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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...

Depression is Lack of Power

Depression – to be pressed down. There are many causes of depression, but whatever the cause, depression is in the body. Chemical and hormonal imbalances can cause depression, and for some people even certain foods will cause it (gluten being a well-known cause in this respect). The common misunderstanding of depression is that it arises from “depressing thoughts”. Well, thoughts are just a...

Not to Die Like a Dog

It was Gurdjieff who said that one of our aims should be to not die like a dog. Let’s unwind this one. How does a dog live? Dogs have no self respect. This is both endearing, but also quite sad. Give a dog a bone and it is happy. Chastise it for pissing on your new authentic Armenian carpet with secret knowledge embedded in its patterns, and it will skulk in a corner. Although, maybe your dog...

Oblivion

A drug called Spice has become very popular among the homeless and incarcerated in the UK. It has the attractive property of rendering those who consume it unconscious. A recent article in The Guardian newspaper carried multiple photographs of homeless people lay unconscious in the street while the rest of society just walked past. In the comments section, someone who had clearly never done...

Compassion for Self

Here we are, thrust into an existence we do not understand, and with a death sentence hanging over our heads. For most of us, the will-to-life is tyrannical, causing us to strive to maintain our existence at almost any cost. This is the cause of anxiety and much suffering – a “vale of tears” as it is called in the Bible. This is not an exercise in self-pity, but just an objective statement...

The Hubris of Science

Hubris – Excessive pride or self-confidence. I don’t think I have ever witnessed greater hubris, bigotry and contempt for other people’s opinions than that displayed by some of our so-called rationalist scientists. Laurence Krauss and Richard Dawkins come to mind. They leave the religious bigots in the shade. I’m an ex-scientist, having studied theoretical physics for my...

Nothing to Do

There are three classes of doing. The first one consists of all the things we feel we need to do to continue with our existence – get money, eat food, establish a social context (maybe), protect ourselves from the elements, go to the doctor when not well, and so on. In reality, these things will happen anyway – no real effort is needed on your part, your will-to-life will look after...

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