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Everything Is Understandable

“What’s amazing about life is that it seems possible to understand every aspect of it if one really cares to know.

-Every aspect of it makes perfect sense when looked at deeply and holistically enough.
-Some aspects of it can only be understood by transcending rationality, self, and mind.
-The deepest aspects of life is unbelievably counter-intuitive.

Of course most people simply do not care to understand. The intent to understand has to be genuine, and for its own sake. Not a manipulation towards some productive end.

It’s equally amazing that every aspect of life can also be easily misunderstood.

Just remember this, if there’s some aspect of life that doesn’t make sense, it’s only because you haven’t yet really cared to understand it. You haven’t yet been willing to pay the price for the understanding. The deepest understandings require self-sacrifice. They are not things one reads in a textbook or hears in a video.

What would happen if you committed your whole existence to understanding — genuine understanding?”

Source: https://www.actualized.org/insights?p=44

How Do You Know You’re You?

“Do the following quick exercise:

Go look at yourself in the mirror and ask yourself, “Who told me that that’s me?”

Seriously! Go do it right now.

If you’re a very rational, scientifically-minded person, or an atheist, this is the perfect exercise for you.

What evidence do you have that you are that thing in the mirror?

Seriously! I’m not kidding. This is not an armchair philosophy exercise. This is a hardcore science experiment.

How do you know what you’re supposed to look like?

Could it be that you’ve simply assumed that that thing in the mirror was you without actually investigating the matter?

Is there any scientific evidence whatsoever of how you are supposed to look like? How would you even make such a determination?

Can you recall how in your early childhood it wasn’t at all obvious that you had a body, knew it’s parts, or knew how it looked? Can you recalling having to acquire all those notions?

Now, notice that your mind will come up with all sorts of objections and rationalizations for why you really are that thing in the mirror.

But I hope you’re wise enough not to blindly trust that mind of yours. After all, isn’t that your biggest gripe with religious fanatics? That they blindly believe in unwarranted things… that they beg the question?

Well, watch out! Maybe you’ve been committing that very same sin your whole life. Which, by the way way, would explain that grudge you hold towards religion.

Who’s begging the question now? Oh, how the tables have turned! Oh, the delicious the irony! Oh, the hypocrisy of rationalism!

If what I say is true, can you begin to fathom the significance of it? Not philosophically, but ACTUALLY!”

Source: https://www.actualized.org/insights?p=45

Why Religion Persists

“One reason that religion persists is because it provides genuine psychological benefits to the practitioner. It is the original self-help. To those skeptics who dismiss religion so quickly by saying, “But it’s just a bunch of fairy tales” — the only way you can say that is because you lack experience with it, and so you misunderstand it. You misunderstand it, but not in the way you think. The reality is, there’s no way in hell a collection of purely fabricated stories could survive for such a long time. Religion survives because it WORKS!

It’s because it works that it becomes a problem. It’s because it works that people aren’t so eager to abandon it as your models would predict. People feel the positive effects and get seduced into thinking that everything in the religion is true because of the psychological or spiritual benefits they feel. And then that is take as evidence of the religion’s exclusivity: “My religion must be true because look! Look at all these great benefits to my life!”

The problem is not that the benefits are not real — they are REAL! The problem is that the benefits are not exclusive — but people hold them as exclusive. This cannot be seen without a more experienced, more cosmopolitan meta-perspective. It’s not possible to see the universal psychological and spiritual principles at work in a religious tradition without practice and study of other traditions and non-religious self-help techniques. If you do undertake such a study, you will see the common threads unpinning all traditions, from Mormonism to Islam to Judaism to psychoanalysis to Yoga to Scientology.

But the false exclusivity that many religious adherents subscribe to becomes a huge burden. Religion becomes dangerous when it feeds tribalism. ANY ideology becomes dangerous when it feeds tribalism. And virtually all ideologies do!

How many ideologies or religious traditions say: “We don’t care which other traditions you study or practice. In fact, let us help you study the vast diversity of ideas available in the psycho-spiritual marketplace.”?

Ha! Good luck finding an ideology like that!

How can we tell if an ideology is dangerous? Very simple. Just ask, “Is it feeding tribalism? It is putting itself on a pedestal?” Is it encouraging tolerance and unity with self and other, or separation of self from other?”

Source: https://www.actualized.org/insights?p=49

Philosophy Used To Be Easier

“Imagine what it was like to be alive 2,000 years ago. Ignore what your material life would be like and instead imagine what your epistemic position would be. What would be your inner understanding of what reality is? It’d be totally different than humans conceive of it today. Everything would have a feeling of the unknown about it. Every day you’d get up and wonder: “What are human beings doing here? What the hell is this place?!” You’d wonder that because everyone around you would be just as clueless as you. There were fewer answers at your disposal back then.

In a sense it was much easier for philosophers 2,000 years ago to do true philosophy because they were not as locked into paradigms of religion, science, mathematics, consumerism, culture, etc. Simply because those things all had to be created at some point. We take for granted that these things were not a part of life 2,000 years ago, or if they were, they played a significantly different role. Maybe that’s why 2,500 years ago was the heyday of Western philosophy. The world appeared more mystical and unknown back then, and that was actually true to nature.

Now we have all these excellent models of reality which ironically calcify the mind. A perfect example of: the better the model, the bigger the problem. 2,000 years ago was an intellectual wild west, a no man’s land. Of course one of the downsides to this radical openness and uncertainty was a lot of superstitious theorizing. And the greatest downside was that people didn’t have the great advantage of being able to study history — the massive intellectual blunders that would result in the next 2,000 years from sloppy or rigid thinking. But then again, that is only an advantage if its made use of. Most thinkers today don’t really appreciate these historical blunders and haven’t learned their lessons.”

Source: https://www.actualized.org/insights?p=49

Transhumanism

“Transhumanism is an international intellectual and cultural movement supporting the use of science and technology to improve human mental and physical characteristics and capacities. The movement regards aspects of the human condition, such as disability, suffering, disease, aging, and involuntary death as unnecessary and undesirable. Transhumanists look to biotechnologies and other emerging technologies for these purposes.” (Wikipedia)

The world is headed towards transhumanism…. Man meets AI.

Spirited Away

Spirited Away is a 2001 Japanese-animated fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki, animated by Studio Ghibli for Tokuma Shoten, Nippon Television Network, Dentsu, Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Tohokushinsha Film, and Mitsubishi. The film stars Rumi Hiiragi, Miyu Irino, Mari Natsuki, Takeshi Naito, Yasuko Sawaguchi, Tsunehiko Kamijō, Takehiko Ono, and Bunta Sugawara. Spirited Away tells the story of Chihiro Ogino, a 10-year-old girl who, while moving to a new neighbourhood, enters the world of Kami. After her parents are turned into pigs by the witch Yubaba, Chihiro takes a job working in Yubaba’s bathhouse to find a way to free herself and her parents and return to the human world. Miyazaki wrote the script after he decided the film would be based on the 10-year-old daughter of his friend Seiji Okuda, the movie’s associate producer, who came to visit his house each summer. At the time, Miyazaki was developing two personal projects, but they were rejected.”

Source: https://duckduckgo.com/?q=spirited+away&ia=web&iax=about

Empty Beings

Those who pursue nothing but desires.

Those who commit sins led by that temptation.

Those that haunt others with no mercy.

Those who wage wars with words endlessly.

Those that have billions in the bank yet the hunger of others in the human family surrounds them.

Those that poison our water supplies.

Those that thrive off of human trafficking.

Those that feed off of our fear.

Those that pump us with chemicals.

Those that lie to us through the tell-lies-to-vision.

Those that stamp on others to get to the top.

Those who gave up on being human.

-DiosSoulRelics 01/10/20