Overcoming Anxiety and Avoiding “Fake Work” Through Real Self-Discipline and Mastery

  Anxiety is the hallmark of modern society, and all occupations create anxiety. Fromm said that the fundamental difference between modern society and traditional society is that everyone has lost their autonomy. In the farming society, from farming to harvesting, farmers do almost everything by themselves with a high degree of autonomy. In modern society, everyone can only control a little bit of career, everyone is a link in the assembly line, everyone becomes insignificant. As a general manager, if you resign today, the new manager will go to work the next day; as an employee, you can fill in as you go, not to mention. In order to avoid an existential crisis, one must maintain a sense of crisis. If you don’t develop enough self-confidence, you will feel insecure.
  Anxiety is a term in existential philosophy. The German word is Angst, which is a combination of English Fear (fear) and Anxiety (anxiety). It can also be translated as “fear”. Anxiety or apprehension is different from fear or dread. Fear or fear has a specific object, such as “afraid of dogs” and “afraid of snakes”. Anxiety or fear has no specific object. Frightening things may be famous, but they cannot be substantiated, such as “life and death”, “death anxiety” or “fear in the face of death and nothingness”. Some are unspeakable, but they are real. Panic, much like a nightmare, but when conscious.
  Anxiety manifests itself as excessive mental tension. The natural state is not tense, however, man is not creative in the natural state. The body is completely relaxed, which is “Ge You Lie”; the brain is completely relaxed, which is the stream of consciousness and daydreaming. To create something, one must reach the limit of one’s ability and break through the limit of one’s ability. Reaching the limit and breaking through the limit requires a high level of tension. Physical labor, competitive sports, the cerebellum and the body are highly tense; mental work, thinking and creation, the brain is highly tense. If the body is tense, if it is temporarily exhausted but can be fully recovered, it is a kind of self-protection and a blessing in misfortune. The terrible thing is that people become sick from overwork, self-protection fails, and permanent damage is caused. The tension of the brain is different from the tension of the body, that is, the time of overwork is longer, and the consequences of illness are more serious. Once nervous, it is inevitable to overdo it and become anxious. It can be said that tension and anxiety are twin brothers. To reach the limit, be nervous; to break through the limit, be even more nervous. The key is to have tension and relaxation, and to have a degree of relaxation. Blindly nervous, too much, it becomes anxiety. When you’re anxious, you can’t sleep well. If you don’t sleep well, your body and mind will collapse. A flat collapse is a collapse, and a common one is a chronic collapse. The human body and spirit are like springs, moderate tension can produce creativity; excessive tension, the spring is straightened, or even broken, it is useless.
  Making a living is not easy, you have to work hard all the time, especially when you are young and strong, you have to be nervous. This means that anxiety cannot be eradicated, it can only be managed. To manage anxiety is to put the brain in a state of tension that can stimulate creativity, high tension, but not excessive tension. Be creative, not destructive, let alone destructive.
  The main symptom of anxiety is false effort. Mr. Qi Gong gave an example of fake work: “I have an old classmate who has to read a few pages of “Zhang Qianbei” every day. The words he wrote were tied with ropes and piled up in the corner of the room, as high as a bookshelf. There are two stacks, and the next one is “Zhang Qianbei”. I took down the top one to look at it, and it was the closest one. The more I scrolled down, the better it was, and the newer it was, the worse it was, because he was tired of it. I wrote it just to do my own errands, not to study the level, style, and structure of the stele’s calligraphy, which has nothing to do with these.” Mr. Qi Gong said: ”
  Kung Fu” is “accurate repetition”. Anyone who has practiced calligraphy honestly knows how difficult it is to repeat accurately. “Mr. Qigong’s old classmate” is a common phenomenon in the calligraphy circle, and it is also a common phenomenon in the academic circle. When learning a foreign language, you don’t listen to it repeatedly, don’t recite it carefully, don’t translate it, just memorize words; go to the office every day, go to the library, but not to be quiet and efficient, but to let others see you are working hard; you are keen on buying books and neglect reading ;Download papers but are tired of browsing; Keen to collect data but lazy to analyze; Mining data but not thinking deeply; Going into the “field” but not ruminating; Drafting but tired of revising; Keen on meeting but not publishing papers – all download Fake time.
  The real kung fu is to read the data deeply with your heart, chew it repeatedly, thoroughly understand the database, ponder over what you have learned, and revise the text repeatedly. Real kung fu is to write with your heart, and only by writing every day can you hone valuable ideas and statements. Writing is not done overnight, it is not about conceiving first and then writing, it is about revising repeatedly until you get tired of it. Half-hearted data mining is not research, extensive literature reading is not research, and rambling fantasies are not research. These activities are not completely useless, but they are relaxing and enjoyable, and at best they are half-truths and half-fakes. Real kung fu is to sharpen yourself, constantly step out of your comfort zone, and constantly break through your limits. Just seeking accuracy is not real work, and mere repetition is not real work. It is not difficult to work hard, but it is difficult to do real work. Striving for accuracy and repetition is tiresome, and the boredom comes from vanity and self-confidence.
  Driven by inexplicable forces, “involution” has become “involution”, and “involution” has become popular. “Involution” is a term, becoming a buzzword, a disaster for terminology. The price of popularity is loss of identity. When 100 people say “involution”, they may express 100 different meanings. So, first define the meaning of the word.
  ”Involution” is the Chinese translation of the English word Involution. Involution is the opposite of Evolution. If you translate Evolution as “evolution”, you should translate Involution as “degeneration”. Translated as “involution”, it probably wants to convey a deep meaning, that is, some changes seem to evolve, but in fact they degenerate, and they seem to advance but retreat. It seems to be straightforward, but the terminology cannot be straightforward.
  In my mind, there are two bibles in academia, one is Mr. Ji Xianlin’s “Ten Years in Germany”, and the other is “Qi Gong Teach You Calligraphy”. Mr. Ji is a language genius, learning Sanskrit “stuttered in reading, inexplicable in translation, sweating on the head in anxiety, and angry in the heart”. Mr. Qigong said: “There are four words to learn: ‘break superstition.’ Don’t take those mysterious, miraculous, rumor-mongering, nonsense, fabricated, and mythical words as dogmas, As the guidance of a sage.” Mr. Qi tore off the masks of “calligraphy theorists” Kang Youwei and Bao Shichen while talking and laughing; Ashes to ashes.”

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