Keep it (insanely) simple!
12:38
April 15, 2020
The Artist's Will to Immortality
What does the artist desire? Immortality through their art or art-works. https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/04/14/the-artists-will-to-immortality/
09:36
April 14, 2020
THE WILL TO PROCREATION
Why create? Why procreate? https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/04/14/the-will-to-procreation/
06:52
April 14, 2020
HAPPINESS IS PHYSIOLOGICAL
Happiness starts in the body.
09:08
April 14, 2020
BEATS BY KIM: EK v15 - 4/13/20, 1.57 PM
EK BEATS MP3 BEATS: Free beats by KIM download ZIP > Dropbox Beats > GARAGE BAND SOURCE FILES: ZIP of EK BEATS > Dropbox mirror >
02:04
April 13, 2020
Interview with Cindy Nguyen: Why Did You Make NONFUTURE?
A real and fun playful interview I did with Cindy, on WHY she made NONFUTURE:
15:16
April 11, 2020
How I Conquered Fear
How I conquered my own personal fear: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/04/11/how-i-conquered-fear/ Mp3: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/P1455392-1080-HOW-I-CONQUERED-FEAR.mp3 Youtube: https://youtu.be/qSKAaW4HqhA
10:00
April 11, 2020
INDIVIDUALISM
The goal: become you. More
19:38
April 10, 2020
Why Live Forever?
Why are we so afraid of dying? Why live forever? And how can we conquer the fear of death? More Mp3
20:57
April 10, 2020
Carpe Diem!
Pluck today
06:07
April 9, 2020
Signal vs Noise
Why I don't follow, listen, or pay attention to the news: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/04/09/signal-vs-noise/
10:58
April 9, 2020
Opinion
Own your opinion.
09:48
April 9, 2020
WILL TO POWER OR FEAR?
What drives you? The will to power, or the will to fear? https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/04/07/the-will-to-power-or-the-will-to-fear/
07:33
April 7, 2020
NONFUTURE: Meditations on Time by Cindy Nguyen
I am proud to announce NONFUTURE-- the newest film by Cindy Nguyen (all edited and cut by Cindy in Final Cut Pro -- I was just the camera-man). A truly beautiful piece of art-work we produced through the pain and struggle of COVID-19. If this rings a bell with you, please share with a family member, friend, or loved one. More here: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/04/05/nonfuture-film-by-cindy-nguyen/
03:15
April 6, 2020
The Great Joy of Existence
Aren't you so happy to be alive? https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/04/04/the-great-joy-of-existence/ Mp3 download: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/THE-GREAT-JOY.mp3
08:55
April 4, 2020
Relentless
BECOME MORE RELENTLESS, RUTHLESS, AND ATTACK MORE IN LIFE! https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/04/04/relentless-2/
05:11
April 4, 2020
POWER FREESTYLE
YOU GOT THE POWER. You got the power to complain whine and moan, or you got the power to take your steel and make your own throne. This is your Rome and Romulus ain’t holding you back. Never backtrack; only attack. POWER is within you, and power is you. So why despise you? Love you, and believe in you. Adamantine spine, live your life divine. ERIC https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/04/02/power-freestyle/
02:25
April 2, 2020
STRONG VS WEAK
IN LIFE YOU HAVE THE OPTION TO OPT TO BE STRONG OR WEAK. https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/04/02/strong-vs-weak/
06:33
April 2, 2020
LIFE IS THE ULTIMATE RPG
In this life, you're the hero! 
07:51
April 2, 2020
Fear Feeds
Why avoid news? It is like the human centipede of shit and fear. You keep consuming more fear, and you feel more fearful. You become more timid, scared, and paralyzed. Your personal interests and the interests of the news and media isn’t aligned. Consider– social media and these corporations are ‘fear merchants’. They aren’t incentivized to give you truthful information or news. Their ultimate goal is to maximize profits– via advertising. Their only incentive in making things ‘truthful’ is only insofar-much as people stop using their platform, which will result in less money earned and fewer profits. Thus ask yourself: Is it in the best interests of the news to give me the most personally-relevant, accurate, and useful information? Probably not.
06:31
April 2, 2020
BITTER IS BETTER.
IN LIFE, WHEN YOU GOT THE OPTION ... OPT FOR THE BITTER. Why? If you train yourself enough, the bitter is actually very sweet! https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/04/01/bitter-is-better-2/
02:30
April 1, 2020
THE SOCIOLOGY OF SOCIAL DISTANCING
SOCIAL DISTANCING. Very interesting. Why? It is going to change how humans interact with one another for a very long time... https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/04/01/the-sociology-of-social-distancing/
07:02
April 1, 2020
Hyper Vigor
What’s good in life? Hyper vigor. To have the strength, desire, and salience to move, run, leap, and throw things around!: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/04/01/hyper-vigor/
09:30
April 1, 2020
Live On!
When in doubt, keep living! Go outside, do stuff, and create stuff!
10:00
April 1, 2020
EXPLOIT THE BEST FROM TRAGEDY AND LIFE #PHILOSOPHY
CERTAINLY there is good and bad in life. But, perhaps the best way to live is this: When shit hits the fan, figure out how you can benefit, profit, and EXPLOIT it in a good way for yourself! For example: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/03/31/exploit-the-best-from-tragedy-and-life-philosophy/ Mp3: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/P1452190-EXPLOIT-THE-BEST-FROM-TRAGEDY-AND-LIFE.mp3
05:22
March 31, 2020
FUTURE INDUSTRIES
What will be the industries of the future? My predictions: IT [information technology] Crypto-currency [Bitcoin, Digibyte, Alt-coins, etc] Cyber-security Amazon, delivery services Live-streaming, live-webcam, live-life-streaming [imagine someone just walking around and live-streaming what it feels to be outdoors to others]. Mp3 file: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/P1451086-FUTURE-INDUSTRIES.mp3 More: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/03/31/future-industries/
06:15
March 31, 2020
Post-Monetary Society
WHAT'S THE POINT OF MONEY IN A POST-MONETARY SOCIETY? I think we are currently seeing vestiges of this impending future. A future of Capitalism 2.0. Less focus on money. More focus on... something else? https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/03/30/post-monetary-society/ Mp3: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/P1451076-1080-POST-MONETARY-SOCIETY.mp3
08:41
March 31, 2020
YOUR OPINION IS IRREFUTABLE.
Share your opinion. Why? There is no right and wrong when it comes to your opinion. And if you got a true opinion, best to share it with others! https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/03/29/your-opinion-is-irrefutable/
10:41
March 30, 2020
STOICISM FOR DUMMIES
STOICISM FOR DUMMIES MY INTRODUCTION TO STOICISM (simplified): 1. Life is all upside, no downside. First principle -- recognize that life is all upside, no downside. This means: Let us take every event in life and transform it into our advantage! 2. Self-focused Why do we get bitter and salty in life? My theory: We self-sacrifice ourselves but when others aren't grateful as much as they 'should be', we become resentful towards them and reality. Thus, it seems the solution is to become maximally self-centered, selfish, introverted, egotistical, and vain. 3. What is the duty of a stoic? My thought: Your goal is to maximally empower yourself, then empower others along the way. ERIC
18:54
March 29, 2020
EVERYDAY IS EQUAL TO EVERY OTHER DAY
Treat everyday like it were your last. Because today is the perfect day. https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/03/29/everyday-is-equal-to-every-other-day/
03:49
March 29, 2020
Simulated Universal Basic Income
It seems right now, we got a simulated universal basic income: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/03/29/simulated-universal-basic-income/
06:36
March 29, 2020
Don't Be Scared!
How to un-scare yourself >
09:40
March 29, 2020
THE WORST IS YET TO COME.
DON'T BE SUCKERED. The worst is yet to come.
07:58
March 29, 2020
Culture.
It isn’t about race, gender, ethnicity, genetics, etc. It’s all about culture. https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/03/29/culture/
09:03
March 29, 2020
Coward
What is good? Bravery. What is the only bad? Cowardice. Mp3: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/COWARD.mp3
02:55
March 27, 2020
Double Dipping
In life, you can have your cake and eat it too! Or, how to kill two birds with one stone: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/03/27/in-praise-of-double-dipping/ Mp3: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/P1450315-DOUBLE-DIPPING-720.mp3
03:23
March 27, 2020
Hyper-Happiness
CURRENTLY I feel hyper-happy. Why? My physiological strength is off the Richter. https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/03/27/hyper-happiness-is-physiological/ Mp3: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/P1450258-HYPER-HAPPINESS-IS-PHYSIOLOGICAL.mp3
10:00
March 27, 2020
Embodied Reality
Why go outside? https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/03/27/embodied-reality/ Mp3: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/P1450235-EMBODIED-REALITY-IS-THE-BEST-REALITY.mp3
07:58
March 27, 2020
CREATE LIKE TODAY WERE YOUR LAST: MEMENTO MORI ARTISTIC PHILOSOPHY
You don't know when you're gonna die. So perhaps make and create art-works like today were your last day on planet earth. And of course, share it with others! Share it on your own website, blog, YouTube, or directly with friends via email, messenger, text message, email newsletter! MORE: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/03/27/create-like-today-were-your-last-memento-mori-artistic-philosophy/
06:56
March 27, 2020
LIFE IS AND REALITY IS WORTH IT, EVEN FOR A FEW GREAT PHOTOS! PHILOSOPHY BY KIM
What makes life so sweet? The opportunity to create art: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/03/27/life-is-and-reality-is-worth-it-even-for-a-few-great-photos/ Mp3: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/P1450174-LIFE-IS-AND-REALITY-IS-WORTH-IT-EVEN-FOR-A-FEW-GREAT-PHOTOS-PHILOSOPHY-BY-KIM.mp3
01:49
March 27, 2020
Black Swan
How to thrive in a world of black swans: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/03/27/black-swan/ Youtube
09:22
March 27, 2020
CONQUER YOUR FEARS
Death is nothing to us.
04:42
March 26, 2020
FEAR PORN
Mp3: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/FEAR-PORN-720.mp3
08:20
March 25, 2020
THINGS WILL NEVER GO BACK TO THE WAY THEY USED TO BE
Let us be honest with ourselves: Even once this clears up, things will never be the way they used to be. This is a good way to think. Why? It allows us to quickly adapt and move on with our lives! MORE: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/03/24/things-will-never-go-back-to-the-way-they-used-to-be/
04:41
March 24, 2020
Why Im Not Afraid Of Death
I think we're afraid of the fear associated (BEFORE) you die...not the actual death itself.  MORE: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/03/24/why-im-not-afraid-of-death/ Mp3: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/P1448999-WHY-IM-NOT-AFRAID-OF-DEATH-1080.mp3
06:53
March 24, 2020
MY INTRODUCTION TO STOICISM
What is stoicism. Why stoicism? My thoughts: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/03/24/my-introduction-to-stoicism/ Mp3 >
06:57
March 24, 2020
WHY I’M SO EXCEPTIONAL
Why I think I’m so exceptional: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/03/24/why-im-so-exceptional/
05:46
March 24, 2020
MOTIVATE YOURSELF, MOTIVATE OTHERS
Strive to motivate yourself (to move) to the maximum, and share your ideas/thoughts with others... to also encourage them to move and motivate themselves! https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/03/23/motivate-yourself-motivate-others/
01:50
March 23, 2020
Why I Love Pain
Read more > My theory: Pain as the driver of growth! Or in other words: You cannot become stronger without pain. Mp3: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/WHY-I-LOVE-PAIN.mp3
07:08
March 22, 2020
Propel Yourself
What's the point of moving? To propel yourself. To MOVE. Move forward, move upwards... move to a higher level... a new plane! More: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/03/22/turbo-thoughts-propel-yourself/ mp3: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/PROPEL-YOURSELF-1080.mp3
07:43
March 22, 2020
BRAVE NEW WORLD OF DIGITAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Now is your chance. Your opportunity. This type of opportunity only comes once in (your) lifetime! More: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/03/21/brave-new-world-of-digital-entrepreneurship/ Video: https://youtu.be/HVf6BOSci3E Mp3: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/BRAVE-NEW-WORLD-OF-DIGITAL-ENTREPRENEURSHIP-.mp3 Mp4 file: https://videos.files.wordpress.com/gwdcoWQ2/brave-new-world-of-digital-entrepreneurship-1080.mov
08:47
March 21, 2020
Philosophy is King
Whats the apex field of study or pursuit? Philosophy.
06:34
March 21, 2020
How to Be Productive from Home
Dear friends, Okay looks like zombie apocalypse mode is fully on. If you're working from home, here are some ideas to become more productive: Turn off your wifi: 'Freedom' is a great app to TURN OFF YOUR WIFI for certain periods of time. For example, you can say: "Freedom, turn off all wifi on my laptop for the next 2 hours" and you literally cannot access your internet for the next 2 hours [even if you restart your computer]. Ultimate life hack to be more productive is to TURN OFF YOUR WIFI and NOT get distracted by the internet! Get on the ground and do max rep pushups: For a fun game, get on the ground and see how many pushups you can do in one go. Or bodyweight squats. Or crunches. When you get your hormones going, you will have more inspiration to actually work. Standing desk: I have a ghetto standing desk at home. I put a plastic box and Bounty paper towels on top of my kitchen counter, then put my laptop on top of it. When you stand and use the computer, you're more productive. More activation of your legs! Uninstall all apps from your phone, and use your phone to make phone calls and text message. Use your phone to make phone calls and text message. If your parents are sick, they will call or text you. Uninstall Facebook, Reddit, Netflix, Twitter, Snapchat, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, etc. All this will distract you. Walk around the block [if possible]. Or open the window and get fresh air. Movement to our legs and fresh air is good for creative productivity. Intermittent fasting: If you're not leaving your home, practice intermittent fasting. No breakfast or lunch, only dinner. Break your fast at around 6pm-8pm. During the day only drink black coffee and water. Call a friend or family member: To break up the day, call a friend or family member! Social interaction via the phone is one of the best ways to re-spark your motivation! Play music on speakers: No headphones. Blast your music, listen to the bass. Bass activates your heart rhythm-- which will pump you up and get you going! Have (another) cup of black coffee. Take a nap. If you're exhausted, you can FINALLY take a nap during 'working hours'. The ultimate energy and life hack. Shit is a bit cray cray right now, but think to yourself: How can I use this opportunity (stuck at home all day) to build my side hustle, get into shape, build muscle, lose fat, and focus? This chance can be yours to truly thrive! ERIC
06:20
March 19, 2020
BECOME YOURSELF
THE GOAL AIN'T TO BECOME ANYONE ELSE BUT YOURSELF! https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/03/19/become-yourself/ Why aren't we encouraged to become ourselves? Society says: You are imperfect, bad, and you must become like x, y, z if you desire to become worthy, loved, and virtuous.
08:18
March 19, 2020
WHY AREN'T THINGS WORSE?
When shit gets bad, don’t ask yourself: Why is it so bad? Instead ask yourself Why aren’t things WORSE? MORE: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/03/18/why-arent-things-worse/
08:01
March 18, 2020
ERIC KIM LIFE STORY
MY LIFE STORY: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/03/17/eric-kim-life-story/
18:07
March 17, 2020
SOCIETY 2.0
What we are currently witnessing might be a sign of things to come. A new society. Society 2.0. MORE: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/03/17/society-2-0/ --- Why commute to work? Why not just work from home? Why have in-person meetings, when you can do it virtually? Or — why have meetings at all? Has anyone ever truly accomplished or created something truly unique and great during a meeting? Doubtful. Consumerism and capitalism on pause When we can no longer buy stuff, no longer go to the mall, no longer travel, no longer go to restaurants, bars, clubs, entertainment venues — what is the point of earning money besides paying rent and feeding ourselves? Producers shall inherit the earth Who will thrive in this brave new world? The creators and producers, NOT consumers. A brave new world of digital entrepreneurship  I am excited. With the destruction of Society 1.0, there will be NEW GROWTH and NEW LIFE in this brave new digital economy. More cryptocurrency, more digital products, more digital art works. More self sustaining things. More self-reliance. For example, if you cannot go to the art store, of course you can’t buy paint and canvases. So what are you to do? Make digital art on your iPad at home! Same goes with photography. Why buy and shoot film and process it, when you can do it all digitally? Think new opportunities
10:00
March 17, 2020
PHOENIX ENTREPENEURSHIP
When old industries are becoming destroyed, new ones are giving birth. https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/03/16/phoenix-entrepeneurship/
02:05
March 16, 2020
NOT ALL WEIGHT IS ALIKE
Seek to Gain Muscle Mass and Lower Bodyfat. Over-Fat vs Over-Weight.
07:42
March 16, 2020
LOW-KEY RACISM
Be careful about low-key racists: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/03/14/low-key-racism/
20:10
March 14, 2020
THE BEST RESPECT IS SELF-RESPECT
Mp3: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/SELF-RESPECT.mp3
03:05
March 13, 2020
SOCIAL MEDIA SLAVERY
'Digital sharecropping' is probably a more fair assessment than 'digital slavery', but the sentiment is pretty much the same. If you find your self-esteem and self-ego tied up with numbers on social media (likes, followers, views, etc) -- you're metaphorically enslaved to social media, and their whims. Take the red pill Social media is a metaphorical matrix. If we are being subtly programmed to act, think, and feel a certain way -- we are becoming enslaved. Consider -- if you ever feel social media 'nudging' you to think, feel, and behave a certain way, this is bad. If your ultimate goal is apex artistic productivity, or to become the most epic human-being, you must delete Instagram, stop using Reddit, stop using Facebook, and instead -- become a producer and creator (instead of a passive consumer of social media content).
07:47
March 5, 2020
Quantity over Quality
Striving for perfection is paralyzing. Better to produce and make a lot (quantity) rather than aim for 'quality'. More: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/02/26/quantity-over-quality-2/
06:21
February 26, 2020
Why I'm So Motivated
I'm so motivated because I'm in hyper-health, physiologically thriving, through powerlifting and sleeping a lot, through intermittent fasting, and eating lots of meat. Also, the child-like curiosity in creating new things! MORE: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/02/26/why-im-so-motivated/
06:22
February 26, 2020
A New Definition of Creativity: Propensity or Desire to Create
Creativity isn't this superpower you're born with (or not). Creativity is having the DESIRE or the motivation to CREATE and make stuff! Also, creativity is something which can be trained (like our muscles)! Learn more: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/02/26/a-new-definition-of-creativity-propensity-or-desire-to-create/
05:17
February 26, 2020
HOW TO CONQUER PHOTOGRAPHY
To conquer photography, we must kill all prior notions of photography, and declare to ourselves: I shall become the most epic photographer of all-time, and build up all my creative/visual faculties to the maximum! Learn more: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/02/26/how-to-conquer-photography/ Mp3 download: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/HOW-TO-CONQUER-PHOTOGRAPHY.mp3
08:17
February 26, 2020
Photographers Shall Inherit the Earth
Consider-- we as photographers are both image-makers and idea-makers. This is huge, because it means we have the power to shape, interpret, and mould reality to our own liking. Learn more: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/02/26/photographers-shall-inherit-the-earth/
07:23
February 26, 2020
Prioritize Your Own Needs, Desires, and Wants Over Others
Mp3 download: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Prioritize-Your-Own-Needs-Desires-and-Wants-Over-Others.mp3 My thought: To maximize your impact and change in the world, embrace MAXIMUM SELFISHNESS, and barbell 'maximum altruism' on the other end. Why prioritize yourself? My thought is this: We want to avoid pettiness and resentment in life. Often when we spend our entire lives devoting it to others (instead of focusing on our own self-development), we start to build hidden resentment towards others. Why not posit yourself as an end into yourself? Why are we not allowed to posit ourselves as an end unto ourselves? Well -- Christian/Utilitarian morality says: Thou shalt become a useful instrument for the masses and others. And also in almost all cultures in the world, the notion of being 'selfish' is synonymous with 'evil'. Why is this? Well-- in the past (when there was a limited pie, zero-sum society), any benefit you gave yourself was a HIDDEN DOWNSIDE to others. For example if I have a pizza with 12 slices and I eat 6 slices, that means 6 fewer slices for my community or family. But in today's world with infinite technology and effectively infinite/free food, these old-school notions of 'selfish' being 'evil' is not a good one. Learn more: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/02/25/prioritize-your-own-needs-desires-and-wants-over-others/
07:15
February 25, 2020
Power Ascending or Descending?
Mp3 audio My thought: In life, we always want to feel that our power, influence, and strength is ASCENDING. It brings us great dismay when we feel our power is descending. For example, when we think about money — it isn’t about how much money you ultimately got. It is more about income flow (the stream of money constantly entering your bank account), the feeling that your earning potential is increasing, and the feeling that your bank account is becoming more swollen. We want to see upwards growth — this is the feeling of augmenting strength. Also for myself, I track my personal growth via my strength gains. I track my “PR” (personal records) at the gym in my deadlift, squat, and bench press. When I feel that I’m on the road to increasing my ultimate strength and lifts, I’m happy. When I look at myself in the mirror and I see my body and muscles getting bigger, I feel happy. But once again — it isn’t about objective strength, or ultimate strength or numbers. It is about the feeling of growth, the feeling of increasing power. Don’t allow your will to be obstructed I think this is the big thing: The worst anger is when we feel that our will is being obstructed by something. Then perhaps anger is like fire and ammunition— anger gives us ADDITIONAL strength, power, and adrenaline to overcome obstacles, enemies, or those who get in our way, or who we feel is obstructing us. Thus perhaps the biological thing is to channel your anger to overcome whatever is obstructing your will. Perhaps this is how warriors, fighters, and soldiers fight — by channeling a combination of desire to become dominant, part fear (to focus them), and also part anger that their opponent is getting in their way. The goal Then it seems that the goal of life is to never stop augmenting our strength, power, and influence in the world. It is all about continual growth and progression. What does a tree want? A tree wants to grow infinitely tall, and to maximally extract resources from the earth — burrowing her roots deeper, and gathering more nutrition from the sky. What do we as individuals desire? We desire to feel as if we’re always ascending and becoming more, and becoming stronger. Perhaps this desire is a good one. This is the fuel which keeps us empowered and motivated in life to keep on going! How many resources can you consume, or should you consume? Now this is the tricky thing — this notion of “sustainability”. We humans consume lots of resources. Let us talk about ourselves as individuals, not of “humanity” as an abstract whole. First question: how much resources do we need as individuals? For myself, I of course desire the maximally optimal conditions for my own individual thriving. This means, being self employed (not having to work a 9-5), having complete freedom over the cadence and flow of my day, having a fast WiFi connection (to upload), a clean and Uber-convenient apartment (minimal cleaning and maintenance), no car, no responsibilities, a good powerlifting gym close by, lots of natural light, coffee and water on tap, and meat on tap (crockpot). Besides this, I don’t need too much. For my tools, digital camera (RICOH GR III), vlogging camera (Lumix G9), laptop (MacBook Pro), tablet (iPad Pro). When do I feel my personal power is ascending? I feel my personal power is ascending when I’m creating more. When I’m making more. When I’m sharing more. Also the feeling that I’m discovering deeper truths about art, life, photography. This is great, because augmenting my personal power is 100% in my grasp — my feeling of augmented power comes from my sense of artistic creation and productivity.
03:00
February 25, 2020
Physiology and Artistic Productivity Tips: Intermittent Fasting, Meat, Powerlifting, Coffee
Practical tips on how to become a more productive artist and creator: Intermittent fasting: Don't get food coma during the day. Fast until evening or dinner-time. After eating a (massive) and meat-heavy dinner, it is best to 'food coma' and go straight to sleep. Sleep a shitload: I aim for 10-12 hours. This is good for me, because I start the day with 110% battery capability. When you can no longer do creative work, walk to the gym and powerlift. Drink much water and coffee during the day. Maximal sunlight Maximal walking, standing, and movement. https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/02/24/physiology-and-artistic-productivity-tips-intermittent-fasting-meat-powerlifting-coffee/ Mp3: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Physiology-and-Artistic-Productivity-Tips-Intermittent-Fasting-Ketogenic-Diet-Powerlifting-Meat-Coffee.mp3
06:46
February 24, 2020
Why I Blog Vlog and Log
To blog, vlog, and log yourself on the internet -- To share your stream of constantly becoming with others. https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/02/24/why-i-blog-vlog-and-log/ Mp3 download: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Why-I-Blog-Vlog-and-Log.mp3
07:25
February 24, 2020
ANTI VIEWS, LIKES, FOLLOWERS
What is the worst thing holding us back? This obsession for views, likes, and followers. To truly thrive as a photographer and visual artist, you must learn to DISDAIN views, likes, and followers. Learn more: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/02/24/anti-views-likes-followers/ Mp3: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/ANTI-VIEWS-LIKES-FOLLOWERS.mp3
10:03
February 24, 2020
How to photograph yourself
To photograph yourself means: Select a certain aesthetic to convey your personal aesthetic tastes, moods, or attitude towards life. Only photograph what you consider beautiful. Or if you want to photograph what you consider ugly, do it with intent. Don’t strive to make “good” photos. Strive to make HONEST photos that reveal part of yourself and your own soul. https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/02/24/how-to-photograph-yourself/
08:08
February 24, 2020
YOU ARE WHAT YOU PHOTOGRAPH
There is the saying "You are what you eat" which means: If you consume nutritious foods, you shall become powerful. If you consume bad foods, you shall become weak and fat. Perhaps we can approach this attitude to photography -- If you are what you photograph, by photographing what brings you joy will make you more joyful and happy! https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/02/24/you-are-what-you-photograph/ Mp3: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/YOU-ARE-WHAT-YOU-PHOTOGRAPH.mp3
06:56
February 24, 2020
Photograph with Your Feet
Apparently there is a saying in Chinese: Health begins from your feet upwards. Which made me think: The source of all photography begins in your feet! https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/02/23/photograph-with-your-feet/ Mp3 download: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Photograph-with-Your-Feet.mp3
02:37
February 24, 2020
What are the Perfect Conditions of Existence?
The perfect conditions of existence is the optimal circumstances you need to maximize your artistic and philosophical output https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/02/24/what-are-the-perfect-conditions-of-existence/ Mp3 file: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/What-are-the-Perfect-Conditions-of-Existence.mp3
06:48
February 24, 2020
Unlock Your Hidden Superpower
Mp3 download: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/4.-Unlock-Your-Hidden-Superpower.mp3 What are Your Hidden Powers? https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/02/22/what-are-your-hidden-powers/
08:44
February 23, 2020
Share your perspective
PDF TEXT: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Share-Your-Perspective.pdf Ideas: No more censoring yourself. Better to be insanely and brutally honest than to water down your opinion. All of your perspectives are legitimate and worthy to be shared. All perspectives are equally legitimate, but the difference is rather: How many people can you get to listen to you and follow/obey you? Or better yet-- how convincing are you? --- Your perspective is irrefutable.  The great thing about having a unique perspective: Nobody can refute your perspective as being 'right' or 'wrong'. All perspectives are subjective -- the great liberating thought! Learn more: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/02/22/your-perspective-is-irrefutable/
08:27
February 23, 2020
I WANNA BE ME!
PDF TEXT: Learn more: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/02/22/i-wanna-be-me/ I WANNA BE ME! Your goal in life, not to become anyone else, but become MORE YOU! 'I wanna be like Mike!' Do you remember those old-school commercials with Michael Jordan saying: "I wanna be like Mike." Why was this so catchy? First of all, it rhymed. Secondly, people wanted to BECOME Michael Jordan. He was the greatest athlete during his time, and everyone wanted to become more epic. Thus the notion was this: If you buy Michael Jordan sneakers, you can become MORE LIKE Michael Jordan. For example, if you wanted more dominance on the court, wearing "MJ's" would give you more of an edge. People obviously know that wearing a pair of sneakers won't magically turn you into Michael Jordan, but most people think is: It will augment my innate abilities to a new level. So the goal is with consumer purchases: We want to take ourselves to the next level. Why aren't we allowed to be ourselves? I wonder: Why are we encouraged to become OTHER PEOPLE, and not encouraged to become more of ourselves? My thought is this: In modern society, we are DISCOURAGED to become ourselves, because of the notion of 'original sin', and the notion that the only legitimate person to imitate is Jesus. In society we aspire towards messiah-figures. MJ was a messiah-figure in the realm of sports. Also, Christian morality says: Thou art a sinner and imperfect, and in order to gain eternal salvation in the afterlife, you must become LESS OF YOURSELF, and become more 'holy' and 'virtuous' (imitating Jesus Christ). Modern (American) society is weird and contradictory. This is the problem with American society: All the desiderata (things we should desire and aspire towards) is contradictory. For example, consider the ridiculous mis-mash of all these American notions: Individuality Consumerism Capitalism Utilitarianism Christian-morality Duty to one's family, country, nation, and community. I feel the reason why consumerism and capitalism has worked well is this: We all want to differentiate ourselves and gain ascendancy over other humans, but we are taught that we cannot do so without hurting the feelings of others (assuming we change our character and personality). Instead, the only 'safe' way to feel superior is to purchase certain things which augment our feeling of superiority. Be proud of yourself Our new virtues: Shameless self-promotion Self-aggrandizement Boastful pride Self-obsession Vanity In praise of (good conscience) bragging Perhaps these new virtues will elevate us to the next level! ERIC KIM
06:24
February 23, 2020
Unlock Your Hidden Superpower
What are Your Hidden Powers? What lies latent within you? What hidden powers do you have, that you haven't discovered yet, or let out yet? What is your hidden mutant power? When reading AKIRA, or thinking about X-MEN, the thought is this: How can we unlock or uncover hidden human super-powers -- and augment and grow it, to be used for 'the greater good'? What distracts us? The problem -- entertainment is being used as a sedative, rather than something to AUGMENT your powers and uncover your hidden powers. Perhaps if we are constantly being distracted or entertained to death, we lose our inner-signal (our hidden powers), because we are being drowned in noise. Thus the first Zen-Taoist notion is this: In order to uncover our hidden powers, we must let ourselves become empty, vacant, in order to let our inner-power and inner-signal to come out. What is effortless to you? A hidden power is this: What can you do insanely well, which doesn't feel like 'work'? For example, what seems easy to you which seems difficult for others? Don't fake humble. "I don't gotta fake humble just because your ass is insecure." - KENDRICK LAMAR If you know you're good at something, no need to fake humble. Humility is a vice. Humility denigrates us, humility lowers us. Don't "humble brag". Better to "vain-brag". If you think you're great; don't censor yourself. The reason we must become vain is this: To augment your hidden superpowers, you cannot talk down on yourself. We must not be ashamed of our gift. Instead, it is perhaps a good thing to boast about what we are good at-- in order to augment our self-confidence, in order to maximize our gift!
08:44
February 22, 2020
Why Black and White
Black and white simplifies and uncovers the hidden beauty. I love black and white because: Black and white SIMPLIFIES your compositions Black and white is challenging: A 'creative constraint' of monochrome is interesting because it begs the question, "How can you make an interesting image without adding the interest of color?" Black and white is simpler, more minimal -- which follows my personal aesthetics. Black and white is more open-ended for the viewer. It forces the viewer to use more of their own imagination to interpret the image, making the image more memorable! Learn more: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/02/22/why-black-and-white/
07:55
February 22, 2020
Seek to Simplify Your Life to Maximize Your Creative Productivity
Simplify in order to augment your personal creative output. https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/02/24/why-simplify-your-life/
08:50
February 22, 2020
Life is a Stream of Constantly Becoming
Anti-perfection in life. 
06:10
February 22, 2020
How to 10X Yourself
Augment your strengths. In order to MAXIMIZE your productivity, you must SIMPLIFY your life to the maximum as well! https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/02/24/how-to-10x-yourself/ Mp3: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/3-10x.mp3
07:25
February 22, 2020
Personal Power
The best power? Not power over others– but power over yourself. To control yourself, and to exploit yourself and your inner-powers to the maximum.
13:21
February 22, 2020
Productivity for Personal Freedom
Why this cult of productivity? My theory-- we want to become more productive (in order to make more money), in order to gain our personal freedom in life. Blog: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/02/22/productivity-for-personal-freedom/
05:56
February 22, 2020
In Praise of Small File Sizes
Problems with big file sizes: Wasted time: More time to import, export photos, videos, and files. Internet speeds are still quite slow. Often more megapixels is WORSE image quality. More money — more money used on storage (offline) or online (cloud). Learn more > --- More megapixels, more problems: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2015/10/14/more-megapixels-more-problems/ Youtube Mp3 file: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/In-Praise-of-Small-File-Sizes.mp3
08:18
February 22, 2020
The Golden and Silver Rule of Ethics: Maximally Tolerant Society
Leave others alone; tolerate their behavior and way of living! Learn more: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/02/20/the-golden-and-silver-rule-of-ethics-maximally-tolerant-society/ Mp4 video: https://videopress.com/v/wtTAllZn Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjyeHPimV2I
06:50
February 22, 2020
How to Become Yourself
The goal isn't to become someone else; the goal is for you to become more maximally you! Learn more> Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0TLVTEU-_U Video mp4 file download: https://videopress.com/v/ricfmI2x PDF TEXT: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/How-to-Become-Yourself-3.pdf
09:22
February 22, 2020
How to max out everyday
MAX OUT!!
03:52
February 20, 2020
The Body is Inspired, The Mind is Inspired #motivation
To discover more motivation in life, FIRST MOVE, then get inspired. https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/02/20/the-body-is-inspired-the-mind-is-inspired-motivation/
05:50
February 20, 2020
The Art of Cross Pollination #creativity
Don't become a prisoner of a single genre! https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/02/20/the-art-of-cross-pollination-creativity/
07:35
February 20, 2020
Selfish is not evil
Perhaps in order to maximize your altruism, you must also maximize your selfishness: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/02/20/selfish-is-not-evil/
10:00
February 20, 2020
Seek the Good Pain
Mp3 download: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Seek-the-Good-Pain.mp3 Philosophy by KIM: http://erickimphotography.com/blog/philosophy/
13:48
February 20, 2020
Why Do We Run out of Inspiration or Motivation in Photography
Striving for perfect is bad. https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/02/20/anti-perfection/
12:26
February 20, 2020
WHY I LIVE
LEARN MORE: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/02/18/why-i-live/ WHY I LIVE Why do I live? Why do I wakeup everyday? What pushes me? What drives me? Why do I do what I do, and why am I so excited to (continue) living? Excitement Several thoughts. First of all, excitement. I am excited for the day -- today. What I will do, what I will attempt, and what I will accomplish. And to be frank, I am not so concerned whether I achieve it or not, but I'm more curious about fulfilling my curiosity: CAN I do this-- am I strong enough? I then attempt it. If I fail, it ain't that big of a deal. I then simply know that I will continue to train, and continue to attempt! Because even success is a bit overrated. When I succeed, I'm always interested to go 'onto the next one'. Thus, success and failure are the same thing to me. What is more important: ATTEMPTING to go BEYOND. Helping empower others My morality and ethics are very simple: Treat others how I would like to have been treated when I was a kid. Or more simply: Treating others how I would like others to treat me. For example, I am sooooo grateful for all the adults who helped empower me as a child. And I wouldn't be where I am without their external help. Thus, I feel a duty and obligation to give back -- to empower other (ambitious) youngings who desire to become great. Helping others who were once in my boots But not just helping kids-- helping other adults. I remember when I felt disempowered, and I discovered a few things which have helped empower me. Thus my ethics are this: If I share an idea that can empower at least 1 other human being on planet earth, it is worth sharing. I know that what works for me doesn't work for everyone. However, if my idea, thought, or technique has even a .0001% chance of empowering another human being -- this thought and sentiment drives me to share! My ego I consider myself a great individual. I don't think there is another human being who has ever come who is similar to me. I don't consider myself the greatest human being who has ever lived, but I strive to become the greatest human being who has ever lived. Now this is a lofty goal. But it is a fun and lofty goal. It is something that gets me up in the morning. To fulfill my own vanity and ego, I push myself. For example, let me talk about my physical ego: Physical ego For my own ego, I wanted to prove to myself I could deadlift "4 plates" (405 pounds). I then strove hard to accomplish this goal, not because there is any truly practical purpose behind it. It was a pure vanity thing. I wanted to prove to myself my strength and my ability. And I achieved it. Now I am on the road to striving to deadlift 500 pounds. Also, I have extreme vanity and ego when it comes to my bodily physique and composition. I desire to have much muscle mass, and very little body fat. I am actually currently striving to become around 200+ pounds of (mostly) muscle, with minimal body fat. Now whether I will achieve this goal or not isn't that big of a deal to me-- but striving towards this goal is fun and interesting to me. CONCLUSION: Become all that you can be Perhaps the life goal I got is this: Within my very short lifetime, how much can I become? How much can I empower myself and others? Also: How high can I fly? What new discoveries can and will I discover? How strong can I become? What new contributions shall I make to humanity? ERIC KIM
12:58
February 18, 2020
The Path of the Greatest Resistance
Lifting weights is boring when the weight is too light. Lifting weights is only fun when it is challenging, difficult, but still "achievable". A thought: Is the best life in which you are seeking the MOST DIFFICULT and hard challenges, and striving with all your might to overcome those challenges? Read more: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/02/17/the-path-of-maximal-resistance/
07:45
February 17, 2020
You are a Photographer
If you delight in making photos, you're a photographer!
06:23
February 17, 2020
MEMENTO MORI
You must die.
04:29
February 17, 2020
We Humans Like to Do Things
To be happier, do more of of what you love and care for: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/02/17/we-humans-want-to-do-things/
07:57
February 17, 2020
How to Live
How to Live The trillion dollar question: How should we live our lives? What is the best life? Let me share some honest thoughts: Only do what you want to do, don't do anything you don't want to do. No duty. You don't "need" to do anything. If we throw away morality and ethics, then we must stare truth and reality in the face: You construct your own meaning in life. There are no ultimate "purpose" to your life. There is no conscious afterlife. This life is your only life. We are lucky enough to live in a society in which there is enough specialized labor for everything. This means, you don't gotta do what you don't care for. For example, I don't need to grow my own food, nor do I need to slaughter my own meat. I don't care to live a lifestyle in which I must maintain things; I prefer a maximally maintenance-free lifestyle, in order for me to maximize my artistic production and creation. Archimedes lever "Give me a spot to stand, and I shall move the world!" - Archimedes The basic notion is this: Maximize your strength, and disregard your weaknesses. Most of us generally enjoy doing what we are good at. This means: If you keep doing what you are really good at (and you enjoy it), you will never get bored of it! Not only that, but by maximizing your strengths in life (and sharing this with others), you can maximize your impact on humanity. ERIC
09:42
February 16, 2020
Bloggers Shall Inherit the Earth
Youtube video: https://youtu.be/HIRcJ_aaY2w
07:51
February 16, 2020
How to Maximize Your Human Energy
Download PDF TEXT: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/How-to-Augment-Human-Energy.pdf Youtube video: https://youtu.be/a0fa78cQQHM --- It seems all of us want more energy to do more stuff. But what does this really mean? What is 'energy' from a physiological human-metabolism perspective? What does it mean to have "more energy", and can we augment our human energy? And even if we have more energy -- towards which ends do we desire to channel this energy into? Let me essay some of my thoughts: READ MORE: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/02/16/how-to-augment-human-energy/
08:59
February 16, 2020
Why Feedback?
Mp3: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Why-Ask-for-Feedback.mp3 --- Why Feedback? When should we ask for feedback? When shouldn't we ask for feedback? Why do we ask for feedback, towards what end? Are you a newbie? First of all, my psychological thought: When we ask for feedback, we are signaling that we lack self-confidence in ourselves. When we ask for feedback, we acknowledge that the other person is smarter than us, or we perceive them as more knowledgeable or powerful than us. Do we not want to take responsibility for ourselves and actions? Another thought: When we ask others for feedback, we want someone to blame (if we end up screwing up or failing). Perhaps this is why companies hire consultants: If a company institutes a new policy, and the policy is bad, they are able to transfer liability to the consultant (easy to blame the consultant). Kind of like scapegoating. How much faith do you have in yourself? Consider a life in which you never asked for feedback. Can you still live a great life? Yes! Also -- one of the benefits of NOT asking for help or feedback: More interesting and unique self-experimentation (innovation). For example, I mostly ignored everything on the internet about powerlifting. I just do heavy singles and attempt new PR's (usually once a week). It is against all conventional wisdom in powerlifting, but it seems to have been working for me. Another thing -- intermittent fasting during the day, and not breaking my fast until later the day (after working out). I also have done all my powerlifting in a fasted state for almost the last 5 years, which is also seen as a "no-no" (we are indoctrinated with the notion that you must eat something BEFORE working out, but this is not true). So perhaps the benefit of NOT asking others for feedback is that you are more likely to discover NEW TRUTHS, which are contrary to conventional wisdom. When is it useful to ask for feedback? If you need new ideas, and a novel perspective. For example in photography, I wanted to know how to improve! I felt like I hit a wall in terms of self-improvement, and in order to take it to the NEXT LEVEL, I wanted to elicit the feedback from others. Much of this inspiration is what fueled arsbeta.com -- the desire to 'crowd-source' the 'wisdom of the crowds' to empower photographers from all around the planet. Essentially, creating a platform which I wish I had access to when I started photography. Conclusion You don't need to ask for feedback in order to improve. Don't ask for feedback if you just are looking for someone to blame if you fail. Ask for "tips" (suggestions) from others, but ultimately you decide whether to obey their feedback/ideas or not. You choose. If you feel like you're stuck in your growth, hit a plateau, and need an outside perspective, ask for feedback, suggestions, and help! GROW ON! ERIC
07:40
February 15, 2020
What is Your Supreme Life Task?
Mp3 download: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/What-is-Your-Supreme-Life-Task.mp3 Learn more: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/02/15/whats-your-supreme-life-task/
09:22
February 15, 2020
How to Make Money from Photography
10 Rich Tips How to Make Money from Photography: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/02/13/10-rich-tips-how-to-make-money-from-photography/ Download PDF TEXT: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/10-Rich-Tips-How-to-Make-Money-from-Photography.pdf Mp3 download: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/How-to-Make-Money-from-Photography.mp3
12:04
February 13, 2020
You're always in a state of becoming
Mp3: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Youre-always-in-a-state-of-becoming.mp3
06:48
February 13, 2020
You're a Photography Entrepreneur
How do you self-identify yourself? If you share your photos online, you're a photography entrepreneur. Learn more: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/02/13/youre-a-photography-entrepreneur/
07:52
February 13, 2020
Create What You Would Love to Consume
Youtube video Mp3 download: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Create-Things-You-Would-like-to-Consume.mp3 Read more: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/02/13/create-what-you-would-love-to-consume/ --- Video download: https://videos.files.wordpress.com/C2tr4u14/create-things-you-would-like-to-consume_hd.mp4
11:45
February 13, 2020
Why street photography is supreme
Mp3 download: https://erickimphotography.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/why-street-photography-is-supreme.mp3 Street Photography 101: http://erickimphotography.com/blog/street-photography-101/
10:17
February 12, 2020
Devote Your Life to Photography
What is the purpose of life? There isn't an 'ultimate' purpose of life that applies to everyone. But for us brave streettogs, this is my thought: The purpose of our lives is to devote ourselves to photography. Our goal: Use our entire lives, our entire power to make great photos, share great photos, innovate photography, discover new compositions, and push the genre and culture of photography forward! --- https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/02/12/it-was-all-ultimately-justified-even-for-one-great-photo/
07:50
February 12, 2020
In Praise of People
Towards a person-first approach, or a human-centric approach.
05:51
February 9, 2020
You are not the same.
Do you strive to become more similar to others, or more dissimilar to others? https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2020/02/09/i-am-not-the-same/ YouTube: https://youtu.be/lPCLj0vu0bE
04:21
February 9, 2020
Publish is Pleasure
YOUTUBE VIDEO Publish is Pleasure (Download PDF TEXT) There is the common saying in academia "publish or perish". This is often seen in a negative light. But what if we flipped the notion upside down, and thought that publishing IS PLEASURE? Why is 'publish or perish' seen as such a bad notion? Nobody likes to publish against their own will. Perhaps the stress is also feeling like you must publish according to someone else's schedule, instead of being able to follow your own personal rhythm in publishing. To make public Studying the etymology of the word 'publish' is interesting, because it has to do with making something public for the public (the people). Therefore to publish something is simply to make something public. Blogging is publishing, because you make it public. If you write in a diary or journal, it isn't publishing, because it is personal to you. Why the pressure to publish? In academia, the 'publish or perish' notion is this: In order to secure your spot and tenure, you must make your research public, in order for the institution to justify your worth. Now academics always get stressed out about publishing. Why? They are soooo busy not only doing their original research, but serving on committees, teaching, preparing their courses, going to conferences, dealing with travel and logistics, etc. But something I'm curious about: Do academics really like publishing, or do they simply publish for the sake of getting a tenured position? Publish and perishing notions in blogging, social media, YouTube, etc. There are similar notions with internet publishing. The notion 'feed the beast' or 'upload or perish' seem to fit well here. But my thought is this: Much of social media is about FOMO (fear of missing out) or fear of being forgotten than actually the joy of publishing, sharing, and making things public. Not only that, but this horrible obsession with numbers, views, followers, etc. Numbers don't matter-- longevity, depth, profundity, and wisdom matter. Only publish if you get pleasure from it This is my thought: If you publish something which brings you pleasure, it is more likely to last. Why? To publish something which gives you pleasure is actually an indicator that you're doing something truly for the love of it, or that thing actually interests you. And generally things which interest you have a high likelihood of interesting others. Only publish what you care for Thus, my simple takeaway is this: Only publish what you care for. Also, publish and make public your thoughts or art-works which resonate with you. The more your artwork resonates with yourself, the more likely it is to resonate with others. ERIC
04:35
February 8, 2020
Archimedes' Lever: Exploit Your Strengths, Ignore Your Weaknesses
Where Should You Stand? “Give me but one firm spot on w