This rambles on, but honesty I wrote it more for myself, to collect my thoughts, than anyone else.
I wasn’t the speck of dust, God was.
It’s a shame the irony is lost on you.
You get mad that I speak of too much Abrahamic/Western one-dimensional superficial thinking in current public-facing philosophy discourse, as you reduce me with one-dimensional superficiality?
Besides “one experience”, come on, you can do better.
It was a key experience, right there at the beginning of my life, its ripple effects lead me to future explorations, sans the shackles so, so many others seem to suffer under.
Besides, I was more toddler than child. Don’t dismiss the importance of having society’s God delusion emasculated at such an early stage in my life. I look around and it’s overwhelming how many people are still struggling with the god question from both sides. For what?
Furthermore, “the speck of dust that wanted to be more” was shortly followed by my second little epiphany, (cosmic insight, mind altering lesson), having granny clipping our nails in her arbor. She explaining that our fingernails would help nourish the flowers growing around there. While my two sisters were right there with me, they don’t remember it. Me, it was rush as I processed the recycling of life. Then connecting it to grandpa’s magical compost heap - in goes garbage - out comes soil.
It mattered to me. It seemed important. I learned to hug trees before hugging trees was hip.
That had more important rippling impacts later on, and so on.
After high school, leaving home on my motorcycle, Yosemite bound, mind full of the weight of a weeping girl friend, family, friends, past connects, even a nice job I was leaving, it was all getting heavier and heavier, as I was crawling through a monster traffic jam, exasperated by an accident somewhere on the Hayward side of the Bridge. Finally through city and ready to get on the highway Yosemite bound, I had to pull over, I guess to make sure I wanted to do this.
I turned off my bike, walking around little, calming my mind, letting the cacophony of memories unwind, attentive to breathing and all that. Then within my mind, there was a “pop.” Quite literally. My emotional clinging to the past snapped shut. When I got back on my bike all there was, was chasing my future and Yosemite. That was crazy, that was fun!
I mean literally this little pop. I got back on my bike and continued my ride, with ‘Get Your Motor Running’ echoing in my mind. It was beautiful, never looked back. Another thing that experience did, was let me know, deep down, hidden away inside, it taught me that the universe was on my side. But that knowledge was deep inside, my conscious me and the body I’d grow into, that was full of the typical insecure teenage testosterone driven American lad. I’m glad I allowed that deeper something to call the shots when crossroad were met. But I’m getting ahead of this story.
Then came Yosemite. I think I need to start writing about it, considering it was 50 years ago this past July that I arrive up there to work and live and play. And 50 years ago, I was working at the Ahwahnee Hotel restaurant in the Valley and this is 50 years since I celebrated Christmas with friends at the incomparable Bracebridge Diner. (Sorry, couldn’t resist a little name dropping.)
Don’t get mad at me for complaining about the self-absorption and even superficiality in much of philosophical public facing realm, with its undercurrent of unresolved God questions/feeling, even if unspoken and in echos. The FLC professor still hasn’t explained: How an Assumption of God becomes a Being of God?"
Ran away from the challenge. But I should be impressed?
I suggest that most still haven’t absorbed the Human Mind ~ Physical Reality divide. Heck think of the stuff inthedark seems to believe. That’s scary. Don Hoffman, …
Therefore it’s worth yodeling about.
I know from personal experience what a splendid job it does of resolving the God & meta-physics questions by clarifying categories and sources.
God is a product of our mind, your mind is a product of your living body.
Learn to live with it.
Learn to better understand it.
We should spend more time absorbing what science has already learned, rather than obsessing over the next best thing and the answer to everything. That includes moving beyond the pre-evolutionary understanding mind.
Ever wonder why the left side of brain controls right side and visa versa. Because only that arrangement enables nerves signals from each side to constantly monitor and communicate about what’s happening on their respective sides.
Understanding evolution is the key to understanding such wonders of the body you’re walking around within. It’s nice to know who we are and what a biological wonder, and what a singular privilege it is to inhabit the human body. In all its gushy biological wonder.
Who are you?
You are your body through which you live your life,
through which you create your mindscape and sense of self.
What more or better are people expecting?
Consciousness is our body communicating with itself, all animals need to be capable of doing as much in order to survive, with varying levels of self awareness, Our human body and brain took an unexpected turn and here we are. Modern science makes that abundantly clear, but many philosophers aren’t happy, they expect nature to prove itself to us. So they build careers on contrived gotcha questions, provocative taking precedence over simple constructive learning and pragmatism.
Another wonderful insight of this Earth Centrist, (ground up evolutionary paradigm), is the recognition that debating “Free Will” pretty much misses the point. We are mammals, meaning deep inside we people are still instinctive reactive creatures. It’s what keeps our jails full and society increasingly angry - it also helps keep us alive.
As our homo brain developed its abilities to observe, remember, communicate, learn, it also developed something on top of our instinctive behavioral patterns.
Dr. Solms describes it as “Free Won’t”.
Namely, when things happen to humans, we have developed the ability to stop our reaction for a few beats. This moment allows us to consider future scenarios and potential outcomes before kicking into action mode. It’s the game changer, and it is human.
Explicitly acknowledging and learning to appreciating ourselves as evolved animals helps one better understand and sort our own internal issues, our foibles, habits good and bad. Recognizing how our “Free Won’t” functions provides a tool for handling and channeling our own behaviors.
This biological perspective also makes it easier to recognize how your good and bad qualities are often intimately linked and without the one, the other might disappear, so perhaps management works better than denial.
Actually no perhaps about it
his Mindscape thing has some potential, but he’s stuck on the framing of it.
That’s why I keep striving to get constructive feedback. Unfortunately, people really have thin skins and I don’t know what else I can do. So I’ll simply keep keeping on, . . .
and remain ready to engage in any good faith constructive dialogue.
Or simply to offer critiques,