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Time and the Meaning of Life

I am choosing to be decisive, not “having to be decisive”. Time is also always fading into the future (like the sands of time according to Socrates or Plato), this Summer is disappearing steadily much like the previous Summer. September will be upon us soon. The days go by seamlessly like a faded dream, a day of routine, of familiar faces, places and road. Find the meaning of life, the middle part in the time sequence that separates the moment you were brought into this world to the time when you will die or in probability terms, P(chance of dying) = 1, out of a scale of 0 -1. The meaning of life is to self-realise, to have the most impact/ influence you can generate to as many people you know, that which you derive your pleasure and happiness within reason and the Law. Make alliances, break alliances, choose your friends wisely as long as their motivations and actions are aligned to your goal in life. Your surroundings and the people you are with have such an effect that it can change your behaviour, for good or for ill. That is a factor that is within your control to seek self-realisation. What is beyond your control to find your meaning of life is the countless circumstances and possibilities; ignore it, it only saps your mental strength. Once you control the people you are with and put the required amount of hard work, you will find your mark and target in your life. Be like the arrow drawn from a very skillful and determined archer, single minded in purpose, uncaring for what happens around it, only concerned with the target that lays before it. Time streams forward but the resolute arrow does not care.

Be relentless and implacable, like a tank or horseman who surges ahead, crushing anything and anyone that stands in their way.Take note here that you have to be ruthless at times but only if it is within the Law, reason and done so in an honourable way.
Resting/ relaxation are only a means to an end and not the most important thing. Use it as a way to recharge your energy reserves like how scattered soldiers rally to one point before charging off again, their strength renewed. That is purity in purpose and deed.

On a side note, my facebook friend offers another interpretation of the archer and arrow metaphor where instead of you being the arrow, the arrow represents your Will and you are the strong and resolute archer directing yourself at your targets in life.

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‘If a tree falls in the forest and no conscious sentience is there to “hear” it fall, does it make a sound?’

If there is no sentient being with the 5 senses nearby to perceive such sound waves, how can it be “Truth”.

A mad/ delusional person may hear and see things within his/ her 5 senses that may be very different to what you or I perceive with the 5 senses, so that is the mad person’s Truth as far as what his/ her sense tell him/ her.

We can only know Truth that is immediately within our 5 senses in our immediate environment, not something far away as a tree making a sound.

Does my perception of the colour “red” equate to your view of “red” or could my view of “red” be your “blue” from your perspective? We don’t know what happens after death because the brain is destroyed and it is the essential component to sense Truth in our immediate surroundings because it computes signals from the 5 senses. For all we know, we could be living in this dream-world (which me and my perception of you are living in) and then when we die, we don’t wake up from that dream-world because there is no functional brain to process the 5 senses we have for our immediate surroundings.

To sum it up, we only “exist” because we think we exist, all because of our brain processing the 5 senses and interpreting our existence as Truth based on what our 5 senses are telling us.

Being aware of our own Truth through our 5 senses makes us conscious and in doing so builds up our Reality or what we think of Reality.

Therefore, the tree, the forest and the sound made when the tree falls does not exist because there was no sentient beings like ourselves to perceive it to exist or to be “true”.

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Philosophy Politics Psychology

Sword of Damocles

Macbeth may have hallucinated whether there was an actual dagger before him prior to him killing King Duncan, but those self-aware know and feel the sword of Damocles placed above their heads. Don’t you feel the weight and keenly shaped tip of the sword of Damocles above your head?

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Alchemist

Those of the writer’s craft are Alchemists; their spells and transmutations from a piece of paper and blots of ink transmute the mental realms of people, potentially changing their perception, which can fundamentally alter the world and Reality.

Moving on from the mental realms, the Alchemists were not far from the Truth in that you could turn any metal into Gold but that would require tremendous amounts of energy to change the atomic structure of the atom’s components (neutron, electron and proton numbers although methinks you could manipulate the Quarks to do this) and that the Gold itself would be radioactive.

Another idea the Alchemists had was trying to find the Elixir of Life to grant immortality which is not far from the Truth as with Science, understanding more about DNA and how to manipulate it to extend our lifespans along with harnessing immortal cancer cells to our benefit, we could in theory make a concoction that would manipulate our genes to grant life extension.

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The Question on Morality.

The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance.
Socrates

Greek philosopher in Athens (469 BC – 399 BC)
Upon reading the Science Fiction novel “A Thousand Sons” from the Warhammer 40,000universe, written by Graham McNeill, I came across a quote made by one of the main protagonists in the novel, Ahzek Ahriman, in the first few pages, the quote being “the only good is knowledge andthe only evil is ignorance”. It made me consider the quote and what I observed in life or in the news.

The ancient Roman Empire and the Greek Empire attacked other countries and built huge armada to control the land and sea, by doing that they acquired gold, silver, trade, fishing etc. Napolean attacked Venice by taunting it to attack France’s ships thereby it gave Napolean the pretext to attack Venice and take many of its treasures, one being a thick gold plated altar dedicated to Jesus Christ. Likewise, the British Empire fought in the Boer War to subdue the Afrikaners and control the gold mines, attack India to control the spice and opium trade etc. In summary, you can see that much of the conflict in the past and even now was/ is driven by the desires and wants to subdue nations while giving the excuse that it was all done to spread Christianity, bring civilisation to non-Western cultures, war was executed in response to an attack etc. The soldiers of these Empires who carry out the dirty work of their Governments do so because they need and/ or want the job of being a soldier to provide a standard of living as well supply the needs of their families and the soldiers themselves. Other reasons because they are indifferent to what is actually going on in the war which is where the “only evil is ignorance” comes into play because by being indifferent, they are CHOOSING to ignore what is really going on and unwittingly have limited knowledge to know what is actually good. Others fight in wars because they like killing people so it fulfils their need and wants.Other soldiers say “they would dies for their country” and all this patriotic nonsense when in fact what they mean, as pointed out by a fellow philosopher who I can’t remember the name of yet,that they would gladly kill for their country. Again, a need and desire is being fulfilled here, overriding their sense of reason and the ability to be fully aware of what the ACTUAL situation here is which is the taking of one Nation’s resources to be given to another,thus maintaining the old hierarchy of First World, Second World and Third World countries.

Serial killers kill because they are driven by the NEED and DESIRE to become famous and be recognised for their killings even though they know all too well the Law and what it prohibits regardless of culture or nation.

People spend thousands of ££££/ $$$$$ (or other currency) on clothes,televisions, music etc because it sates their needs and desires to feel good, to stroke their ego etc. This may sometimes lead to them overspending beyond their means which could lead them to debt, to crime etc. Despite knowing they are not affluent to have these items,they still do it because their needs and desires override their reasoning. When like another Fashion season arrives, the same people will again spends LOTS of money on a new set of clothing, when a new gaming console arrives, people will gladly pay to acquire it despite the initial price of the console being very expensive etc. Thus the whole cycle of Consumerism starts again. So Socrates quote about goodness consisting of being knowledgeable falls short here because he ASSUMES people would be more of the mind and would be rational to make their decisions when in fact, most people are not e.g. look at protest rallies, the fluctuations of the stock market which are reflection of people’s emotions to changing prices in oil, gold,company value etc. Socrates places too much EMPHASIS on the mind and its capabilities, ignoring the non-mental and physical side of human beings which are generally the dominant.

Surely you must have had the experience of thinking you were friends with people in your class or work, chatting to them casually etc but when it came to when you really needed them or you wanted to speak to them after so many years, they would appear to ignore you after making so many repeated requests or they would ask something off of you and then totally discard you like a piece of rubbish by being very explicit about it aurally. They were never really your “friends” in the first place and had already acquired what they wanted/ needed from you which in their minds is perfectly justifiable. Again, needs and wants dictate right or wrong.

The same with prostitutes or people with dubious preoccupations in South American or Third World countries where there seems to be a prevalent Catholic religion being followed. Their religion dictates what they do to be wrong yet these drug dealers, soldiers, prostitutes etc do it because of the level or poverty which forces them to do the most unpleasant of things.

Then there’s the question and apparent contradiction in all of our societies where Murder is something to be seen as clearly wrong but when it comes to War like in Iraq and Afghanistan, we all seem to be perfectly fine with it, just some group of guys and girls in uniform with weapons butchering another bunch of guys and girls, doesn’t seem to be Murder despite being the same thing. Their governments appear to not punish or jail them for killing. Think about the rapings and killings of civilians going on in wars. Contradiction! Again, it comes back to wants and needs i.e.governments don’t want Murder to occur in their countries because itcauses social unrest but when they carry those same types of killings to other countries, it’s perfectly fine.

What I am suggesting in this rant is a slight modification of Socrates’ ancient quote by putting instead, in light of this disordered discussion,something that appears like this: “the only good is knowledge, the only evil is ignorance provided you reason in a way that is fair and doesn’t harm people directly or infringe on their rights without their consent. Otherwise, morality is generally all about wants and needs.”

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Selfishness, selflessness and other random thoughts.

Herein lies the paradox. Consider the Golden Rule made by the great Sage Confucius. Confucius stated, “Never impose on others what you would not choose for yourself” and that is a very nice rule indeed, a rule that I generally live by and which mostly in others is lacking much to my annoyance. When you read that Law, take note on the latter part “you would not choose for yourself” and see that despite trying to be selfless and good by treating others well, you first have to think about yourself and the actions done to yourself before you can begin to treat others ethically. Hence by being good and helping others, you in fact are helping or thinking about yourself in the first instance. When you were born, you weren’t born because you chose to be born, that decision was made because your parents wanted you to be born so they could feel good about themselves and because of the continuation of Mankind; at once, the needs of the community and the needs of the individuals are met, much like a legal contract. When person “A” goes to do a charity event to “feel good about himself” and help the charity in question, he has himself aimed to get a reward which is the release of endorphins and other substances released in the neurons which triggers the feeling of happiness despite helping the charity. Happiness is like a painkiller to help make us at ease with our existence which can be very scary sometimes; the thought that you or I can die at any moment despite the low chances of it happening is still a possibility, the slow but steady progress of the days into months, Seasons and years and how routine your life can be makes you wonder where you are headed in life if there is ever a purpose.

Just thinking about colossal black holes at the Galactic centre in our Universe and possible Multiverses made me feel like my mind wanted to escape my skull, like a feeling of giddiness. With that in mind, it makes you wonder that you are an insignificant germ within the grand scheme of things yet we easily forget that fact because of what’s in front of us which is life, the traffic, going to work, going to school etc. Much like reality in general i.e. my body thinks the furniture around me and the house I live in is solid but it actually isn’t because it’s actually energy with very little disorder or entropy. My eyes don’t see that but Science says it is.

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My thought on irony.

Irony is irony because your rod-like perception of a situation is bent and moulded into a new way where you appreciate contradictions, much like a straight rod of iron can be contorted into a new form and function. Hence, an ironic thing or situation is like the metal Iron.

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Fantasy Philosophy Psychology

Analysis of Excalibur(1981 film)

Exaclibur came out of the lake of the Collective Unconscious and empowered King Arthur. Exaclibur, together with the guidance given by Merlin (who came from the subconscious), helped Arthur bring forth order and prosperity in the form of Camelot; the synchronisation and harmonising of the conscious and unconscious. Excalibur symbolically linked Arthur to Merlin.
As Arthur thrived and prospered, so too did the land; he and the land were one.

The Dragon, which Merlin calls forth to power his spells, is an omnipotent entity, a being of pure energy that permeates creation.

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Peace

Someone on my Facebook asked what Peace was and I wrote this in response to his post.

 

Whatever is going on inside your Mind is a reflection of your external environment. You can be in peace mentally even though your environment may be chaotic like personal crises, life’s problems. When you are at peace in these ordeals, you are like the eye of the storm, at a place where it is relatively calm even though around you the storm rages. You are centred and balanced, in full control. Like forgiving people who done you wrong, staying calm in life and death situations etc.

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“Better to be Socrates dissatisfied than a fool satisfied”

“It is better to be a human being dissatisfied than a pig satisfied; better to be Socrates dissatisfied than a fool satisfied”; I finally understand the meaning behind this quote.
From the quote, I am getting the idea that Socrates/ the human being wanted to fully realise/ achieve their wishes and dreams which would have had a greater impact on humanity (in terms of progression of ideas) but Socrates/ the human being failed realising that desire or wish. However, in that failure, at least it brought them closer to their goal. In contrast, the pig/ the fool only pursues short term wishes/ happiness , never thinking about the future or the progress of Humanity.
However, it also shows that pursuing pleasure is graded; there are the base pleasures which are short-term and eventually lead to ruin while there are the higher pleasures, more abstract and intellectual, that lead to the benefit of the thinker and for society.