Assorted yet connected discussions on Twitter today. My replies are bold.
"If it's not paradoxical, it's not true" - Shunryū Suzuki
Q: No one ever got anywhere that mattered without stress and discomfort.
A: I fundamentally disagree and suggest you get involved with meditation, qi-gong, tai-chi, animals, nature, psychedelics or any related art form.
Q: Growth - even towards exploring the activities you suggest - necessarily involves moving in directions that are new; and this is discomforting.
A: Ah yes, "Growth" indeed is related to suffering *on the surface* - as if life. But there is a deeper reason why for example Qi-Gong is called "the art of *effortless* movement". The feeling of "Alienation" you discuss is real, but only as far as you allow it to be.
Q: wondering if there's an engine for value creation or does your conceptualization only consider it as a flow per se?
A: this is a fascinating question. I subscribe to the views that 1) "Qi" is real 2) Reality is eternal 3) We are "it" (non-dual). Looking at it from that perspective, there is only recognition, cultivation and flow of value. "Engine" metaphors are outdated in climate change times ;)
Q: A key idea is like a stone hitting the water, expanding and rippling wide.
A: I fundamentally disagree with this notion. Ideas are just momentary invitations to form a habit (a pattern that ripples across infinite spacetime). The fetishisation of "ideas" (a thing/object VS a process/water) in our cultures leads to mummified cult-like outcomes.
A: Any so-called path to "Enlightenment" that does not make one deeply laugh, dance or be silent - that relies on countless intellectual words to describe that which can ultimately only be experienced - is not for me
A: 1. Check if other people or media are present 2. Check if they want you to be good :)
Q: hehehe ;-) so does this logic has to be applied to our tweets as well?
A: of course! no Discordian is allowed to believe what he reads.
Q: "All statements are true in some sense, false in some sense, meaningless in some sense, true and false in some sense, true and meaningless in some sense, false and meaningless in some sense, and true and false and meaningless in some sense."
A: Every word we hear is a little virus that wants to run a piece of software on your brain.
Q: “The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.” – Ludwig Wittgenstein
Q: Within fractal reality where everything means nothing and nothing is everything - isn't the quest for objective truth through the tools of the intellect the ultimate "little virus", dooming the seeker to a life of pointless hardship? Asking for a friend ;)
A: You could spend the next 2h reading about yet another "very important" political drama - OR - you could take the next 2h and learn about "intelligence in nature" and learn why mushrooms are lightyears ahead of machines: https://samim.io/p/2018-05-20-climate-change-and-intelligence-in-nature-a-collecti/ pick your poison carefully