Thoughts on Thinking

"When somebody persuades me that I am wrong, I change my mind. What do you do?" John Maynard Keynes

"If you're unhappy with your life, change your thinking." Charles Fillmore

"The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it." Eckhart Tolle

"People are not disturbed by things, but by the view they take of them." Epictetus

"The unexamined life is not worth living." Socrates

"Consciousness is a terrible thing to waste." PunditGeorge

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

It's The Little Things

Decades ago I sought to compress my general philosophy into three expressions:
  • It's all Good
  • Everything I think, say, and do is Important
  • Treat every thing as if it were self-aware
It made sense to me, but elaborating on the concepts proved to be quite an adventure. Adventure is defined as "an exciting or remarkable experience". Here follows the update on those three points.

 Whether viewed externally as the Big Bang or other description, such as "And God said..." there appears to be some measure of acceptance that All That Is sprang from a common point/source of energy. I call it Consciousness. A lot of folks aren't ready for that leap, however.

 Whatever exists now is connected to that first cause (conscious or not.) Therefore, in a fit of poetry (see A Gnome, A Candle, And Me) came the following:

IT is all connected
It IS all connected
It is ALL connected

 That's got to be Good.

 Yet why on Earth would I conclude that everything I thought, said, or did was important? What's the alternative, based on the first premise? We, you, and I are a part of Creation. We exist and we are aware of that. Consciousness. Debates can discuss the "I think, therefore I am" versus "I am, therefore I think" conundrum.

 Perhaps you've had a moment where someone, perhaps a stranger, smiled at you. Maybe they wavedYou know how you felt. And, I suspect, you've also smiled, waved, or thoughtfully appreciated someone. They felt your gesture as surely as you felt theirs. I'd call that Good - an extension of the source Good. In essence, we're all a part of this creative Universe, and by doing our "little things" in every moment we add to that "tide that lifts all boats." Even those boats that don't know they're in the water.

 Treating every thing as if it is self-aware comes easily. Got a name for your car? Love your pet? Chat now and then with your plants? Enjoy a sun rise, sun set, moon, clear sky, etc.? There is a long list of things we appreciate.

 If IT is all connected, then appreciation for every thing makes for a more joy-filled moment. And, like you and me, you feel good when you appreciate something. Appreciation may prove to be the closest thing we have to the elusive concept of Love. In the "all is connected" scheme, appreciation/love may be the creative experience we have with gravity, whatever that universal force may be. Newton described it, Einstein wanted to explain it, but to date gravity remains perplexing.

 The Universe is expanding, confounding many. Gravity should have reached its limit from the Big Bang and begun contracting. It would. Unless, of course, a multitude of little things energize it into another direction.

 What an adventure! So, why not smile, wave, wink, and delight in every one and every thing? It certainly couldn't hurt anything. Who knows, such activity may propel our wonderful Creation forward. Now that's Good!

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