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PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2009 1:59 pm    Post subject: Uncommon Sense Reply with quote

Talking to people Ive discovered many tend to downplay intuition. Why bother worrying about it right? "Oh, it's just some subconscious thing. Whatever." Functionally, this does work in the short term, but philosophical questions persist because certain thoughts persist. Hunches. Unusual feelings, they casually nod in a particular direction.

To me intuition seems to underlie creativity, memory, everything. It is the tether to the unconscious and the subconscious below. A distinct mental component, and for all our advancements, we still dont know that much about this strange, powerful place. We acknowledge it scientifically, but we dont know it personally. I mean, we never finished mapping--which is a shame, really.

Do you find it odd, sitting on your bed, waking up? What just happened there? This is a third of our lives.

We cruise around, a conscious observer to some linear attention span, but the unconscious mind takes it all in without bias. Its all there. To enter the unconscious is to enter the entirety of your life. Is there even a past or future in this place? One would hope this to be not inferior or irrelevant, but the second half of the human experience. Complete, holistic; the lines between time up here. The difference between knowledge and information, learning and understanding. Between personal formation, and in-formation.

The world today surfs the crest of potential manufactured. The amount of raw data which now exists in autopoesis is staggering to what has come previous, and still continues to grow rapidly. This is the age of information, surely, but quickly overlooked is what it has done to us, still stumbling near the darkened cave of ignorance. We sometimes act as if we didnt just find the exit. We have watched the (sub)cultures of the world unite, transforming with each other, but a subversive nihilism seemed to blossom. Where people once felt constrained by the tradition and politics of the locality, modernity brought an exit to anywhere else: the global view. We filled the gaps, but it seems that regional ethical systems, while arguably faulty, were replaced with a lack of morality at all--a sort of go with the flow hedonism. Were all famous now. Songbirds.

Here we are, connected so well.

What I want to talk about is common sense, but more importantly is our sense; where we want to go as a species. Historically, the windows of opportunity which lead to peace and abundance often close long before the coming nightfall. While it is still light out. I do not mean to sound like sound epic orator, but were all here--a global system, self aware--and if we mess it up, future generations will never forgive us. To climb so close to heaven, only to have drunken daddy crash the car on the family trip.

So I propose we just look at the basics here--the general day to day, what's up, who won the game? youre late for work type stuff--because there is something I dont understand. Why does this part take so much priority? I mean I love joking around and keeping things light, but this is a big part of life and we rest on it--as much as sleep. Now look at the logical structure underneath the everyday: common sense. Where one is told to use some common sense they are confronted by a statement which exists outside of self. Some sort of communal logic stall frequented by all. It works in theory, but is often clogged or gross. Sometimes someone tells me to use some common sense and it feels like they just dropped a turd for a trump card. The crowd gasps. Why abandon your own developed view if you think it is logically sound? For the collective? Are they right? Remember that people go to school to escape common sense, and all new ideas are nonconformist. Sometimes its just bad news. This useful illusion is so real a gatekeeper of knowledge. It is often a hand to the mould of the social mind. How much of our culture still rests on common sense? How much of science, even? Alphabet news, iconic ideologies; some things by their very nature point to common by design.

We see such an emphasis on the external world, but what of the inner world? That intuitive guidance is something some of the accomplished people often swear by. The ones who seem to just live in the right spot. It is perhaps the birthplace of grace.

How did I make my millions? Just trusted my gut.
I dunno, when I play I get into this zone where its like Im not even thinking.
All good art is familiar.
When I dance I feel everything.

Most accept this force because most seem to feel it. It persists. Just like those odd thoughts we have from time to time. Urges, curiosities, the hunches that lead some into detective work, or deeper into the scale of possibility, perhaps some all-out clairvoyance, an arbiter of the veil.

I guess my point is that when we look around in apathy, thinking that all of our problems are so large, and complex, I have the feeling that they scatter like darkness at sunrise as we slip into sleep and into our personal worlds. Maybe we know all the answers to that which trouble us already? Maybe its all there? There is always the possibility that weve just been looking in all the wrong direction. Its funny: some people claim that the needy and easily manipulated should wake up to the various power eventualities, but really we need to go down. Down. Further, to the planet whereupon stands the God of War. In this place we are the supreme being.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 15, 2009 9:40 pm    Post subject: Thanks Old Gobbo Reply with quote

Thanks for a great post.
I agree whole heartedly.
The California Indians spent 10% of their time
getiing food and shelter. The other 90% was spent
thinking, meditatiing, and drawing. Can you imagine?

I believe there are many frontiers within ourselves.
And yes, future generations are counting on us to
hand to them a livable planet.
Think less, know more.
All the best,
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 15, 2009 10:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Can you imagine?


I can. It would be a serene life of contemplation.

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Thanks for a great post.


No problem. My pleasure.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2009 2:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very precise.

A great post worthy of several readings.

Thank you Old Gobbotious One.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2009 10:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for reading Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 19, 2009 1:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A most resonate post. You put a lot of undercurrents that people are thinking or intuiting, together into a cohesive statement.
Love that imagery.
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Sometimes someone tells me to use some common sense and it feels like they just dropped a turd for a trump card

The information age seems designed purposely to over load our senses so that turds get past our concious critical thinking and lodge in our subconcious, building up a sewer of lies and half-truths.
Is it any wonder morality is non-existant in many folk and hedonism is the fix for the stress of living faster than we are designed for.
Thanks Gobbo
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 19, 2009 3:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The information age seems designed purposely to over load our senses so that turds get past our concious critical thinking and lodge in our subconcious, building up a sewer of lies and half-truths.


Definitely.

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Is it any wonder morality is non-existant in many folk and hedonism is the fix for the stress of living faster than we are designed for.


Yes. I find it interesting from an evolutionary standpoint. Obviously our evolution has been guided but some key things still remain. So for example, we no longer have to 'do' anything to survive, leaving ample time to become addicted to addiction. But then here is the kicker: As I alluded to above, the evolution, while perhaps not what many think, is still an evolution. That is, we -do- still have to do do/work to survive, as the natural predators are still out there trying to climb over our backs up the pyramid.

We aint out of the jungle yet, folks.


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A most resonate post. You put a lot of undercurrents that people are thinking or intuiting, together into a cohesive statement.
Love that imagery.


Thank you, really. It makes me so happy when people get something out of what I write. I worked on this for a little bit for a magazine which it may be printed in, though I have yet to hear from them. Hopefully I do.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 23, 2009 7:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Go get 'em. Cool
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 11, 2010 9:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

just reread this, gotta give some love in this thread.
it gives me solace to know at least we're able to talk to each other about this stuff.
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