"No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible."
"He lit a lamp in broad daylight and said, as he went about, 'I am looking for a human.'"
“In order to attain the impossible, one must attempt the absurd.”
I attempt to guide my life by the Pāramitās.
I remain a fallible human and an ardent vacillator.
“I am the sum total of everything that went before me, of all I have been seen done, of everything done-to-me. I am everyone everything whose being-in-the-world affected was affected by mine. I am anything that happens after I'm gone which would not have happened if I had not come.”
“If you want to identify me, ask me not where I live, or what I like to eat, or how I comb my hair, but ask me what I am living for, in detail, ask me what I think is keeping me from living fully for the thing I want to live for.”
INFJ. My Enneagram results have thus far been inconclusive. I could identify as a 4w5, 5w4, 1w2, or 9w1 on any given day. I am large. I contain multitudes. I consider myself an anarcho-pacifist, and depending on the day, a panentheist or a pandeist.
There is no dogma in an intellectually coherent world-view, be it scientific or mystical. If, at any point, an individual refuses to accept reality, they have caused their own, personal universe to shrink by just that much. Eventually they become so burdened by their own preconceptions that their lives become nothing more than worn and barren hells, filled with sardonic caricatures of humanity, left to live out their days as pale husks, in a rote and tortuous farce of existence.
Potential is wasted everywhere and that is the greatest sadness. Terrestrial life could achieve a asymptotic perfection in mere generations if sentient beings truly recognized the latent promise in mankind. The only thing holding life back are its own self-imposed limitations. The universe has conspired successfully to bring life into existence--let's not waste the opportunity.
There is no justification for the notion that we should rape the earth, produce nothing but garbage, steal from and murder indigenous people, impose our will on the world, and all the while assume that we know better than the total system (i.e. everything) that's been in place for billions of years. The myth of Phaethon perfectly illustrates the folly of such hubris.
When one has grasped the fundamental element of a phenomenon, the why of it, investigating all particular instances of that phenomenon is a form of distraction from reality. It is entirely enough to know that men can kill each other instead of focusing on a grotesque investigation of every possible case of it.
Bureaucracy and explicit rules are two of the most damaging elements of modern society. They are nothing but soulless monoliths diffused throughout a consensus reality. They turn humans into shadowy cogs in a giant edifice that empowers neither the bureaucrats nor those they are supposed to serve. Prescriptive morality is no morality at all.
All religions have the same message; that of compassion towards all (and I mean all, not simply humans) and a turning away from material existence. Individuals have systematically perverted this message to advocate its exact opposite--an exploitative, materialist, and violent world for all.
History was the path of least resistance in my academic career. However, the truth is that history needs to be learned from, not merely learned. The analysis of events past prevents knowledge of the present day. Willing is not enough; we must do."
The works of humans long dead that were hallowed for centuries have been cast off as archaic effluvia in an age of materialist dogma. It is the lazy equivalent of fascism--you don't need to burn books if no one is reading them. Countless empires and civilizations have risen and fallen yet no lessons have been learned, no paths have been changed. All that is begun must end.
Sacred texts are fascinating, but in the manner of traditional hermeneutics, not piecemeal analysis. To treat texts that have been constructed as beacons of meaning as straightforward and superficial is an obscene vulgarity. Religions were founded by mystics, not automatons.
Determinism is fundamentally true. Probability is only causality that has yet to be fully explored by the perceiver. A god of the gaps style argument for a noumenous concept of free-will is on inherently untenable grounds.
Cooperation and competition are two sides of the same coin. "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven." If materials are limited, it makes sense to choose who gets what, but in times of near-endless bounty, it is self-defeating to be stingy. We live in an era of the latter category; we should freely give to those who live without.
Money is simply a form of explicated social capital. The implications of this observation demonstrate the total inefficiency and lack of equilibrium if viewed from today's context. See the income disparity of CEOs and line-workers (Currently 380 to 1). Also note the implications of an unbridled fiat currency. Individuals and corporations are accumulating obscene quantities of social capital by doing nothing but maintaining the edifice. Good karma for merely existing.
Existentialism, homeland security, and "helicopter" parents are all the shadow of a single phenomenon. When a system loses its function through its own successes, hypersensitivity to arbitrary agents occurs. It is fundamentally an allergic reaction, blown out of proportion, to common environmental realities. Like allergies, we can overcome them by gradual desensitization and subversion of the reactionary elements involved.
Metaphor is a component of life and language that is rapidly fading in a world dominated by positivism and technology. Who today understands the four elements with the same gravity as those living two thousand years ago? Who would understand the relevance of flocks and shepherds when the only experience given to them of animal husbandry was a brief visit to a petting zoo? The beauty of symbols is that they allow for more than simple delineation, but what happens when that beauty is stripped away in favor of symbols of single variables? What happens to poetry when a cigar is just a cigar?
The most illustrative example of this is the point of distinction between those who have these knowledges and those who don't: there isn't one. Professional intellectuals, probabilistically, are indistinguishable from any other individual involved in intellectual labor, and to most extents, those who aren't. The professor lives precisely like the claims-adjuster. This is the paradox of professionalism—it incentivizes engaging with their art only when money and advancement are involved. If the field does not actually lead to any real change in behavior in the practitioner, then why bother? It becomes yet another hollow display of social value to other humans, which, while facilitating the road to progeny, is an antithesis of an ideal wisdom.
"Since I no longer expect anything from mankind except madness, meanness, and mendacity; egotism, cowardice, and self-delusion, I have stopped being a misanthrope."
From the basis of this quote, which in essence is fundamentally true, self-happiness can derived from it's introspective equivalent. That is to say, when we accept that we ourselves have not been any other way but duplicitous, hypocritical, cowardly, or wrathful, then sadness has no place for that creature, for our expectations are never dashed and can only be exceeded.
tl;dr: Love is the well-spring that allows a non-violent existence. Until love is established firmly in the heart of humanity, there will be no escape from pain and anguish.