All things have a negative side. Every light casts a shadow. One can feel that they don’t entertain a thought, but you can’t avoid entertaining negatives. They are an inherent part of the equation that allows you to arrive at positives.
I find it helpful when discussing these things to start by asking for other peoples definitions of the topic. So, what my friends is causality?
That which causes something?
The “thing” that drives an event? Variables.
A condition for something to happen.
One event leads to another?
One thing in the secular world influences another…
I will be offering insight into tonight’s topic of causality as a process of origination. Causality is not so much a mechanical process of sequential progression, as much as it is the framework by which all event potential find their eventual expression. Every possible event has its root in the structures set up in the current moment. Nothing can occur that is completely disjointed from the structure of our current moment. Even in the process of events we call thought, no thought can occur to you that is entirely outside of your own nature. Everything that occurs in your consciousness originates from a pre-existing form in your proto-consciousness. We have the ability to infer far more of the casual root of an event or situation than popular thinking conditions us for.
Causality is the connectedness we have to each other and the universe. Indeed. It is the Great Mother of Taoist thinking. The first cause in all metaphysical thinking. The big bang in its potential to give rise to all current expressions of form and energy. But as cosmic as this all is, what does it mean to us on a down to earth, personal, experiential level?
The Buddhists think there is no self, just causality. The concept of self arises as one of the possible expressions of causality. If there was absolutely no basis for the self then there could be no idea of self. But just because we can have an idea doesn’t mean we have the complete idea, and just because we are apparently involved in an event doesn’t mean that we are immediately aware of all elements of agency or causation in the event.
We can’t easily trace any single event or human behaviour back to its source from simple analysis of the event itself. Any given causative vector blooms out into not a single event, but a whole matrix of events. The expression of event potentials is rather crystalline like that, but we usually regard these events as objective or factual things and insist that they have independent reality. This personally doesn’t make any sense to me. Does anything else we experience have a truly independent reality?
Death? Not even death.
If it does, it loses that as soon as we experience it? It doesn’t lose it either. The person who considers that they experience it manufactures the perception.
Your thoughts are welcome. Be well friends.