The Impossible Question

“Once upon a time, I, Chuang Tzu, dreamed I was a butterfly, fluttering hither and thither, to all intents and purposes a butterfly, and was unconscious of my individuality as a man. Suddenly I awoke, and there I lay, myself again. Now I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly dreaming I am a man.”

Thoughts?

Comments?

Philosophical Advise Needed

If I say there exists an inside (i);

I am also saying there exists and outside (o).

I could then come up with a third category – a boarder one:

The set that contains o and i.

The definition of inside is: “the inner side of a thing.”
So, let us presume that the broader category including i and o is called t (things).

But, we have produced a useless statement – a trap!

Because, the definition of a thing is “an object that one need not, cannot, or does not wish to give a specific name to.”

The problem is we just gave this overarching class a name: thing; which is nonspecific..
But, I wanted to be specific with my naming, I wanted the name to only include inside and outside.

I wanted the entire set to only be comprised of (i,o).

But, what I am neglecting, is the fact the () carries some significance to it.

I don’t have to define it as a ‘thing’ because the moment I put () around i,o…it becomes a singular entity.
What I am highlighting is a predicated relationship:

An outside is defined as “the external side of something,” while an inside is: “the inner side of a thing.”
The common factor being a ‘thing’.

My point being is this:

The definition of inside is predicated by an outside and and vice versa;

Furthermore, they also share the existence of a ‘thing’.

But, this ‘thing’ must be nonspecific, but my use runs contrary to its definition;

I want the set to only include inside and outside.

So,

these become my questions:

what would be the above (overarching) class of a inside/outside?

Even if the overarching set could be categorized by a word, would it not be a tautology?

If anything ever takes upon the existence of all, can ‘all’ not only be defined by the parts that make up all?

Chinese & The Dollar Collapse

On October 1, 2016, the Chinese Yuan will become a world reserve currency alongside the “U.S. dollar, yen, euro, the British pound and the Swiss franc.” It will account for 10.92% of IMF total reserve currency.

The Chinese have been planning  to become the world’s best economy for some time and this is the next step and a big one. They currently are the second largest world economy to the United States (of course). But they are doing many things including becoming an international reserve currency and establishing the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, which opened in January of this year.

 

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-07-24/yuan-flunks-fed-haven-test-as-imf-prepares-it-for-reserve-basket

 

The Self and The Universe

“Eyes see and ears hear as wind blows and water flows. All space becomes your mind. Time carries you along like a river, but never flows out of the present: the more it goes, the more it stays, and you no longer have to fight or kill it.”

-Alan Watts The Book: On The Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are

The ‘Great’ Society

I feel powerless against the current. The society and culture I live is suffocating – but it appears to be only suffocating me. Others, appear to be gorging themselves in the material surplus and our gradual decline towards replacing reality with a virtual one.

I hear a few other voices out there preaching words that resonant with me. But their reach seems to reach few; and they too are mocked for being crazy or conspiratorial.
But what if it’s true:
The best kind of marketing is that which you don’t feel is marketing.
The best kind of tyranny is the tyranny that doesn’t feel like tyranny.
It may seem contradictory but what is a tyrant?
One that rules absolutely…sometimes through oppressive means.
But what are oppressive means?
When we think of oppression, we think of physical violence, but can’t you also be psychological oppressed?
It’s weird that we live in an age where information is abundant. But discovering something that you can be confident is true is truly hard, while wisdom seems to be something reserved for those crazy hippies and the Dalai Lama.
I guess I’m just ranting again, but I’m just afraid. I’m afraid that the farther I branch out from the norm or status quo, the more I’ll reject that lifestyle…that may already be happening. I guess, moreover, I’m afraid that when it comes down to it, I reject that way of life – but I presume they would reject mine as well. And they are the majority; and I, the lowly withering minority.
I just don’t want it to wither until it is only my voice and my mind that sees these trends. Because then I’ll surely be labeled as crazy and locked up and the game will be complete:
No free will for any players but complete feelings of autonomy.

Life, Evolution and God

Biologists define life by three main characteristics:

First, it must use and obtain energy, while also excreting waste.

Second, it must be animated and either move or change in shape.

Three (and most importantly), Reproduce.

The third is the most important because through reproduction something amazing happens: the organism is provided the ability to change slowly as time passes.

Another word for this slow change is “evolve.”

Evolution is simply a mechanism or process by which life changes into more diverse and unique forms of life.

Personally, I think it is the most beautiful form of God.

I see no discord between evolution and God because evolution is simply a mechanism for change, diversity and further growth; and I have observed it firsthand (on a micro scale).

Each day, I evolve myself as a person; I am no longer the same ‘self’ as I once was and I think most people would agree their current ‘self’ differs from their previous ‘self.’

But recently, there has been evidence to show that I am doing more than that and we all are!

There is something known as Transgenerational epigentic inheritance. What this proposes is that life experiences can switch on or off specific genes and these altered genes can then be passed to our offspring.

It is a revolutionary idea and one that is supported by scientific research: what we do in our lives, and what we expose ourselves to, can not only affect us but also our offspring.