Freedom is more than choice. It’s awareness of choice, but awareness of choice is not true, actualized freedom without vision. So what vision do you have for your freedom?
We are creative and expressive beings, living paradoxes if you will. I live by an old eastern saying, “Nothing is true, everything is permitted.” This relates very much to productivity, I feel. Anyone see how?
Perhaps let’s examine the precept a portion at a time. It is very old. First the statement that nothing is true means there is no rigid set of rules or guidelines. The structure that would confine anything isn’t there, or is it? The statement of nothing being true taken to its logical conclusion also affirms that there is truth, because even to assert that nothing is true invalidates itself as an absolute term.
The second part is the statement that everything is permitted. That all things that can happen have the potential to happen. Sort of a statement of the obvious really, but usually not thought out.
So with everything being permitted let’s look at Murphy’s law. If anything can go wrong it will. This seems sort of pessimistic at first blush, no? But again people stop short too soon. Things go right. Things go right all the time, so there is something in the world that lets things go as they should, yes? Murphy’s law isn’t so much a pessimistic statement as a reaffirmation of cause and effect meaning everything is permitted, success and failure, good and bad. So where is this truth if nothing is true?
In the act itself? Yes, and the origin of the act. What initiates actions?
Desire? Is desire absolute? Do we all have a single desire? We can even seem to have contrary desires to each other, but still there is something there that manifests as events, no?
I heard a teacher say that there is one thing in common that motivates what someone does even if you think their action is crazy, and that desire is that their act will “make it better.” Specifically make it more alive. That’s the hitch. We have for an instinct to be alive and preserve life which can inspire some very seemingly bizarre behaviours.
Is that an error in thought, to believe that one’s actions can “make it better”? It’s a potential error, because thought is rarely linked to pre-synaptic impulse patterns.
Not instinctive you mean? Yes, but it goes further than that. Our very DNA is a common database held even cross species, and your activities are in a paradoxical sense both predetermined and self initiated, but human psychic function is often severely aberrant.
I have heard that your hand reaching out to grab the closing door actually happens before the thinking from the brain goes to the hand. It’s true. In fact, the drive to be engaged with life as a process is absolute and overreaching in life. Part of you knows that if you aren’t engaged in the life process, you aren’t being “productive/reproductive.” Basically you risk death even if only spiritual.
Your thoughts are welcome. Be well friends.