Originally posted by watchitburn
Does anyone else have this problem?
[color=90D4C4]If I could separate me from myself, I'd stay away from me.
I don't know if anyone else here has this problem, or if I'm just out of my mind.
Each of the paradigms takes a different view of the self. Transcendentalists view self as spirit inserted into matter. As a fragment or figment of deity, the self regards itself as somehow placed in the world in a non-arbitrary manner and endowed with free will. The transcendental view of self is relatively stable and non-problematic if shared as a consensus with all significant others. However, transcendental theories about the placement and purpose of self and its relationship to deities are mutually exclusive. Conflicting transcendentalisms can rarely co-exist for they threaten to disconfirm the images of self. Encounters which are not decisive tend to be mutually negating in the long run.
Of the three views of self the purely materialistic one is the most problematical. If mind is an
extension of matter it must obey material laws, and the resulting deterministic view conflicts with
the subjective experience of free will. On the other hand, if mind and consciousness are assumed to be qualitatively different from matter, then the self is incomprehensible to itself in material terms. Worse still perhaps. the materialist self must regard itself as a phenomenon of only temporary duration in contradiction of the subjective expectation of continuity of consciousness. Because a purely materialist view of self is so austere few are prepared to confront such naked existentialism. Consequently materialist cultures exhibit a frantic appetite for sensation, identification and more or less disposable irrational beliefs. Anything that will make the self seem less insubstantial.
The chaos magical view of self is that it is based on the same random capricious chaos which makes the universe exist and do what it does. The magical self has no center; it is not a unity but an assemblage of parts, any number of which may temporarily club together and call themselves "I" This accords with the observation that our subjective experience is not constant. Our subjective experience consists of our various selves experiencing each other. Free will arises
either as an outcome of a dispute between our various selves or as a sudden random creation of a new idea or option. In the magical view of self there is no spirit/matter or mind/body split and the paradoxes of free will and determinism disappear. Some of our acts are conditioned and some are random. Some of our acts arise from random choices between conditioned options and some from conditional choices between randomly created options. In practice most of our acts are based on rather complex hierarchical sequences of all four of these mechanisms. As soon as we have acted one of our selves proclaims "I did that" so loudly that most of the other selves think they did it too.
Peter Carroll- Liber Kaos (Aeonics)
Originally posted by beezzer
reply to post by watchitburn
Conflict can build, apathy decays.
Maybe your inner conflict is trying to create. Be encouraged that there is conflict. I think we all feel it, depending on our day to day issues and circumstances.
Look forward to the creation caused by the conflict!