Sunday, January 31, 2016

Ending Our Universe in One "Easy" Step

I have written about religion and meditation and the unfolding of the Universe a lot.

I have given much thought to the concept of Free Will and whether or not it exists (outside ourselves) and I have written a chain of commentary on why I believe that our Universe (note the use of our) is a condition that is predetermined.  These are beliefs, unproven and likely not provable. These are beliefs based on the study of our Universe and ideas derived from much thought and serious contemplation.  (see previous blog posts for details).

It occurred to me, as I was reviewing my contemplation on this topic for logic errors, that it would be a fun thought experiment to wonder what would happen in a predetermined universe if some being or some consciousness actually developed a method to exercise Free Will.

I was surprised that even in a mental state of willful discipline, my mind raced toward a "gut feel" response of - That Universe would cease to exist.

This gave me the idea for the title to this piece, putting "Easy" in quotes to sarcastically make the link between the ease of the answer to the "what" could be done to end our Universe against the impossible or improbable task of the "how" to do it.

Many religions and followers of "holy" people or thinkers, have a concept of mortal or near mortal beings who once existed or currently do exist (popes, gurus, lamas, witches, oracles)  that claim to have achieved or nearly achieved some for of transcendence.

To me true transcendence would indicate a discovery of a true self, soul or such an independent entity within one's self and simultaneously know the fabric of the universe in all of its spaces and times.  That is a huge position to be able to get to.

Now imagine getting there and you become aware of your place in that fabric and understand at an almost mystical or metaphysical level how your existence is at once but a small part of that fabric, but that the fabric could not exist without you.

Then further imagine removing your "self" from that fabric.

At that instant the fabric would no longer exist.  You would have effectively ended the Universe by transcendence and committing an act of Free Will - unless of course that was the way that the particular Universe you existed in was meant to end ........... (circular I know, sorry)

Friday, January 22, 2016

You Either Get It or You Don't

So, we live in a fractious time where we simultaneously embrace and hate the dual threats of deviciveness and instantiaity of our social media culture. 

We all (see the rest of my blog entries, for example) self identify and argue about wealth, race, religion, politics, beliefs, logic, reason and the color blue. 

Having said all of this I had a thought that what really predicts how I chose friends, employees and any significant for of human interaction or entertainment of mostly based on one thing. 

"Does the person, place or thing Get It?" 

Regardless of who or what you are, where you're from, where you're going or what you believe in or think about, you either Get It or you don't. 

"Getting it" does transcend all of those things. "Getting it" transcends trancendence itself. 

"Getting it" is a balanced view of logic and humanity. "Getting it" is a blend of pragmatism and passion. "Getting it" is a combination of curiosity and native intelligence (smart like a comedian, not necessarily smart like Einstein - although Einstein definitely got it). 

Diverse Types "get it"

MLK - black, baptist, change agent
Ghandi - Hindu, conflicted, change agent 

A lot in common, but so much different. 

Einstein - singular genius, rockstar
Kurt Cobain - rockstar, genius, OD'd

How alike were they? Unknown.....

I could list numerous family, friends and acquaintances that "get it", but would feel sad for those who don't. 

Those that "Get It" have some other traits, all of which seem to me to be mostly organic or in their DNA, not taught or learned - certainly not taught or learned after very early years. I see it in my grandkids now. 

* Seem a lot less happy on the outside, than they feel on the inside. 

* Proud. Hate all slackers, but hate their inner slacker the most. 

* Know how to have fun, even binge and go all bacchanalian at times, then go stoic. Can appear quite socially bipolar. 

* Don't believe in only one "life love". Realistic to know that they can be happy for decades with someone, but there are others and more importantly WERE others and it's okay, it's human. 

* Love to laugh

* Love to work - Need to work 

* Love to be rewarded in ways that are meaningful to them. 

* Honestly care little of what others think of them, yet expect recognition. 

* Have a HIGHLY passionate sense of justice and fair play coupled with a STRONG empathy and compassion for the human condition. 

* Usually not the best dressed or well groomed people in the room, but still found to be attractive by those in the room. 

* Defined by their accomplishments, which they see as being defined by their habits and behaviors. 

* Appreciate irony, eccentricity and weird, yet find warmth in normal things. 

* Read a lot, I mean - a lot

* Pay attention to details and the present. Daydream about the future less than others and dwell on the past only during occasional bouts of reminiscing. 

* Are easily bored, but are comfortable with doing nothing, with no one. 

The End