There is your life … or there is the life you go and create. Whatever else you may think of this, he is experiencing something decidedly different, and maybe that is the question: do you want the life you have or do you want something different?
these are pretty close to my exact reasons though he is way more articulate than I am. I am drawn to his point about wanting have as many unmediated experiences as possible. In many ways that is one of my chief reasons – I want to experience life as it is in front of me.
This one reminds me of Gilbert’s Stumbling on Happiness. And the good news for you is that you are learning that money doesn’t solve anything or make you happier while you are young – you can aim for a different life.
How could I not post this? It’s got it all – bees, cognition, consciousness, and, yes, a mention of twerking. Read it and see. Plus the video is cool.
More to ToK though is the question of what does it mean for us if other entities are conscious, thinking beings (I avoided the pun). How do we define ourselves as special if other entities can do alot of what we do?
Also, there was this one today:
And if we are in no way special, then what? Does that require any kind of shift in knowledge and/or how it gets used?
This is what it looks like when experts disagree, or perhaps this is what it looks like when standing on the cusp of a paradigm shift. Bear in mind that this is no small disagreement, the argument is over what the facts are – maybe a given constant in physics isn’t so constant. But for us what is more intriguing is the question as to what the new knowledge will look like and what it means for how we will do things – or as is suggested in the article, we are about to “learn new physics.”
When Davis talks about the “cultural lineage” we are inheriting, I think of this kind of example – how a song, an artwork, became significant for constructions of race and gender. This little piece I think is like the beginning of ToK thinking. Listen to the included samples loud enough and you will see your parents dance.
Given our recent readings and discussions in the Gita I found this to be an interesting look at the way we currently think about and treat those close to death in our culture. We have discussed the role of dualism in Western thought and this seems like one of the consequences of a dualist way of thinking about death. What I wonder is if the thoughts expressed towards the end of this article are beginning to take on thinking that is similar to what Krishna expresses in the Gita.
And then there is the notion that any day you think about death – and by extension the life you have now – is a good day. Enjoy.