Death is the great equalizer, and all change is heat death, a.k.a. entropy.
Let’s look at something even more concrete. Did your career use very much of your engineering education?
Oh, a minor amount. Honestly, the engineering education is more a system to filter the number of people interested in the field.
What about you? I rely on my physics knowledge more in my private life to solve domestic problems. I use a smattering of chemistry in my day to day life as well. Why is it that this happens? We study so much but use so little of it?
You never know what knowledge will be useful and what won’t. Why is that?
Well, school doesn’t prepare you for a specific career. It just gives you general knowledge of people who came before.
I think it’s more a discipline you’re put through to train your mind to the way society wants you to think.
Perhaps the “gods” behave in such a way that they outstrip our educations? The fluctuations of the economy, the stock market, natural rhythms, human health, fears of all stripes. These, in a sense, defy any of our intellectual efforts don’t they?
Oh yes, no one can invest in the market ‘rationally.’
Yet there are still those who understand them, and can demonstrate that understanding; innovative geniuses, huge corporate leaders, artistic geniuses.
By observing the system and noticing its trends. Well, more than just noticing. It’s in their blood. They eat, breathe and sleep it. Might even say they are “possessed” by it. That was the original meaning of the term enthusiast. It was originally a Greek religious term meaning one possessed by a god, like the Pythian Oracle for example. One so possessed by an idea that they can anticipate what it will do and how it changes as if it were “the back of their own hand.” They even show signs of social alienation to variable degrees. Einstein did.
That’s a good way of looking at it. You can decide your fate by choosing what you allow to possess you. Actually, no you can’t. Choice happens in thinking, and the whole process gets a bit more complicated than simply picking an idea.
I mean picking a path, like choosing a career, and then immersing yourself in that subject. Bill Gates says that his own achievement was just as much accident as it was application. In a way you are picked by a path, a calling from the god.
Timing and circumstance.
In voodoo, they have a concept. Of all the diverse loas, one is said to be your “master of the head.” We have an idea that serves as our touchstone, a primary relating point, and we either labour under it and against ourselves, or we awaken to it to one degree or another. Your master of the head is also known as your point of view. Would you say it has really changed in your life?
Sometimes it takes time to find it, and until you do, you feel lost.
Yes, finding god.
I can share the loa that corresponds to my wife’s point of view if that’s of interest.
Ogoun. I will ask for her opinion when she is done reading, but we all share the same world. We all meet the same ideas in the span of a life; birth, sex, death, wealth, strength, you name it. Every culture more or less includes them all.
Yes, the martial theme fits. She is a builder, a smith, but because Ogoun is the master of her head, as they say, she will meet any new idea from the point of view of Ogoun. What will it build? What will it fix? What will it protect?
What can it do for me, yes. Even that, pragmatism.
Your thoughts are welcome. Be well friends.