I believe in Heaven and Hell, and I do not think there is anything else besides cause and effect, coherency and incoherency.
To put it more simply: there is order and disorder, which can be related to the "ideal" of mind, and the "chaos" of matter. Mind you - even thinking
about mind without matter, or matter devoid of mind, sounds senseless and purely academic, and in a important way, this is true.
Everything anyone knows entails Mind in matter
, and despite the tall-tales weaved by mystics and occultists, nothing has ever been seen,
uttered, or believed, without a Human brain with a dynamical history mediating that knowledge. Everything happens through the brain.
still very much full-of-fear, and perhaps possess quite a bit of "transitional-object" like dependence on fairy-tales, if you cannot accept this
inviolable truth: everything Humans known from the past - such as through "occult societies" - comes through the mediation of brains. This fact has
been profoundly under-realized, and indeed, from Shakespeare to Descartes to Rousseau, we have differing degrees of an "arbitrary ethic" which
imagines the Human mind as "outside" the natural world.
Spinoza, Goethe, Schiller, and people like this, are the rare few who saw things more clearly, but they have tended to be rejected in favor of Francis
Bacon, Descartes, Newton, and the "insane romantics" - who formed the counterpole extreme to the "rational sciences". Polarization - or moving from
one extreme, to another, happens through anger, irritation, hatred. We do not assume opposite views to those we oppose by accident: we hate them for
believing something we assume to be wrong. The "contra" nature of the position we assume, in reality, is in non-stop conflict/agitation/melodrama with
the imaginary opponents inside ones own head. Letting yourself be polarized - into saying things that will piss people off, is not conducive to
science, or the acquisition of real knowledge. It is getting caught up in a narrative that forms in us as a function of social-ecological effects. Not
recognizing this is the ACME of ignorance - hence the genius of Buddhism to recognize that suffering is ignorance, and knowledge is peace and
To be fair, the liar seeks to find his "mother" - or matter (same etymological root), by committing himself to materialism, falsely believing that the
world and its resources are more real and essential to their human pleasure than the love of a mother, or, as happens for many, the love of a wife (or
husband). This false option - materialism as a reliable source of emotional satisfaction - suckles from the same teet as the matrix - the mother - who
imprints upon the developing nervous system its way-of-being in the world - at the core autonomic level, when deep-brain systems relating bodily
metabolism to excitement/fear dynamics in mind become hardwired: this is why early life trauma is never properly recognized, as it is embodied in our
feelings, and dealing with the structural elements which mediate how it is you think and value things is not something our cultures conventionalize as
relevant to knowledge.
Heaven and Hell
I think Niels Bohr was right, and his most ardent opponent (ala heisenberg) was wrong: all things are based in complementarity.
This truth will probably be extended to life and death, which, contra todays world, may be finally accepted as a part of the way and manner the
universe "grows" and develops - with us, internal "avatars" of the world, understood as being ENTIRELY A CREATURE of it.
Mind is not "above", so much as 'within'. If anything is above, it is certainly matter - the world of forms which emerge from symmetry, and generate
an entire universe where particles of matter can meet with other particles, and, given the unique physics of a situation, transforms, evolves,
accretes, in such a way so that genuinely 'new' properties emerge - such as mind - but that mind never comes without being "stoked" into existence by
the ecological context i.e. by MEETINGS between organisms - through play (fun), care (warmth) and awe (transcending the self-world dichotomy).
This means heaven and hell are EMERGENT properties, which means any glib comment on hell from the perspective of "heaven" (or a feeling of strength
and invulnerability) is certainly a delusion - and a quintessential function of ABSTRACTING away from feeling, and not taking as a basic fact that
bodily feeling underlies belief - convictions about reality.
When You Die...Heaven, or Hell?
There are so many liars online, it astonishes me. These people sometimes have the "eye of horus" symbolism (or other such signs) to show-off their
beliefs to Others, which no doubt functions as their personal little idol (to their own prowess) This brutish/asinine child-like teddy-bear fantasy
(transitional object in the Winnoctian sense) embodies the same sorts of wishes cultivated by the ancient Egyptians which evolved such talismans: an
idea of being "beyond good and evil", and so, filled with a truly shameful sense of invulnerability to the same sorts of affects - suffering inducing
- that the less ecologically afforded go through. The facts are, these are just myths - lies - that serve to justify motivational/affective desires to
which ancient Egyptians were too ignorant to properly understand. Yet, amazingly, 21st century minds still naively take in ancient myths as if the
primitive past offered greater insight into ourselves than the knowledge-factory that is 21st century science.
What Is Hell?
Symmetry and Asymmetry. If love builds our forebrain - literally "enthusing" our brain-mind into a feeling of realness, then certainly the opposite of
love is shame - or a feeling of being "disconnected" from others.
This is what most of the mystical traditions describe hell as being, yet there remains a naïve hope-conviction that there is something "above"
heaven/hell - the "true god" of the gnostics - which of course smacks of incoherency, as without either there is "meh" - nothingness. Nothingness -
hence, nihilism, is taken as a god, yet in the process these nihilist steal good/positivity from others, naively imagining that a tit-for-tat type
dynamic isn't to be worried about; indeed, it might be resented as a "punishing" mechanism of some external God (externalizing is an old problem) that
their whole gnostic spiel is woven from; the possibility that this is just physics/metaphysics (symmetry), now grown to the level of the golden rule,
is hardly appreciated, and how could it be? In any case, a violation of symmetry - i.e. the generation of asymmetry - has a corresponding "shadow
side" (encoded entropy) - a world of 'knowledge' which has been occluded from perception during life, but is "released" at death...
21-5-2017 by Astrocyte because: (no reason given)