Thinking Through Time
Truth reveals itself in time. That -- which is false, will fail the
test of time. In all probability, it will just be forgotten and
ignored, because there is no payoff for sustaining the belief-- with no
facts to substantiate it -- until maybe some time in the future, when
someone revives the old as the new -- for one more time, to those who
haven't heard it before.
There is always a fresh class
of recruits who will revive an old fallacious idea, thinking it merely
failed before -- for the lack of trying, and not that it was recognized
as a bad idea -- with good reason. For that reason, many think the
secret to youth, is doing the things one did as a youth -- with
realizing, that is what caused them to lose that youth -- or they
wouldn't be trying to regain it. So one can't simply do what they did
at their prime -- thinking that is all that is necessary to remain so --
indefinitely, because those peak performances, also have (had) a cost,
even if it was one they were willing to pay at any price -- thinking
that was all they needed to attain "immortality" -- in whatever hall of
fame was important to them.
In that way, many sacrifice
their health (and sanity) -- for that moment of fame and glory -- for
as long as they can, which no matter how long, will only be momentarily
in the greater scheme of things -- which is their greatest life, at
every stage of it -- and not extinguishing it prematurely, in going
beyond the point of no return or resuscitation. That has always been a
difficult balance for those trying to fine-tune to their optimal lives.
misjudgments, take the lives of many too soon, while many others are
waylaid onto a path of lifelong dysfunction, criminal and antisocial
behavior -- never seeing the light of what they are doing, seeing the
consequences of their actions -- which requires other people to do it
for them. But the efforts of all the others, can never be enough, if
one thinks their part, is to oppose all the others -- in a relentless
struggle and competition -- as though that's what life was all about.
may be so in prisons and restrictive cultures limiting one's choices --
but obviously not the case in a society and environment of the greatest
choices and freedom to make those choices without duress and biases.
For many nurtured in an oppressive condition, the very thought that one
can choose without limit -- was never a possibility they were prepared
to encounter in life, and so their instinct, is to destroy it for
everyone else also. Only in that way, could they achieve a competitive
advantage in playing the "only game in town" allowed.
that one has to buy every "latest, greatest thing," but one should be
open to the possibility that there are other things, than just the one
way they were thought -- and punished for thinking any other. By that,
some think that the only way they can win, is to cheat -- even when it
is not necessary to gain that advantage. That is the only way they know
how to play the game -- which obviously has to result in chaos and anomie in society, as well as breakdowns and crises in individual lives, they even think is the normal process of aging -- rather than taking full responsibility for their bad choices, and resolve not to change.
course it is an untenable position to maintain and defend -- despite
all the information to the contrary. The only hope, is that one will
change, and when they can't, their situation is hopeless and
unsustainable. So one asks, "What is a sustainable?" -- and not that,
"It won't matter because I won't be here to see it -- so why should I
care?" That attitude allows them to evade the responsibility and
ownership for everything going on in their world -- to which they are
just a tourist, having no right to determine the course of that
culture. One's total responsibility, is to "Enjoy," as though that were
an end in itself.
Such people are lost, and will never care about anything of significance and consequence -- because they are not producers of anything, but only consumers
after all the work has been done. And so they think it's always been
there -- just for the taking, and become skilled and clever at "taking
more than their fair share," as all they become good at.
a person produces everything, or most of it, certainly they are
entitled to all or most of it -- and not rather, that they should be in
line like everybody else, or even as they now will insist, for that very
reason, should stand in the back of the line because they are capable
of producing even more. That's how societies and individuals, begin to
fail in time -- because that is not a sustainable society.
One ultimately will reap what they sow -- even if they don't like the results. But rather than ignoring or denying the results, the wise individual, uses that information to determine what they do next -- and keep improving, as their way of life.
Going With The Flow (of Information)
Probably the greatest difference between the Old Mind and the New Mind of the 21st Century, is that the old mind was conditioned to work against the information presented -- as though it was in competition against it -- rather than allowing that information to work and manifest through them. That old mind, was particularly conditioned to think that all the information of others, was also to be regarded as against them -- and never allowing that any information could be used mutually.
That is probably best expressed in the notion that one has to beat the market -- or beat all the other participants in the market (activity), because they were conditioned to believe that the only way they could win, was for everybody else to lose -- and never that what could be useful and valuable to one, might also benefit every other.
That mentality of course, sets one up against every other, at every opportunity -- whether the situation calls for it or not. In such a framework, information is used only as a weapon against all the others, rather than as a tool for everyone to access as needed, and as such, does not needed to be accumulated and/or hoarded, but is abundant and reaffirmed in each use.
This particularly becomes a problem as one ages in this manner of thinking -- because it makes the world and environment one is operating in, invariably hostile, and so one's energies are increasingly and endlessly consumed in protecting one's "hoard," or "turf" -- with little remaining energy and resources available to take in any new information -- in that moment, which is of course, is the reality of the situation, and not merely the memory of a past situation (knowledge) and response. Such people noticeably, are always living in the past, or even future, but never in the present -- even as much as they will frequently remind themselves, to live in the present (moment).
The very fact that they fragment their reality into the past, present and future, is already an indication that there is no perception of the totality of information with no such divisions. The present information, implies the past and the future, and so is unnecessary to consider, as additional information -- rather distracting and detracting from their attention to the relevant -- which of course, is this particular moment -- unlike all the others.
Such an orientation, is a fresh mind -- allowing one to reach conclusions and responses one has never before -- instead of merely repeating only what they have done every time before -- whether the situation and/or information, merited it. As such, their perceptions and therefore responses, are a private reality or fantasy they increasingly withdraw to -- in preference to increasing their exposure to whatever the outcome or information is now telling them -- and which now requires an adequate and appropriate response. But that is frequently not forthcoming, because such minds are absorbed in the old, which has less and less to do with actual realities anymore -- so immersed has one become in their own thoughts and memories, which is not an inevitable part of aging, but certainly a certain path to it -- at any time and age.
One simply has made up their minds, and is determined never to change it -- no matter what information comes into view -- because that is one's intention, and not going with the flow of information and outcomes constantly monitoring and reassessing -- so as to actually improve the situation for increasing benefit -- and not despite and in spite of "no matter what" happens. That is the distinguishing feature of the primitive (old) mind, from today's emerging fully-integrated, and integrating, actualizing healthy individual. They are so by acting in concert with all the information -- and not just that small part that they would like to take as the whole -- in preference to it, which of course is reality -- and the only one that counts.
In simpler terms, that is going with what works -- rather than superimposing their idea of what should in preference to actual outcomes, and adopting mere repetition as their truth -- over any other feedback. So it is enough to think that simply repeating what they have always done before, is doing all they can do, even if it is not working, or creating the desired (optimal) results -- rather than paying attention to the outcome, as the totality of what they now must respond to -- and in that manner, things greatly improve, rather than staying the same, or more than likely, getting immeasurably worse over time -- which they blame on "aging," rather than accept the truth that they need to change, and thus can improve, and continue to do so all their lives.
That is obviously the right approach -- and not simply doing what one has always done before, thinking there will be some miraculously different result. Every outcome, is simply more information -- one should not ignore, in preference for only that they want to believe. That "solves" the problem every time. That aligns them with reality -- from which the truth is manifested through them, and flows.
The Value is Hearing What Other People Think
Many people think to create forums (media) so that they can tell others what they think -- rather than creating forums so that they can hear what other people think -- and that is the problem of communication in this day and age -- despite all the marvels that make those transmissions possible. Nowhere is that more true, than on the social media -- in which everybody now has the opportunity to tell others what to think -- especially about them.
It becomes everybody's opportunity for self-advertising and self-promotion, which formerly was available only to those who could afford to pay for that privilege. Now anybody who wants, can try to manipulate the thoughts of others -- rather than merely revealing the limits of their own, and their ability to express them. The positive, is that more are motivated to master those skills with very tangible results other than just the grades they receive trying to live up to other's expectations of how well they are doing.
The advantage therefore, goes to the rare few, who are gifted and skilled, at seeing themselves as others see them -- rather than merely how they wish others to see them -- which is the age-old problem of the human condition. There is no problem when everyone sees the same thing; the problem arises when everyone only sees what they want to see -- and nothing else.
In a previous time, that was attributed to Madison Avenue, and the effects of advertising, which were considered among the highest skills, because that was the ability to unilaterally control how most people thought -- since most people could not afford to pay the high advertising rates of the existing publications (media). One literally got, what one paid for. The balance of power, was additionally weighted to those who could hire the best writers, and advertising minds. If they were political rather than commercial, it was propaganda, rather than advertising, but it was marketing nevertheless -- evolving inevitably into the infomercial -- in which even their creators can no longer tell the difference.
Obviously, it becomes much easier to be delusional and incapable of distinguishing fact from fabrications -- and many come to prefer the latter, if not exclusively -- often as their "entertainment," or what they believe is their first amendment right, to believe anything they want to believe -- as the truth, and even higher than that. Some think that is the "progress" beyond the truth -- of which they can convince themselves. Thus evolved the preference for many, of virtual reality over and above the actual reality. To such people, there is no difference -- and not just literally.
That has unfortunate consequences for those who do not assess risk and reward properly, as life eventually instructs them definitively. Many get away with their wrong thinking because they never actually test the truth of anything they know, because in most cases, it is enough merely to go along with the thinking of others -- until it is critically important that they have to think for themselves because the challenge is unique to themselves and to their situation -- which nothing else in life has prepared them for.
Under those conditions, many people predictably fail, or perish -- because life is only guaranteed for each individual uniquely, rather than unconditionally no matter what. Some even miscalculate to the extreme of taking more risks that guarantee their demise and extinction. Usually, that is just a lesson to the others, not to do the same. But there is no guarantee that everyone is paying attention -- and sees what is happening, because they may be attending to some alternate reality, or virtual reality instead.
That is not unlike the very common problem of being "distracted" by anything other than what one should (must) be paying attention to. For that reason alone, one should not be conditioned to be distracted from thinking about what one is doing, in preference to better awareness of what they are doing -- as the integration of thought in action -- that transcends the power of either thought or action without it.
That is the crux of the problem of modern life and contemporary living -- as wonderful as it could be, but few yet have actually actualized to its fullest promise. That is the greatness that is the promise of life in the 21st century. That is the challenge and response of these times. Everything else is just a distorted narrow view searching for this whole -- that even the sum of all the parts, if one could individually gather them, would not be equal to -- if in fact, one could gather all the parts in one's lifetime.
That becomes the key -- to understanding any of the parts, or bits of information, that will be proffered as the whole truth on the matter -- in the many infomercials and fabrications one will encounter. Is there any relationship to any actual reality one is familiar with -- or is every reference, merely to another wishful thought -- never pointing to and grounded in any actual reality? That integration of thought and action, is the difference between success and failure, in everything one does.
There is no secret to life.
Living One's Best Life
Nobody can do it for another. Each has to live their own best lives -- regardless of what everybody else does. That has always been the simple fact -- of everybody's existence. We're all given one chance -- to make the best of it -- or not. There is nobody, who never had a chance -- at least one, in their lifetime, to make a difference and change the course of their lives. Most in fact, many chances -- all of them squandered, and so they claim, they never had a chance -- even once in their life.
Even in the most repressive societies and conditions, people have a chance -- and nobody is completely shut out. So the question is, how does one make the most of their chances? One can complain to the day one dies, that they never had a chance -- usually because they never took a chance, and found out what was on the other side -- of the road not taken. Instead, they will insist, that there is no other road -- because they choose not to even recognize it as such.
So for those claiming to live in "Paradise" while complaining how hard their lives are, they just need to find out how else they could be living, if they weren't already living in that perfection. Many will find that they don't need to be working two-three jobs just to keep a roof over their heads -- nevermind getting ahead. That's not even in the realm of possibilities -- and imagination. No, one had better just unquestioningly and uncomplainingly keep on doing what one is doing -- because it is the best of all possible worlds -- that has been predetermined for all, for all time -- by those self-appointed to know these things.
That is the true price of Paradise -- never to determine those things for oneself, but always to have it imposed by some superior being -- who tells them what to chant -- and nothing else will be tolerated. It's good to see when a few escape from such "paradise," and discovers what the rest of the world has to offer. That is the story of humankind ever since the legend of Adam and Eve, and the Garden of Eden. What is the rest of the world like?
Some would say it is a sin to find out -- or think that there can be other ways -- than the only one way they have been taught, and to reject all others. It doesn't matter what that one way is. It could be a good way, or even a glorious way -- but it is only one way, and really, the genius of life, is that there are many ways, and even many right ways. However, each still has to choose for oneself -- and nobody can do it for another, or all others. That's why we live our lives. To find out.
Many will willingly accept how badly their lives can be -- while never entertaining how good it can be, and if at all times, they are living the best life they can be -- under any circumstances. It doesn't matter that the circumstances aren't perfect -- all the time; what matters is that one is doing the best they can, with what they have -- and that invariably makes things better -- but not if they think it doesn't matter, what they do -- because they don't matter.
All that matters, is what one does -- actually, and not what they wanted to do, and all that noise. It is just their entertainment, their distraction from the important work they have to do. That's what they don't want to know about. But when the mind is quiet, it is all there.
Expressing Health and Well-Being
people diminish in health, how it it expressed? The same way it is
expressed in increasing health and well-being -- by the muscles of the
face (head), hands and feet -- which most people have never learned or
exercised to express -- and so those muscles get very flabby, and
incapable of ,movement (expression), until there is no movement at all.
At that point, one seems to be unresponsive to everything going on
about them -- even if the critical function of circulation and
respiration have not ceased, whereupon they would be pronounced "dead."
But often, long before that definitive proclamation, many stop being
acutely and fully responsive, for which we often note that their
expressions are "dead," or lacking in animation (movement).
people think it is enough just to have their faces fixed in permanently
smiling or uplifted expressions -- without variation, or the
possibility of movement (change), as all that is required to fool the
most undiscriminating observers into thinking they are healthy and
well. But really, it is more the range of movements that communicates
the truth of that being -- well or ill. That's why it is often noted
that an extremely depressed person, shows no change of expression --
that is striking to people who are aware of such differences.
they are actually in the commission of a crime, such people only note
the strangeness of the expression -- as though one were not responding
and interacting with one's surroundings, but rather, the mind is
someplace far away, living in another world. Upon noticing that, the
appropriate response is to approach such individuals cautiously, not
knowing what their responses might be, since they have no awareness or
intention, of communicating their thoughts, feelings, and responses to
any other. This is important because communicating all this, is the
primary function of all human beings -- and not running, lifting,
jumping, throwing, walking, etc. The primary function of the human
being, is to communicate -- thoughts, feelings, responses, etc.
is mostly done by the muscles at the extremities of the human body --
which are the head, hands and feet -- where most do not think it is
important to maintain, improve and optimize -- but surely, is the
summation of human expressions and proficiencies. However, in the
teaching of activities, they are not considered of primary importance --
but it surely is, to the very observant. That deftness of movement
(fine motor coordination), is what distinguishes the great
artist/athlete/musician, from those who have only mastered the gross
movements -- of seeming to do the same thing, but not as masterfully,
simply see the gross movement -- and are not aware of the fine
movements -- where the prodigies of every activity, distinguish
themselves. That is what they do better -- and not simply, more of, what everybody else is doing. They are doing something that makes a difference -- apart from just doing more. Those are the finer points of life.
When one is young, it is not so important, but with time and age,
become the difference between life and death, and before that, the
difference between a good life and a bad one. Those are distinctions,
we are pretty much prohibited from making -- in the misguided intention,
that such things shouldn't matter -- but they do, and so are critically important to distinguish, and discriminate -- in favor of. That is the whole point to life, the survival of the fittest -- which must happen, regardless of what the legislation says. We cannot legislate nature -- which is what is. What is, dictates everything else.
Aging diminishes the capabilities at the extremities more importantly and critically than anywhere else.
Those are usually the first to fail and so act as the barometers of
overall well-being -- way before life is threatened. The muscles in the
face, hands and feet, are the most important to maintain, and beyond
that, optimize -- even if there is no contest for motivating it. That's
particularly true for those with arthritis -- which begins to include most older people, on top of those born with that congenital
challenge. With age, the lack of muscular development in the hands,
feet and head, are impacted tremendously so as to produce deformities --
because the musculature is not strong enough to maintain the structural
strength of proper, pleasing shape and design.
head is also being impacted in less noticeable deformities due to
disintegrating musculature. The question should be obvious which are
the most important muscles and faculties to maintain and develop -- over less critical parts that most think are more important. They seem to be important until aging becomes
a factor -- which is not just about being a certain amount of years
more than most. It is fundamentally about how fit one is for life. Fit
means getting better. Age can mean either getting better or worse, but
most think only gets worse. Is that age, or just the wrong choice, and
then the refusal to change -- ever again? -- until the day one dies,
which one certainly will.
But way before then, there is much one can do to fully develop the faculties one is born with. That is Knowing Oneself. The simple
truth some have offered throughout time. That is the Secret of Life --
Knowing Oneself. The only way one knows, is to develop it as well
as possible. If the face, hands and feet never age, then that body
never truly ages -- because that is where it shows most -- if one is
looking for it. The health of the rest is implied -- by the condition
of the extremities. That's where the human body ages, and fails
Those are the cognitive faculties.
When that is the pattern of failure, it is easy to address, by
specifically designing and implementing those exercises -- in preference
to all others. It is more important to move the foot full-range, than any amount of limited range repetition -- which is likely to be walking
and running. But that doesn't necessary imply full-range movement --
which is what one wishes to maintain, and develop beyond that.
Evolve or Die
People don't change because they want to; people change because they have to. If they don't have to change, they won't -- even as much as they say they'd like to. It is only when they have no choice, that those who can change, will, while those who can't -- when they have to, perish. That is the story of evolution -- the overriding imperative of all of life.
It's okay not to want to change -- but when one has to, that's the difference between life and death -- and those who live another day, and actually improve their survival chances. Individually, that is also the story of "aging" -- which is usually meant to indicate one is becoming less fit -- to survive and thrive. The fit are those who survive and thrive -- not just in the familiar sites and conditions of athletic competitions, but more importantly, under whatever conditions present themselves.
The best of course, create a response that hadn't existed before -- the literary tour de force, or unprecedented achievement that is the quality of that individual. As such, it is not the "average" performance, or stereotypical response -- but something wholly new, which is the culmination and integration of that particular life -- manifested as the meaning and purpose of that unique existence. That is what we all hope to live for. That makes our lives extraordinary -- even to us.
Psychologists have called it the "peak experiences" that revitalize and change the course of one's life -- if they properly regard it that way. To those who can't or won't, those are the crises that send them into an irrevocable reversal that they never pull out of -- that ultimately ends their life. For most, that will take many years to run its course -- but the trend is unmistakable: one just gets worse, and there is no getting better.
That happens in every life -- so the challenge is to use those crises as the opportunities for transformative change that revitalizes that existence and life -- from that continuation that offers them no escape from that dismal fate. That is the greatest wisdom and lesson in our lives -- that most do not dare define and confront -- because it means having to choose the untraveled path -- as the only hope from that certainty of doom.
One doesn't get to that point until one feels they have nothing to lose. They don't even have to feel they have something to gain. They just know, they have nothing to lose. Those are the turning points for lives that get better. They have to get immeasurably better -- unforeseeably better. They have no idea where they'll end up from their act of desperation -- except they know they cannot go on as they have been.
For many, that is the "health crisis" -- in all its variations -- signaling that change cannot just be casual or moderate. It has to be a total change -- to meet the challenge that threatens that very livelihood, questioning its every precepts and tenets -- before life can go on. Those are the supreme moments of every life -- its defining moments, that tests their true capabilities -- and what they are all about. Nobody can answer that, for anybody else. That is everyone's moment of truth -- when they have to stand alone. It is in those moments, that they find out who they are, and the person they've become.
Many don't want to know that. They prefer to hide in the safety of the average and anonymity -- never knowing who they themselves are. That is not on their agenda -- of things they want or need to do. They are entirely content to know only the "average," and never any particular individual -- especially themselves. They don't want to know that. But that is the whole beauty of living and life -- of knowing how one could have been different, and made a difference in one's own life.
Instead, they wished to be distracted from their own lives -- into the entertainment and amusements offered by others -- that can consume an entire lifetime. So in the end, they've lived like everybody else before them -- or thought they did so. And that was "all there is."
It is thought in most societies and cultures, that the old know all there is to know, and are absolved of learning anything more -- when that is when it is most important to reimagine life very differently all over again. The young do that because they don't know any better -- and so are open to the possibilities. That is the fire that drives them -- until they feel they have seen it all, and have nothing more to learn -- because they know it all, of a rapidly shrinking universe. That is how people grow "old" and die; they are no longer evolving, nor think it possible for themselves -- because they just want to hold on to the life they've always known before.
But every ending, is also a new beginning -- that brings new life and energy, for those who can embrace it. That's how the last, can be first -- but not if they just continue with their losing, dying ways. That won't change anything. But if one does all the right things -- the right way -- it bears fruit, in its own good time. That is the unmistakable lesson of the universe. That's what matters.
Arguably the greatest milestone in every life, is reaching the status of full, or senior citizenship -- when one is entitled to all the benefits of living in their society.
Until then, one has to struggle largely on one's own -- feeling "less entitled" -- until the day one reaches the magical age of 65 -- when the entire machinery of that society, is now dedicated to helping one out.
Early benefits can be obtained at 62 -- or even earlier, if one is judged "disabled," but no questions asked entitlement, begins for most at 65 -- when Medicare also kicks in. Then the great equalizer is how healthy one is -- all things being equal, because at that point, one will be as equal to anyone else -- with the machinery of the government and society, now on one's side.
For most, that means not being completely dependent on the vagaries of the market and "other people's opinion," to largely determine what one's choices will be. At that point, nobody cares -- if one conforms or not to the tyranny of opinion -- because they'll continue to receive their full entitlements, whether anybody approves of them -- or not.
That's a huge advantage to have -- that most will not feel fully entitled to, until they reach the milestone of full (senior) citizenship -- with all the seniority rights, of no longer being held to account -- to anyone else, but themselves -- at which point, accounting to oneself, was never so important -- leaving woefully too many, totally unprepared -- for that responsibility and accountability in their lives. That is also one's greatest opportunity -- to choose the life one wishes to live, or more accurately, is the karma of one's life -- up to that point.
The person one is then, is the summation (result) of the life one has lived -- that earns them their entitlement for life beyond. Obviously, one hopes to embark on that stage of life, in the best condition of one's life -- rather than reaching the point of despair that life cannot get any better, but only worse, from here on out. Those latter, have failed to prepare themselves for the fulfillment of their lives as the golden years of their existences.
That period should not be the beginning of decline and deterioration -- if one has learned all their lessons correctly. Of course, many will have learned all the wrong things in life -- and done them, to their detriment. But life doesn't have to be that way -- in the actualizing world of full functionality -- rather than the old paradigm of dysfunction, still acceptable to many, as the only way life can be -- and particularly, end.
Life doesn't have to be -- and end that way -- short, nasty and brutish anymore. It can have whatever ending, and meaning, one can imagine it being -- and living that way. That means living healthy and intelligently -- as the way to ensure one's best health and well-being, and no longer just leaving it to chance, and the arbitrariness of others -- to determine for all, how best everyone should live their lives. Everyone, as a "senior" citizen, has a right to determine that for themselves.
But many, will not know how to rise to that challenge and golden opportunity in their lives, because they've never prepared themselves for that possibility -- and the possibilities, but have only done what they were told -- for the benefit of those telling them what to do. So doing what is for their own benefit, is something that many have never been taught to do, discovered for themselves -- or even thought possible. That's how the world fundamentally changes -- upon reaching senior citizenship status -- that even people who have thought they've prepared for that stage of their lives, have largely missed the point -- thinking it is simply the continuation of life as usual, but one is older, and less capable -- rather than rightly, as being at their most powerful.
At that point, money is not as important a differentiator as the vested interests would have us continue to believe -- because what is even more important at that point in life, is all the knowledge, information and experience one has learned in their lives -- that leverages any amount of money. "A fool and their money is quickly parted," has been known for ages. But a wise and intelligent person, will find a way -- no matter how daunting the situation may first seem -- because that is their learned response to a problem -- to solve it, rather than accept and give into the problem as their inescapable reality.
The solution may not come immediately, or in the next few days -- but they will continue to work on it -- all their life if need be, until they resolve it. That is the meaning and purpose of their lives that they have dedicated themselves to -- that persists long after they have stopped working at any job -- simply for the money, power, status, etc. They have created a meaning for their life -- which keeps them going far more compellingly and powerfully than the usual incentives -- that when they stop for most, leads to their disintegration and deterioration -- because that motivating force that was the vitality of their existence, has disappeared.
So while one is still young, or more importantly, at any age -- one is preparing oneself for the best life one can envision -- and manifest. It is not simply life as we have known it in the past -- but a whole new way of being that has not existed before. That is the work of man -- and all humankind -- to be all that one can be.