FEELING BAD

Feeling Bad—the concept struck me as odd yesterday (a migraine day). An unfortunate external event is one thing, but feeling bad over it is our own act. We whip our minds in an endless frenzy of directionally unique judgments. There is a reason the enlightened ones suggest staying present and accepting without judgement. 

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HABIT FORMING

This dis-ease which we feel from time to time (most of the time for some of us) is a fraudulent manufacture of our minds—an evolutionary mechanism gone rouge and for some, the neurological pathways are well-traveled—out of habit. Let go and be in the present moment—without judgment.

Meditating Nietzsche

Until we . . .
evolve beyond our competition-based society
circumvent biology’s depression-inducing reward-mechanism
blend with machines or upgrade the one in our heads
upload our consciousnesses to explore other dimensions and worlds,

We might meld the philosophies of Siddhartha Gautama and Nietzsche to . . .
express our Will without attachment to outcomes
fully accept the present moment
be mindful of the mind-sullying whispers of DNA’s anger merchants

When acts of Will don’t produce the desired result
Accept that and craft plans new

Rather than crushing Will’s desire
Consider desire worthy of action
Yet transitory
Not worthy of attachment
Not worthy of pain

By Ivor Peter Brians

To What Do We Evolve?

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Yakusugi Land, Yakushima, Japan: ‘steps’

From the micro-verse of a Tokyo Starbucks.

It seems that we have been striving since we gained thinking ability to separate ourselves from our animal impulses. This is on our way to what? What shall we evolve to?

Thinkers including Nick Bostrom, Ray Kurzweil and Alan Guth have argued that we may be living in a simulation. If so, what can our striving evolve to? If our universe was indeed created by highly advanced beings, who compared to us can be described as gods, then it would be to evolve to gods ourselves as Giulio Prisco has suggested. Applying my own human based spin on this as my imagination explodes, craves an answer to the question, what would motivate a god? We basically want to satisfy our urges, survive and reproduce. A god would have no need of that. All of our pleasure is derived from our animal base. I think the concept of pleasure as it relates to a god simply does not compute. Maybe a god exists in an extra universal realm or dimension beyond pleasure. I will call it a bliss-field. Maybe that is what we ultimately strive for.

I will set my imagination on that for a while…

Pleasure vs. Pain

One of my missions is to gain some understanding of this life and the Universe which contains it and share that with others. One of the past philosophers I respect the most is Friedrich Nietzsche and last night I watched a video by The School of Life which summarized his writings. This was of great help to me, as working my way through “Thus Spoke Zarathustra” is slow going.

If I understand Nietzsche’s philosophy correctly it says our purpose is to struggle to actualize our will and that this may involve pain. Yet I believe the pain/pleasure dichotomy evolved in our animal ancestors simply so that a self replicating molecule would be copied into the future.

As we embrace technology and move past our primitive hardwiring, I wonder:
Must we continue to endure physical or psychological pain?

A contemporary philosopher thinks not. His name is David Pearce and you may find his ideas interesting. His website is called The Hedonistic Imperative.

Best explorations to you…