Isolation and self

Isolation and Self in Jobe’s Portfolio —  

"I’ve been convinced for a while now that the shortcut to the road to knowledge and enlightenment is self-isolation.

How can we seek to understand the world around us if we as individuals are barely conscious of ourselves? ..That is aware of who we are and why we are and what we believe.

Self-discovery. Self-analysis. Self-adjustment. Self-sculpting. Self-acceptance. Self-awareness.

It makes sense if you think about it. Ready your own mind by teaching it to read itself. Then read the world.

This approach could backfire.. self-analysis could lead to self-imposed limitations. Fuck limits. There are no limits anywhere save the limits we create for ourselves. And we learned to limit well from childhood on."

This is  the Hindu’s way of thinking ,which has come to be accepted as the only way of finding your way out of the morass of confusion that surrounds you .Nevertheless it has a validity of its own although one is not sure whether by being self -aware you will attain enlightenment. Do we know for certain that all those who have attained enlightenment have done so after attaining higher levels of self-awareness ? One is not really sure. And then there is the difficulty of defining what enlightenment is . Granted this is known and we are fairly certain what we mean by enlightenment ,we may proceed to accept the theory that self-awareness may lead to attainment of enlightenment

 .Perhaps we are entirely befuddled by confusion the moment we come out of the womb .We continue to be making our way through a world of uncertainty and chaos ,which we are continuously trying to interpret according to the limited logic operating in our pea-sized brains .Out of this we try to arrive at logical positions because we cannot rest till we arrive at a position . The uncomfortable question that is haunting us all this while is whether it is necessary at all to arrive at any position. What if we do not try to set our mind at rest by giving up the pursuit of knowledge or enlightenment ? Because there is no fixed position you can take and once you think you have arrived at a position ,that is not the end of the story. There are other questions,other postulates ,other parameters. It is like the miasma that you come across on a hot sultry day on the highway .As you approach it there is nothing and further down there are further miasmas.

Walking inside oneself

Ranier Maria Rilke: Letters To A Young Poet

  • Letter 6 : letters to a young poet by Rainier Maria Rilke “What is necessary, after all, is only this: solitude, vast inner solitude. To walk inside yourself and meet no one for hours – that is what you must be able to attain. To be solitary as you were when you were a child, when the grown-ups walked around involved with matters that seemed large and important because they looked so busy and because you didn’t understand a thing about what they were doing.

    And when you realize that their activities are shabby, that their vocations are petrified and no longer connected with life, why not then continue to look upon it all as a child would, as if you were looking at something unfamiliar, out of the depths of your own solitude, which is itself work and status and vocation? Why should you want to give up a child’s wise not-understanding in exchange for defensiveness and scorn, since not-understanding is, after all, a way of being alone, whereas defensiveness and scorn are participation in precisely what, by these means, you want to separate yourself from.”

Walking inside oneself for hours on end is the best way of coping with the inner solitude .Just like a child who walks alone among the much taller grownups who are preoccupied with matters which seem rather silly and which he does not understand. A child’s not-understanding is a way of being alone while defensiveness and scorn are participation in what precisely you want to separate yourself from .

Rilke’s friend must be passing through a period of rejection perhaps because the society ostracized him for his failure to fit into the society . An individual who has not developed a normal mental faculty to fit into the society faces rejection and experiences tremendous loneliness deep within and it is only by enjoying the solitude of walking within oneself that one overcomes the loneliness.

Is time stationary ?

Is time stationary, and we move along it? Or are we stationary, and time moves past us?(

Response from Peter Lipton

“On one view, time is a lot like another dimension lying alonside the three dimensions of space. On this view time doesn’t move: all times are equally real at all times, just as all parts of space are equally real from all places. But do we move along time? Well, we are in different places at different times, and of course we are at different times at different times.

According to another view of time, the present is privileged. As George Santayana once said, ‘the present is like the fire running along the fuse of time’. On this view, it looks like we are moving along time, and so is the present.”

If time is the fourth dimension, time does not move just like the other three dimensions. Do we move along time ? Just as we move in space in all the three dimensions (i.e.moving horizontally in space), we also move in the space-time situations (my room,where I am present, encapsulated in the time of now) .I move sitting in the same room into a different space-time situation in the next second. I may also be moving into a different space-time situation by changing into a different space .

The other view where our present moves in time like a spark running along the fuse of time as George Santayana said ,is a graphic description of how the present burns itself in a quick running movement towards the future. There we are moving inexorably through a series of time-space situations to a future which is end of all space-time situations as far as the experiencer himself is concerned.

God is all-knowing ?

An interesting question raised here is if God is all-knowing He must be surely knowing that I am going to sneeze in the next five seconds and if I control my sneeze ,I have just changed the means that He is not all-knowing.
The funny thing is this argument does not jell. even within the limitations of the human logic we can easily demolish this argument because when we say God is all-knowing we mean He is really all-knowing.That is He not only knows you are going to sneeze but also that you are going to control the sneeze and change the original course of events that would have happened if you had not controlled the sneeze.

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