Archive for April 2008

Conversing with Conversations

April 23, 2008

I don’t know why but today I felt like writing but couldn’t think of anything interesting to write. So I just had conversations with myself and wrote them down. Take it how you’d like.

Life.

An individual.

What purpose or importance does one have?

What purpose does anyone have?

Are some more important than others?

Self Interest.

Why?

Because everyone believes they are important.

That seems narcissistic doesn’t it?

What person isn’t narcissistic?

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There is a limitation to our understanding of others.

How so?

We can only understand to a specific degree. Naturally it is reached by placing yourself in their position and trying to understand them. We are limited in our ability to understand.

That makes little sense.

Try thinking like me for a moment and it will.

I can’t possibly think exactly like you, no matter what I will still be uncertain if I am thinking exactly like you were. There will always be ‘if’s’ and only potentially vague possibilities of what your meaning was behind what you just said.

Precisely.

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Do you ever feel detached from what’s happening around you?

Like a feeling of being above it all? Aloof?

No, more of an emotional detachment, the ability to observe without feeling.

You mean feeling aloof?

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I don’t want to influence them.

Why not?

Because then I would be changing them, I would be effecting who they become.

How is that a bad thing?

Because then I would be changing them into what I think they should become, or based off of what I believe to be right.

At that point it wouldn’t matter, they would think you were right, because they would be changed to think like you, and you would think you were right because you would have changed yourself.

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If you were faced with a decision, and you weren’t certain what the right choice to take was, but had to make a choice. What would you do?

I wouldn’t allow myself to be placed in that position.

Let’s say you had no way of avoiding it.

It’s not about avoiding it, I would force my own understanding and moral system to change so that I would never be uncertain of what the right action was. I would still know what decision would be the right one.

What if that was the wrong choice?

It wouldn’t be wrong to me.

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I want someone to tell me all the answers to everything.

Alright I will do it.

But you don’t know everything.

Sure I do. Ask me any question and I will answer it, I will tell you everything and you will know everything.

But you might be wrong about certain things, and they might not be true in a factual sort of way.

So what you really want is just to know all the truths and facts. Since only you can decide whether to believe if something is true, how can anyone ever tell you all the things you want to know?

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You’re rather arrogant and controlling.

Think what you’d like.

That attitude is what I mean, it drips arrogance.

Because I said something that invited you to think freely? Yes I see how that’s controlling.

I see how that’s arrogant. Not controlling.

Then aren’t you feeling arrogant? By viewing me in a way that is less than you, or not seeing me as being more important than yourself.

Not if I see us as equals.

How can we be equals and not both arrogant if I am arrogant?

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Why are you always talking philosophically?

What do you classify as talking philosophically?

Talking like a philosopher. As in speaking in a way that is or is related to equanimity, enlightenment, and/or wisdom.

How else should I speak? Perhaps it’s you who listen philosophically and I simply speak normally.

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I don’t understand all of this.

At the risk of sounding ironic, what parts of ‘all of this’ don’t you understand?

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Can everything be broken down?

Infinitely?

Yes. Can everything be broken down again and again, halved and halved and halved again.

No.

Why not?

Because of that words meaning. No. It’s a definitive meaning.

But isn’t it possible anyways?

How can something that’s impossible according to our understanding be possible?

Because anything is possible.

If anything was possible there would be no definitives. So I wouldn’t be able to answer your question definitively.

So the only real answer then is maybe?

Possibly.

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