You can learn from good things. It requires a different skill set maybe. Today’s culture doesn’t teach us. It teaches us to solve problems. To look for issues and “fix” that.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was God. The Word was God not in the literal sense. The internalized self-talk or self-stimulation is this force some call God, and you didn’t start it nor can you stop it.
The Word was God as a man who spoke the word. Jesus = the Word. So it’s God speaking as human. And it was before then as well. The theology breaks down without that assertion, but I was using the concept loosely, as discussions of the logos predate Christianity entirely.
“Before Abraham was, I am.” But as long as it recognizes that logos is expressed in humans, the concept is preserved. As Eastern Orthodox teaches that we can all realize Christ consciousness. The teachings of Jesus have value to the degree they can be practiced, same as say, the Buddha or other such figures.
They have value to the degree they are an ideal. A limiting case on our behaviour. Yes. They would be a memetic force. The collection of contemporary memetic influences could be put together and labelled “real life”. On diversion, we seek diversion to relieve the stress of being locked into constricting memetic patterns.
So entertainment opens new neural pathways? Not by itself. Entertainment is the default. Stress is the result of expression being restricted by entertainment patterns. Even internet griefing is a behaviour undertaken as diversion.
Why? To validate a set of memetic characteristics or beliefs that seem to oppose whatever the main thread is. They get their diversion at others expense. Having your habits dictated to you tends to trigger a rather primal aggression. It’s a defensive reaction. There isn’t any difference between being mentally bound and physically restricted.
Would true entertainment be non-restrictive? Yes, indeed. Open ended games would perhaps be the simplest model. Life lived in the context of being a venue for self-expression more than what we now define as productivity. We find fun in things that affirm aspects of our inner nature. We seek a feeling of connection, so cooperative play is fun. We seek a sense of social worth, so friendship is fun. We seek to simply enjoy the pleasures of our environment. Warm sun and cool breezes are fun.
Is this connecting to the cosmos? It is, yes. And if we expand out? We can expand or we can be walled in. There are situations where stimulation is exploited. You can get someone’s attention against their will. It has been called the Stockholm syndrome. We come to identify with our captors.
Do we embrace captors for survival? We embrace captors for relief of stress. We can self-destruct under too much stress. It’s a way, but not a truly healthy way. Live by the sword, die by the sword, it’s said.
Like the guy that likes to flash the lady in the park. They love the reactions they get more than the act itself. Indeed. We have freedom of choice to embrace or dismiss whatever we encounter. Some exercise that to an unhealthy extreme.
I think salesmen learn to get your attention against your will. They do. It’s considered quite clever and it’s a popular training.
But my intention for today’s topic of Entertainment is not to paint a picture of conflict, but to hopefully offer a way to find center again in the face of the stream of suggestion. You know you are alive because the world suggests that you are alive. Mind altering chemicals, nervous system infections and other factors can compromise this.
We have to suggest back. Communicate back to the world.
Your thoughts are welcome. Be well friends.