Hello, all. Have a great Christmas and enjoy relaxing. It’s interesting seeing family since it can be so reflective of oneself. Take what you can from it and be thankful, for being thankful reinforces what it is that you are living for. Through our thanks this we find peace and realize that life isn’t as serious as we sometimes think it to be, but more of an experience that we ought to enjoy whenever possible.
What Alan Watts thinks about nothing. He’s (he was) such a great philosopher.
I like Albert Camus, who’s an existentialist philosopher, although he didn’t consider himself one. He noted that there was an absurdity afoot in “being”. That man wishes to find meaning in a world where there isn’t in inherent meaning. People generally avoid this absurdity by killing themselves, turning to religion, or some other unaccountable hope that they turn to in order to avoid thinking about the void that is existence. The only real way, in Camus’ eyes, to live genuinely and to life’s greatest potential, was to stand in the middle of the absurd and never forget/avoid the glaringly obvious fact that man’s desire for meaning is at odds with our meaningless existence. If you stand in the void, where your search for meaning and existence meet, you’re forced to make your own meaning, rather than expect the void of existence to just hand you it.
In my opinion, this is a pretty spot on way to approach life. I don’t want to be handed false meaning or wait for meaning, I want to make my own. If me not being totally in control of myself has bearing on me creating meaning, so be it, at least I will create something in the process while in this void. Through this I can paint the void with my ideas, thoughts, perspectives, education, and me experience. This is free will, this is actually living, creating meaning where there is none. Even if I am not truly free, I’d rather take on the absurdity that is being rather than wait for the universe to hand me meaning. This is considering the fact that I am essentially the universe looking in on itself, as my consciousness is the only way the universe has to look back at itself. Along with this, I’m not truly separate from anyone seeing as how everyone and everything affects me on some level. This truly makes me more connected to everything else than I can ever really comprehend.
I’m an eventuality (so far) of all that is, and as are you. So, if you are the universe and you observe this general lack of meaning in the universe, and you have the ability to create meaning because of your humanness, then that is the ultimate end that the universe has, which is to create meaning through us conscious beings since it has no other way to do so. So, I’d say, stand in the void please and give the universe and yourself the meaning that “you” truly desire.
You’re more than welcome to live your life as you see fit, obviously, but this is just my two cents.
Something that I have realized as I have begun to introduce more and more of the people that I encounter in life into psychedelics is that there is a very high percentage of people that completely struggle to let go and relax during states of psychedelic induced Egodeath.
This is a state I have…
I just sat for about five minutes at work, and it turned into a very powerful meditation experience.
I found myself struggling to keep my eyes closed at first. I felt like I was going to miss something important, I felt uneasy and agitated, and I felt that because of this, I was wasting my time.
Truth: Understanding that being of existence rather than in existence is the most important part of life. You find that everything has to do with you in someway, and you find empathy, fascination, and correlation in some of the most odd places and people. It makes your personal self feel all the less important, but it also makes your presence all the palpable and ephemeral and lasting as a result.
Maybe someday, everyone will wake up, but it certainly won’t be done with drugs, psychology, or anything of that sort, it needs to start with society and what it is we tell our children that they ought to strive for in life. In all seriousness I hope most of us say to our kids, “You ought to be all that you can and want to be in life, but know that there is no end goal for you to get to. Doing no amount of work at climbing the corporate latter, making money, financial security, or entertainment will ever bring you happiness. Consumerism is a failed basis for economic success, both for a country and individuals, for we know that information and knowledge is valued higher than all material things, even if humanity will not recognize it’s apparent value among all other awareness about our existence. All you have is yourself, your mind, your relationships, and your passions, everything else will give you no real loving meaning or emotion. Do what must be done, and then do what you feel should be done.”