luni, 31 decembrie 2012

Note on the Universal Illusion

We generally understand a statement if it is similar to another. For instance, ‘I’m hungry’ is similar to ‘I’m thirsty’ and any of them helps us to understand other statements concerning our needs.

What’s about the statement ‘all the existence is an illusion’ which is evidently spoken by an existent person? It should be at best similar to a statement by which someone speaks about himself as a non-existent person.

Certainly, such a person will seem insane to others. Though, we meet this kind of statements in testaments and their authors may be reasonable persons. We admit their statements as reasonable too, because we know they will become available in the future.

If we apply the same pattern, then we might admit the sentence ‘all the existence is an illusion’ as available. Because soon or later, those who utter it will lose the reality of now existing things, since they will die.  

It’s true, we have only personal experiences of dying which make the sentence about the universal illusion acceptable.  But for the reason that anybody dies, we should accept it as an ever available way of interpreting a side of human reality.

duminică, 30 decembrie 2012

Years Above

The full meaning of the beginning of a new year was felt, even if not known, by the peoples of old civilizations.

It is sure they did not possess a special gift for feeling the cosmic phenomena. Moreover, they were far from reaching the nowadays scientific precision in observing the cosmic movements.

As regards the succession of years, their explanations were rather confused because of the mythological conceptions.

Their feeling of cosmic phenomena and the confusion of their explanations have in common the idea that the features of human life are closely related to those of cosmic processes. It was a mutual relation. While the life was influenced by cosmic phenomena, their mythological appearance was embedded with features of human life and thus they still belonged to the human life over which they rule.

In different terms, the scientific explanations offer the same view. We know that natural life of human beings follows almost the same chemical and physical processes as those met in the large universe. But even if the scientific explanations are as human as the cosmic myths of the ancient civilizations, we hardly can feel that the cosmic life is close to us. Therefore, we cannot feel that there is a mutual relation between us and the cosmic realm.

The modern feeling of cosmic life is unilateral. For instance, we admit to be subjects of the change of years and the planetary revolutions to share nothing with us. Instead of a mutual relation, the things and events of the world are all placed above us by counting them along with the planetary movements. Nonetheless, the individual looks back to herself or himself in a chronological way, with the risk of perceiving a self divided by an external criteria. Though, the cosmic life belongs to us as like as our past and it is instilled in us as deep as our inner feelings and thoughts.

joi, 27 decembrie 2012

Music beyond daily life

It is possible to discover that music is something else than another fact of daily life, when we feel that its listening does not fit to any previous activity.

The music cannot be perceived as something different from common activities when it is understood as a form of entertainment. For the entertainment is always a side of any serious activity we done in daily life.

Thus,  a criterion for appreciating the musicality of a musical piece is to verify its power to move its listener from his or her current activities.

The highest musical works succeed in this respect in such a great measure, so that we cannot speak about them than in the terms we use for describing the most uncommon experiences of life. Thus, it is not surprising that many composers gave to their musical works names related to love or death . 

miercuri, 26 decembrie 2012

Parts of life

When we remember that we were having a thought in a determinate past time, there are available two interpretations.

The most common interpretation is to say that your thought was surely influenced by the age you had that time or by the past circumstances. In this case, if the thought was shameful or silly, you can easily find an excuse. If it was successful, you may claim your possession over it as if the thought would be a sort of a material thing, since it is conceived in its temporal limits as like as the other things are perceived in spatial boundaries.

Another interpretation is the understanding of the past thought as one which gained from its definite time the status of being a part of your life. Meanwhile, the indefinite thoughts move across your mind and you cannot decide which of them has really modified your life. Surely, it is harder to find an excuse for the past parts of your life.

Though it is difficult to live with no excuse for your past thoughts, the second interpretation has the advantage of making you aware of your past life. Moreover, the past thoughts become useful means for modifying your present life, because they are not only your possessions, but also they possess your life.

duminică, 23 decembrie 2012

The Birth of a God

When the Christian religion lurks the mystery of the birth of its god to our limits of knowledge, we should remind ourselves that more mysterious than a god is the birth itself.

A true mystery is an unsolvable contradiction.

To give birth to another man is a mystery in the most concrete way. While the new born is expected to live longer than its parents, we put our lives together with someone’s life as closest as possible in human relations, even if we never can know the entire life of our child. And even if we survive to the death of our children, the mystery remains or becomes greater, since we are dragged into the unbreakable state of misunderstanding how a life which seemed to be our own is took away from us and we are still alive and almost forget it.

Moreover, ignoring the fate of the child, its birth is a mystery at least for the reason that we rarely have the experience of accepting a different life than ours as if it would be our own.

To the last mystery, different cultures offers many solutions of taming the bewilderment it generates. However, the habits of educating and growing our children and the norms which regularize our behavior as parents are still insufficient for untying the mystery. As a proof, we always know that our life which is more precious to us than anything else becomes meaningless when the life of our children is in danger. Or, if we care for our lives more than for the life of our children, though we act in the name of the natural individualism, we normally have to face the most dreadful feeling of guilty (the social blame often replaces the lack of that feeling).

If we compare the mystery of human birth with that of the birth of a god, the second does not add more mysteriousness to the first. It just makes humans to change their habit of ignoring the unknown things as it is the birth itself. Thus, the human birth is finally praised and celebrated. If the forms of celebration are samples of irrationality or inferior spirituality, it does not matter so much, because who can rightly celebrate an unknown reality?

sâmbătă, 22 decembrie 2012

Most correct words

There is the permanent feeling that the way we speak to ourselves is always more correct than the way we speak to other persons.

The feeling of correctness is caused only by the closeness through which we hear our own words. Nobody thinks about himself that he is right in virtue of judging his words according to some objective criteria. If such criteria are claimed in the inside discourses, they are only derived from the primary feeling of correctness.

The habit of accepting without questions the words we address to ourselves make us to receive others’ words in the same manner. Thus, we are ready to take as correct all the words that enter our intimacy, as if they would be our own words addressed to ourselves.

For this reason, we are easily moved to accept as correct the discourses which approach themes that belong to our intimacy, even if they are deeply wrong. For instance, the messages that stir our sexuality and the preaches which are directed to our most personal feelings have always the great success in convincing us about their truth.

vineri, 7 decembrie 2012

Active sufferance

A painful state is not caused only by a sufferance brought to us from external circumstances.

For instance, a painful music can be created by surrounding and capturing what is external to music as its contrary, namely, the silence. The rare strings of notes which leave enough space for long pauses can create painful feelings.

But an active causation of painful states is not identical with an intentional creation of painful circumstances. In music, it is the simple manifestation of musical creativity. In life, it is the manifestation of your self (surely, we can see that the musical creativity follows such manifestation of the self).

The manifestation of the self means its consciousness of belonging to the world. The painful manifestation tells about the plain fact that our inclusion into the world shows that our existence is not so important when it is compared with the greatness of the world.

However, the lack of such manifestation might tell about our total lack of importance into the world, since we do not dare to confront it. Moreover, since the external sufferance comes in everyone’s life, the lack of active sufferance leaves us unprepared for enduring them.