To begin, let's acknowledge that I don't "know" You..
at least as well as You "know" Me.
This is not "fortunate" or "unfortunate", but simply a matter of fact.
This fact is too often and too easily forgotten and taken for granted by those of us who seek Knowledge throughout "cyberspace".. We argue amongst
ourselves, nitpicking at which words
we use, which statistics
we reference, and leave the Ideas and Collaborative
Thinking as an afterthought..
I am not going to pretend that I am speaking to a huge audience of open-minded, independent thinkers..
But I am also not going to assume that I am speaking to a few close-minded bigots..
In fact, I am going to assume that i am writing this to no one but My Self, because this i can be SURE
It just so happens that whatever the case may be, the eyes reading these words are connected to the same mind that typed them
That being said, I would like to share some observations
and then observe
the ripple that follows, intending to integrate and understand
each response on their own terms
and without judgment.
Zealots, Saints, Pseudoscientists, Skeptics, Psychics, Dreamers, and Artists are welcome. I cannot claim to belong to any one of these "groups"
entirely but I have come to understand and freely admit the ways in which I have much in common with each of them.. or should i say that it seems that
each of Us is composed of interlocking systems which simultaneously assume the positions of each of these "paradigms" and The Human Condition is the
result of these systems trying to work in sync..
Before you respond to the following observations however, please understand:
-I have no interest in condemning "that which is 'BAD
'" and proclaiming "that which is 'GOOD
'" because I have come to understand
that these terms are almost meaningless (outside of my own mind) and i would rather frame my words with the intent of "collaborating views and
ideas" instead of condoning what is "right" and condemning what is "wrong".
-I do not care if you think i am smart, dumb, good, evil, crazy, sane, or just plain ignorant. These mean even less that "good" and "bad" in most
-I use the word "God" sparingly in my personal life
but it is a placeholder for that which is ultimately all-pervasive and
and means NOTHING. I will come back to this, but just know that i will not offhandedly use the word "God" to aid in explaining my
reasoning. please do me the same courtesy if you respond.
What you are about to read is an experiment.
This is not an experiment with an expected outcome or a motive outside of the pursuit of Knowledge.
This IS an experiment that is operating under that assumption that ALL Knowledge is Self-Knowledge
An experiment which assumes that The Human Brain is not so different from an intricately constructed music-box which has a finite spectrum of notes it
can play, but with a potential of limitless combinations and permutations within its capabilities.. The DNA is the craftsmanship of "the music box"
and it is this craftsmanship that determines the inclination and strengths of what music it plays best..
This is not to say that THE MIND
is also a part of this "music-box"..
The Mind is the "composer" who collaborates with the mechanism and can choose to explore (or not) the innate potential of The Individual's
"design". Understanding the true role of The Mind seems to be a key in alleviating "habitual suffering" and exercising Free-Will..
The most important factor however, is The Music
and this represents our Actions.. No matter the strength of the construction of "the
music-box" or the genius of "the composer", the combination and interplay between the two is what truly "counts" and is what is observable..
I find in most people is that they identify
Themselves with some "thing" or a "concept" before they identify with their own consciousness.
This immediately "short circuits" the raw power of their Free-Will and the more layers and complexities to this "identity", it seems like it
becomes more and more difficult for the person to "just be themselves".
For example: those who say "I am my body".
Of course, their body is a PART of Them, but in stopping their identity at the body, they them shut themselves off from what is outside the
.. which just so happens to be just as eternally present as the body itself. The Mind is expressed THROUGH the body, but it is also always
"soaking in" what is in its environment, and so this "identity" must also include an individuals past and current surrounding influences.
Is it any coincidence that those who view "their body" as truly representing Themselves, are also those who often seem to age most noticeably, lead
unhappy lives, make self-destructive decisions, etc..?
This is not to say that they are "wrong" or that this is a "bad" way to live.. i only mean to imply that there is a connection, and if this
"result" is not desirable, perhaps it is worth exploring?
The same goes for those who say "I am my soul".
This "soul" is indeed a PART of Them, but in quantizing "a soul" as different and apart from "a body" and "the world", we completely erode the
of The Soul: that which is being "expressed" through our body and world while also being the fundamental makeup of our
Bodies and World
Is it any coincidence that those who view "their soul" as truly representing Themselves, are also those who seem content with life, yet sadly
stagnant? Those who can confidently speak to anyone about their Beliefs
but forget to develop their faith
in how these beliefs connect
with the REAL WORLD
Earlier i said that i would come back to explaining why i said "God means NOTHING":
Since the word/name "God" is supposed to describe a force
which is all-pervasive, the symbolic sequence G-O-D has become a
very crude placeholder for describing an aspect of our Universe which (by definition) evades explanation. This "loop of reasoning" could easily be
described as "communicating No-Thing" (notice the middle letter of "G-O-D"), but do not mistake me for saying that this is the same as deeming
"God" to be a worthless
It is just very difficult to use effectively..
Now where does this leave us?
Simple: I don't know.
I can't pretend to "know" anymore than i can pretend to "do" and this is a hard fact to accept.
all i can say (if i communicate anything of worth in this thread) is: wherever Paradox and Duality is found, they are actually describing opposite
sides of the same spectrum
and it is in realizing this, that One has hope of tasting Freedom.
Freedom from guilt, suffering, worry, and desire.
Freedom to do what you may and trust others like you trust yourself.
Freedom in any and every sense you've ever heard it used.