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Saturday, February 10, 2018

The Execution of Judgement and Critical Analytical Thinking

Abandon all hope you who enter here. – Dante

Dante said this of a man who was about to venture into the underworld, to take a journey under the shadow of death, guided by the dispossessed. It is a good story, and it is a warning for those on the threshold of life as well, for the world is dangerous place and there is not a single one of us who does not make the journey in the dark, buffeted by the unseen, the unexpected and the unknown. 

There is a consequences for everything we do, the repercussions of our actions are like the fruit of the vine; each morsel ripening in the sun, and filled with a thousand tiny seeds.

The consequences flowing from the simplest things we do are innumerable. They flow out from us, and away from us, slipping over the horizon, past the vanishing point, beyond the constraints of our time on Earth.

It is naïve to believe that our choices, that the actions we have committed, even the seemingly smallest things, it is naïve to believe that they do not have the potential to shape the fate of the world and the future of humanity.

Being an actor in the world is a consequential matter, but not a hopeless one; approach the role with caution, treat it with care.

Gather all courage you who enter here.

As human beings, each and every day we are faced with a multiplicity of choices, the majority of which take place on an unconscious level. So much so that they do not seem like choices at all, they are determined by habit, by impulse, by routine behavior, such as: the way in which we greet people, or the way in which we say goodbye, how we pour a glass of water, or how we lift a fork from off our plates.

Note well, every decision we make becomes a part of the eternal record of our lives, our choices are like energy pouring into a wave, like the wind our choices push us toward our future, or alternately, drag us to our end. Our actions determine who we are, they shape the world around us, each and every choice playing its part while adding to the life of every other person in our sphere of influence as well, and that is everyone.

We are co-creators of the world we live in, our thoughts and words, our deeds, our triumphs and tragedies, our mundane routines condition all our relationships, every single one, both the known and the unknown, and our environment as well, the totality in sum.

Examine everything.  

The decisions we make on the unconscious level are choices we arrive at through behavior patterns we learned from specific experiences we had early in our lives, when we did not have the critical skills to question their utility, and the patterns for those choices were laid down like track for a railroad.

Those patterns of behavior are programmed by family, church and school, through our relationships with our friends and peers, by radio and television, and through our extended digital-social networks.

Many of the patterns we inherit are themselves the unconscious, unexamined, uncritical habits of the people who raised us and had the most influence on our upbringing.

We participate in this programming through our fears and desires. As children our participation is more passive than active, but as we get older, learn more, become autonomous and self-purposive, a shift takes place and the programming we entertain is more actively a matter of our own determination.

In order to execute our own judgement, to be free from the coercion of these influences we must be able to comprehend their nature. We must know how our programming benefits us, and whether or not our programming facilitates a greater or lesser understand of what is real and true.

We must be able to step outside of ourselves to see them clearly, at times we will need the help of others to do this.

We must subject ourselves to scrutiny at all times, our judgement must be examined and re-examined in a constant process of reflection so that we may determine for ourselves how we will face the repercussions that arise from our choices, even the most miniscule, seemingly inconsequential choices that we make.

When we become aware that we have been programmed, we must then take responsibility for that programming; we must rewrite the code.

Critical analysis is the most important factor in the process of personal growth.

Critical, analytical, thinking…listening, and feeling…

By judging the impact of our choices in direct relation to their impact on the world, the environment and our relationships, we enhance our ability to ensure success in whatever goals we set for ourselves.

A person must feel the impetus to fulfill their potential, feel it rising within them, and master every tool at their disposal: memory, strength, speed, dexterity, creativity, empathy, they must learn to observe and listen, learn to communicate with the heart and the head both, to cultivate patience as a precursor to understanding.

Develop the relationships that will propel you toward the end you seek; to propel you as you launch and assist you in your landing.

If we have the ability to judge the circumstances we find ourselves in, to see the whole picture and judge it according to its inherent values, if we are able to see the world as it truly is, we can prepare ourselves to respond to it with the requisite alacrity, confidence and certainty.

When we know the truth about ourselves, we will see every other person within us, everyone a part of us, no matter how far they are removed from us in time and space; past present and future are gathered together in the locus of each and every individual


You are the center of the universe, as am I, we are one, and the good of one becomes the good of all. 

Saturday, December 23, 2017

A Part of the Whole

“Know thyself! The unexamined life is not worth living.”
~Socrates


What is real comes to our awareness through its engagement with our limited senses: sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch.

The senses we possess are not objective, they are incongruous, conditioned by relative values, including the relative nature of our individual points of view, our individuated position in time and space, and the range of our sensory powers, each on their spectrum of relative strength and subjectivity.

The real comes to my attention in these modes and I am forced to admit that the fullness of my understanding, my understanding of who I am; as a person and a subject, and that my understanding of the world around me is wholly determined by these subjective modes of being and perceiving.

Even knowing this, knowing how limited, conditioned and differentiated our perspectives and perceptions are, nevertheless I believe that what is true is discernable by us, and inter-communicable between us.

We can talk about them, we can share them, we can measure our perceptions and test them against reality.
           
There are some who argue that it is impossible to know the truth, or even that there is no truth to know.

This school of thought is called relativism.

The relativist will suggest that each of us creates and maintains our private, distinct, and disconnected version of “reality.”

The relativist will promote the notion that we ourselves are responsible for the reality of our existence, as well as the construction of every experiential referent in it.

This school of thought is the product of intellectual laziness, and hubris.

To hold this position, I would either have to deny the reality of your existence, believing that you are merely an object in a reality that I construct for myself, or I would have to believe that I am an object in the construction of another person’s private world, possessing no independent existence of my own.

Those are false constructions.

Those forms of relativism is dangerous and degenerate.

They should be rejected.

I appeal to my own experience, as finite and circumscribed as it is, to demonstrate that I and we, cannot be responsible for the “reality” of our own existence, or that of any other being, and that I share with every other being fundamental relationships that are constitutive building blocks in the ontological make-up of who I am.

Without you, I am not.

Because of you, we are.

I am not the source of my own existence, and I am not complete in myself.

This is true of me, and this is true of you.

We came into being with the universe, first as a potential, only later, much later to become an actual.

I am in the universe, and of the universe, but I am not the infinite source of the all that is.

Although we are not the cause of the infinite, we are free creatures formed with the ability to observe it, to think and to speak about it, to share our understanding of it, no matter how flawed it may or may not be.

We walk through the time and space, we are agents of causality, connected to every part, but not as progenitor.

I participate in the infinite, I lend my distinctiveness to it in ways that only I can determine.

While some might like to argue that we do not have the power to “know” the infinite, few would argue that we do not have the power to know ourselves.

To know myself is to know something of the infinite, it is to see the whole in the part, the part in the whole.

            

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Emergence, In Fifty-five Words - Section Two, The Continuum; Part Eight, The Body, Collected Chapters





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A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 057, February 26th, 2017

Chapter One: The Whole

The Continuum had a place in time and space. It existed at a point (relative to the movement of the galaxy) the members called HomeWorld, the Central Planet, even though it was not their home, nor was it the center of the galaxy

Continuum itself was an electromagnetic field of consciousness. It was pure energy.

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A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 058, February 27th, 2017

Chapter Two: Perception

The Continuum constantly reaffirmed to itself the claim that it was a unique and singular consciousness, that no other being (if you could call it one) like itself, existed anywhere in the universe.

Jim knew that this was a lie. The Continuum was a construct, merely an algorithm, coordinating the thoughts of a trillion beings.

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A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 059, February 28th, 2017

Chapter Three: The Parts

A trillion beings formed the Continuum, or more. Each persona was a distinct entity carrying the whole compressed within itself.

As individuals they were utterly free, there were no limits to the types of experiences they could have, and share. They could live in realms of pure fantasy, or vicariously through the missions of Observers.

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Day 060, March 1st, 2017

Chapter Four: Personhood

The Continuum promised eternal life to its members, but there is more to being than having a distinct-identity.

A person must be free, must have autonomy, and purpose.

Having purpose is more than possessing a goal, or desire. It is a place of tension between what a person wants, and what they want to end.

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Day 061, March 2nd, 2017

Chapter Five: Belonging

Among the earliest of all personal struggles is that of belonging.

Belonging has many forms, belonging to a group by free association, or by the force of compulsion. Then there is metaphysical belonging, belonging according to the ontology of being, belonging simply because you are, because you have been, and as such, will always be.

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Day 062, March 3rd, 2017

Chapter Six: Freedom

In the Continuum there was no want. There were only desires, appetites, and cravings for experiences that the members wished to be fulfilled.

Pain and want were only understood vicariously, or recalled from the distant past when they were all organic beings.

The Continuum ruled over everything, every known inhabited world, or so it believed.

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Day 063, March 4th, 2017

Chapter Seven: Control

Of the one trillion persons whose consciousness was housed in the Collective, the great society that founded the Continuum, the majority never left HomeWorld. They had abandoned their bodies millions of millennia ago.

The bodily forms that made them unique, giving them a singular perspective, and defining existence in space-time, were forgotten, ephemeral, and illusionary.

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Section Two, The Continuum

Part Eight, The Body

Collected Chapters

01 The Whole
02 Perception
03 The Parts
04 Personhood
05 Belonging
06 Freedom
07 Control

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