Exactly one year ago to the day, the video, “Center of Rhode Island“, which is Episode 1 of the YouTube series, “PVD Philosophy“, was published on Ri4CTV. It is the first formal attempt to tell the global audience about the Thumos Philosophy as presented by the 2017 book, “THUMOS: Adulthood, Love & Collaboration“. The series is so named because the philosophy originates from Providence and its airport code PVD is, to many foreigners, easier to pronounce than Thumos. At nine minutes and 15 seconds into Episode 1, you should hear the following.
“…you need to conceive and develop further a personal philosophy. Helping you to achieve that is the main reason why [Nick] uses this [YouTube] series to tell you about the new philosophy created right here in Providence, Rhode Island.”
“What do you see when you look [into] a mirror? If you can only see yourself as a person then you did not grasp the first lesson in this new philosophy.”
“Next time, when you look [into] a mirror, tell yourself that you’re looking at a complex business of the self and its mission is to conceive and develop further your ideal self.”
At 20 minutes and 20 seconds into Episode 1, you should hear the following.
More importantly, if you want to run your business of the self professionally and thus successfully, you must avoid doing it alone, by yourself.
Professionalism for a complex business requires at least two different minds capable of joint intellectual effort, which, in this case, is necessary for success in the making of your ideal self.
If you do not know of anyone available to be your long-term mentor, we hope this [YouTube] series, “PVD Philosophy”, gives you a temporary alternative.
When the above lesson was given to Elias, his experience was captured by the video, “What is Your Business of the Self?” That is Episode 13 in Season 2 of NDBaker93. As soon as he understood the concept, the trajectory of his life was forever changed. At 16 minutes and 18 seconds into the video, you should hear the following.
“I would imagine that this [philosophy],” said Elias, “is something that you came up with.”
“Impossible,” interrupted Nick. “In the 21st century, from here on out, anything that affects humanity, anything that is a global solution, you can always assume that it’s impossible for a single mind to discover. Anything that can be discovered by a single mind has been done already.”
“The concept, business of the self, is so important because people have to understand that if you’re operating your life with a single mind, you [would] have a hard time competing against a billion other individuals around the globe…”
“I worked with a student from the University of Rhode Island for two years,” said Nick, “to come up with [all the things for] this [new philosophy]. We then published [our work in a] book before he graduated [from college].”
At 18 minutes and 34 seconds into the video, you should hear the following.
“My biggest question is,” asks Elias, “how to keep yourself disciplined in that mind state?”
“That’s why you need to have a second mind in your business of the self.” Said Nick.
At 19 minutes and 28 seconds into the video, you should hear the following.
“Do you want to run your business of the self like America or like North Korea?” Asked Nick. “You have to decide and that decision is realized by how you express your personal philosophy.”
“I can take it in any direction I want to,” said Elias, “but I have to…”
“…do it with deliberation,” Nick completed the sentence for Elias, “or not.”
“And most people do it without deliberation,” continued Nick, “and that’s why their expression is not that of their business of the self but rather imitation of others’.”
At 21 minutes and 02 seconds into the video, you should hear the following.
“How can we be like,” asked Elias, “no, no, no, no, go that direction, create yourself [instead of finding yourself]?”
“That is an incredible question,” said Nick, “and the answer is the video that Norm[an D. Baker] is trying to get you and others to make.”
“Basically, we want to create a viral video, if possible,” continued Nick, “to promote [the following] message…”
Whenever someone asks you, what’s your New Year’s resolution? The answer should be, “Thumoslang!” And that works for [everyone].
On the first of November, Elias learned of the above and decided to bring Nick in as the second mind for his business of the self. That’s why he immediately set up a one-on-one weekly meeting with Nick, every Thursday after school, starting on the 7th of November, 2019.