I operate under the meaningless pen name Blake Rivers so as to free my ideas and expressions from my specific personhood as much as possible. One should expect and receive undifferentiated response to one’s ideas, and one should strive to interpret and judge the ideas of others while impartial to who they are. Understanding is an intensely personal experience; to understand something is to find it inside of you. Therefore, communication is a sort of empathy.
Since as long as I can remember I’ve been thinking about life, the world, and spirituality. I have a constantly developing philosophy and I try to keep my mind as open and free like a child’s as possible. On retaining a childlike nature of thought and inquiry, consider Albert Einstein’s thoughts on the matter:
“I sometimes ask myself how it came about that I was the one to develop the theory of relativity. The reason, I think, is that a normal adult never stops to think about problems of space and time. These are things which he has thought about as a child. But my intellectual development was retarded, as a result of which I began to wonder about space and time only when I had already grown up.”
Despite the fact that my ideas are constantly evolving and morphing as my mind matures through its life, I thought it useful to nevertheless solidify some of them in time and thereby share them and use them as a reference to return to in the future. Plus, it helps to write things down and communicate them while they are still fresh and active in my thoughts. My hope is that I can offer something to the world, that I can reach out to you the reader and share some of my imagination rather than wrestle with philosophical monsters solely in my mind.
I cannot stress enough that everything I express in this blog (and in general, I suppose) is not set in stone, and I make no claims to absolute truth. Everything here is merely ideas for their own sake, replete will all the inherent characteristics that come with the word “ideas”: changeful, impermanent, relative, limited, perspective-based, merely stepping stones on our path of self-discovery. So, please, receive my writings and opinions as just that: ideas. I’m not going to say “.., it seems to me” after every single sentence, so just trust that it’s implicit.
Lastly, I want to state one more obvious caution, which is that, try as I might, my own personal beliefs are going to influence my reasoning. Even in “hard core” logical reasoning, it is impossible to disconnect issues of philosophy from issues of spirituality, impossible to strip faith from reason, since knowability is based on belief. This bond is advantageous, however, because it allows for the possibility of human beings to understand their true nature and purpose in the cosmos. I mean, naturally, all objective knowledge is relative to and dependent on context, and context is just a matter of perspective, which in turn necessitates some sort of subjectivity. Thus, even if my reasoning were flawless (and I assure you, it’s not), my own beliefs will still inevitably come into play in my writing.
Thanks for reading, and I encourage you to voice dissent if you disagree with any of my assertions. That’s the main point of me writing here, you know.
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