‘The opposite of depression is not happiness, but vitality’
Yesterday I was at church, (as per usual, on a Sunday).
The woman i was working with (morning tea) said: Donald Trump is the ‘Teflon president’, because he gets away with SO much stuff.
I would be very surprised if he gets Impeached…I just can’t see it happening…but I so love the title she gave him.
The Teflon President
The greatest poem ever known
Is one all poets have outgrown:
The poetry, innate, untold,
Of being only four years old.
Still young enough to be a part
Of Nature’s great impulsive heart,
Born comrade of bird, beast, and tree
And unselfconscious as the bee-
And yet with lovely reason skilled
Each day new paradise to build;
Elate explorer of each sense,
Without dismay, without pretense!
In your unstained transparent eyes
There is no conscience, no surprise:
Life’s queer conundrums you accept,
Your strange divinity still kept.
Being, that now absorbs you, all
Harmonious, unit, integral,
Will shred into perplexing bits,-
Oh, contradictions of the wits!
And Life, that sets all things in rhyme,
may make you poet, too, in time-
But there were days, O tender elf,
When you were Poetry itself!
– Christopher Morley
the big one is: there is no such thing as objective reality.
i.e. I was abused as a child, even though i had done nothing wrong. So if there is meaning, the only meaning can or could be is: I am a bad person. (I spent my entire childhood (and beyond) believing this).
In reality, the abuse has no meaning.
These days i spend a lot of time reading all the existential philosophers. These are really helpful because they help me re-contextualize my existence. Yes. I think I may be an existential nihilist.
…and pretty much all of the sages I follow, say similar stuff.
Eckhart Tolle: there is no good or bad. There is only ‘what is’.
A Course in Miracles: Lesson 1. Nothing I See Means Anything.
David Hawkins: The other person merely mirrors back what we are projecting onto them.
Friedrich Nietzsche: The snake which cannot cast its skin has to die. As well the minds which are prevented from changing their opinions; they cease to be mind.
i.e. I live next door to a ‘neighbor from hell’. His aggressive behavior ultimately has no meaning. If i did have meaning, it would mean that i am a victim. (I’m definitely not a victim).
Now. don’t freak out…we all need purpose and meaning in our lives…and the fact that we cannot not make meaning is truth of this.
Do I want to make meaning from abuse? Do i want to make meaning from my aggressive neighbor? NO.
Philosophy is a way out of old ideas we may have of ourselves, and helps us to re-think things trough.
Nothing exists; even if something exists, nothing can be known about it; and even if something can be known about it, knowledge about it can’t be communicated to others.
a very good read…
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“In a decaying society, art, if it is truthful, must also reflect decay. And unless it wants to break faith with its social function, art must show the world as changeable. And help to change it.”
– Ernst Fischer