What becomes clear, at least to me, is how much of what I’m spouting is rooted in a philosophy of sorts. So I’ll try to explore and be up front about it so that you can see whatever is written with some greater perspective. So that you can critique it and connect it to wider influences. And you can reject or accept them as you wish, and change your mind about that as you wish too. This is my current slice of a philosophy. It’s not mine because I designed it through some great reading and introspection. It’s the collection of philosophies whose particular sum has become – or has always been – my perspective. The framework, the lens through which I see and from which I see most of these posts coming from, and a lot else:
- Negatives are not wholly always negative. They can be necessary. They can be teachers, balances and they can directly lead to positive experiences. Accepting the damage they cause is as important as seeing the opportunities they create.
- Nothing is permanent. As UG Krishnamurti said: “The demand for permanence in every area of our existence is the cause of human misery. There is no such thing as permanence at all.”
- Understanding our own ignorances can be our greatest quality. Grasping the already known for fear of ignorance is oxymoronic. And moronic. Understanding only comes from accepting that you don’t.
You can see how they overlap. How, to understand your own ignorance, you need to get more comfortable with your lack of perfection and with life’s lack of permanence (what as once known, has since changed for example). To see change, unknowns and unexpecteds as the opportunity to develop as well as to freak the funk out. To love both those imposters just the same. That’s the goal.
But why are these points the ones that float to the top given how immensely complex any complete perspective must be? Because we are naturally and culturally biased to see things differently. We’re repeatedly slapped with instagram-grade wisdom and it tells us the following:
- Reject negativity in its entirety: “you’re great, the world’s beautiful, everything will be fine.” To get all Bob Dylan, you probably are great, most of the time. The world is beautiful, some of the time. Everything wont be fine, but some things’ll work out grand. This is linked to it being someone else’s fault / responsibility / job and other reflections of self attribution theory as a whole.
- “Some things never change”: we clutch at permanence because it makes us feel like we understand and that we’re in control – and we do so because we’re terrified (and on some level recognise) that we don’t know and we can’t control most things.
- “You can think too much”: keep things simple, it makes them much more manageable – even if that’s by definition, a self-fulfilling prophecy, as opposed to being open to the full gamut of reality.
So it becomes clear that my articulated philosophy is not absolute. It is reactionary, as am I generally. If I’m feeling kind, it’s knowingly and unknowingly relational. It is the perspective that I need to counterbalance what I feel are short-sighted and potentially destructive perspectives. So maintaining my ‘principles’ is really an act of maintaining a balance that I have deemed appropriate. It may well not be for you, but that’s the beauty of it. My experience – and luckily my bias – is not your own. No should my perspective be. That’s variation. That’s uniqueness. It’s utterly beautiful. What starts to become clear is that, for me, it is the unflinching and unquestioning grasp on positivity, limited knowledge and permanence that concerns me. And so it appears my attempts in this blog are to leverage away the fingers from their fierce grip, to loosen the hold, and to get people excited about what a more complex, confusing but complete, view of the world can do. And no, I don’t have anything like a complete view of the world. But I’m trying to come to terms with its possibility.