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Why You Can Know F*ck All

The world we experience is our representation of it – not the world as it really is. In fact, we can’t know the world as it really is because we have no access to it. So, is sugar sweet? In its own right sugar seems to be just a particular molecule with various properties – sweetness not being one of them. Sweetness is something a human tongue adds – it is a subjective...

Spiritual Imagination – A Luxury Item

I happened to recently watch a discussion between two of the best known contemporary “spiritual” gurus. I’m not going to mention names because I don’t want it to get personal, and these people seemed pleasant enough. However, after about ten minutes I did start to question whether these people lived on the same planet as me. Much of the talk was around topics such as mindfulness, being in the...

The Law of Repulsion

I guess most people reading this have heard of the Law of Attraction. Its claims is that by focusing the mind on the things we want we can achieve them with pretty much zero effort. The Law of Attraction is very popular – millions of hopefuls visualizing untold wealth, fame, endless sexual conquests, a private jet, or whatever a particular person’s thing happens to be. It doesn’t work. If...

Security or Freedom – Your Choice

We all want security and we all want freedom. It’s not going to happen. Security and freedom sit at opposite ends of a scale, and to have one means abandoning the other. This manifests in many areas of life. Most people want a stable relationship, typically marriage, but they also want the freedom to engage with other sexual partners. This often causes problems, as is testified by very high...

Skin in the Game

There are two ways to live a life. We can live the life of an animal or that of a human being. Human beings are surprisingly rare. The life of an animal is easily defined – all our efforts, aspirations and dreams are geared toward one thing – survival and procreation. That the activity of most of us is concerned exclusively with this is easy to show – earning money, seeking...

The Prison

Then it is all mere Maya, with which the Brahman deceives himself. – Upanishads Here is a description of the walls and iron bars that comprise your prison. You are driven relentlessly by the will-to-life to maintain your existence and seek as much power as possible. The driver is your desires, and these can never be wholly satisfied. If your desires are not met you feel pain. This is the...

Forces, Laws and Things

The world seems to be driven by forces of various kinds, gravity being one of the primary shapers of the structure of the universe. In fact it wouldn’t be too much of an exaggeration to say that the stars, galaxies, black-holes and the like are merely coincidental. They come and go as gravity pulls masses together and then other forces blow them apart. That a particular star came into...

The Creation-Destruction Asymmetry

I wouldn’t class myself as a misanthrope, I’m not interested enough to hate people. However I have come across a few misanthropy groups. It is something of an oxymoron to have a misanthropy group, since misanthropists hate people it is assumed they would not want to participate in a group. Nonetheless it is interesting to see what happens in these groups. Once the members have all told each other...

Deconstruction

I’m going to say something that may make you want to throw up. You are already perfect. So the obvious question is “why don’t I feel perfect?”, and what does perfect mean anyway? This is not some new-age bullshit claiming that you are love (you are not), or making promises of nirvana or enlightenment (no such things). I’ll start by defining “perfect”. You...

In a Nutshell

Welcome to a life you know almost nothing about. Throughout the ages various sages and thinkers have made efforts both to understand life and the best way to live it. Here is the bottom line as far as I understand it: The body rules. We can entertain ourselves with all kinds of fancy ideas when the body is well and we have surplus energy to expend of various speculations. However when the power...

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... all objects of experience possible to us, are nothing but appearances ... (and) have no independent existence outside our thoughts. #kant

We do not have understanding, we are our understanding.

HOW TO BECOME A GURU - take on an oriental sounding name. Use words and terms that are undefined and cannot be defined - being, presence etc. Make promises of a state that is preferable to what is considered mundane - moksha, enlightenment, samadhi etc. Be vague.

The power of the mind is defined solely by the understanding #Spinoza

All sciences are simply concerned with understanding the way our minds represent the world - not the world itself. All science is an exploration of mind - not stuff.

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