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Hey guys! Since it’s “free talk Tuesday” i’d first like to say how much of an inspiration HE has been. It has challenged the way i perceive my environments, thoughts, and emotions. I have been following this site since the very beginning and just now built up the courage to finally get involved.
So for this Free Talk Tuesday…
How do you guys perceive time? Does it exist? Is it an illusion? Is it static? Do you believe that it’s a human constructed concept? Or does it have a fundamental place in the universe?
There are no right or wrong answers… just trying to create a discussion..
That’s awesome to hear, thank you for joining and staying with us for so long! <div>
</div><div>Time can’t be perceived directly, only inferred. It’s the invisible that makes the visible visible. It doesn’t exist as other things exist. I do think there are different ways to perceive time – some people and cultures perceive is circular, others linear. See the book ‘the spell of the sensuous’ which I review in the article 5 books that are a struggle to read.</div>
Question to kick start this: Some philosophers, I’m going to use Aristotle in this example, had incredible insights about the world and our place in it. There was no subject that Aristotle didn’t investigate, he founded logic, practically invented science and made predictions that were scoffed at in his day but are now being confirmed by modern day science.
My question is this. Aristotle got a hell of a lot stuff wrong. His tools of analysis were limited. But we only quote the stuff he got right. Why?
Do we like quoting Aristotle because he was a genius and one of the most knowledgeable minds ever to have walked the earth (in his own biographical context)? Is it because he’s an authority figure and makes everything sound powerful because his name is attached? What’s your take on this?
I just think it’s interesting how someone can ignore the multitude of errors in a person’s thinking and only zoom in on the parts that we already know anyway. Hmmmm, do you see what I’m getting at?
I to have wondered about this. Your rationale is quite right, in the sense that, people most likely quote Aristotle because he’s an authority figure with many great accomplishment. So, some people might use his quotes “blindly”. Of course, this isn’t true for everyone, some people actually understand the positive influence that Aristotle brought into our modern day life, and realize the importance of his discoveries, quotes and thinking patterns.
Personally I believe that his errors also brought forward some of his success. After all, failure is a part of success. Having said that, I also agree with, “why do we only focus on what he got right”? Maybe, if we studied his errors as well, we could begin understanding his whole perspective on our world? As mentioned, some of his “failures” led him to his “successes”, so if we begin understanding his errors, maybe we could further our understandings of his successes.. does that make sense?
I think people want a sense of authority and direction. I don’t really like to “take what works and leave the rest” because all of the most quoted people participated in the patriarchy that has ran the culture from the beginning. People have legitimate insights but no one’s scope of reality is worth putting on a pedestal.
Feel like I’m running out of time
to try and reach my finish lines
but on this grind
i’m beginning to find
the way to make your dreams reality
isn’t to be the smartest with an astronomical IQ
but to take the risk of believing in your art and what you do
If you ask the masses what the quickest way to cashin’ is
you’ll end up as a slave to wage, outdated in this day and age
’cause with this freedom
we don’t need ’em
The only way I can see is me leading ’em
It is imperative that you contest
if you think you might be close to the best
if you feel different from all of the rest
we want it all, nothing less.
on the way to our destinations.
I am in no way claiming that I have “good” self-esteem. In fact most of the time, i barely keep it together. But I once heard/read a common quote that stated: “You are not defined by your past, and your future is yet to be written”. If you really take the time to dwell on that thought, you’ll realize how liberating it is. When you wake up tomorrow, don’t think about the things that have brought you down, but rather, begin looking at the positive which you can project onto/into the world. I also like to implement a simple law of nature into my life, which is, that life is cyclical. Meaning, if you are in a negative state of being at the moment, eventually, this negative energy will manifest positive results. Just think about a tree that loses its foliage in the winter, it doesn’t fight back, it accepts this part of nature’s cycle knowing that eventually the cycle will bring a new form of life. The tree will grow, flower and spread its seeds throughout the landscape bringing more life into the world. All of this, after it’s “harsh” point in the cycle.
Also, just remember, the less you give a fuck, the happier you’ll be. I’m pretty sure that’s a very common quote.
:) Peace and Love my friend.
If no one recognizes you I do because you are my heart and soul. – rumi
No one has more value than anyone else. Projected standards are artificial, although society is structured around ranking you by them. You are entitled to self-esteem. Don’t measure your purposefulness by anything but what you find joy in.
I believe/know two things: 1) We all have the same universal value as we are all made of the same stardust. So we are all made of greatness! 2) Your brain translates the world around you. If your mind is bogged down with negativity then it will mostly see negativity. For me, the best way to re-focus the mind is to practice gratitude. There are more things in my life to be grateful for than there are to be negative about and I struggle with seeing the positive in situations having to remind myself, life is amazing! It’s the gift of opportunity every single day!
Where am I going in life? What is my purpose and how can I change myself for the better? I have always felt stuck in one place, as if I am never moving forward. I want to change that. Become someone who moves forward, breathes better, and sees everything clearly. Yet, I don’t know how or even what to do. Hopefully, I will…..soon.
The only reason you can’t have a peanut butter fight is because it’s too expensive.