Study Epictetus

Like Socrates, Epictetus had his student write down his ideas.

Be either a philosopher (Do your philosophy, by applying good ideas to your life, you will learn to live that way.) or wing it.

Question what is within an individuals power and those things which are not.

In this sense, study, read, research, and write about living life (specifically your own).

To think about a life in this specific way will bring wisdom to apply on the day to day basis to improve or ‘cure’ the problems.

To ‘do no harm’ and apply the ‘proper use of impressions’ is to use reason to work out problems in day to day living.

“Conduct ourselves through life fulfilling all our duties as children, siblings, parents, and citizens.”

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epictetus

Wisdom Is Thinking About Love

Do no harm to each other, because needless pain creates needless suffering and who needs it.

Use the proper use of impressions in your life, and that will make it good.

A wise man once said, “Beauty is truth, truth beauty—that is all he know on earth, and all he need to know.”—Ode on a Grecian Urn by John Keats

To love love this deep means you need to think about it. Be philosophical about it-think about love, this will help you renew your purpose in life and live a good one.

Share deeply with those you love, these are the people you need to love forever.

What is the best antidote to fake news?

www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-the-antidote-to-fake-facts-real-ones/

Some good opinions are being frustrated by the popularity of Authoritarianism and fake news, hate spin, fear of the unknown and the effects of COVID stress.

I believe in two ways of coping with stress or any other problem life may throw my way.

The first is do no harm and the proper use of impressions which is something akin to living the good life.

An older, perhaps dated poem says, “…keep your virtue.” Again, not the easiest thing to do when times are good, let alone now.

And the other is more abstract, don’t act like this in public, but in private put your ‘good life’ to good use by practicing these principles primarily for your family, friends and self. Don’t do this publicly, put it to good use by working hard to do no harm and put the above principles to good use. With this kind of anonymity you are less likely to be harmed by fame or fortune.

You will be less likely to harm anyone through loosing your ‘virtue’.

But the pandemic is a special case, we all need to recover by doing what is best in our own situation and that puts public pressure on us all.

The facts are that these vaccines are our best good practice. The best science can offer. We need to have faith this is the best answer and curb unscientific, misinformation and fake news.

So, find courage to take the vaccine so we can take our best shot at putting this pandemic behind us.

Human Rights Day | United Nations

Human Rights Day commemorates the day on which, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
— Read on www.un.org/en/observances/human-rights-day

Ideally, each of us has the ability to become a global citizen.

I do this through writing, travel, and working as a responsible person.

To act in a way to promote more cooperation and collaboration, but to sustain what works and find better ways to be free.

Be a part and make a move that works better today.

Human Rights Day

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_Rights_Day

Insight from the Dalai Lama 2020

“Basically we are all the same human beings with the same potential to be a good human being or a bad human being….The important thing is to realize the positive side and try to increase that; realize the negative side and try to reduce. That’s the way.”

It needs to be said by the people we know and trust.

We are all trying to behave well and live a balanced life and living more in the moment.

We are trying to ‘do no harm’.

Please support the effort.

Comprehensive Coverage Of COVID-19 For The Holidays

youtu.be/UANpJrdXOYo

Self isolation is key, which means no gathering for Christmas or Holidays like New Years.

People are dying and we are so close to a working vaccine,in fact the first British Subject was given her shot today.

Please support the effort

Best regards,

The Philosophy Of Consciousness

Awareness is consciousness.

I am awareness.

Or I am that I am like in the Old Testament.

All religion goes into this idea of being aware.

There may be more than an object reality.

If this premise is true, we can be aware of our awareness in a non duality way.

In this sense we can be aware of awareness and aware that all is awareness.

This philosophy is born out of a sense of permanence and the infinite we call consciousness.

Without a objective reality, we or I is awareness and flows within itself in ways that resembles a reality with objects and subjects, but is really agents of consciousness that is the source of all.

Awareness is here now, permanently, in a stable way like a flow.

Because of this sense of flow, all the stops and starts and fades or emerging is now our experience.

The element of our experience that is present is awareness.

We or I is awareness.

Sensation and perception disappear when I rest or sleep or when I am at peace.

The limitation of language make words like aware limited to that of a noun.

For this reason we may express awareness as a space or field.

‘Being aware’ is a better phrase to express the knowing element we call awareness.

What I have has no objective reality or nothing.

In this sense, I am nothing or everything.

We all know we are aware.

What is the ‘we’ and ‘I’ that knows awareness?

The same ‘I’ is our primary experience.

Or I am aware I am aware.

I am not objective. I don’t do anything, I am conscious.

This is not Devine or a cosmic experience.

This is simply how each of us know our experience.

This is a way of being or a way of being conscious.

These words are essentially the same: awareness, conscious, being, knowing.

The way has no objective qualities-it is self-aware.

Our true nature is everything to us. Because we need to be what we know.

Science is attempting to learn the true nature of consciousness.

The mind-body and world depends on the nature of consciousness.

We need to go to the source and ask what is it’s true nature, and that awareness of awareness is “I am that I am.”

This is a concession to the objective finding mind.

The source of attention is absent from attention,but rather a relaxation of being aware.

Am I aware?

Yes.

For thousands of years we have been asking what is consciousness.

And it is becoming a fundamental question to science.

All other science is breaking down because we have reached the conclusion we must answer this fundamental question to move forward.

The hard question of consciousness will be hard to prove, but we all have a subjective sense of it.

Perhaps it will take a thousand years to find the answer.

Processing Our Senses Through Our Minds

We have access to a plethora of information. Some are just a cross section, made up, and or regurgitated from the recesses of the mind.

We have experience, thoughts, actions, beliefs. They all permeate the changing remote stable and unstable recesses of our mind.

Simply to take trips through the lens of our senses are not enough to express the organic experience.

Consciousness is the result of our conscious mind working with our unconscious or subconscious mind.

To pose the question in a relative way, “How does the human body regulate itself?”

The answer is complex at best, but to examine fine quality questions, may point to an attractive image, what is really going on in the arena we call consciousness?

The terms of reference for this essay, relies on stream of consciousness, consciousness, sub-consciousness, unconsciousness and the idea of how the mind really works.

To put any order to our thoughts we rely heavily on the brain, the mind is just a social construct to help communicate about what is happening in the brain itself. Then we really need to put a lot of structure in place, mostly this structure is expressed physically as what we perceive from our senses, what we learn from experience and what we learn using our faculties.

We like to think, feel, act, and believe in a hodgepodge way.

We impose order on it to make end products. We have produced a method of learning called science, but there are many studies of knowledge from various fields within science and without.

In the final analysis, it is sure to be a combination of body parts like the functions of the brain, but we process the senses in many debatable ways. How we experience is another debate.

Obviously, it is hard to come to any consensus on this topic of consciousness, it is probably happening in a singular way in each person. Collectively we are dependant upon communication methods like cooperation and collaboration. But nothing is that simple.

I believe consciousness is a combination of all the above. Yet science is beginning to explore the question. Many believe the new science is some kind of matrix. For now, I base it on my own experience, my own balanced state of mind and current acceptable science.

That’s not to say I am a mad hatter, but it is a fascinating problem, what is consciousness?

Too Many Bumps Or Mood Swings

I’d call any kind of emotional outburst (negative emotions) a mood swing or a bump.

With Corona, I generally get more bumps than usual.

I have made it a practice to take a mood swing or pump moment to calm down and take stalk of my state of mind.

Mental health is just as important as physical health.

Having faith in myself and others is part of my day to day well being.

When I take responsibility for an emotional or mental health problem, I am taking care of myself to do no harm.

I call it buckling in to corona. And I need help and give help to my friends, family and co-workers.

See you in the new normal!