Everything is Awesome!
In a previous post, I defined personality as the way in which we seek happiness, without fully expressing the complexity of the statement. When exploring the concept of why everything is awesome, its not the superficial lists that we see of things that we all enjoy, but the deeper idea of what makes life worth living it. That’s what we shall attempt to describe and understand. Living from the perspective of a conscience being in a world that created it and in turn can influence it, is the apex of conscience and should be cherished as the developmental progress it deserves. The experience of living is perceived as awesome because the depth that it allows, for recognition and awareness; it is the of limit to a limitless thing, our mind. Our mind’s ability to superimpose imagination over the constructs of reality, given its experience of progression through reality, is the most amazing thing that living with a conscience mind could offer. When we think of our mind, we should understand that we are in a constrained physical being, a limit, to the limitless configuration of reality. This, while also being able to create infinite configurations on this system in a part of us that we call a mind, is the special thing about consciousness. The mind is a refrain to the complexity that is reality, and the apparatus that we use to fuel our awareness and offer insight to a spectrum of vast inputs, that in turn create the conditions to experience it. The duality of this remarkable and should be cherished.
Back to the idea of personality, we commonly perceive our species as learning animals, we live to attain an unattainable quality in almost every situation; happiness. Some might argue that we exist to survive, I would argue that happiness is the primary driver behind that instinct to survive. What are we surviving for? Yes, to resist death, but we are living to feel good, while living. This is the driving factor behind almost all of our actions whether we see the direct connection or not. Why do we work? Why do go to school and learn? It’s to better ourselves, so that we can attain a level in our society where life is enjoyable. This is the fundamental driver of who we become and how we go about becoming the individual that we call our Self, our identity tied to the context of complex interactions and social ties. This concept of Self could be further developed upon, but this is the abstract definition that most concerns the topic of this article. Our perseverance through hardship and to seek a level of happiness that we can appreciate, becomes who we are. This is different from the concept of value, as I discussed in a previous article. But it is at the same time an integral mechanism of the same concept. Value has more to do with our perception of enjoyment, whereas the identity that craves happiness is a combination of: value, the cost to attain it, and ability to achieve it. This is a far more complex configuration of considerations that form who we are as individuals. because of how our societies are formed over time and from archaic systems of control the unequal measures of control are systemically ingrained, (see my posts on either nations, money or cheaters) they are the choices of the past superimposed on the present and this is an unrealistic expectation of human life, simply because the rules were made to run a different society from the present. (Like what’s the deal with the electoral college in the US? Preserving class control) These constructs hold different social values that have been perpetuated through time and that follow the trends in which they are created, often allowing for systemic discrimination, inequality and barriers to social mobility becoming ingrained in the framework in which society operates. We will discuss the issues associated with the social constraints of our perspective within a society and the individual psychological restraints more in-depth in the subsequent section.
The Experience of living
The experience of living gives us a lot of ups and down from which we form outlook and shape our actions in subsequent experiences. The way these experiences shape us is the more telling thing. Developmentally, we remember bad things and become accustom to good things as they become more and more abundant which gives us a trait of insatiability, and this something we need to understand and overcome, if we are to fully appreciate how amazing life is. Let’s use food for an evolutionary example: bitter things stay with us, we recall the taste and it shapes our opinion of the food. Where in comparison, sweet things are coveted and sought; in nature there is an abundance of bitter tasting foods but sweet (natural sugars) are rarer and this reflects what life in many ways. There are always bad things that happen to us, but there are also good things and when they come at unequal amounts it becomes difficult to appreciate what is good for us and what isn’t. This is a concept that we have studied in depth and even experimented in controlling the associative response to behavior through emotional, physical and psychological conditioning to see how this sort of stimuli affect are behavior. These practices have shown how the inputs affect the output and how we are created in a sense, through experiential variables linked to our senses that create our perception of new and old experience. Looking at how we perceive the passing of time is another way to understand, how this imbalance affects us. When we are fully engaged and enjoying an experience, time seems to move faster; whereas arduous and dreaded tasks seem to take longer, even when they may be shorter or equal in duration. This is because our level of awareness and depth of our focus distorts our perception of time. The reflective nature of time distortion helps develop our desires, comfort and self-created definition of happiness, thus making more and more of our personality by how we experience reality. When we see an experience as the thing that we should enjoy, we transition our consciousness to a deeper level of awareness, it can help us be less insatiable and more appreciative of experience. All of these experiences are measured through our body and interpreted by our mind, together they offer the limit of our physical and mental capacity to mediate the turbulence of existing, feeling is in many ways more important and amazing then feeling good or bad, because we can feel. Yes, a lot of people preach that life is short and that we should live in the moment, but it’s not always about what we are doing but more that we are a being, we are an edge to experience and in every moment not apart from reality should be cherished as we experience the separation from it, regardless of the inflective processing of the inputs of reality or in other words: the negative or positive nature of experience. We are insulated against many hardships because of our connective nature and complex social function, but it limits us to achieve our optimal selves and experience real freedom to feel good about living.
Beyond our own individual capabilities there are social constraints and requirements that form our thought process of what is attainable and what is not, given our experience within this social system. when the social system restricts the opportunity of the individual, this limits the freedom to pursue happiness. but in contemporary and classical political theory we seem to classify this understanding without understanding the inequality to life and the right to life that removes the idea of limiting some and advancing others. This occurs because of the imperfect systems that society is comprised of, is making the inequality more rampant on a aggregated scale and perpetuates the issues that disenfranchise some and praises others. The money system, the designation of resources within geographic ties and ethnic groups in and outside the boundaries of nation states, as well as the ideological differences that influence the human consciousness and social narrative, are the apparatus for social division and subjugation. We rationalize these issues in our social configurations, either because they benefit our social positions or reinforce the standard operation function of unjust an society for a large enough segment of the population. Regardless of the classes within these systems, those that govern and influence the leadership of society perpetuate the exploitation of each other, all the way down the demographic spectrum. (this is the social pyramid, some have proposed a diamond but that is still inefficient and I shall cover that in another post) We’ve indoctrinated ourselves to think this is okay, so we don’t say anything about it. This is another aspect that we are not going to focus on specifically but is good to mention to understand ourselves and our experience in society.
From our mind, to our personality, to our society: we see the same cycle of inputs forming perception forming output, along with the interconnection along the chain of experience, with time and rate of change being the only defining value to progress.
We are but the edges of experience experiencing experience.