josh     Tue, Sep 18, 2007  Permanent link
its easier to destroy than to create. easier to hate than love. easier to fear than accept.

Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other's eyes for an instant?

— Henry David Thoreau
HumanApparatus     Tue, Sep 18, 2007  Permanent link
As everything in the world becomes easier, faster... everybody takes the path of least resistance, I wonder if there's a bigger opportunity for destruction and hate in the world. Again, it could be a very pessimistic view of the future...I would like to think about it in micro: we as an unit can change the whole energy, we cannot change the rest of the people and the course of nature, but we can definitely change our own energy; which is already a very difficult task.

I think your phrase by Thoreau is very accurate. Unfortunately, it is a miracle yet to happen, I sometimes feel most people don't really care that they share a world with other people and do not seem interested in the feelings or well being of others even if they are close to them. Fortunately, every time somebody/something creates good energy in me, I feel it as my own wonderful miracle, and I know somehow I will give it back.
folkert     Tue, Sep 18, 2007  Permanent link
Nice picture. I agree on the notion that there has to be a balance of positive and negative energy in order to maintain a stable situation in every part of reality. I also agree with you that it is a bit naive to call things "good" and "bad". I don't think such things exist. No one is ever intentionally malicious for the sole reason of doing harm. Even when this seems to be the case there will be a trace back to a dysfunctional childhood, psychological difficulties, underexposure, substance abuse, genetic shortcomings, a simple misunderstanding, cultural confusion, class divides, sun spots, whatever. In the end, reality seems to me much more objective than "good" or "bad"—we use these words to assign emotional values to things that are either wanted or not wanted in our personal lives and particular situations. Lastly, I also agree with you that a lot of people are so preoccupied with themselves that they forget to see the world through each other's eyes. It's a good reminder. For me, the notion of the objectivity of reality is a great consolation to pretty much all of these things.

Img: balance of positive and negative energy, to be metaphorized into every part of the universe, macro & micro.

painting with life     Wed, Sep 19, 2007  Permanent link
Curious discussion. I don't find it easier to love or to hate. I don't find it easier to create or destroy. There exists destructive love and creative hate; or better said: creative intention and destructive intention. Or even better classified: good intention and evil intention. These two classifications, good and evil, follow us or guide us through every conscious decision we make. Whatever intention underlies these decisions belongs wholly to our consciousness. In the moment of decision, we can intend to be good, or intend to be evil, but that decision to be good or evil is ours.

No one is ever going to take that away from me. No matter where I end up in life (with the exception of being brain dead), I will still have the ability to decide for the sake of goodness or the sake of evil. I beseech anyone to try to take it away.

Every time we make the decision to act, we are rebounding absorbed energy. According to physical laws, energy can neither be created nor destroyed, only transferred. In this physical way, good and bad energy must inherently be balanced.

But is the energy of human intention truly quantifiable? Friction, heat, nuclear, etc. energy can all be measured in literal quantifiable ways. The energy of human intention is abstruse, how do you quantify it? Psychologists have tried for ages to capture the human mind in a quantifiable way, and we still have very little understanding of it.

There is something else in play here. There is more intention for joyful existence than a suffering one. The inertia of human energy is towards survival. Survival cannot escape being handcuffed to good intention (even if it may be pulling bad intention along behind it). The metaphor of good intention leading us while dragging bad intention behind us fits with joyful existence.

As long as good intention leads us to our decisions, we will echo good energy, and thusly propagate joy while convalescing suffering. It is our duty to follow this mantra to ensure joyful survival of the species regardless of whether something is more or less difficult.

Our world mirrored upon itself sure looks joyful.