Ub 03 (part 2/2)

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Information.  Lao Tzu lived in an Era pre-computer.  That’s not his fault.  In fact we are just now getting to the point where we have understood the vital role this plays in reality.  However, they denounce anything other than materialistic information. That is, the stuff encoded that makes DNA memorable, properties that make light both discrete particle and energy wave simultaneously, and other physical messaging.  I believe that these are incredibly practical approaches, but we can only see, either visually or measurably, roughly 5% of the entire universe, and even assuming many of our brightest scientists’ hunches about the universe are correct, I would say we know, at most, 30% of the universe’s composition.  And we don’t even know everything about the normal stuff either…an amazing amount, thousands of times more than we knew 100 years ago, but still, I would say, only 1.8-3.75% of that which we can (theoretically) categorize.  The four percent actually goes more in hand with the five percent assumption, because we have done very well to learn about the periodic table and quantum mechanics, but like I said, most of it is still theoretical.  Oh well, in only a hundred years we went from .0003% solid, factual knowledge of the current known universe to possibly 3.75%.  That’s a really, really steep learning curve.  But we will continue to accelerate our knowledge, as long as the world stays, well at or above its current global average intelligence.  Many complain about how much stupider people are (and apparently also computers for not catching that; damn you grammar check!), but keep in mind that specialization and innovation into personal fields has just exploded.  That was what I had tallied in the ridiculous explosion of knowledge above.  Of course their will be a lot of slow down, at least in the scientific fields, before the turn of the next century, but I can, even pessimistically, expect 60% Complete Knowledge. (Barring of course, Armageddon and the end of the world and all that which is terrifyingly exciting to Christians; okay, I wasn’t being pessimistic, but you can get what I’m saying)  anyway, what I am truly saying is that I think we can, as a society, a collective hive mind, learn/ achieve  to the point of possibly attaining godhood.  That, even if theoretically proven in the next 250 years, will take millions of millennia to accomplish, so calm down, you rabid Christians.  Oh, that’s right, the number billion frightens them; they think it was a conspiracy invented by Satan to distract us from our assumed weaknesses. 

Yet, godhood is nothing more than ultra-escapism, a complete re-filing of the truth inherent in reality.  It puts god at the center and around the edges of reality, all the while forgetting that humanity does not create things, but things create humanity, by coalescing out of, or progressively building from, basic informational sequences.  Humanity is only one plane of reality, while physicality and spirituality may be others.  Do not deny that the World has to be metaphysically infinite.  The only thing that exists everywhere and without agitation is information.  But look, I can yell and talk until this page turns blue, but really, if you’re that blind, there is nothing I can do.  The ball is in your court, my dear reader. 

As a few scholarly notes, I very much appreciate the use of zenith and nadir; very cerebral.  The constant drilling of the supremacy, and conversely, absolute humility of information, is dealt with extensively on the Old and New Testaments, respectively.  However, there is Man, or God, whichever you prefer, at the foci of those stories, which, as I said before, is escapism.  Anyone who allows himself to be blinded so, for the sake of egoism, really couldn’t see the truth of information as the Monad. 

Oh crap, I totally didn’t even realize there was another page!  Ah, no rest for the wicked, as the old saying goes.  Well, in fact, most of what I’ve pointed out is justified in what the Venerable Teacher says here.  Information doesn’t conform to the—no doesn’t conform to any—stereotypes.  That’s precisely how symmetrical it is, so as to be completely unrecognizable in our spontaneously broken world.  {That was a reference, just so you know, to The Elegant Universe, The Fabric of the cosmos (Brian Greene), and/or Warped Passages (Lisa Randall) [all books I keep in my personal collection and are sure to be lent out if asked for (assuming that you won’t lose/badly damage them, which I always assume they will be; in fact, forget hand outs, find them yourself)}(FYI, that was 100% grammatically correct, as well, so don’t even start complaining…) how very convenient that the great Teacher also added in this little disclaimer, “If one knows the Primal Beginning\ one may thus know the truth\ of the universal subtle Way (which modern science is coming closer to every day, every year, every decade, closer and closer).” 

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This is nothing more than a poetic, historical/political opinion.  Furthermore, it is sentimental drivel at its most pointless: pining after what has been lost.  I spare no one the harsh words that ought to greet them, even this apparently kind and gentle master of Truth.  I hear people all the time complain about this sort of thing, but you know what?  If the past was so great, become Amish.  End of story. 

However, the conclusions drawn in the final stanza are intriguing…although, here he says that there is no such thing as upper (and therefore, lower) limit, which is precisely the ideology of bungee jumping hedonists, fanatical serial killers, and radical terrorists.  Life I don’t think is, in and of itself, responsible for this behavior, extremism.  I think that The Law of Averages is.  Again, he wasn’t born late enough in the history of the world. It is completely obvious that he prefers inaction, which is nice, but really and truly accomplishes nothing anymore, which is theologically fine here, but one of the Way is also supposed to help people.  For a full explication and set of analogies based on the argument of inaction versus pro-action, watch The Boondocks, which is on [Adult Swim] (don’t ask me, That’s the logo), Monday nights at 11:30-12:30AM (record it if you have to, it’s that great.  {OK, [AS], where’s my money? Just kidding} I am serious though about how funny and great that show is)

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Inaction, I think is wrong.  Recent history has shown us vividly and horrifyingly what happens when “good men do nothing.”  I know what he wants, but I don’t want to become nothing…again.  And I think the world at large would agree with me.  Besides, what’s the point of helping people if you’re not going to stop those who would keep you and your kind from doing what you want, barring the virtuous things and the sanity and clarity that comes from spreading the truth?  Sometimes control must be taken away to keep its integrity safe- to keep it from being compromised and ossified as radicalism, totalarianism, or socialism. I hate to use that argument, but it is true, no matter how much the practicality of it has been ignored in its expressions.

“Constant renewal” or stress relief is the key to long life.  How interesting, that this was innately/culturally believed long before the reasons for its mechanisms were given.  Interesting that one of my esoteric beliefs, that of Personal Omni-identity, seems to be hinted at here: “one is able to contain all things within oneself.” 

Interesting that, no matter what, we are re-hashing old ideas, always the same basic, immutable opinions/hypotheses/theories worldwide; it brings home the idea that perhaps there is such a thing as a global consciousness, or at the very least, abundant memes for Explanation, Curiosity, ect.  That may just be a side effect of our heritage, but I am very suspicious of chaotic effects that could occur in the brain, and, considering the brains enormous power over the immediate body, how that may pan out in large scale situations.  Ghost hunters like the famous and noteworthy Trans-Atlantic Paranormal Society (TAPS, founded by plumbers and named as a pun) which takes a more scientific, skeptical, and impersonal view of spiritualism than has ever been attempted before, attempts to rationalize what at the very best could be considered an epiphenomenon: psychic imprinting after death.  With remarkable success that is scientifically irrefutable, they open themselves up to scrutiny and judgment by peers. Their work has yielded results, and will continue to in the foreseeable future; Mario would be so proud

With the advent of the internet, as much as I grow bored with the phrase, I must again highlight that personality and thought are not just personal anymore: they have become domains: holding power over popularity, excluding and including members, creating hierarchies, developing both cultures and subcultures, exchanging it’s own currency for that of others, providing entertainment; the two things that do not come out of it are progeny and it cannot die.  To understand where this will be going in the very near future, watch Ghost in the Shell (all three movies and the two series, S.A.C. [2nd Gig])  The world now has a fully unfurled dimension with which to reflect on all the things of the world; by all accounts it will continue expanding and growing in influence.  And while many have access to this dimension, it is dangerously far from any known weapons system, and will eventually establish its own sovereignty and become imperialistic.  This is already happening to an extent, as every commercial now has to have an e-mail address and more and more money is being exchanged and created in cyberspace.  It is a very dangerous precedent; while all freedoms have the possibility to become anarchy or tyranny, the changes in the internet can be made at the speed of light and human ingenuity (which is both brilliantly bright and colossally Dark).  However, to bring the conversation back to the matter at hand, inaction would not only be inadvisable but dangerous at this critical point in history.  Everyone in the entire globe needs to take steps to lessen all of the great geopolitical tensions, with a great fault line running through Economics, another through Religion, and most actively and dangerously, through Politics itself.  The world does need to be renewed, but if it is returned to a blank state of molten rock in space, then I for one would consider all these thousands of years of intellectual and cultural advancement and expression to have been utterly wasted, our entire plight would fall on deaf ears: those of our descendants. 

Oy, he goes on again on the next page!  Dammit, this is getting annoying.  Well, I’ll take care of this tomorrow (10:59PM).  Well, I see that there is a grave error, “To be impartial is to realize the positive, / creative virtues of heaven.”  To be impartial is to regard evil and good as equal, creation and destruction have the same connotation as far as this One will be concerned.  In addition, there is still nothing but pure faith resting on the claim that anyone or anything is really one with the subtle essence.  If one is not joined fundamentally with this force, this primal being at the beginning of life, or at the end, then it seems really unlikely that human effort, or restraint, could allow one to be reabsorbed and erased back to the Original state of reality, the truth and infinitely faceted nature of information.

After all, what dictates relationships?  Just more specialized information, often of the social sort, intangible but ever-present; but all the other factors such as biology and psychology are continually affecting life as well.   And while all these are information, they are interactive and not subtle, requiring their ID’s as pieces in a puzzle, or more realistically, the cogs, sprockets, and springs that run in the machinery of life.  It is admirable and deep for this thinker to remain unimpressed by the detail and art of life and search for life itself, unadulterated.  Yet, once again that mode of thinking has been cast out of reality.  There is always, in the very least, a duality of concepts.  Wave/particle duality is the most applicable here, where Lao Tzu is searching for the perfect, discreet brick which all the structures of idea and object are built, yet the truth is that one cannot separate oneself from the entirety at that level.  I’m babbling. 

Many times he does refer to everything in the entirety.  “The One which is Many” catechism is foundational to monotheism and what, in retrospect, this could be called- animism.  I think that perhaps, he makes too much of a distinction between individuality and collectivity; yes, that’s seems more appropriate.  That paradox, the duality of nature, has yet to be solved, even as the world has gone so much farther beyond what was conceivable those many centuries ago.  AT any rate, despite all of my rambling, there is one final word on the matter:  I cannot see as to how people could become either fully one individual or remove themselves from self, the fractal, chaotic reality we live in seems to have condemned us, as a birthright, to exist in a complete limbo of conceptions.  At least it is a vast Hell

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Quite questionable notion in and of itself- that Trust.  After all, trust is seen by many different people to have very variant characteristics.  Some see trust as a conception of ‘as long as I can predict what is going to happen, I can trust it’, a line that has been drawn within religious and secular communities alike.  More secularized folk would answer to the point of that statement as descriptive, while the faithful find it irrelevant.  Yes, then there’s trust which is more about trial than actual trust, ‘if it will behave as I want it too, then I can trust it.’  Who’s to say which illusion—that of predictability or of faith—is more accurate?  I certainly do not have an opinion on the matter, I find both statements to neither describe necessary truth, nor encompass the complexities of human interaction.  In short, I don’t trust the concept of truth, not up to10%.  You may insist that one can take both of those questions and answer yes as well; you would be indeed accurate.  However, a person who defines truth that narrowly is walking a narrow hallway which ends in the offices of Madness.  

Even people who are fundamentally untrustworthy are seen as paragons of honesty and integrity, and there is a very real complex in societies where even despotism is seen as the lesser of two evils juxtaposed to anarchy (you were waiting for that word to appear, weren’t you?).  “One cannot inspire confidence through words alone; /” ha ha ha ha ha ha ha (wow, that’s a great joke).  I thought this guy was a historian, that’s precisely how inspiration is born, out of the cheapness of words and the gullibility of simple people.  Even more hilarious, and somewhat dangerous to his credibility, is the following remark, “When one of subtle virtue has accomplished his task, /all the people will say: /’it is ourselves who made it so.”  This is true, a good leader can inspire pride, and can make his following seem greater than himself; this is perfectly true of course, the following almost by necessity has to hold greater power than the one who controls it.  What’s more, we are even beginning to really recognize this governmental practice inside the human physiology (look it up).  

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Wow; just as a general overview, wow.  A rare 10 out of 10.  I should, in all conscience, return to this haiku many hundreds of times over, because it is just so…practical.  The transcendental statements about society and the course of action requested for the repair of the many corrupted systems seems perfectly suited for the here and now.  However, this was just as applicable then!  Nothing more than sheer providence delivered these lines to the original pages, and then carried those words through to the present state of affairs. 

“Relative social disciplines” as in the lifestyles that Christians always complain about, turning all of their blind eyes from their own societal back-story.  It is interesting to note, relativity is not accepted by those who are under its influences, Christians think that they are absolutely assured of their ‘strait and narrow’ moral status; but Muslims, atheists, communists, and all the other offshoots of these share the same illusion of being right, to the expense of the rest of the world.  Even disregarding religion, when people become too intelligent, they embrace the paradoxes and contradictions inherent in a reality described by humans, creating the hypocrisy that is the source of the greatest possible hatreds.  It is true, and can verily ascribe the place of Westernization into the world; it was their sheer will of dominance that they took the world and kept it as their own.  They were identifying with certain principles, and then abandoning them.  This is true of possibly every major religion and/or philosophy in the entire world.  Nothing is as it was then, because history has happened.  Yet the Western people still think that they have enemies all over the world, only out of their mutual pig-headedness is this fulfilled. 

This ties in greatly with family relations:  all the people of the world are related to some extant, yet it seems that in American culture, the closer we are to each other, the farther we wish to be.  Love and respect are just shells of what they were and what they could presently be, with so much communication and freedom of mobility.  Perhaps this is as I fear it to be:  people creating and living in escapism.  Even the closest friendships can die, and love does die, it is a mass effect of the Hedgehog’s Dilemma.  We become too close, then wound each other, then drive ourselves away into the desolation of loneliness.  That is the hallmark of our societal mobility:  easily broken relationships.  This is a terrible thing, because then everyone becomes fragile and broken.  In much of the world besides America, there is a need for family, because they aren’t as good escape artists as we are in the States.  Yet, there are now blood feuds in the stead of individual terrors.  I have said enough on the problem.  I am not even going to talk about administrations, bureaucracies, or politicians.

“Love, kindness, wisdom, family harmony, and loyalty, / should not be taught one by one, /” No, they shouldn’t.  After all, specializations of ideas are the devices for isolation and the slow death of society.  Do not give precedence to any one of these things; it only creates discord and strife. Yet, this is clearly not the natural course of things as the Venerable Teacher states, but the special effort of the individuals working together.  After all this time spent in fear and chastisement of each other, for differences in thinking, why don’t we actually try thinking!  Acting as individuals only works to create two types of people:  predators and prey.  But man is all too similar, so any change on a large scale is imitated, and we would and could only be one or the other as a whole.  To put it in more equivalent terms:  we are all nothing compared to the earth and nature by ourselves, but as a united front, we are sufficient.  It is apparently enough to even instill fear into God himself; it’s all there in Genesis chapter 11.  Yet I still do not like the idea of becoming one collective, like the Borg.  Not very attractive notion, but I am personally very much against the idea of merely creating a replacement for god.  It would be becoming what I hate in almost every sense of the word.  Perhaps there just is no way of avoiding the soundness of Dostoyevsky.  Suffice it to say that the world is large enough for 0, 1, or 2 gods, and we would never be able to tell the difference. 

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