I've often thought about "the tree falling in the forest" dilemma. And I got the answer that I thought was right all along: no, the tree doesn't make a sound if no one is there to hear it.
It is missing a fundamental idea in this article, it is an incomplete idea in itself.
what it is missing is the idea of education. As much that we are animals responding to nature, we should not fight nature we should embrace it.
If education was set up to allow students to answer their own questions, to solve puzzles of thought on their own, the world would know peace.
We are animals indeed therefore we can have traditional thought, manners, and rituals. The reason people are SO different is because there are SO many traditions, not because we are SO different at all.
As far as being an individual, no one is no such thing. In fact everyone is a combination of those in their lives they have met, talked to, and loved. No one can just create a personality. One must have others to reflect on to what they want as values, wants/needs, dislikes, hobbies, etc.
No one can wake up one day and start acting in some form they have never seen before. People are animals we adapt to our environment to survive it is that simple.
When i said this article is missing education values I was understating that fact. How we perceive the world is how we learn about the world. If we were taught to be open minded, understanding, and able to share ideas with others openly the world would be a better place.
People are all the same because they are just animals adapting to where they are in the world. Anyone can be an American, but can anyone be a Haitian? An Israeli? I would say it takes a stronger will to live to have nothing and continue to fight rather than have everything and go crazy and kill yourself (a fade among many privileged countries) .
Lastly, people are NOT that different it is ideas and others that influence difference. We are products of our environment. Think about it in these terms, white supremacy means that whites are the greatest race on the planet. How? There are more Indian and Asian colored people in the world. These dumb fucks get their ideas from their parents, friends, and probably they people they are surrounded with. Free thought of true values is never given a chance.
We are animals and if you do not like it spread/teach/share what truly separates us from the rest of the animal kingdom.
Observations about the interface of perception, behavior, and philosophy. Like anything assumed to be scientific, this is given as fact, but its implications for humans are really speculative. This despite the best intentions of the author.
I like it, I like it.
This is an excellent writing on the individuality of ALL human beings. This is also why one solution NEVER works for ALL.
This is why EVERY single human system that is set up to service ALL, NEVER works properly. We are NOT all the same, nor will we ever be.
Each human, just as each animal, has its own personality and set of experiences that influence who we are and who we become.
Although we may have many things in common, human beings are also ALL different and can never be made to be the same, as we are NOT designed that way.
This explains also why freedom is so important and why our governments, although possessing all power over their subjects, are failing to create societies that are ALL a carbon copy of what these jokers in government think we should be for them.
This is why our prison system does not work, at least partly; there are also other factors that affect this particular system.
That is why pharmaceuticals will NEVER be the answer for all the ills that manifest in the world. This is why the pharmaceutical companies have no business promoting their drugs to an entire population, assuming we will all get the same benefits from the drugs. We do NOT.
This is why we have wars and death when a small group of the powerful tries to force their decisions on the rest of society. We ALL want and need to be who we are, not who they want us to become.
Stop the cloning attempt. It is NOT working, nor will it ever.
Leave us alone to be who we are, and stop trying to make us all be the same. We will NEVER be the same, as we are designed from the beginning to be different and unique.
Also, we ARE all valuable for our gifts and personal traits. Just because YOU don't understand our value, does NOT mean we don't have value, great value as individuals.
Stop punishing us for being ourselves. We don't deserve it now, nor did we ever.
All you who think you have a right to lord power over the masses, just stop. You would not like it if someone else told you you had to be what they wanted. You would resist and rebell also. It is human.
Stop punishing us for being the unique, individual, special human beings that we ALL are; and learn to either avoid those you do not appreciate or learn to perceive our gifts which obviously you cannot see at all at the present time.
But do NOT persecute our individuality any longer. It IS criminal. And, all you who claim to know and love God, you are the WORST of offenders for casting judgment and condemnation on your fellow brothers for being the unique, different human beings that God put here for His purpose, not yours.
So stifle yourselves already. And get off the pedastal you have put yourselves on and stop being vain and all condemning. Read your Bibles and start living what you say you believe in, and stop persecuting your brothers.
You who are guilty of this know who you are, you need only listen to yourselves condemn. Or are you even interested in the truth?
This is a long narrative- but well worth the time to read. Maybe print off and read when you have the time to absorb the interesting take on appreciating life!
It's amazing how I usually StumbleUpon something that I truly need to hear. Like this piece on Appreciation.
I set a time (that I found on SU! :-) to go off several times per day and I take a moment for appreciation and/or gratitude.
excellent introduction to mindfulness
This is a nice article. It is an Idealist's point of view that nothing exists apart from our mind's interpretation of it. I like the reasoning in it.
"if a tree falls in the woods, and there is no one there to hear it, does it make a sound?"
how do you know it fell? perhaps it was slowly lowered to the ground with a crane. but, if you get to assume it fell, then i get to assume it made a noise/sound.