I don’t think consciousness is a phenomenon that emerges from a specific pattern of electrical signals. Of course I could be wrong, but this is my hypothesis.
What does the idea that we are all equal really mean?
Well, to begin with, we have to define “we.” Because if it’s one of the more obvious definitions, including everything about us, then we’re obviously not equal. We’re all different, and constantly changing. Of course we are. How could anyone believe we’re all equal? Well, without specifically discarding things from our definition of what we are in order to find something that can be considered “equal,” what are we, really? What is the core of each of us? What are we that doesn’t change?
When facing a crisis of faith, I guess it could help to start with what you know and still believe, little though that may be.
I just finished reading Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. Thoughts are coalescing… or actually, really, I’m drifting. I’m not sure what to say yet, but that it is excellent and fascinating.
Derren Brown is investigating supernatural phenomena in a miniseries of documentaries called Derren Brown Investigates. He wrote a great blog post to introduce the show, which delves into his approach and the nature and necessity of skepticism, which he defines as “reserving judgement until the evidence is weighed.” Predetermined disbelief he calls cynicism. It’s a fair point: I don’t think “cynicism” is the right word for it, but I don’t think there is a separate word for it. Both “doubt” and “disbelief” are widely called “skepticism.”
My throat chakra is closed.
I am working on opening it up. That is, I suppose, the purpose of this post.
Everything we do has consequences. Some are more noticeable than others, and many are expected: cleaning off the table usually results in a clean table. Inaction is an action with consequences as well, which can often be predicted without any extraordinary psychic talent. Certainly not all consequences are predictable, and many go unnoticed.
Since my last post, things have apparently gotten worse in some ways. Maxed out credit cards, unexpected bills. But as I said at the end of that one, things are still moving in the right direction. Things are still moving. Everything changes.
(If you’re reading this on Facebook Notes, consider clicking through to the original post so you can see the links, since it doesn’t seem to translate them.)
I suggest reading A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle.
Or maybe a nonchronicle. That’s kind of what this blog is now; I haven’t been updating with anything much at all. Creation and Personal Growth are getting the shaft in the chronicle department. So, why no updates?
That is the abbreviated title of this post. The full title is as follows:
To Vote or Not To Vote, and For Whom, and Why: That Is Those Are the Questions, the Most Important of Which is Why
What do we do about all the small disasters in life? Sometimes they seem so close together, like a concerted team of tragedies. There are so many opportunities to give up, to break down. So many constant, small signs any one of which would be a fine incentive to say, “I’ve had enough.” To give up, to let go, to despair. Why don’t we? Of course some do; some leave another mess behind to return to that home we can’t really remember, where it’s easy to look at things from a different point of view.
Karma is something I think many people misunderstand. Some see it as a sort of prison, a never-ending cycle of pain inflicted and received. To others it is about getting in the final word, some kind of cosmic justice. But it is neither of those things.