From an absolute perspective, are there any consequences to choice if in each moment we are free to choose in any direction?
We perceive reality as a continuity of one moment into another, from one point in space-time to another. But that is a very limited perspective of what reality and existence truly is. A very linear one.
Open yourself to the awareness that you are choice. Choose and choose again, creating, exploring and experiencing yourself, never-ending.
And from that “point” wouldn’t your life be a reflection of your limitlessness, despite and because of each choice you make?
‘His tail was back. He was sure of it. He felt a stab of elation, the octagons and adrenaline mingling with something else. You’re enjoying this, he thought; you’re crazy.
Because, in some weird and very approximate way, it was like a run in the matrix. Get just wasted enough, find yourself in some desperate but strangely arbitrary kind of trouble, and it was possible to see Ninsei as a field of data, the way the matrix had once reminded him of proteins linking to distinguish cell specialties. Then you could throw yourself into a highspeed drift and skid, totally engaged but set apart from it all, and all around you the dance of biz, information interacting, data made flesh in the mazes of the black market…’
-Neuromancer, author William Gibson
Enjoying this book right now by the brilliant Canadian writer. Not going to review it but just sharing that, for those who are not familiar, it is one of the most groundbreaking and influential works of fiction of the last century.
For some reason Hollywood never adapted it but as of August 2017 a project is picking up steam and looks like a movie is in the works finally. The book definitely has an edge and energy to it and the movie might be some type of hybrid Trainspotting-Blade-Runner-Matrix (without the martial-arts ballet every scene).
Isn’t it wonderful exploring new worlds? Be open to new ways of seeing the world and observe your movement in it. (And of course you don’t need drugs for that.)
“Look, I understand that inside me there is a greedy, gluttonous, lazy, hippie — you know? I understand that free time is probably my enemy. That if I’m given too much free time to contemplate the mysteries of the universe, I’m afraid of that inner hippie emerging. There’s a guy inside me who wants to lay in bed, and smoke weed all day, and watch cartoons, and old movies. I could easily do that. My whole life is a series of stratagems to avoid, and outwit, that guy.”
– Anthony Bourdain, Men’s Journal article (Sept, 2014)
Been thinking of this quote from Mick Jagger recently:
“A good thing never ends.“
Short and makes one pause.
And there is an idea that I’ve always been drawn to that relates to that:
~everything is here, now~
The word itself in the West is now often associated with extremist religious viewpoints and destructive actions and directions.
But it wasn’t too long ago there were many in the 60’s who were exploring the boundaries of free love and communal living and drugs. Their exploration was largely a reaction (as well) to events that were going on in the world.
But how about taking the idea of ‘radical’ in your life not as a reaction to something but as a choice to go to where you want to go. To explore where and what you want.
Here are some avenues that are radical:
Saying no to money and not letting money affect your choices.
Saying no to fear and empowering yourself.
Loving for the sake of love.
Living your life with passion and appreciation for being alive, every day.
Questioning the value of societal and personal conventions and habits.
Filling your cup to overflowing before helping others.
Seeing that creation is in each moment.
Seeing the oneness where the world insists on playing the game of separateness and conflict.
Living your life how you want to and creating your own definition of “success”.
Allowing the power of your imagination to inform your life.
You don’t have to be a hippie or take LSD or get into politics to be a radical. In this world you are a radical just for truly being you.
Would any self-respecting minimalist wear underwear?
‘goodbye, things: The New Japanese Minimalism’ by Fumio Sasaki is an enjoyable read. It will help its readers gain new insight and shift their perspectives on their relationship with the “things” of their life, material possessions or even relationships that often end up owning us rather than creating any real value in our lives.
It begins with a short photographic case study of five different persons or families who have ‘gained’ something in their lives by reducing what they own. It is a great introduction to the topic and the rest of the book is text broken up into very short chapters. It is clear that minimalism is a chosen lifestyle and a philosophy of life for those who embrace it fully.
There are many ideas shared in the book and one of the most powerful that I was drawn to was re-evaluating how we see the environments external to our home. For instance, I have joked with Jen that the public library is our personal warehouse to store all the books and DVDs we have. We just so happen to lend them out to others.
Similarly, Fumio shares that we can see restaurants or other spaces as an extension of our own living environments — a key idea for those living in reduced living spaces or who want to move beyond limiting perspectives of space and ownership. On its own that idea challenges the convention that we need to have ‘everything’ in our own home. It’s quite liberating, really. (Of course I would only add that is there anything ‘external’ to us that is not already within and part of our own energy?)
The simplicity is striking in Minimalist households and it triggers and ignites curiosity and the imagination. New avenues for exploration and possibility arise although very few will take their own ventures into minimalism to the degree presented in the book.
Minimalism is an exercising of our choice muscle, a neglected muscle and ability that has atrophied for most. In that light, minimalism can be an empowering idea. We get to explore how we can make shifts in our lives. It is not just an idea but a methodology and a practical way to redefine ourselves and the space of our lives.
Fumio has created a book that is a needed sharing to help offset the rampant material mindset that most of the world is addicted to. It is a disease when we believe that we do not have enough in our lives and are always breaking ourselves to reach for more.
The ideas inherent in minimalism look at the element of space in our lives. Beyond that we can explore our perception of time, for the few who will go in that direction.