The Present

  (@kyleneach)7 years, 1 month ago

I live in the present without any regard to factors in the past or future. The only things going through my mind are about what is currently happening. It can be really hard to do this when you’re constantly around people who are so concerned with anything other than the present. I find it best to enjoy the present in itself. People often dwell on things that don’t matter, such as reasons why a particular event occurred in the past or something that is out of their control in the future. I usually tend to focus on the now. My mind is so dynamic. It’s open to so many possibilities that it doesn’t ever rely on a static belief. I don’t take anything seriously and I don’t believe in facts. To function in today’s society, however, I retain knowledge that is regarded by most as factual. And I take into account things I’ve learned in the past.
Does anybody else’s mind work this way?

July 28, 2014 at 6:13 pm
rohit (1) (@rohit1084) 7 years, 1 month ago ago

How long did it take you to train yourself to think like that? Read a book called The Mind Made Prison, its all about being present and to achieve this, you have to practice at all times. It didn’t go in depth about how long it would take to train your mind though.

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(5) (@kyleneach) 7 years, 1 month ago ago

I’ve been thinking like this for as long as I can remember. For me, it’s pretty easy. I don’t know how to explain why. I just want to enjoy life, and that is more achievable without worrying about anything other than the present. As I grew up, I realized that not many people think this way, and it made it difficult for me to comprehend why others are so concerned with things that are out of their hands. I’ll have to look into that book! Thanks for the reply!

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Anonymous (53) (@) 7 years, 1 month ago ago

A “mind that is dynamic” is characterized by constant change, activity, or progress and is incapable of never relying on a static belief. The fact that you are writing with a computer that provides a reliable outcome is relying on a static belief. The present and the past are separated by a single nano-second, and are virtually the same.

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(5) (@kyleneach) 7 years, 1 month ago ago

These were just the best words I could use to describe the way I think. When I refer to the past, I mean the relatively distant past. And when I use the term “present”, I’m talking about the situation that I’m currently in, so I suppose this includes a portion of the past as well. Please tell me how something that is “characterized by constant change, activity, or progress” is not capable of never relying on anything static – lacking in movement, action, or change. Static and dynamic are opposites. Perhaps you accidentally used a double negative when you wrote “…incapable of never…”? I don’t know. We probably have a mutual understanding, and there is just miscommunication between us. Thank you for the feedback though!

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Anonymous (53) (@) 7 years, 1 month ago ago

A “mind that is dynamic” is characterized by constant change, activity, or progress and is incapable of “never relying on a static belief.” The fact that you are writing with a computer that provides a reliable outcome is relying on a static belief. The present and the past are separated by a single nano-second, and are virtually the same.

I inadvertently omitted punctuating your previous comments in quotation marks.

“I don’t take anything seriously and I don’t believe in facts. To function in today’s society, however, I retain knowledge that is regarded by most as factual. And I take into account things I’ve learned in the past.”

Would you consider your house burning down a serious concern? To quote a wise old man; a person is entitled to his own set of opinions, but not his own set of facts.

sentence #1 ” I live in the present without any regard to factors in the past or future.”
penultimate sentence: “And I take into account things I’ve learned in the past.”

You write contradictions, exaggerations and hyperboles. Whereas I do appreciate exercises in existentialism, it does demand great clarity and a considerable amount self-examination.

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YHVH (462) (@spaceghost) 7 years, 1 month ago ago

strawman… why are you trying to degrade the OP’s point?

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Anonymous (53) (@) 7 years, 1 month ago ago

Constructive criticism is not degradation.

The Straw Man fallacy is committed when a person simply ignores a person’s actual position and substitutes a distorted, exaggerated or misrepresented version of that position.

I not only have confronted his contentions (actual position) directly but have attempted to find reasoning where it is clearly absent. meh

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(5) (@kyleneach) 7 years, 1 month ago ago

Thanks for the constructive criticism, but it is beside my point. And I didn’t write this with such seriousness to where your criticism is necessary. I understand that I did write contradictions, exaggerations and hyperboles, but they were only written to emphasize what I had intended to get across in this discussion. Language is a barrier in this circumstance because I cannot formulate a set of words that would help you fully understand what I’m trying to say. I appreciate your response and I admire your intelligence.

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YHVH (462) (@spaceghost) 7 years, 1 month ago ago

Nit-Picking.

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Anonymous (0) (@) 7 years, 1 month ago ago

That’s a great mindset! I’ve been trying to get in that same mindset myself!

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(5) (@kyleneach) 7 years, 1 month ago ago

Hey milanimo! Thanks for replying! And welcome to HighExistence!! I’m pretty new here myself! It’s really not that hard to obtain this mindset when you free your mind of everything that doesn’t matter in the present moment. I guess that actually sounds pretty difficult but yeah lol

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Anonymous (0) (@) 7 years, 1 month ago ago

Thanks! And thank you again for the welcome! I’m really liking it here!

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