Good and Bad

‘Good’ and ‘bad’ are just arbitrary human creations, used to describe a subjective feeling towards a particular action, thought, idea of state.

When one believes that words such as ‘good’ and ‘bad’ are inherently objective – one immediately limits themselves to a world of restraints. Not to mention that most people and their ideas on what constitutes ‘good’ and ‘bad’ are largely a result of culture, religion, or society – in other words, what is ‘good’ and what is ‘bad’ has already been defined by someone else and their idea has been imposed on you.

Disregard any belief in an inherent ‘good’ or ‘bad’ and accept the terms for what they really are – namely a series of sounds that represent a subjective feeling of either acceptance or disapproval.

Don’t let others opinions on what is ‘good’ or ‘bad’ limit you.

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What If ‘Deeper Meanings’ Merely Are Illusions?

Perhaps everything is superficial. Many times I’ve been praised for my ‘depth’ in regards to philosophy – how I go deep into the underlying concepts of things and penetrate beyond the surface – bringing a person into an area of thought that is deeper than than usual limit. But perhaps all my ‘depth’ is for nothing. Perhaps everything is superficial – and these ‘depths’ of mine are nothing more than an illusion created by my consciousness. Of all the ideas that bother me – this one bothers me the most. Perhaps our entire existence is simple – we live and die and there is no reason, no meaning, and no structure behind any of this. All this philosophy and psychology and aesthetics – perhaps they’re all just illusions that ones consciousness creates. Perhaps everything is superficial. Perhaps the ignorant and blissfully stupid people have lived life as it should be lived.

Consciousness Causes Us to Think We Have a Purpose

Consciousness makes us think that we have a purpose – that we’re important. That, because we are self-aware, this somehow must mean that this ‘self-awareness’ must serve some purpose. After all, if we are self-aware surely this must be because there is some high meaning or purpose that we can discover – right? But ask yourself this question – what if the universe is indifferent to your self-awareness? We ponder, and contemplate, and think about what our meaning in life is – and we do this because we have consciousness, because we are self-aware. We can’t help it – it’s just the way our brains work. We think and question the world around us – but that doesn’t mean the questions will have ‘answers’. It would appear that all meaning is itself subjective, or at least largely given value by a conscious human.

Thus, perhaps all our ‘deep’ and ‘philosophical’ questions are nothing more than a diversion to distract us from the inherently meaninglessness and indifferent universe we inhabit. We are conscious, and we realize how cruel and unfair the world is, and we are aware of our suffering, and we aware of our creativity – thus we formulate these questions, these religions, these so-called ‘answers’ and ‘hopes’ to try and tell ourselves that we have a purpose, that we have a meaning, that in the end everything will be worth it! But perhaps it wont – more than likely it wont. We exist and then we fade into non-existence. We are conscious, and we therefore are aware our position in a harsh universe. So we try to formulate ideas, concepts, and so on – we try to create ‘meaning’ and such. But these ‘deeper meanings’, these ‘inherent purposes’, these ‘important questions’ might be nothing more than figments of our imagination.

Every now and then – I find it somewhat cathartic to just say to myself ‘everything is meaningless, none of my ideas are valuable, everything I believe is a lie, and I have no purpose in this world’. Try it sometime – after a while it becomes liberating.

On Our Identities

Our identity seems to be formed largely by words. Let’s say, for example, that humans had no verbal language. How would one form an identity? After all, our identity seems to be formed largely by words – we have a name, we have a word that designates our culture or ethnicity, we use words to describe our personalities and physical features. If someone told you to ‘describe yourself’ you would do it using words.

‘Identity’ itself is just a word. We think that we have an identity, but this ‘identity’ is just an abstract concept. Yes, it appears that our ‘identity’ is mostly formed by words. Without words, I wonder how we would describe ourselves – how we would view ourselves. A baby, for example, seems to lack an identity (because they do not know the words that are used to describe an identity). Likewise, a baby never worries about appearances, or existential themes, or its personality. However, a baby also lacks the understanding and consciousness to grasp these concepts but still – I cant help but think that, since a baby lacks the words to describe an identity, this baby doesn’t have an identity, and therefore the infant lives its life peacefully. We seem to worry so much about our identities – when in reality our identity consists of a bundle of abstract, superficial words that have no meaning except the meaning we give to them.

Flesh and Skin

‘Flesh’ is a much more aesthetically pleasing word than ‘skin’.

The word ‘skin’ just sounds childish – innocent almost.
The word ‘flesh’ on the other hand has a very sensual pull to it. Flesh. When the tongue hits the alveolar ridge to make the “L” sound in ‘flesh’ – that has very sexual feel to it . The ‘L’ phoneme reminds one of words such as ‘lust’, ‘lick’, ‘licentious’, ‘libido’, ‘love’.
Fl-e-sh. The “sh” sound also has a sort of sensuous feel to it. Skin on the other hand is rather boring, not to mention it has the word (kin) in it (kin as in family)- which by no means has an erotic pulse to it (at least, hopefully it shouldn’t).
Yes, flesh is much more sensual than skin. When describing the body of a person one ought to use the word ‘flesh’ rather than skin – at least in moments of sensual beauty.

Words and their Weaknesses

Words are arbitrary – somewhat symbolic but for the most part they are immaterial, subjective and meaningless. I know, ironic right? I of all people criticize words? But I do. Words are words – they’re just vibrations in the air or symbols on a paper. The only ‘power’ that words have are the ones you prescribe them.