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“We seldom realize, for example that our most private thoughts and emotions are not actually our own. For we think in terms of languages and images which we did not invent, but which were given to us by our society.”
― Alan W. Watts
I’ve been thinking about the concept of individuality a lot lately. What makes you YOU? Is it your personal preferences? The things you own? The things you do? The things you create? Your consciousness or soul?
Many people today would say that you are the things you like: what clothes you wear, which car you drive, what type of coffee you drink, which bands you listen to. But when you really think about it, all those things are just the stuff you buy. Companies just encourage us to “express ourselves” through our purchase decisions, so we get emotionally attached to their products and buy more stuff.
When you take away all your possessions and personal preferences, what’s left? It’s the things you do in life, and your ideas. But even those things are fluid; they change over time as we become more mature and have different experiences. I am not the same person I was 5 years ago. I don’t do the same things or have the same ideas.
So if it isn’t your actions or ideas that make you you, could it be your consciousness? Energy concentrated into a cluster of atoms that make up your brain and produce an experience, which we perceive as consciousness? Or could it be that none of us are really all that unique, and we just think we are because our own experience is the only one we have access to?
When you start questioning the nature of human experience – how or why we perceive things the way we do, – very quickly, what we think of reality begins to unravel. You realize that most of “reality” is constructed in our minds. Our brains are always being selective about what they focus on and what they ignore completely, meaning that we can disregard a huge amount of information. And vice versa, What information are we discarding? What information are we allowing in? our brains are also filling in the blanks in order to make sense of what’s happening. but what are those blanks? what are you filling those blanks with?
The Great Terence McKenna speaks of “cultural operating systems” and says there is certain things that can open your eyes to it. And he speaks about being more curious to what your own cultural operating system looks like
So just think for a second about how many different cultural operating systems are constantly playing over and over again in your psyche? radio, television, computers, friends, family, advertisement boards when you walk or drive down the street, teachers, work colleagues even me who has wrote this ;) so forth and so on............. data has been arriving every since we where born.
- What makes you YOU? Is it your personal preferences? The things you own? The things you do? The things you create? Your consciousness or soul?
- Cultural operating systems
- Downloading a new Operating System
- Clash of operating systems
- so we look back in history and we perceive lot people in civilisations as slaves, will a future civilisation look back at us and perceive us as slaves
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Nic Gregoriades is a martial artist and spiritual explorer from Cape Town, South Africa. In 2003 he moved to London to earn his black belt in Jiu Jitsu. There he founded the popular martial arts community, The Jiu Jitsu Brotherhood and became the first person to be awarded the black belt by the legendary Roger Gracie. In late 2012 he took a trip to the amazon to drink the sacred plant medicine, Ayahuasca, which profoundly affected his world view and caused him to drastically change his life path. He now travels the world teaching jiu jitsu, studying yoga and learning about the human experience.
Thomas Faustin-Huisking is an aspiring polymath from Texas. He has played gigs in Austin, taught SAT prep in Seoul, modeled in Paris, shown paintings in New York, shot film and television in Los Angeles, and trained Muay Thai in Phuket, among many other pursuits. He is home for good (for now) in Venice Beach, Ca, working on building businesses, improving his crafts, and helping people do and be more.
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