Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Thought habits

Events get caught in the brain in the form of memories. Connections are formed between neurons. When a memory has been stored in long-term memory it is very difficult to get rid of. You can forget about what happened but the memory is still there somewhere and can resurface whenever, maybe even decades later.

In the same way, beliefs, ideas and quirks get wired into the brain fabric. Once you have become convinced of something, it is very difficult to change that conviction.

Somehow you may have got the idea that you are stupid, or that nothing really matters in life except money. Maybe you still believe in evil spirits.

All habits are difficult to change: thought habits, smoking habits, eating habits...   It is also difficult to change hard wired political opinions and religious ideas. However, it is possible.

Heavy smokers can give up smoking and alcoholics can give up drinking.

It is possible to leave a religious sect or abandon a political ideology.

It is possible to disentangle oneself from thought patterns.




Saturday, September 17, 2016

Psychotherapy

Psychologists have developed methods to help people with low self-esteem,
depression, anxiety and phobias.
How come they have never developed methods to treat greed, complacency,
hypocrisy and career obsession?

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Get real?

“Only the now is real”, is a popular slogan.
However, slogans are mental creations.
The Now is also a mental construct,
just like memories and plans for the future.
What you can see with your own two eyes
are images that are created in your visual center
and the sounds you hear are created in your auditory center.

Right-wingers, left-wingers, religious people and atheists
have completely different ideas about what it means to be realistic.
Not even the best scientists in the world can agree on how reality works, really.
How can this be? They have fantastic instruments.
How come they arrive at different conclusions?
Well, conclusions are also made of mental stuff, like dreams and fantasies.

Is this world made of matter, spirit or energy?
What is matter, really? What is spirit made of? What is energy?
We're all in the dark.

Relativism is also an outdated worldview, like materialism and idealism.
We're all lost. We're lost in space.
No one knows for sure why we are here.
How ridiculous to argue about things that we don't know anything about.
We're like drunks,
quarreling about whether Einstein was right or wrong about time.

So, stop arguing. Give up the fight.
Stop defending your worldview.
Ignore worldviews altogether.
Calm down.



Sunday, August 21, 2016

Rationalizations

Some people are very intelligent. They get good grades in school.
Eventually they become phDs and start to write books.
Their way of thinking is based on logic and reason
and they come up with very intelligent explanations.

The problem is that they also explain things that they don't have a clue about.
They find rational and intelligent explanations also to incomprehensible events.
They should limit their explanations to what they have evidence for, I think.

Why do you feel that you have to, at any price,
come up with a rational and intelligent explanation,
also to aphenomenon that you have no experience of?
Are you afraid that your rational world would fall apart if you can't find
a logical explanation to the inexplicable?

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Other people are not as clever. They did not get good grades in school
and their explanations are usually unintelligent and irrational.
They have to invent gods or spirits to explain what they can't understand.
Allah, an angel or Jesus Christ intervened in the events, they say.

Why do you feel that you have to explain synchronicities?
Why do you feel that you have to explain consciousness?
Is the brain a receiver of cosmic consciousness
or is it a computer that manufactures thoughts and a sense of self?
Are synchronicities delusions or are they strange messages from somewhere?

Why is it so hard for you to say 'I don't know' or ' life is really a mystery?

Friday, August 19, 2016

How are we to live?


Many physicists, just  to mention a few of them: Stephen Hawking,
Brian Greene, Leonard Susskind and Neil deGrasse Tyson,
believe that this universe is not the only one.

The question is, what difference does it make to you, in your life,
if there are innumerable universes out there, or if this one is the only one?

What difference does it make to you if there is a God somewhere
or if God is just a fantasy figure?

What difference does it make to you, in your everyday life,
if a part of you lives on after death, or if no part of does?

Would these different beliefs change anything in your way of life?

Things that are important in our daily lives, are what is important, I think,
not what is going on in other universes or what is happening to us after death.

How are we to live?

Are greed, vengefulness, self deception and lies useful strategies?

Is it important to get rich, no matter how?

Is 'survival of the richest' a fundamental natural law?

It seems to me that physicists, religious and spiritual people
as well as militant atheists
care too much about matters that are not of vital importance.

Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris and Daniel Dennett never confront
the irrational ideas and beliefs behind Neoliberalism and Neoconservatism.
They devote their lives to debunk religious nutcases.


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

The search for serenity


Accept the things you can't change,
change the faults and failings that is possible to change
and try to find out, seriously, what is changeable and what is not.

It's possible to stop smoking.
It's not easy but it is possible.
Many nicotine addicts have managed to give up smoking.

Even many heroin addicts have been able to stop taking drugs.

It's possible to stop lying to oneself.
It's possible to stop making a pig of oneself.
It's possible to get off the bandwagon and ignore the rat race.

It's possible to leave a religious faith, a religious sect,
a confession, a worldview or a political platform,
without adopting another belief system or mind set.

But it is not possible to change the past.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Thin places

I heard about the "thin places" on the radio and then I read about such places on the Internet.

“There is a Celtic saying that heaven and earth are only three feet apart, but in the thin places that distance is even smaller. A thin place is where the veil that separates heaven and earth is lifted.”

Interesting! However, I don't think that a thin place is a geographical place. I think it is a short sequence of your life. You get a glimpse of something. You can not spend the rest of your life there. You have to continue your journey. You have to live your life here, on this side.