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Co-author, THUMOS: Adulthood, Love, & Collaboration

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[1] Nickantony Quach is a co-author of the 2017 book THUMOS: Adulthood, Love, & Collaboration, also known as the original Thumos textbook (OTB). It is the first book with a falsifiable definition of love. It explains love, its elements, and how to discharge its power systematically.

  • Dogma; that means, self-declared truth.
  • Falsifiable; that means, non-dogmatic.
  • Systematically; that means, without self-serving bias.

[2] It is the first book with the Four Steps of Reciprocation, not to be confused with reciprocity. The latter is a mutually beneficial exchange of support, whereas the former is the primary communication cycle whose first step is Disclosure, carried out by the speaker. The other three steps are for the listener to take. Suppose the listeners cannot take the last step every five minutes. In that case, the speaker is delivering a lecture and not engaging in a conversation with the listener. The user of this new knowledge would become a more engaged and efficient interlocutor. That should help teachers, professors, and instructors avoid wasting their time patronizing students in a classroom setting.

[3] It is the first book presenting the Thumos Philosophy. As explained in Chapter Six, the front and center of the philosophy are the Four Elements of Love and the Four Steps of Reciprocation. One cannot discharge the former without using the latter, and vice versa. If that sounds strange to you, you might be interested in the videos The First Falsifiable Definition of Love | NDBaker93 Thumoslang105 | S8E3 and What is Reciprocation? | Thumoslang101 | S1E5. Future philosophers and social scientists will have many opportunities to prove that such knowledge is what it takes to turn an educated person into a complete human. Parents who do not want to wait that long should consider the following.

[4] The most powerful knowledge in Thumos Philosophy is not its rules but its vocabulary: Thumoslang (pronounced THUMOS-LANG), the language of the original Thumos textbook. Discovered by Nickantony Quach in December 2018 in Providence, Rhode Island, Thumoslang plays a small part in the journey of humanity that began over a hundred millenniums ago when early humans found a way to have widespread control of fire. Fire is a tool. We use fire, a hammer, and other tools to extend our ability to do work. Physics students know best; that work involves energy and plays out when some force affects an object through a distance.

[5] The second stage of our technological advance began; the machine age. A machine is a mechanical structure that uses power to perform an intended action by applying force and controlling movement. The more skill bestowed upon the machine by the creator, the less skill the user must acquire for the work involved. Humans use machines to extend their energy further than tools can offer.

[6] The third stage is automation, which carries out complex or repetitive processes with minimal human assistance. In the final stage of technological advancement, humans take advantage of automation to scale up the application of energy to project much more power for much less effort. One-click, for example, is all you need to sort through countless documents worldwide.

[7] Tools, machines, and automation are all about conserving personal energy to keep it from being wasted. Dictators and oligarchs use nations as their tools but only for personal purposes. They conserve personal energy but not the energy of our humanity as a whole.

[8] Using the tool, including widespread control of fire, the machine, and then the automation, gives humans a better projection of energy and power. However, a nation with more energy or power does not have citizens who know how to treat one another better than those in lesser countries. It is, therefore, safe to conclude that technology cannot bring our humanity beyond this point.

[9] What could bring humanity beyond level 1.0? Thumoslang might. Nickantony Quach (pictured below, center) was unsure of this possibility until his work first involved Norman Baker (below, right) in early 2022 and Lyonel Fritsch (pictured above) in late 2022, almost four years after The Discovery of Thumoslang.

[10] Alec Mustafayev (pictured, left), a 2020 graduate of Classical High, is the first person growing up with Thumoslang since high school. The original Thumos textbook (OTB) taught him how to love; his girlfriend and his mother are the first to profit from his recently acquired knowledge. He, in turn, taught Lyonel Fritsch, another 2020 graduate of Classical High, how to love.

[11] “Lyonel, this is official; on camera, I ask you this question,” said Mr. Quach in a 2022 meeting with Mr. Fritsch. “You don’t have to answer it. Did any teacher in elementary school, middle school, high school, or a professor in college ever in the classroom or outside explain to you how love works?”

[12] “Nope,” replied Mr. Fritsch, as told by the article, A Concrete Outcome.

[13] “Did your parents ever set you down and explain how love works?” asked Quach.

[14] “Nope,” said Fritsch.

[15] “Did anyone else ever set you down and explain how love works?” asked Quach.

[16] “Nope,” said Fritsch.

[17] “Do you love your city?” asked Quach.

[18] “Yes,” answered Fritsch.

[19] “Do you love the people of Providence, Rhode Island?” asked Quach.

[20] “Yes,” answered Fritsch.

[21] “But you don’t know how to love,” said Quach.

[22] Fritsch nodded.

[23] “Do you see what’s wrong with this world?” asked Quach.

[24] “Everyone is supposed to understand it but [are not] told what it is,” said Mr. Fritsch. “So, how can you understand it? Everyone has their definition.”

[25] “Okay, then,” said Quach as he turned to Mr. Mustafayev. “Alec, leave the camera alone; come up here, please.”

[26] Mr. Mustafayev was caught a bit off guard since he only expected to record the discussion, but he obliged. He put the camera down, positioned it at a proper recording angle, and walked up to the whiteboard where Mr. Fritsch was standing.

[27] “On camera, you, Alec, are going to teach your friend how to love,” said Quach.

[28] “Teach my friend how to love?” Mustafayev wondered. “I don’t remember how to teach the full thing.”

[29] “Then you must use me as a walking library,” reassured Quach. “You can consult me and ask me questions.”

[30] That put Mr. Mustafayev at ease since he knew precisely which aspects of love he would need to ask Quach to remind him of. After a bit of discussion on a side note, they returned to the main topic.

[31] “For the first time, a human being will explain to Lyonel how love works,” said Mr. Quach as he turned his eyes from Mr. Fritsch to Mr. Mustafayev. “I will back you up, Alec, as I don’t expect you to remember everything. Speak from your heart!”

[32] “Love is an action with four elements,” Mr. Mustafayev began.

[33] “Stop!” commanded Mr. Quach. “Let me first provide a necessary context for that.”

[34] He then explained the difference between two related concepts: walking and walking in place. Both involve two actional elements: pulling and dropping the leg. Walking requires the third element of action: leg shifting.

[35] “If you do only the first two actions, pulling and dropping your legs without shifting them, the result is walking in place,” explained Mr. Quach. “You cannot discharge an action without executing all its elements properly. What Alec stated has a huge implication; if you fail to discharge all elements of love, the result will not be that of loving.”

[36] Mr. Quach tapped his index finger toward Mr. Mustafayev and gave him the green light to restart the lesson.

[37] “Love is an action with four elements,” Mr. Mustafayev began again. “The first one is respect.”

[38] Quach and Mustafayev took turns teaching Fritsch how to love. That was one concrete outcome. With Thumos Philosophy and its vocabulary, Thumoslang, people can now systematically teach their children, students, and others falsifiable love. They can now falsifiably teach others what love is, its elements, and how to discharge its power.

  • Systematically; that means, without self-serving bias.
  • Dogma; that means, self-declared truth.
  • Falsifiable; that means, non-dogmatic.
  • Love; that means, nurturing the target of love’s ideals.

[39] That also played out on the social website Cokoye earlier; a user explained how love works to another user.

[40] “Can you force love on another person?” asked one user.

[41] “Love is not a feeling but a one-way action, which requires energy as discharged by the originator of love, done for the target of love, according to the book THUMOS: Adulthood, Love & Collaboration,” said the other user. “Here is the kicker. Such discharge is impossible when targets of love do not share their ideals with the originator of love.”

[42] Anyone can immediately profit from the knowledge found in Chapter Six of the original Thumos textbook. It shows how you can systematically teach everyone to love others, including yourself. That’s the most important fact about the book THUMOS: Adulthood, Love, & Collaboration.

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