Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Thoughts 29





Intentions and Actions



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Where interpersonal relations are concerned I have always been a little slow to understand what is happening; probably because I am caught up with things about myself. What I am saying is that I have trouble seeing the whole event because I am too self-centered. Without conscious awareness of everything that could be involved I make bad mistakes in judgment. Sometimes there are incidents contributing to the situation that cannot be known to me, but more often than not I am taking a view of the situation to see how it affects me. By taking that type of view (ego-centric) of the situation, I am missing the whole picture. I am lacking in humility. When I am slow and ego-centric in social life, I can get angry at what happened long after the event and take it out on someone else. Too often that someone else is family. Because I am too ego-eccentric, I may misunderstand what really happened; think I was wronged when that is not the case.

Just because someone else is an ass does not make it alright for me to be one also. A simple example is when I am driving and someone cuts me off. They have been an ass. If I start letting them know how big an ass I think they are, then I am an doing the same thing as them; being an ass.


The attitudinal situation of the first paragraph was hard for me put into words. It is extremely hard to see it in myself. It is even harder for me to bring about change from the reality that I have lived in so long. The beginning of change would be to start to try. That is quite simple, but not fast. Finding ways to deal with the anger that has cropped up in me without passing it on to someone else is the first step and quickest way of trying. The second, which takes longer and is better, is to develop humility; the ability to look at the situation in a less self-centered way and let them be who they are, an ass or whatever.


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In the instances that I do not pass on that aggressiveness, anger, or any foul mood, then I am creating good. There is one big problem; I am human. There are times when I am not capable of not passing it on. If I get angry with myself when I pass it on then there is more angry pain inside of me. Anger is very painful for me. Resentment is anger revisited, so it is very painful for me. I do not like pain. Many times when I was younger I would be relating to my parents my anger over what someone had done to me. My mother would say that you have feel sorry for the person that acted the way they did. I would never tell her, but I would think, “Feel sorry for them after they did that to me? Maybe you can but I can't.” Today I understand that to do what they did, they had to be in pain. The reason I understand is that the times I have done things that would cause pain to another, I was in pain. If I had not been in pain I would not have been capable of the actions I took.


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If I just start by trying not to pass on pain and then search for ways to grow in that ability then I am doing good.



*  http://obstacol.com/crazy-people/being-an-asshole/

**  google images

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Thoughts 28

Intention and Action 1









In an earlier post I posited that evil was the creation of pain, both intentionally and unintentionally. Unintentionally was minor and intentionally very major. Also, that good was the easing of pain or the absorption of pain without passing it on. From that hypothesis of good and evil being based on pain, I will try to explore areas of life experience. Life has a unlimited potential for action, so it will be impossible for me cover everything. Maybe, I can put forth enough to allow a better interpretation.



There are times when I think that I am the exception. Rules and laws to not apply to me. It could take place in parking my vehicle. Thinking along the lines that even though I can walk just fine, I am getting older, am very tired and have bad knees. Maybe it will be alright for me to park in a handicapped parking spot or a place that is a no parking area. Parking like that seems innocent enough until someone who really needs the handicapped parking shows up and there are no special places for them to park. The no parking area has a reason for that classification. It could be for fire fighters in case of a fire. There's not going to be a fire, which is probably correct until it isn't. I am special so while I am in the store I see something I want and do not have the money to buy. I will put it in my pocket when no one is looking. My money is low. I will take some from the store. I have a gun with me.



It may seem that there is no comparison between parking where I am not supposed to and armed robbery, but both are saying that I am special. I do not have to live by the rules.



I ask myself, “Could I be creating pain for anyone.” In both parking situations I may not be causing pain for people, but I don't know for sure. In shop lifting I may not, but I don't know what the situations are with the employees of the store. I could be causing trouble for one or more of them. If I get caught I have caused pain for the people who care about me. Armed robbery is obvious. The very least I have scared the hell out of some one and I don't know what is going to happen. A person could be shot.





All of the above situations can or will create pain. By doing any of them, I am saying that I am the exception; very special.




All images from google images


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Thoughts 27

Thoughts 27






It seems as if I could be through rambling about the limits of humans ability to learn. Ramble I did, because I got of on several sidetracks. Even with the sidetracks there are many things that are implied in all the Thoughts posts that can yet be uncovered. I hope someone will delve into the things I left unsaid.

Everything in the universe is interconnected. The interdependency of all things has not been proven by anyone that I am aware, but for me what we do know puts forth that conclusion. We are one together with all other things.






To try to learn, comprehend our environment the human intellect has to set up boundaries, standards, parameters or whatever sound one decides to use to represent them. By breaking the whole into parts we can never see the totality of what we are studying. The more we learn the more we move away for the full picture of what we are studying.


As I wrote the Thoughts posts, I used examples. So far in this post, I have summed up what I said without the examples. In my next section the emphasis will be on using some of the basics stated in previous posts in life situations. 










  • And truly, I reiterate, . . nothing's small!No lily-muffled hum of a summer-bee,But finds some coupling with the spinning stars;No pebble at your foot, but proves a sphere;No chaffinch, but implies the cherubim:And,–glancing on my own thin, veined wrist,–In such a little tremour of the bloodThe whole strong clamour of a vehement soulDoth utter itself distinct. Earth's crammed with heaven,And every common bush afire with God:But only he who sees, takes off his shoes,The rest sit round it, and pluck blackberries,And daub their natural faces unawareMore and more, from the first similitude.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Thoughts 26

Thoughts 26






Since the last post I was reading and came upon learning concepts that I should have covered earlier. Once, twenty to twenty-five years ago I encountered the theory of implicit and explicit learning. They did not interest me at the time and no thought of them had entered my mind until this past week.

As I understand it (remember that I am not an expert in anything), explicit learning is when we consciously learn. It is there for us and we try, study, observe or whatever it takes for us to grasp.

An example of implicit learning would be when we consciously learn something and at the same time absorb knowledge unconsciously. Implicit learning is typically defined as the acquisition of knowledge that is independent of conscious attempts to learn, and in the absence of explicit awareness of the knowledge that is acquired.* Implicit learning is accepted in locations of academia and thought to be unproven in others.

I haven't been able to give substantial thought to the idea of implicit and explicit learning in one week, but explicit learning definitely comes under the what is fact for me; forced duality for the human intellect to comprehend. It seems reasonable that implicit learning is also from standards we have previously learned. I will give it more thought.

In observing my family and myself plus others, we definitely learn from our parents very basic approaches to life areas by their actions and not their words. Some are so deep and ingrained that if no event happens in our life to stimulate a look at that part of ourselves, we pass it on for generations.

What I described in the previous paragraph could be implicit learning, but to become aware of those traits, dualities have to be setup in our minds to comprehend them. In other words a new set of parameters has to be forged. The parameters for understanding could already be setup in our unconscious through the implicit learning. The event that brings the trait into our consciousness would test those standards (parameters).

The stranger or person who is different from us can be a great asset because they can test the standards we have setup to function in life. In my opinion, it takes a brave person to take an open-minded look and not just automatically reject the new parameters. As I said earlier, “It can be scary to have the framework that we use to function in life challenged or worse taken away.” It seems that most people are like me. Without a thought reject the different, because it is safer. The problem is that if and when I do that, I reject the person or persons that challenge me also.

Part of the reason that I would dismiss the new standards is that if I adopt them, I may not be accepted in the social group I am a part of.


This week I opened a door and left a large area unexplored. Again, I am tired so I will end this post.






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Monday, September 1, 2014

Thoughts 25

Thoughts 25

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Last week I went off course. This week I will try to pick up from before I veered. From the sub-atomic particles to the great galaxy clusters the cosmos is connected by the four forces. We know that the energy that sustains life on earth comes from the sun. Also, that the material of life on earth comes from the earth and that the material of the earth originated in the cores of stars. Is there an interconnectedness of life on earth.

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Around forty years ago, each summer there was a fish kill in the Pearl River south of Jackson, Mississippi. After a scientific investigation, it was found that chemicals being dumped into the river at Jackson were causing a depletion of oxygen when the river was low in late summer. The fish were dying from lack of oxygen for many river miles. After a few years the problem of dying fish was fixed. I don't know if the over all problem of harming the water was eliminated. What the chemicals were I don't know. All or part of the problem could have been the dumping of human waste into the river. There definitely was an interaction (connection) between humans, a river and the fish in that river.

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Biologist tell us that when the prey of a predator is decimated, the predator population goes down if it cannot adapt to the new circumstances. The reverse is also true. When I was young, it was considered exciting when someone killed an alligator, so people went on the river to kill as many as possible. Within a few years of the correction that stopped the fish kills on the Pearl River, it was stated that the alligator on the Pearl was extinct. I was on the Pearl a lot at that time and know that there were two 'gators within several river miles or one that traveled a long way. Without the large number of 'gators the beaver population exploded. The woodlands around the Pearl and other connected waterways were being damaged by the beaver to the extent that the state put a bounty on beaver. Finally, the state started to repopulate the river with 'gators from other states and make it illegal to kill them. The beaver are no longer a problem. In this instance there was at least an interaction between humans, alligators, beavers and the woodlands.


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People who have studied the relation between living entities on earth, tell us that to one degree or another all life on earth depends on each other. We can also see how life on this planet can affect the inanimate. One example is the beavers in the paragraph above. If there had not been something done to control their population, the woodlands along the river would have been cleared and the river banks would have eroded. Other examples are strip mining, clear cutting forest to make farmland, damming rivers, making roads and then covering them with concrete. The list can go on and on. Humans seem to make the greatest changes (for good or evil) to the planet.

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Interconnectedness within the planet (remember that we live inside the planet) and the planet connected with the solar system; the solar system connected to the Milky Way galaxy; the galaxy connected to galaxy clusters. Everything is connected within the cosmos. When we act does it in some extremely small way affect the cosmos?




* Images from Google images