Grammar is what always stopped me from writing. I had never formally learned proper grammar and punctuation and it stunted me or retarded of delayed my progress in that area.
“All warfare is based on deception” – Sun Tzu
But with whom are you at war?
Those who have deceived me.
But if you’re deceived by them how can you defeat them?
I was deceived, but through truth, I have become the deceiver while they still believe themselves to be.
Well, who are these that you speak of who have previously deceived you?
You would know – if you were not one of the deceived.
How would I be so sure I wasn’t just paranoid?
Because once you have peered behind the screen of the magician, you realize there was never magic at all, but instead simply the appearance of it orchestrated by a feeble puppet master. . . once the trick is exposed, one can never go back into the submissive role of being the deceived, but instead becomes the deceiver.
But, if he becomes the deceiver, isn’t he just as bad as the original deceiver?
He could be – if he chooses self – but if he chooses others and views them as himself, then he will not fail.
“If you know your enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.” – Sun Tzu
When I think of being a king, I think of ruling.
But that is where I have made my first mistake.
A king should not rule.
In actuality, if I were asked to make my first rule. I would automatically say, “that there are no rules.”
If this is the case, then nothing and no limitations can be put on anything after the fact because it would violate the first rule of no rules.
And what is something that has no limitations or restraints?
That is freedom and by definition it can have neither because if it does then it would not be free.
This may be the epitome of philosophy: questioning itself. But if you really look at the origins of philosophy, you find the answer is quite beautiful.
Unlike other disciplines like business or marketing that are concrete and tangible, philosophy is abstract. Philosophy started with wondering about life and the human condition.
But that’s not the beautiful part. The beautiful part is the goal of philosophy: to help each individual answer questions about self, life, religion, etc., for themselves! Instead, of merely being clones that rote memorize and recite what the world has told us philosophy helps us get our unique perceptive into the mix.
I mean after all there is no one that is you other than you; therefore, you are entitled to your perspective on what these difficult and abstract concepts mean to you in your life.
We may learn about famous people and their philosophical theories, but those theories are the product of philosophy. Philosophy is the activity that requires one to question all the assumptions they make about life, the world and themselves.
Philosophy is about the journey not the product that is brought back. Though tremendous insight can be found by reflecting and pondering the works of great philosophers before us, but there is always something lost in translation. They knew what they were trying to describe better than anyone else and even better than they could write it because words are limiting.
Words are what limits us from really describing what we truly mean precisely and the goal of philosophy is freedom.
But, one should not get caught up with comparing themselves and their philosophies to other people’s theories of the past or trying to convince people of your philosophies in the present.
Philosophy is not about other people (as selfish as that sounds) it is about discovering the views that most reflect your true self and are your own. Of course, by doing so and questioning yourself and being open to new ideas and different opinions, this will undoubtedly help you apply your philosophies to others, to help others, to understand and respect others for their unique perspective and life experience.
The goal of philosophy should never be to fight with others about how wrong they are but to look for truth: both truths that are true to you and those that are true to the world as a whole.
No one can find THE truth, but you can find tiny truths along the way.
Your entire life is only function of your perspective. Perceptive serves as our unique filter with which we filter external stimulus and then derive and processes it based upon our unique sense of self.
The statement “I want nothing” can either mean you have everything you ever could desire, or that you have nothing and are quite content with it.
- Time is always experienced as if it is the ‘now’
- Yet, time is changing
- Therefore, our perception of ‘now’ is changing
- In ‘now’ moments are where we make decisions
- Our decisions at time ‘now’ are based on past experiences and future expectations
I need help on breaking down my last two assertions on line 5: past experiences and future expectations. Are these general enough? Or are they excluding other criteria that would be in a broader category or a separate category entirely.