Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Everyone should see this.

Title is self-explanatory


Monday, August 30, 2010


I really don't understand what freedom is. I don't think anyone does. Why do we all claim to desire something we don't understand? I think Sartre may have been right when he said that humans are "condemned" to be free.

Is freedom just the ability to have choices? Then that means you are subject to the consequence of that choice. Also, with freedom comes the responsibilty to actually make a choice. And finally, the more free people there are, the more other people exist who are free to make choices that can contradict your choices, and thus diminish your freedom. It's as if there's only so much freedom around, and you can't spread it too thin.

Ram Dass said "if you think you are free, there is no chance of escape." We live in a "free" country where the government tells you who can marry, who you can have sex with, what you can consume, etc. But of course those laws are implemented, allegedly and often falsely, to keep people from infringing on the freedom of others.

But are we as humans truly free? "Free will" is a nice idea, but where can we see evidence of it? We are slaves to effects. Every action besides the first is just a reaction to something else. And since none of us caused the first action, we're all just in a very complex domino effect. We believe that when we react we choose in what way to do it. But we weren't there to choose which genes mixed to form our brain to form the thought that we mistake as our own. I didn't control the circumstances that led me to writing this right now, nor did I choose to be the kind of person who would react to those circunstances by writing this.

Unfortunately, even realizing this does not change it. I don't feel free, but I also don't see any method of escape, because I don't know what I would escape to. The world is a prison, yet the world contains prisons, so a prison must contain the world. We're just the middle section of a Russian doll that goes on forever.

We're made of stars

Isn't it interesting that every atom in our body was once part of a star, or something like it?

We don't think of ourselves as a pile of atoms or molecules, we just think of ourselves as one person, even though we're made up of a trillion living cells. We're like a hive mind and every cell is an ant, each with a specific job. Does a cell have to study biology to know how to do it's job? No. And yet we have to study to begin to understand that which a cell can do naturally. It just goes to show how feeble our conscious self is when compared to the rest of our brain. We're just a node, just a viewpoint, guiding around the true intelligence. The entire history of biological evolution is written in each one of us, but we have the luxury of not being able to access it.

The little bits and pieces that make up the whole, all used to be little bits and pieces of some other whole. One day what used to belong to the arm of a king may belong to a blade of grass. But it makes no difference to the bit or piece. The illusion of death is created by a shift in the node, or viewpoint that we call life. It's like we're unable to tell the difference between creation and destruction. Or maybe there just isn't one. 

Sunday, August 29, 2010

I need to share this with as many people as possible

This is a short story by Isaac Asimov. IT WILL BLOW YOUR FUCKING MIND!


Seriously though this is one of the best things I've ever read. It's not that long so check it out.

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Isaac Asimov

Something Greater

I may be an atheist, but that doesn't mean that I don't think there's something greater than all this. I don't think it's anything supernatural, or really anything that resembles a God. I think that the "something greater" is something that's within every one of us. The final frontier is the parts of our mind that our conscious self cannot reach. 

Whether it be through dreams, meditation, religious experience, or mind-altering substances, many people have experienced things they could never have imagined. While the religious would say this is a touch of the divine, there is little evidence that the information in these experiences is caused by an outside force. Therefore, it's evident that every person is capable of imagination far beyond what is accessible in normal waking life. 

We're not all really as boring as we seem.

Salvador Dali

Some would say that Salvador Dali was this Spanish surrealist painter, but mainly he was just a fuckin boss, ya know?

He said some cool shit like "I don't do drugs. I am drugs." And "The only difference between me and a madman is that I'm not mad." In other words this guy was trippin balls like 24/7. But hey whatever I mean his paintings are cool. I mean... they're alright, I guess. 
Here's one. You get it, right?

So remember that whole "madman" thing? Yeah turns out it's true. Salvador Dali had an older brother. His older brother's name was Salvador Dali. Salvador One died nine months before Salvador Two was born. So basically, right when Salvador One died, Salvador Two was conceived! Because of this, Mama and Papa Dali assumed, naturally, that Salvador Two was just a reincarnation of Salvador One, which explains the unoriginal naming. As if that's not weird, Salvador believe that his entire life!

But then he had a heart attack in 1989 and died.