A quote to consider before reading my post:
“Truth cannot be accumulated. What is accumulated is always being destroyed; it withers away. Truth can never wither because it can only be found from moment to moment in every thought, in every relationship, in every word, in every gesture, in a smile, in tears. And if you and I can find that and live it — the very living is the finding of it — then we shall not become propagandists; we shall be creative human beings.” — Jiddu Krishnamurti
This post will be a flow of contemplation around this idea…
A quote to consider before you read today’s letter…
“Take a soldier and put him right in front of a cannon in a battle and fire it at him, and he’ll go on hoping, but read out a certain death sentence to that same soldier, and he’ll go mad, or start to weep.” — Fyodor Dostoevsky
Living creates uncertainty. But it’s this dance with uncertainty that creates windows of love, wisdom, and creativity.
Stick with me and allow me to explain.
Uncertainty, it’s become fundamental to our understanding of human existence.
There’s an uncertainty principle in physics; there’s measurement uncertainty…
Today’s post is a different style I want to begin experimenting with… dialogue-based stories and conversations. Some weeks, these conversations will be more story-based, while others will be more focused on the dialogue. This week focuses on the dialogue! Think of this as a modern spin on Plato’s Republic, where I create dialogues loosely based on real people and real conversations I’ve either heard or had.
My motivation for doing this is a desire to play with different writing styles, while also finding different ways of presenting the information.
Addiontally, this allows me to create characters and perspectives to allow…
Let’s start with an undeniable truth(mostly): Humans are social animals.
We live, breathe, and desire social interaction. Even when we convince ourselves otherwise, it’s often some underlying issue that creates that belief.
A belief that pulls us away from a default mode of desire, whether it’s past experiences or trauma that have created this sense of social anxiety that has us avoiding those connections. An anxiety that leads us towards wanting to distance ourselves from people to avoid that undesirable inner feeling. …
The algorithmic reinforcement of the self…I’ve had a lot of thoughts on this lately, more like a jumbled mess of incoherent nonsense. I knew that I must put my fingers on the keyboard and begin.
Many of you know this, but I’ve been fascinated by the various groupings our society creates. It’s been my obsession for the past few years.
The structures that we build as a society then create this strong influence on our inner subjective experience(our consciousness). These social structures from religion, corporations, philosophical ideologies, and political groupings influence our perception of reality. …
After reading enough Carl Jung, having the media tell you to “just be yourself,” and watching films where we witness characters become their true self; our minds become convinced that we must find ourselves, or even better, our true selves.
But what does this even mean?
Is the idea of a true self…fiction?
I mean modern capitalism has brought us a culture that has latched onto this desire that people have for finding their perception of a true self! But that’s the point, is it simply a perception? A made-up fiction brought to us by the human myth-making mind.
Take a moment to consider this question, what are taboo topics that come to mind around family and friends? Your mind probably went immediately to religion and politics. Many opt to avoid these topics of conversation others embrace them.
But why should they be taboo…for anyone? Why should any topic be for that matter? Why are they taboo in some circles? To put it simply, they can get heated, fast.
We allow ourselves to enter conversations by believing we already hold all the answers, which prevents us from even being able to entertain the idea that our position is wrong…
Although many traditional sects of Christianity want to proclaim Gnosticism as heresy, the teachings of this religious school of thought have made their way into our modern culture.
Gnosticism saw a revival after the 1945 discovery of Egypt’s Nag Hammadi library, which was a collection of rare early Christian and Gnostic texts. These newly discovered findings had translations spreading throughout the West in the 1960s and 70s.
Now, Gnosticism is a general collection of religious ideas that date back to the 1st century amongst various Jewish and Christian groups. …
The journey of self-exploration, everywhere we turn and everything we do is a movement and flow towards something. We often make a movement inwards, as I think we should. The journey of understanding your own mind, your own consciousness, hoping to find answers.
But what answers lie within the depths of your mind?
What does that move inward bring us?
Liberation or fear?
Well, both, as you cannot have one without the other.
I’ve had my own experiences with my own internal void, my own perception of nihilism. …
I had a realization this week: hope is not found in focussing on everything we perceive as good, the positivity, and the joy everywhere. We need those things of course, it’s a major piece to the puzzle.
Hope is found in the acceptance of the complexity of our existence. This complexity is found in the joy, the positivity, and the good; but we must acknowledge the darkness, the negative, and the bad.
And maybe, in a sense paradoxically, we begin to see how simple life really is when we accept the complexity. …