An essay by Sha'Tara, local writer and friend.
Assumptions and Theories
So you spend your life observing. You study, you research, you test. When you work, dream or whatever “else,” you think about it all and you draw conclusions. Or you come up with theories on how this or that came about; when, where and why. Who did what to whom or for whom and what were the results. You know, the kind of stuff people do all the time, exercising that mind, stretching the credibility limits so new things can be played with. Ok, let’s not exaggerate: the kind of stuff a very few people do, but be that as it may.
The best stuff to build with are assumptions. Assumptions are like Lego or Tinker toy. The more pieces you collect, the more complex can be your constructs. It takes imagination, patience and certainly detachment because when you see your construct going off on a tangent that destroy its meaning you have to be ready to pull out a bunch of pieces, maybe all of them, and start again. Now the System doesn’t care for that at all. It wants you to get on a pre-determined path and stay on it. It will give you many reasons for staying. An old one was, get on the religious path and then don’t doubt or you go to hell. Today the incentive to remain in the groove is usually money for stuff that gives pleasure and provides fun. The result is the same: the System keeps its slaves. Under System control, the rule is, don’t try to build your own toys – buy the ones offered in the toy department. Every aspect of the System has a toy department for that very reason.
Well let’s say you are not a System mind slave. Let’s say that you can think for yourself and you can understand, to some degree, that things are not what they seem. You question it all and you come up with the certainty that things are not what “they” claim. Now you want to know what it would be like if the System veil was pulled and you could really see the wizard behind the curtain. But you know that won’t happen so you look for another way to satisfy your curiosity and that’s when your assumptions come into the picture.
Now assumptions aren’t much good for anything; they’re akin to gossiping, jumping to conclusions. It’s not good enough to just assume, you have to put some substance behind what you happen to think “happened, is happening, or will happen.” You have to train yourself to develop theories and theories, to be valid (more than assumptions) must possess some substance of fact. I’m not saying I have to convince the world that I know something no one else does, I’m talking about making sense of things for myself. To be able to actually know something – for a fact – what a gift that would be! But I can’t know anything for sure, not here, not now. But I can infer things. I can pull bits and pieces of relevant information (a very important distinction) and put them together in my mind puzzle until a picture begins to emerge. It may not be what I expected (it usually isn’t) but that in itself is exciting. It’s much like discovering something new, and that’s something in a world where the philosopher had to conclude “There is nothing new under the sun.”
There is a theory going around that we may not be real at all but computer simulations going through the motions according to some master programming. It’s one I’ve played with myself so it doesn’t shock me. Possible? Of course, all things are possible, nothing is impossible (play on words there, watch out!). The only way we could define what is “real” is if we had something other than, to compare our concept of reality against. Well, we don’t. Everything we can be aware of is either real, or it isn’t. Some can’t be real while others aren’t. Therefore the theory of computer simulation versus being “real” is ultimately meaningless until we find that giant cosmic mirror. Wait a minute, could that be God?
Did you ever wonder, I mean really wonder, why people who believe in One, Infinite, Eternal, Omnipotent, Omniscient God can’t agree on what that is? Why there is such a multiplicity of religions all clamoring to have a straight pipeline to this One God? Ever wonder why these same people can’t get along with each other; why they keep breaking away and starting new factions; why in certain times and under certain conditions they revert to violent persecution and slaughter of each other? Could it be as simple as this, that the so-called “human condition” prevents people from ever being one, no matter what course they choose to take? That we are cursed, condemned or conversely, blessed, with our “human condition” which prevents us from becoming truly one with any other?
The “human condition” addresses our peculiar type of life, whether given to us, stolen, or evolved into, which makes us sentient, self-aware, self-conscious. Which makes us uniquely and individually different, putting us at odds, not only with all other types of life we encounter, but with each other as well. It makes us aggressive and defensive even without a valid reason to be so. In this, it seems, we can’t help ourselves. We do what we are, we are not what we do. And it would seem that our “condition” came hard wired with vices rather than virtues. Vice comes naturally whereas virtues require much effort and the total eschewing of evil or vice in order to benefit from our efforts at being virtuous.
My conclusion; my theory, is this: that a person, a “human condition” being is complete in itself and does not require anyone else to complete it. All that seeking for companionship, for lovers, for a sense of belonging, is left-over from a previous condition. The Earthian is incompletely human because he chooses not to burn his bridges, not to close off his previously dependent life to embrace a totally new life: one where the individual is free to choose. He continues to cling to the now obsolete notion that he can be a part of some One group while at the same time knowing that if he did open himself up to such a concept he would be swallowed whole, never to see the light of day again. So this Earthian, this Man, exists in some penumbra of fear made easier for many by the wishful thinking of religious salvation and for a growing number, the simple expedient of living in denial.
Now, when I say “free to choose” that does not mean we enter into a state of anarchy where any individual can do whatever, as we see so much of in today’s society. A truly free individual can reason properly. He empowers himself to choose good over evil, and always – always – does so. That is what the programmers, whomever, whatever they be, are so intent on making people doubt or reject. But it remains true that the evil that man does is not of man’s inventing. It came with the programming, from the programmers. A free individual chooses responsibility over anarchy simply because continuing freedom depends on a virtuous life, a personally entered into, personally empowered, individual life. Evil leads ever to entropy, to the downfall of all who trust in it and exercise it. Evil is always dependent on external conditions (think about that!) whereas virtues are engendered and arise from within the individual – and never within any group.
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|Reviewed by Jon Willey
|"free to choose" is the operative phrase and yet you immediately begin to establish boundaries by saying, "that does not mean" - evil is not dependent upon external conditions and virtues are not engendered as both traits are learned through empirical data - so, if your belief system were true, anarchy would never be a bad scenario for human behavior as all human "virtues are engendered and arise from within the individual" - where is the definitive source of the evil? - interesting and whimsically contradictory - what is not to like about this, "Assumptions and Theories" rendering? - it stirs the gray matter around and puts a little zip in your thinking -as for "the best things to build with", presumptions - I wish you love and peace my dear friend - Jon Michael|
|Reviewed by Myrna Badgerow
|As always you give us something to think about and chew on...outstanding work as always!!
|Reviewed by - - - - - TRASK
What You Assume Never Ever Happens
What You Least Expect Always Does Happen...
Etal: Auto Accident Led Me Drs Office Wherein
Met Most Beautiful Girl(See My Poem: I Can't Stop Tears)
But Something/Someone Got In Way Of Our Unreal Attraction?
It Was (God)Parted Us(Whether You Believe It Or Not)
I Always Said I Went Back Do It all Over Again:
I'd Choose My Women More Wisely,i.e. I Had No Control
Over Bitch I End Up Married(God) Chose Her Not Me!
As He Does All Human Beings-You Will Find This Out Whence
You Die--Simply All will Pass Before Your Eyes Whence
You Stand Before (God) You Will See:
The Truth You Never Heard...
I Can Go On And On But Why--Read My Poem To Peggy!
Again I Could Go Back See Her Tell Her How Much
I Cared For Her--Simply Give Her My Business Card,
E Mail, Phone No.Tell Her Call Me In Future!
Why? If I Did Try Stay With Peggy Simply (God)Would
Find Way To F--k It Up And I'd Still End Up Married
To Bitch In Future!
Yes I Know You Just Cannot Believe It...
|Reviewed by Vivian Dawson
|This reminds me of..
"Idleness is the devil's workshop"
..So let's get busy
Thanks for the Sharing
|Reviewed by J Howard
|my thought processes are slowly churning...this piece leads one away from dangerous assumptions and bring new life into new thought...or old thought, but thought all the same. you are indeed an enlightened writer.|
|Reviewed by Ronald Hull
|As usual, we think alike. You just write more about it. The key word is "fear" which leads to evil and all of its ramification. I never placed much in assumptions. Mathematical equations always started with them, making sure the formula stayed on track, thereby assuming the problem. Assuming there are angels (thousands of books and personal experiences prove there are--don't they?). How many angels can dance on the head of a pin? Let the arguments begin. Soon we will have fights. Later we will go to war.
|Reviewed by Clarence Prince
|Regis, you seem to be writing better every time, seeing as this is such a good read, well to me anyway! Yet without a doubt, I still assume that there is a God with infinite wisdom of which no man can or will ever comprehend. And so, I'd say lets do what's good and disregard every evil deed! Blessings!|
|Reviewed by JASMIN HORST SEILER
|Endowed with a lot of evil, thank you, by who's standard or observation, mine, bless ya!
As always Sha Regis, I enjoyed your diddling around with a library of possibilities.
Somewhere in the so called good book, I'm sure it says, "I created evil", what for, to punish our guilty minds, depending on your belief system, what fun they must have these so called Gods, it's a challenge isn't it, no evil, no challange, no challenge, no fun, no fun, what for.......
the wishful fear, of religious salvation as you said, is the biggest hypocracy of the human mind,
some, many, will tell you, this earthly existence is only temporay, and I guess it might be, but to search for paradise, while you're in it, somewhere in the outer realm of thought, we make the excuse, we can abuse this one, till it is proper hell on earth, I'd like to help them depart quickly to the next one. Thanks for sharing Regis
|Reviewed by Jane Noponen Perinacci
|Ah! I have a bunch of old tinker toys which when they were new were perfect but because they were used to build so many different things became worn and the cards for the windmills bent just as a new spirit becomes worn and bent from external conditions. I enjoyed this read, Regis!
|Reviewed by Tom Kitt
|Sha'Tara is long-winded but essentially true. This is because clarity of vision has not yet been achieved.