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    Lightbulb What is the most sublime philosophical / spiritual idea or concept?

    What philosophical or spiritual idea or concept resonates most with you? Why?

    My contribution:

    "Know thyself." (Gnothi Seauton)

    I meditate on this simple idea a lot because like most simple ideas it is not so simple. It is essentially ambiguous.

    Possible meanings:

    * Know and be mindful the nature of 'selfhood' or personhood. Ego. Guard against the unchecked influence of the subject in how it perceives reality.
    * Understand your own self through introspection.
    * Try to understand things on your own. An imperative command to seek knowledge directly rather than as received from other sources.

    In practical terms, it is useful to consider the influence of the self, so this is the meaning I consider most often.
    "Create like a god, command like a king, work like a slave."

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    and to know urself, you got to understand yourself as part of the universe.
    Therefore know thyself is, in the end, the very theme of all physical and human sciences.
    Expression of the post modern paradox : "For the love of god, religions are so full of shit"

    Theory is always superseded by Fact...
    ... In theory.

    “I’d hate to die twice. It’s so boring.”
    Richard Feynman's last recorded words

    "Great is the human who has not lost his childlike heart."
    Mencius (Meng-Tse), 4th century BCE

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    agree with both points.
    There can’t be any large-scale revolution until there’s a personal revolution, on an individual level. It’s got to happen inside first.
    -Jim Morrison

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    Quote Originally Posted by Synarch View Post
    In practical terms, it is useful to consider the influence of the self...
    Being and non-being define the limits of the self.

    And non-being both limits being and makes being possible.

    Each one of us come from non-being. And each one of us is headed for non-being.

    But this is so sublime we hide it even from ourselves.

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    Metaphysics (My Avatar, in short), is the study of the physics of Religion, and deals heavily with concepts of all religions, mostly Hinduism and Buddhism and relates them to quantum physics and cosmology, and the idea of a divine being and the creation of the universe and mankind, on a deeper level than most sciences usually touch on.
    Is it that by its indefiniteness it shadows forth the heartless voids and immensities of the universe, and thus stabs us from behind with the thought of annihilation, when beholding the white depths of the milky way?

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    Quote Originally Posted by OneWithSoul View Post
    Metaphysics (My Avatar, in short), is the study of the physics of Religion, and deals heavily with concepts of all religions, mostly Hinduism and Buddhism and relates them to quantum physics and cosmology, and the idea of a divine being and the creation of the universe and mankind, on a deeper level than most sciences usually touch on.
    Yep budhistic concepts remind me of nowaday's physics alot. I mean it did when I first studied it, but I kind of forgot all the details by now.
    I'd have to check it out again.

    althrough I'm not sure I agree when you say 'on a deeper level'. Metaphysics relate to the human while physics go for a neutral approach, and therefore has more chance of uncovering what could be called 'the truth'
    Expression of the post modern paradox : "For the love of god, religions are so full of shit"

    Theory is always superseded by Fact...
    ... In theory.

    “I’d hate to die twice. It’s so boring.”
    Richard Feynman's last recorded words

    "Great is the human who has not lost his childlike heart."
    Mencius (Meng-Tse), 4th century BCE

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    "Shit happens"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quinlan View Post
    "Shit happens"
    Is this an expression of detachment?
    "Create like a god, command like a king, work like a slave."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Synarch View Post
    What philosophical or spiritual idea or concept resonates most with you? Why?

    My contribution:

    "Know thyself." (Gnothi Seauton).
    I believe I just textually shouted this at an ENTP a few minutes ago...

    Psychic link for the scare!

    Hope it seems enthusiastic rather than lazy, but /AGREE.
    "The purpose of life is to be defeated by greater and greater things." - Rainer Maria Rilke

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    Quote Originally Posted by iwakar View Post
    I believe I just textually shouted this at an ENTP a few minutes ago...

    Psychic link for the scare!

    Hope it seems enthusiastic rather than lazy, but /AGREE.
    I surf your wavelength. Fluent INFJ spoken here.
    "Create like a god, command like a king, work like a slave."

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