More than you might think As a side question, is the concept of infinity confusing to you?
Infinity is a tootsie-pop that you can bite all you want, but you’ll never get to the center.
If everything is energy at the atomic level then it’s possible everything is waves that just keep rippling out, but as with sound feedback, the waves start snowballing and sending more waves.
Then it’s like a mirror glass onion where we are on a wave or caught between two layers of glass onion that is always expanding because of the feedback, sending new layers from each side of each layer, over & over….
I think the infinity stones are spread out in the form of common sand, & to control them you have to eat all the sand existing in said universe within 45 minutes, but if you fail you have to fork over $49.95 & you don’t get any powers.
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@luftballooneyegouge things to make you say hmm.
We cannot possibly grasp the full measure of corporeal existence our senses bring to us. We create simplified abstractions so we can deal with reality without our brains exploding.
Concepts and ideas formulate within these abstractions; and when they start getting too complex we simplify them into abstractions. And so on all the way up to the ultimate abstract of God: that which continues through all infinite beginnings and endings.
@griz i am getting tired of abstractions. Give me the thing itself… not some nebulous idea that needs interpretation. There is a work of art here that is literally a glasd cabinet full of brand new surgical implements neatly arranged as if ready for an operation. There can be no questions as far as what it is.
@Jear77 You can’t always get what you want. But if you [participate nobly and honorably] you just might find, you get what you need!
There exists the very real possibility in a lot of cases if the full un-abstracted reality of something was totally revealed to us, it would destroy us.
Chances are excellent most people harbor at least a few protectionary abstractions (mental blocks). Yourself included.
If we cannot handle the full reality of our self, how could we handle the full unvarnished reality of Everything?
@griz what if they’re identical? What if participating thusly the only thing you get is heartache, pain, and trouble for your efforts? In regards to the concept of mental blocks, i am a self proclaimed hypocrite, so anything that is amiss can automatically be blamed on my hypocrisy, so if everything were to be revealed, i’d be able to say that i am a hypocrite and they shouldn’t have believed me in the first place. And there’s nothing more refreshing to me than someone who is able to accept themselves completely. The reason that many people have problems is because they are uncomfortable with themselves. In psychology, self reported distress is the major way that mental illness is reported. We’d have way less mental illness if people could accept themselves as they are.
@Jear77 If participation only produces these negative things and nothing more, this begs the conclusion that one is not participating properly. Perhaps the focus (or “meaning” or “attitude” if the previous word causes issues) . . . is off: not aligned to beneficial destination.
Let’s remember that people self-proclaim themselves to be all kinds of bizarre and unusual things. This doesn’t make it so.
Consider that what you seem to be calling “[mental] distress” is also a major component of survival, evolution, learning and growth. And there is a lot of evidence indicating that whether such stressors steer a person towards growth or increasing mental illness . . . is a function of what their chosen “meaning” (“attitude” or “focus”) is.
There is also good evidence that a normal healthy person can through act of will drive themselves into mental illness surprisingly quickly. I would suggest it is an experiment any person can run — but would strongly advise against it; simply because you can succeed outrageously this if you wish it.
Nihilism, pessimism, defeatism are just a few examples of this process people choose to visit upon themselves.
And similarly, one can accept the way they currently are as a starting point to becoming better; or a finishing point or point of stagnation unto never even trying to reach for something better.
Which is really a shame considering what a long line of evolutionary winners they have come from just to get to this point.
@griz you are 4+ standard deviations from what i said. Here’s the tl;dr of what i meant: Embracing fully what one is, including each and every one of one’s own flaws, hypocrisies, and incongruities can do nothing else but eliminate mental illness. If everyone were to do that, we could bankrupt the pharmaceutical companies that sell drugs as no one would have need of them anymore. And that’s something anyone who isn’t on the payroll of big pharma should be able to get behind.
@Jear77 Lol! Do you have any notion of just what 4 standard deviations represents! Hyperbole’s hyperbole!
Are you allowing for a difference between embracing and acknowledging? One can acknowledge that something stinks; but embracing it is an entirely different process.
Acknowledging a stink is the first step to doing something about it. Embracing it can lead nowhere except making the entirety of oneself stink.
Consider too that even the better process of acknowledging the stink stalls if one doesn’t take subsequent steps to look for and follow through on plans to resolve (or at least ameliorate) the stink.
@griz the max is 3 deviations But acknowledging it neans fighting against, improving daily, bettering one’s self… as the bible says “be perfect” — I am so disgusted with that concept, so over it, i don’t bother with it anymore.
@Jear77 Consider the analogy of starting an exercise program. One can fight with it — or participate with it.
And what happens if one becomes disgusted with the concept of “being fit” and doesn’t bother with it anymore?
@griz i am human. If someone wants to deal with my imperfections, fine. If not… fuck them.
@Jear77 Perhaps not.
One of the hallmarks of the Human race is the drive to explore, to experience new things, to take risk, to grow into something better.
(Yes, I’m playing a bit of devil’s advocate there in the first line — but perhaps not??)
@griz even so, there’s a point in which a person can say “no more” – i’m past the point of care, save for economic necessity. And if it gets to the point where i can’t be bothered to care about that, i’m sure i can get disability funding.
@Jear77 The main point for consideration there, is that “economic necessity” is such a despotic ruler of the Human soul.
@griz not really. I’ve gone home before. Too many times to count. If i get too tired, as long as my folks are alive, it’s an option
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