Everything about your experience at this moment, or have experienced in the past, has been a continuing transformation of a) the physical structure of
your brain, based in atomic and molecular symmetry dynamics, and b) how the "rightness of connection" gives rise to a semiotic experience of being, a
being that is constantly existing simultaneously as the organization of the organic structure.
When you spend a right amount of time contemplating this fact, some basic ideas that are popular deserve to be reassessed.
One such idea is Nietzsches "Eternal Return", which has antecedents in the 'warrior' cultures of ancient kingdom-states, such as Egypt, Sumer, Persia,
and India. In these cultures, the self is condemned again and again ad infinitum to reincarnate into a world of meaninglessness. There is no right or
wrong way of being, and hence, this viewpoint is nihilistic - believing in nothing. From this nothing of existence, comes a decision to be made about
the meaning-of-life, and therefore, of living.
Contemplating time is not an unusual behavior in complex societies, probably because complex societies induce in themselves a bit of stress, and so,
make themselves more aware of the existence of temporality. It's not that time isn't real - its just not paid much attention to in more stabilized and
"static" (maintaining a very slow rate of change) cultures.
In any case, the elites of the kingdoms had by that time evolved a very nihilistic belief system with all manner of morbid self-representations
related to at this point as genuinely existing phenomena. The "spirits" were and are manifestations of the space that fills humans in their
connectedness. It expresses our values, but be clear: it is connecting what exists within us already to another party. A spirit is not anything but an
'attractor' which hooks up two live existing beings into relation. The value expresses us; is a mirror of us; but not, in fact, a real existent being.
Yet isn't this the traditional view we're all born into? That "spirits" or "archetypes" are real, even though they are mere epiphenomena?
If so, why do they speak back, you ask? Indeed. If you consider a disordered human condition, schizophrenia, or another, more conventional one,
dreaming, we have a similar phenomena at hand: a part of ourselves acting "independently" of our own volition, giving rise to a sense that a being
other and different from ourselves is "acting within us".
If you lose your epistemological attitude to know "how things work", and jump to the prideful assertion "this is what is", you will have jumped too
soon and may have, because of the sin of vanity, succumbed to what will become a closed feedback loop existing between you, other people, and the
culture you and them share, but take far too glibly as representing THE truth.
How do humans work? Take your early life and the development of the orbitofrontal cortex, which is at the base part of the outer-front of your brain,
and is connected to the thalamus, which connects to the amygdala, as well directly with the amygdala itself.
This cortex - or layered column of cells - is inhibitory, meaning it 'constrains' the flow of energy. The energy flowing through the body and within
the brain itself is correlating to the specific features of the environment, specifically those that indicate threat and safety. When threat occurs,
the orbital frontal cortex, thalamus, and the amygdala are "building a model of threat" as well as a "model of safety" in its biodynamical structure.
The threat response is a combination of the metabolic state of the body, as well as the strength of the stimulus from the environment; the more
weakened the former, the easier the latter can stimulate; the stronger the latter, regardless of whatever state you're in (seeing a baby murdered)
your system wiill register the action as a massively unexpected behavior, insomuch as baby's = cute which equals = "to be loved", and not, as seeing a
baby murdered would produce, a feeling of horror.
Integrating such an image (say, as happens with ISIS militants) would not be the "image" being "filtered" into the brain, but quite the opposite: the
brain's physiological structuring dynamics would react to the image, and hence, produce the state of horror in question. The brains representation of
the baby as "cute" is a semiotic product of the significance that baby's have historically given human beings; the brain is tremendously adapted to
nurturing and loving, so much so that the very part of the brain which reflexively represents "how to be" is the orbitofrontal cortex. This "how to
be" is a function of the security of your attachment to a caregiver, which is a function of their ability to read and know the nature of how they're
affecting their children, and not get caught up in their own ideas as they interact with the child.
This is a very subtle asymmetry, but its teaches nonetheless which behaviors are "good" and which are "bad", by punishing with shame and frustration
in situations of the latter type, and rewarding in situations of the former type. Reward and Punishment correlate with "internal models of safety" and
"internal models of threat" which are embodied as the physical structure of the prefrontal cortex and its regulation of the amygdala and other deep
brain nuclei associated with feeling.
To restate a theme of this thread: your mind is a) the physical evolution of your physical structure, in terms of the connections between atoms and
molecules, as well as b) the continuouslyy evolving experience of being which directly results from the qualities of the interaction with the
All of this rests on the premise that Internal physical symmetry corresponds to external symmetry betwenn acting human selves. There is a fundamental
isomorphism between these two levels, such that asymmetry in interaction produces entropy in the physical structure, and so a poorly
functioning/dissipating cellular dynamic between neurons.
Back to the "eternal return". Were they right? Is it not true, indeed, that such a thought rips away meaning from existence? Do we not feel our hearts
drop, and feeling an immense depression - a meaninglessness - from existence? The thought implies that all of reality is to be replated, again and
again, an eternal error, an eternal farce; indeed, the external world has come to be represented as a "false archon" - a being that is at odds with
the "One" - the Eternal, torturing his own being with time, and so, quite naturally, sadomasochism follows right after.
All the while this narrative of master-slave is crafted, the organism overlooks "how" they know from "what they are knowing". They take it to be
downright real: a powerful truth which can never be overcome - a truth which shall dominate all truths; indeed, so deeply did these humans believe
their truths, that they wrote their truths down or passed them down in specified ways, making sure that the truths of one generation will remain the
same for those of the next. A closed loop; and sealed, by what? I'd say pride, vanity; the egotism of making an assertion and feeling the enlivenment
of asserting. The nihilist is traumatized first - as an infant, as a toddler, as a child - before he ever comes to believe that he knows reality "so
utterly, and truely", that he must say what it is. This manic need to make assertions - is this not concealing the vain need to feel alive, at
whatever costs to the..
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