May 23, 2012 at 1:37 pm (Uncategorized)

There was an eastern philosopher, whose name escapes me, who once had a vivid dream about being a butterfly. It was so real, he had to ask himself if he was merely dreaming about being a butterfly, or if he was indeed a butterfly and his existence at the moment was the dream. I feel that way sometimes…not in any specific sense, but sometimes my dreams feel so very real. At times reality takes on a bit of a dreamlike quality. I think this phenomenon tends to manifest itself when I find myself wishing for a different outcome than what is going on in my life right now. It tends to pass, but it is an interesting idea, how this life may or may not be the realest bit of your existence. I occasionally find comfort in the fact that many physicists are sure that we are not simply living in the universe but rather a multiverse–which means that there are an infinite number of yous and all of your differing selves are living out every possibly path that you could have chosen. Essentially, if the multiverse is infinite, much like the monkeys typing out Shakespeare, eventually all probabilities are reached. Each time you make a decision, alternate you makes the other one, or alternate you makes pretty much all the same decisions but with a few major/minor changes. So whenever things work out, you can be more or less mathematically sure that for you, somewhere else in another time and space things are working out for them. Which is you!

I tend to subscribe to the notion that happiness is relative to one’s perspective, at least in the sense that if you look for the bright side, the silver lining, you’ll find it. That doesn’t mean that things aren’t awful sometimes, but whether or not things happen for a reason, things happen. And that’s pretty cool. Maybe we’re just a mess of chemical reactions and electrical impulses that manifest itself as consciousness, or maybe we have an eternal soul and there is a God, or maybe we’re a shining luminescent diamond in a shimmering blanket of diamonds, a drop in the cosmic ocean of oneness. I don’t claim to know…if anything, I tend to be a committed agnostic. As far as I can tell, though, life has a lot of beauty to it if you just slow down and see it, hear it, taste it. While it’s far easier said than done, I think that just living and doing your best to exist with love can lead to very enjoyable moments.

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