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INTELLECT OPTIONAL


July 6, 2020

New ideas and perspectives

This weeks Ideas:


1. Staying Rooted Through the Cultural Tempest

Much attention is given to the “two movies playing on one screen” phenomena as described by Scott Adams, but I think this misses a more substantial perspective on what is occurring in our culture. The more consequential divide is between those that have the foundational roots to remain steady in tumultuous times and those that are picked up and tossed about in the cultural tempest due to shallow integration of values.

Divide may not be the right word, because these two groups are not necessarily opposed to one another. They are two types of people equipped with different levels of mental fortitude. Those that are easily swayed by and give away their individual sovereignty to the “movie”, no matter what perspective they are attuned to, reveal themselves as easily caught in the tempest of contemporary culture. So quickly they forget what matters most deeply to them.

The ones that know themselves intimately have deep roots into their values and remain on their path regardless of the chaos raging above them. They do not lose themselves to the cultural tempest. I believe this difference is more revealing of who we can count on for leadership as we continue to write our own history.

2. The poet, the sage, and the athlete are the archetypes we most need to vivify right now.

3. When one equates words on a page with actions in reality, one can quickly forget which truly matters. Words are powerful, but only so far that they reflect or ignite reality.

As someone who writes often, I'm familiar with the conspiracy that my own words have against me at times. They can seduce the mind into thinking it has changed something tangible, that it has left an impact.

Oh how you must be vigilant of the machinations your own words can produce.

4. Ephemeral Thoughts

The non-thinker's thoughts that make their way out of the mind and are tapped into existence tend to form a complete little loop. A nice package that illuminates and snuffs itself out in the span of a single sentence. The thought burgeons for the purpose of leaving it's creator with the sense that they have made a point. It's nice feeling to have made a point, especially if it secures a wash of dopaminergic feedback for the creator.

However, a well made point will always leave it's creator in a low. Another point must be made, and another, and so on. A steady line of little loops, each holding a whole pillar of knowledge in a single thought. With any luck, the non-thinker will grow tired of playing the same game again and again. If he is so lucky, he will be graced with the revelation that he need not play on this pitch, for there is a greater, more natural heading to set himself on. He sets out anew, refreshed, and birth naked from the sheltered little loops of thought that brought him such comfort. And now he thinks for the first time, in a long time.

The thoughts are not closed loops, and he doesn't even understand them as they emerge from whatever part of his mind that thoughts come from. They are all imperfect, incomplete, impermanent. His conviction for them saturates and fades. But these thoughts, the thoughts of a true thinker, are more real than anything that came before. They live and die, or rather they fade in and out of existence.

The thinker knows he doesn't have them for long. The thoughts are transient and ephemeral. Make your points. Make them well. But don't tie yourself down to the egoic paradigm of having solved everything in one vapid faint of a thought. The non-thinker is focused on positioning each step, the thinker knows it is meant to be a dance. And with that last line I have discredited myself. To be human…

5. We have to physically act things out before we can learn to abstract them. The physical mask is required when we go into enclosed public areas. Eventually a mask will become required to disguise your thoughts to groups outside of people you know and trust.

Perhaps when we no longer require the physical mask we can can begin to drop the mask on our thoughts.

6. Personal myth is substrate on which we choose to do things that go against reason and explanation.

7. One of the most painful human experiences is to honestly express a vulnerability to someone and have that person twist a knife deeper into the wound. There are entire ideologies that run on this dynamic. They are a force moving against the light.

8. Reconnecting to the Ancient Narrative

We have an instinct to make connections that develop into a narrative. The narrative is how we make sense of the world. It helps us understand out existence by putting up landmarks that we can orient ourselves by. Narratives can give meaning, hold us back, propel us forward, etc. They provide the pathways to walk along; a map of the world as we experience it. The stories we tell ourselves encourage some behaviors and blind us to weaknesses. They're all based, in one form or another, on what we recognize and draw connections between. Each person does this on an individual scale.

The draw to create stories is innately human. We do it without being shown or taught how. However, because it's rare to consciously accept and omit the raw materials (i.e. our experiences) used to create narratives, we end up drawing connections from the loudest sources of input. This makes sense when those loud sources are immediate and tangible, but gets murky when our attention is attracted to inputs outside of our immediate experience. I believe this is one of the biggest energy sinks of our time.

The mediums of communication we use today are incredible for connecting to new people and ideas, but come at the risk of damaging the connection we have to ourselves and our immediate experience. Outside of a few pockets of interested people, the majority are not making an effort to stand witness to their own thoughts or listen acutely to their bodies. It requires a more ancient language to communicate deeply with oneself. A language void of vocabulary and weighted heavily toward sensation, feeling, and observance. The point of this language is not to translate the internal experience into another language, but to become more acquainted with ones own constitution.

Instead of becoming intimate communicators with our own experience to form the basis of our narratives, the majority of people have formed their narratives reactively to the external, second hand information that fills the communicative landscape. It's important to note that external information is required to learn and develop our conception of the world, but is should be anchored to a strong foundation that one has formed unto themselves. To live reactively to external mediums of communication alone robs one of the beautiful, ancient wisdom encoded in your DNA and numbs one to the pool of primordial "you" that exists in the subconscious.

Our modern era has given everyone a lego set to build beautiful little creations of fantasy. You can make abstract connections to anything you like, forming narratives (day dreams really) any way you see fit. All the while, a cache of lumber and brick, left by humanity's forefathers, has be sitting idle, waiting patiently for us to build narratives of substance by connecting with our own god-given tools.

 

 

 

A catalog of my ideas can be explored at intellectoptional.com
 
     
     
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