17 September 2014

Three Hundred and Fifty


Eight philosophical questions that will never be solved:
Why is there something rather than nothing?
Does God exist?  Is our universe real?  What are numbers?
Do we have free will?  Is there life after death?  What is the best moral system?
Can you really experience anything objectively?

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Few baulk at the everyday routines to which they are accustomed.
The problems arise when they learn of different ways,
And expend their lives coveting more.

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Those few who manage to stream along in the pure awareness
Prior to time, prior to space, prior to consciousness,
Are unburdened by any history, whatsoever.

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Close the eyes, ignore the senses, still the mind,
And what have you got?
That’s right: nada, nichts, niente,
Rien, intet, niets, wala, ingenting, nothing.

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Greet all fatuous claims with a skeptical ear.
Anything may be possible in this quantum dream,
But imagination often delves well beyond probability.

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Life, there is just no choice about it.
Every seed is cast into one fate or another.
Every seed must play out whatever hand is dealt,
Or else conceive a means to fall on one sword or another.

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The past had its window of time.
You need not allow it to subdue, to rule yours.
The tyranny of tradition has no power but through your consent.

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Who knows what incredible mysteries may reside
On other worlds, in other dimensions of this vast quantum matrix?
You must rely on your own frame of reference to hypothesize all possibilities possible,
Yet how can any ever be anything but you, whatever the guise?