Thursday, 8 August 2013

Curse of consciousness

We find ourselves in a pitch black room and we have been given a torch with a very narrow beam. In search of comfort in the darkness we shine our light at one particular place and assume the comfort (even if it is a harsh, self-defeating comfort) we feel is the truth. Some remain fixed here but others find the courage to look elsewhere, to find their meaning in the searching and questioning.

All are looking to alleviate the burden of self-awareness. The curse of consciousness arises because we become aware at the mid-point of a process and as such can never understand what happened in the first half (we aren't aware of the journey to the dark room). We lack meaning because we missed the first half of the movie! All we can do is attempt to reconstruct how we came to be, no matter how accurate or inaccurate our speculations are; all thought is born from this...

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