Not to be Programmed, Categorized, or easily Referenced

A thought that often floats around in the distant corners of my mind is the concept of definition (a subject that I would argue every human being, on at least a subconscious level, thinks about). Almost all of what we do, how we understand, how we perceive the world and such, hinges on being able to define things…everything. And definition isn’t just the meaning of a word as we may be used to thinking of it. It is also, and more importantly so, “The degree of distinctness in outline of an object, image, or sound…” according to them good ol’ Googles. So when we are defining anything we are understanding it (or at least attempting to do so) by setting distinct bounds around it from the rest of the world, and furthermore, inputing it into our “mental encyclopedia” by analogizing it to things that we already feel that we comprehend. For example, when referencing say a car, in defining it as a car I have segregated it from its surroundings. What happens when we identify something we cannot define? And what happens when by shearly trying to define something we paradoxically misrepresent it?

To explain what I mean we can consider the mathematical phenomenon of infinity. This symbol is used quite frequently in mathematical representation and formulation but to what degree do we actually understand it? When, in formulation, a limit approaches infinity we simply understand it “to go on forever”. So we are simply addressing it through analogy. But what is infinity as a standalone concept? Actually, infinity is not something that can be defined–topology and abstract analysis are the only fields even in mathematics that attempts to do so. In proof, infinity can only by attempted to be defined by negation. So we can only identify what it is not. And by the very virtue that infinity encompasses and infinite amount of…things…the only way we can define infinity is in opposition to other infinities. One such instance is comparison of the infinity of the set of all real integer numbers and the set of infinities between those integer numbers (every decimal approaches infinity as there can be an infinite amount of numbers in decimals). If on a number line the infinity of all real integer numbers goes on indefinitely towards negative and positive from zero, we can assume that the infinity made by adding the set of infinities of the numbers between decimals is greater than the infinity of the numbers of the integers. As you can see infinity only blows up here. And if you continue to follow this trail of logic you find that the rabbit hole goes deeper than you can imagine and you can always find a larger infinity than the last. Simply put, you can only utilize the bounds of analogy when trying to define infinity, which in turn, inhibits you from understanding it in the first place.

Another topic that can be used to better relay the point is the UFO phenomenon–I know, a drastic shift from the previous example. A UFO is simply an unidentified flying object. Hundreds of outlandish sightings of objects seen flying or hovering through the sky are reported daily. These could be meteorites, a stellar phenomenon, or perhaps even an extraterrestrial lifeform. Now the latter end of the last sentence may sound insane to some of you, but how often do we stop to ask ourselves why we consider such things absurd? Why is the possibility of an alleged craft maneuvering at trajectories unheard of by conventional aircraft containing intelligent, sentient life from another planet so hard to believe? Why is it seldom even considered plausible? Like in the Paradox of the infinities mentioned above, perhaps we are limiting ourselves from understanding this phenomenon by our approach to the problem. Here, If we completely rule out certain possibilities we may never truly comprehend the object of study (especially if the correct identification of sed object is outside of what we may believe to be possible). Perhaps there are little green humanoids operating a strange saucer-like object, or perhaps it’s an even greater absurdity.

So what can we take away from all of this? Definition and semantics, though powerful tools in the art of articulation most definitely have their limitations (hah!). We, as a highly cognitively evolved species, should understand the limits of our words. We should use these tools to the extent of perceiving and processing the world around us and not to the degree where this gift of limitation starts to limit us. Perhaps not everything can be programmed, categorized, and/or easily referenced.

-Hobbes

Mining for Meaning

What happens when your mind is rolling while you’re rolling in bed? You’re mind is mining for meaning. There’s a quote that says “idle hands are the devil’s play things.” This can be interpreted that when you’re not working towards something, you become object to the whims of your world.

The flip side to idle hands is a racing mind. Why is that? Because what is a racing mind? A racing mind is one that has become embroiled by the forces that surround him. Why did the mind begin to race? Many reasons are possible, but quite often it is because the mind has not cemented a focus or goal to work towards. A focused mind might still move quickly but does not bounce around in the old fashioned/new interpretation of attention deficit disorder kind of way.

In a metaphorical way, “idle hands” are the manifestation of a racing mind. If your hands are not moving, they are not working. If they are not working it is because you haven’t made up your mind and your mind remains inactive, making the actions of your world, your actions.

There are also times that essentially are unavoidably going to yield a racing mind and therefore idle hands. One can always refocus the mind by any number of ways: meditation, exercise, busywork, cooking or taking care of hygiene like a warm shower, bath and generally anything that centers on health, steering away from things in the entertainment category. After all, what is entertainment, but something that occupies your mind while it’s bored…idle hands.

Talking through your thoughts with a close friend or family member can be very helpful too. Vocalizing your thoughts reaffirms and clarifies them and can be dissected easier with an empathetic friend who can help you understand those rampant emotions. Sometimes just being heard really helps.

The more time and energy you give to focusing on these thoughts the more will come of your meaning mine. You will separate the clutter from the actual issue you’re dealing with (if racing) and will find meaning in things that will ground you and help you make better choices in the future, furthering more your ability to handle them again.

Understanding that the racing mind can come about from idle hands is important, because if you’ve created the habit of filling your time with aimless entertainment like going from one YouTube clip to another or letting the TV roll on-and-on uninterrupted, you may not even recognize your hands aren’t moving.

– Calvin

æther-Consuption

Before anything, I would like to make it clear, there is never a need for armed combat to arise in the development of human evolution. That being said, as you look around the “modern” world with and abundance of commercials and every other method of pushing ideology on people one might ask “was I born to shop and pick and chose the colors, fabrics and designs of my electronic devices? Or is there something more?”

It is a marvelous thing that humanity has reached the point where instant communication with loved ones is possible almost anywhere in the world. It is of great achievement that we have the abilities to orbit space, literally see new worlds and cure diseases that give us the opportunity to appreciate our existence that much longer. Yet, something beneath the surface of our immediate mind propels us to do things that don’t make sense. In the incredible world that we live in today, why would an individual seek to commit sadistic crimes when there is more than enough in this world to enjoy? We see ideologies arise that justify death of national neighbors. We see things that can no longer be described as hyper-consumption, but rather æther-consumption.

I use these two words, not for the sake of hyperbole but for the sake of clarity. Consider this: A man with a net worth in excess of $100 million. He lives a more than comfortable life, as he should. In this case let’s say he is a self-made-man and deserves to reap the fruits of his labor. Now further imagine, that he has reached the point, where the average luxuries of man are of no pleasure to him. He has taken unnecessary spending to placate his desires to feel appreciated or fulfill his self worth. Suppose he has just bought his third Ferrari. While it is difficult for 95% of the worlds population to imagine and instance where even one Ferrari is necessary, for the sake of the argument let’s suppose there was some business reason that the Ferrari assisted his appearance to the point that he could make a successful deal. With this third Ferrari however, one has to ask “why?” What possible reason might he have for that level of luxurious display of wealth or, perhaps in his mind, power. Not only is it pragmatically unnecessary he is participating in the consumption of global æther.

To further define my description here of æther, lets call it the internal life force that drives any living thing to pursue further sustenance in life. While this man is not directly or literally stealing the food out of another’s mouth, he is indirectly. The amount of effort, time and resources he would require to go beyond giving a man a meal to eat, and give him the means to earn meals is nothing. He does not have to give to the homeless or donate to an unknown charity, but there will be an individual in his life (no matter who he is) that could use his assistance. He knows an individual that with his help, will not die, but continue to live, giving that man the opportunity to contribute to the world. This wealthy man, has the opportunity to give æther to the world.

-Calvin

World Affairs and Bias

So recently I’ve been thinking quite a bit about notions and perceptions we as an (American) society have of the the rest of the world. Particularly, accusations of “slave labor” and such being utilized as the primary tool of production in a country like China stands out to me. I should add, I at some point in time, was also subjected to this worldview but feel much differently now.

I believe it’s worth more closely examinating where this thought process is rooted. China, being a state run government, obviously has a level of directorship, or “control”, that is clearly in opposition to a free people. China’s commercial banking sector has exploded from 4 to 14 trillion dollars in just five years, a growth that took the US almost a century. Industry in China had had similar statistics; in the same five years there as been as much cement used in China as was used by its western counterpart in the past one hundred years. At a macroeconomic scale it is clear that only a government with and iron fist on its people can enforce this kind of rapid development. And it also follows that much social grief, environmental harm, and economic instability must follow in this dynamic shift. Thereby, an outsider should justifiably be able to point a finger at China and think, “Wow, what an unfortunate circumstances—thank goodness I don’t live in that country,” right? Wrong.

I think this is where our mainstream media channels start to take the place of our own reasoning and use our mouths to regurgitate our countries corporately funded propaganda. Democratic America has about as much of an Iron Fist on its people as does Communist China. People here suffer nearly the same labor hours/pay/work conditions, industry here destroys the environment comparable to worse than that of China (more so overseas than domestically, of course), and the economic conditions in the states have a common denominator those those of China: debt (something I’ll be coming back to).

So, it’s important we ask ourselves are our circumstances that much different from other industrial economies? The more closely you examine the more you’ll respond with a resounding “No.” So how is it that countries with such drastically different legal systems, annual imports/exports, and ideological views have such similar conditions? This brings us to the slightly more profound and pertinent issue at hand: money. I think it comes as no surprise at this point that legal systems can be changed practically at will with enough funding or “lobbying”, or that political officials can be elected or made to say what is necessary by the same means. So it’s a safe assumption to make that the only one true axiom in world affairs is money, financing, and money creation. Everything else is a red herring. After all, everything else in world affairs is at the mercy of the global economic system. And it is exactly this congruity that pervades in every nation.

To substantiate this point further, its worth noting what exactly the “global economic system” is (I don’t want to spend too much too much time on this point as it is a very complex topic of its own; I may come back to this in a future post though). Money, unlike what we’re used to seeing it as, is not an objective currency. It is a commodity like any other created by the biggest business known to mankind: banking. The global banking system used today is fractional reserve banking. Through fractional reserve banking a bank can effectively create money backed by debt or “loans” This money created needs to be paid back to the banks (whom also must pay it back to the central federal bank) with interest. Interest is “The charge for the privilege of borrowing money, typically expressed as an annual percentage rate.” according to Investopedia. Basically, the equation isn’t balanced and the sum total of what must be returned to banks is more than the sum total that the banks have put into circulation. This, of course, is impossible due to the fact that the banks are the ones that create this commodity in the first place. So the global economy is essentially one big game of financial musical chairs. This is the pinnacle reason why the divergence of the richest and poorest class keeps increasing, and it is global banking that the world is indebted to. We as global citizens have come to accept this approach to economy and valuation by conducting trade of goods and services through this seemingly benign currency.

As we can see, it is global banking that has caused an eerily similar fate in almost every nation as everything else, from academics to law, is subjected to it. So it only follows that China, even though it is a communist nation, functions very similar to democratic America. So the next time you’re feeling lucky about your circumstances in the US or bashing on countries on the other side of the world remember this: you’re in the same damn boat.

-Hobbes

Harue

Spring never fails her viewer

air crisp with sounds of joy

deer fear no more

we share this praise

To be amongst the trees

the breeze is freedom

Here the peak…no more

her finest moment of rebirth,

now waiting for her age to turn

and see the decline of life

she too will pass and die

Winter’s cut is generous

he enters unconcerned to pain

and tells truths of those he

seen conquer the weak

passing of pleasure

Escaping winter is for

her who cannot stand him

 

-Calvin

Calvin and Hobbes (The Mad Men)

Hey there folks!

Welcome to the the Mad Men Musing blog. We’re just getting started here so we will be moving to our own domain in the future. My buddy and myself have decided to adopt the names Calvin and Hobbes based off of the the comic series many of you probably grew up with! The two characters are very much in line with our inquisitive minds so we thought it’d be appropriate =). Our hopes and dreams are to educate and be educated. So as much as we’ll be posting thought provoking and, at times, provocative material, we would also love for our audience to get involved and leave comments, research, opinions, etc. If there is something you’d like to us say a few words about we would love to know! With that let us proceed with the musings of a couple of mad men…

-Hobbes