In My Humble Opinion (con't)


Sanity Dysfunction

Sanity is a cozy lie. Susan Sontag

Why I Am Dysfunctional Today: We all look for clarity in our lives. Each of us is motivated to varying degrees of intensity.

To me, life seems both amazingly intense and to an equal degree abstract, at the same time. I find myself chronically at a loss to see the point of all the sound and fury, and when I think maybe I just might understand something, I have an experience that reveals it to be almost completely irrelevant.

I have tried to give up my search for truth as my experience has shown time and time again that the only things that work are rational lies. I have taken these apart and put them back together in so many ways that I’ve forgotten the original ideas I started from, and the principle still holds true.

They say that one should “Keep it real” and until now that advice has confused me. What I think they mean to say is, “Know your story and stick to it.” So in that spirit I have continued to break it down and share it as much as I can.

Extra illusion for all! Why don’t you have some more?

That‘s my dysfunctional self. What’s yours?

Travis Saunders
Dragon Intuitive

Human Effort IMHO

The more humanity advances, the more it is degraded. Gustave Flaubert

Why People Are Like That Today: People seem eager to hoist themselves up by their own bootstraps, but they aren‘t clear on which way up actually is. People are often not entirely honest about their motives, either. They want to have their cake and eat it too. This is not only illogical, but naturally leads to even further delusions, not just related to goals, but about the ways to achieve those goals.

It is true that the universe is abundant in potential, but it is also very well balanced, and to attain anything there is always a commensurate cost. All that we create takes it’s energy from, and takes the place of, something that was already there. Likewise, no change occurs in a void. The disturbance caused by the process of change touches all the things that were connected with what it was you changed, and are changed by it, either directly or indirectly.

To be honest, the majority of human effort is not made for the purpose of advancement. But instead, most of our energy is expended to let us remain the same in the face of a progressive world. It isn’t a mystery why we seem so backward.

In My Humble Opinion. What’s yours?

Travis Saunders
Dragon Intuitive

Presence Of Life IMHO

We must, however, acknowledge, as it seems to me, that man with all his noble qualities … still bears in his bodily frame the indelible stamp of his lowly origin. Charles Darwin

Why People Are Like That Today: People are entranced by their “issues”. The events of what they call real life seem to be of greater supposed importance than health and even sanity at times.

People are easily confused and the reason is simple. In trying to rise above nature, they corrupt their natural drives to the point of making the input from their senses almost unintelligible. The meaning of life is embedded in the presence of life, or else non-existent. The presence of life is to be understood through the evidence of the senses, including the intuitive sense.

The process of activity and habits that gets called thought is more often only an energy draining process of self delusion. Nature reveals to us one world while we are busily convincing ourselves of the supposed reality of another. Better to embrace our inner awareness with all its disturbing little quirks, and acknowledge our genuine feelings and desires, than to continue to worship the false idol of the so called real life and wind up living a half-life punctuated only by moments of insanity.

In My Humble Opinion. What’s yours?

Travis Saunders
Dragon Intuitive

Breaking Glass IMHO

And isn’t your life extremely flat with nothing whatever to grumble at! W.S.Gilbert

Why People Are Like That Today: Life is other people. Everyone wants something different. Problems exist only in the human mind and that’s all it takes to make life “interesting”.

People have very clear notions of what’s personal and what’s “sacred” in their lives. For every well reasoned paradigm, personal or otherwise, I promise that there is someone who has a passionate counter-argument. We live in a world of free will, which means that everyone is equally free to complicate everyone else’s very personal activities. It’s like we all live in glass houses and are so easily offended at even the slightest disturbance from another individual that we must absolutely throw stones. Makes a lot of sound and fury ultimately signifying nothing.

What would we do with silence though? What “meaning” would our lives have then? To be honest, I do enjoy the sound of breaking glass. I would hope only to do it more creatively.

There is another sound you can hear if you take a moment, it’s your pulse. You are still alive.

In My Humble Opinion. What’s yours?

Travis Saunders
Dragon Intuitive

Such Is The Human Race IMHO

Such is the human race. Often it does seem such a pity that Noah … didn‘t miss the boat. Mark Twain

Why People Are Like That Today: People take a strange pleasure in mentally debasing not only those parts of reality they reject, but also those parts they esteem. They will rant about the sanctity of one value or another, but when whatever they are boasting as sacred becomes too defining, and thereby confining, most will be all too eager to back pedal on their statements.

In the name of wisdom, they will attempt to obfuscate their sacred principles with a variety of rationalizations, from the supposed exception that somehow proves their rule, to passive aggressive denunciation by passing off their infidelity to their beliefs as human nature.

People like myself are ridiculed for supposedly being obsessive about their perceptions, but if the norm is to take their so called clarity and vandalize it for the sake of ego comfort, then it isn’t any wonder they say people are their own worst enemy.

If being functional means living in a world where nothing comes without a petty label and grade on it, I’ll take my obsessions, thank you very much.

In My Humble Opinion. What’s yours?

Travis Saunders
Dragon Intuitive

The Obvious IMHO

Many people would sooner die than think. In fact, they do. Bertrand Russell

Why People Are Like That Today: What is obvious? To my view, the obvious is a very popular lie, that if you don’t subscribe to, you are thought a fool. People love their packaging, so much so, that they will poison various parts of life just as long as it keeps things neat, orderly, and obvious.

Nature gave rise to the very complicated, and potentially very powerful, human brain, not because reality is simple and obvious, but because it is amazingly complex and diverse. Whatever higher power there is, shaped for us one mind, yet most of us choose to “paint” for ourselves another.

It’s often argued that reflection is pointless, because the brain is inherently flawed (the mind is obviously the brain…) and supposedly we cannot know anything for certain. Maybe this is so, but even if it is, I would rather spend my life exploring my mind and its ability to question things, than convince myself I’m some soulless meat puppet and do the obvious thing simply because it’s the easiest thing to do.

In My Humble Opinion. What’s yours?

Travis Saunders
Dragon Intuitive

Thoughts IMHO

Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former. Albert Einstein

Why People Are Like That Today: There are countless ways to think about a thing. There are some views that are absurd enough that most people recognize them as foolish.

They say familiarity breeds contempt, and we are most familiar with our own thoughts. In unaware motivation from this, we ignore our own thoughts by projecting them out onto the world as “facts” and then blame the world for being a cold and twisted place.

When we are presented with other peoples trains of ideation, we then must as a rule reject this from our model of reality, because “How can their thoughts be any more correct than mine?” We even typically attack ideas we actually agree with for no other reason than they aren’t phrased exactly as we would phrase our own.

They also say “You always hurt the one you love.” Most people have a passive aggressive relationship with their own minds that they are so committed to as to argue their own life out of existence. To that I say, Thanks. I would rather actually live my life, fantasy or not.

In My Humble Opinion. What’s yours?

Travis Saunders
Dragon Intuitive

Wrong IMHO

The world is made up for the most part of morons and natural tyrants, sure of themselves, strong in their own opinions, never doubting anything. Clarence Darrow

Why People Are Like That Today: There is a disease that characterizes the “thinking” species on this planet. For all the peace we supposedly crave in this world, we spoil it as soon as we discover it. Any answer we can even conceive of finding is available to us, right now in the open, waiting to be had to the receptive mind. That is where most of it will remain, and it isn’t because humanity is too stupid.

On the contrary, the self-named homosapien is incredibly clever with an amazing knack for obfuscating the truth. They do this to prove how very clever they are, because the simple and obvious is entirely beneath such amazing intellects as theirs. To prove their godlike mental faculties, not only do all truths have to be mysteries to all but the chosen few, but if you do show such a foolish attitude as to place your trust in your experience just as it occurs to you, then you will just be WRONG! and heaven forbid anyone be found wrong. We can’t have that. It’ll drive the intellectual property values down.

If the average person can be found wrong, who else will?

In My Humble Opinion. What’s yours?

Travis Saunders
Dragon Intuitive

Hypocrisy IMHO

Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so. Douglas Adams

Why People Are Like That Today: People give a great deal of thought to what other people do. They create either complex criticism, or impassioned rants, with both having the same end in mind. This goal is not the furtherance of understanding, nor is it the support of positive outcomes for the person or group criticized.

No. The intention, if stated honestly, is deferral of personal responsibility in the greater work of eeking some insight out of the huge tangled web of cause and effect we are all caught up in. Yes, this is a daunting task, but if we put even a fraction of the energy into it that we give to criticizing other peoples failures or pursuing our own self destructive vices, how much more might we accomplish?

The worlds greatest achievements and most profound insights have come from making mistakes and learning about the world and ourselves from them. Humanities greatest atrocities were committed in the name of correcting/punishing error and educating the “unenlightened” masses.

I have heard it said that the one real sin is ignorance. I don’t agree. Instead, I offer that the one real sin is hypocrisy.

In My Humble Opinion. What’s yours?

Travis Saunders
Dragon Intuitive

God IMHO

I sometimes think that God in creating man somewhat overestimated his ability. Oscar Wilde

Why People Are Like That Today: The world has no unified will. I, for the most part, am grateful it does not. Man is very often a willfully misguided creature. They imagine there is some grandious supreme human intelligence floating in the ether somewhere near their personal location, and because it’s human, if they please it well enough and if they model their behaviour based on it’s supposedly unknowable mind, then things will lean more in favor of their own interest. And if not, at least they will somehow be schewed in a more humanly acceptable way.

Humanity in general seems heavily dependent on making assumptions about reality that they find quasi-agreeable. In doing so, they substitute a petty projection of their own ego for the wisdom that could be had from a full communion with the greater domain of life itself and the dynamic reality it draws it’s substance from.

Seems like people need these projections to serve as a scapegoat, so they don’t have to recognize that the only mistake being made is their own, and that it’s ongoing because it’s willful. I choose to abstain for the most part.

In My Humble Opinion. What’s yours?

Travis Saunders
Dragon Intuitive