Many times a day I realize how much my own outer and inner life is built upon the labors of my fellow men, both living and dead, and how earnestly I must exert myself in order to give in return as much as I have received. Albert Einstein
Einstein was famous for his thought experiments, so let’s do something of that sort for a moment. Imagine that you can hold the scope of existence in your mind, from the Big Bang to just now. Conceive of the billions of years of stellar and planetary formation, the hundreds of millions of years of life formation, and the millions of years of the development of the human body and mind that lead to this moment. You stand at the crest of that mounting wave that begins at the bottom of the depths and thrusts upward.
Ask yourself, “What am I doing with this moment at the crest, this moment that represents the labors of existence and the labors of uncounted beings for billions of years?” For all those labors, how do you exert yourself to give in return? This moment of self-aware cognition may not be happening anywhere else in the universe. We don’t know. Can we let it slip by? How do you spend these moments of existence? How do you use your mind and the vast sparkling gift of this internet that links us together? What do you express? Is it a gift in return for the gift? Only you can truthfully answer that for yourself.
In the last article I posted here, I stated the thought that the internet represented our collective unconscious mind with all the good, the bad, and the ugly. I’m going to extend the analogy into another thought experiment. Imagine you are a computer connected wirelessly to the internet, but with a firewall that doesn’t allow you to see the internet. The firewall also allows and regulates a flow of information. If it could truly think, the computer would think it was isolated and alone with little effect on other computers it might see, and no effect on computers it can’t see. The computer might see some random comings and goings of information from the good, the bad, and the ugly, but it could only see the randomness. The computer might have to invent words to describe the random comings and goings, words like imagination, insight, prophecy, and madness.
Now think of the human condition. Our own firewalls have a tricky job. Imagine as a child bearing the full brunt of the good, the bad, and the ugly. It would be a paralyzing or terminal information overload. For survival’s sake the firewall has to dole out access as the individual human mind grows, expands, gains strength. However in this conjecture, this thought experiment, the firewall is sometimes sabotaged, sometimes damaged. Horrors like war and sexual abuse and abandonment as well as the bad expression of genes, damage the regulator and new words enter our vocabulary, words like post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, and psychosis.
We believe we are separated but we are not. Every point is connected to another by the fabric of existence, the fabric of space-time. What we call the empty vacuum of outer space is still part of the fabric. Our minds share everything, the good, the bad, and the ugly. If you can really see this, can really grasp the nature of this conjecture, then it’s time to move on to the next steps. The trick is to learn to manage your own firewall, your own access to the mind-of-all, damaged regulator, or not. You become the regulator in an ultimate act of self-responsibility and being. There are deeper levels to this mind-of-all that go far below the good, the bad, and the ugly.
In returning to our original inquiry, I have to ask, what are you inputting to the mind-of-all? What thought forms, what energies do you put into the internet and into our collective mind that others will have to suffer for? Do you exert yourself to return a gift for the gift, or do you contribute anger, venom, attitude, and self-aggrandizement, the same-old shit? How are you spending your moment in the fabric of all this, this fabric of space-time and beyond?Powered by Sidelines