What About Existence

The thinking man, a universal subliminal message hidden in the ether of collective consciousness. Why am I?

Faith, belief that there is meaning.

Art, search for meaning.

Philosophy, art of meaning.

Consciousness, the primary tool of life, the primal matter of existence.

Choice is the creator of time, without choice there couldn’t be change, without change no life.

Living through choices we create experiences, which through awareness expand our consciousness. But aren’t all experiences created equal by definition?

The existentialist dream.

That would create meaning in the experience within itself, at the same time killing the meaning of choice. Though if the choice has no meaning the “I” is dead too, and without the I there is no choice in the first place, therefore a paradox is created.

So the only option is to nullify the assumption that consciousness can be expanded.

What if consciousness could be only experienced ?

Our choices being the pulses of a labyrinth of infinite experiences, vibrating at various frequencies flowing back life into consciousness, keeping it “alive”.

Giving the “I” a chance to get stuck in the labyrinth as well as to discover several layers of being and not only the existential worldly one.

“How could they see anything but the shadows if they were never allowed to move their heads?”
? Plato, The Allegory of the Cave

Sadok Kohen

In truth, without deceit, certain and most veritable





If a tree falls in a forest

“If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” is a question that I have been asked more then a few times during my school years as an essay.

I always thought it was a stupid question: off course it does! How selfish of humans to think that human perception is the center of the world (the argument of George Berkley, the original inquisitor of such a question, whom philosophized about reality being only human perception). I got straight A’s arguing that the forest is “some ONE”, the animals, even the other trees “hearing”. I even argued the physics of sound, and that the sound waves existed regardless of a receiving agent…

And for some reason every now and then, when I see a forest, that question keeps coming to my mind, and I keep dismissing it, as I already had “the answer” for it.

This morning going through the forest, the same question popped again and I was just about to dismiss it that it dawned on me: I could not be so wrong!

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Time, Space and Motion as Ancient Data Structures

“The law of causality, I believe, like much that passes muster among philosophers, is a relic of a bygone age, surviving, like the monarchy, only because it is erroneously supposed to do no harm.” ~Bertrand Russell

Cause and effect, I must say a very elegant and convenient way to teach how the world works. It fits so perfectly to the perceivable lower dimensions of our awareness: Space, Time and Motion. I will try to explain why these three are only functions of life. Algorithms and rulesets that we built to perceive what really IS and nothing more. They do not exist per-se, they can be replaced with more advanced logics once they truly can be seen that way.

Let me:

Every action is the result of a conscious or unconscious choice: There cannot be any cause or effect if nothing “decides” to “do” (Not doing anything is also doing something, but I will come to that later). But when is the choice taking place?
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Life is… a Game of Poker

While driving to work this morning my mind somehow shifted from the primordial question “What is life about?” to the poker game I have scheduled for tonight and suddenly some dots connected in an interesting way:

The Pre-Flop:

When you first start to play (at birth) you are dealt some cards, these cards represent your parents, your environment, your financial situation, your health and everything else that you have no control over. You are new to the game, you don’t really know what to do with these cards, how to play them, you try to understand them, to weigh them. You play them and lose some, you play them and win some…

There are some different rules in this specific game, what you are dealt at pre-flop does not improve until you learn how to win with what you have got! Your pocket cards improve every time you win and they never deteriorate unless you don’t understand your mistakes when you lose. Because losing is some times more valuable then winning as the amount of information you can gather from such a hand is priceless.  So the luck factor for this stage of the game is only valid when your very first hand is dealt.

Maybe you are lucky, maybe you are not. The beauty and agony of the pre-flop is that at the early stages of the game there is not really much you can do but to try and understand the environment, the other players, the rules and the game. Some will do so by check/folding for a while, some will bet to test the table and some will go all in no matter what…

Have you ever watched a toddler go all in pre-flop? It is such an inspiring sight! Equally scary too…

There are times when the blinds are raised and your bankroll is short, there are times when you are the chip leader and wanna play it slow. There are times when you are steaming and times when you try to bluff but bluffing at this stage almost never works, yes, you might steal the blinds I guess; that’s not my kind of play.

There are also some cheaters but the pit boss is all mighty, he eventually catches everybody and getting caught ain’t pretty!

The more you play, the more you get a hang of it. It is when you really understand that life is really won or lost at pre-flop that you have mastered the game.
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The Right to Vote

One of the biggest problems with democracy the way its run today is who gets to vote?

I think that having a say on any matter should be something to earn. How can anybody vote without first understanding what is it that is debated. Shouldn’t at least the voter prove that he has at least a level of understanding that would allow him to?

I am not saying only doctors should vote on health care for example, i am saying that whoever wishes to have a say in the matter should prove that he knows enough of the current policies, the options around, the different opinions with their reasoning and then be allowed to vote.

Can you imagine a courthouse where each jury member is allowed to come as it may, ask for brief summaries about the court case at random from somebody in the courtroom and then give his vote based on that? How is this different from the way politics are run today?

Sadly well informed citizens have equal influence to the clueless and politicians ride on that.

Plato said:

Philosophers [must] become kings…or those now called kings [must]…genuinely and adequately philosophize

But it takes a philosopher to vote for a philosopher king so this is my quote:

philosophers [must] become VOTERS…or those now called VOTERS [must]…genuinely and adequately philosophize

Sadok Kohen
In truth, without deceit, certain and most veritable

Was Copernicus wrong?

Accordingly, since nothing prevents the earth from moving, I suggest that we should now consider also whether several motions suit it, so that it can be regarded as one of the planets. For, it is not the center of all the revolutions.

Copernicus words staggered the world, which was skeptical and even angry to the possibility that the God made Earth and His beloved creatures  were not at the center of the Universe.

It is a crucial point in human history and a chain of events that lead to Galileo’s “Scientific Method”. From that point onward people had to choose between faith and science as there wasn’t really middle grounds, either you were a man of science at heart or a man of faith.

Fortunately enough humankind intrinsically cannot be controlled for too long. This comes from the First Apple, the gift of Choice which is always and will be always there.

Copernicus was proclaimed genius and the Earth was removed from the center of the Universe.

Sadly enough humankind is also intrinsically stupid by having taken that bite in the first place… Very few understood what could be middle grounds:

Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind. – Einstein

Unconsciously people were relieved of a great burden, they were not at the center of the universe anymore, and what an unconscious responsibility that was…

But what did this imply ?

In our daily lives we tend to “decenter” ourselves, in other words we put our centers onto other things. The center of our love life might be our spouses or our children, the center of our financial expectations could become our job or a business deal, the center of our happiness may lay in abstract expectations as money or a future success…

So what happens if our centers get away from us, or they disappear. What happens if we continue to live our lives chasing, expecting, waiting or longing for our centers to come close?…

What we need to understand is that WE INFACT ARE THE CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE! Each one of us IS the center of their own universe. The Universe is our own personal Truman Show, everything in our universe is there for us and us only. What we fail to understand is that the moment we bring our center back to where it belongs, the awareness of being at the center of everything else that is happening around us will give you all the certainty, the love, the happiness and the focus that you never experienced before.

At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want. – Lao Tzu

Everything that happens in YOUR life happens for YOU to experience something. Acknowledge this fact, cherish it, own it…

But not only: Don’t let yourself be the center of somebody else’s universe! Those chains are as harmful to you as they are to whoever is decentered. Help them bring their center back and enjoy the radiating energy that you will be able to experience.

Try to visualize it, walk around and open up to the fact that everything around you, everything that is happening to your life exists because of you. All your feelings, all your emotions, all your worries, all your friends, all the books, the movies the people that you don’t yet know. They are all there for you to experience, by choice…

Maybe Copernicus was correct from a mathematical perspective. Mathematics by definition is a set of rules, a language to understand certain events and try to predict them. What the world failed to understand is that Life is ALIVE and cannot be bound by formulas.

So choose and choose without fear for mistakes are only there for you to grow, and all emotions happy or sad are there for you to know yourself, for there is only you and no one else…

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.  -E.E. Cummings

Sadok Kohen

Living Asynchronously at all costs…

We don’t seem to have taken any lessons from Horace’s Carpe Diem

Seizing the day or every moment in that sense would mean to enjoy every emotion, every action and reaction that comes with it in that moment, in that exact perspective with everything around it. In this sense technology is allowing us to avoid most confrontations in life:

We prefer to write each others sms, emails and instant messages where we hide behind stylized fonts and emoticons to represent our virtual projections trough a filter of not who we are at that moment but who we want to represent.

We came to the point where trough social networks we have hundreds of friends that we really don’t know or care about and yet trough the ease of various technologies we easily remember to send them massively impersonal holiday greetings. We would never talk to them to cheer or never be with them in time of joy or sorrow, never share that instant feelings that would be there only for us to experience.

Last new years eve we sent 43 BILLION SMS messages around the globe. 43 Billion happy messages… How many of those 43 billion messages really meant something ?

This kind of fastfood massively multiplayed relationships make it impossible to have real one-to-one deep ones for a very simple fact: we decided to have lives with separate internal clocks, therefore we live asynchronously with everything around us, including the world: every man is an island… (contrary to John Donne)

We respond to feelings or problems in our own time, we join or leave discussions in our own time, we add, block or delete friends in our own time, we start or end relationships in our own time.

Technology is no evil, we just decide to make bad use of it (as we always did).

We have the illusion to be infinitely more connected then we used to be but connected so loosely that the real strong bonds that made the human race survive trough many tough times are simply not there anymore. New generations will probably not have a clue of what real friendship meant, or loyalty, or belonging…

Its so easy to divide and conquer were you don’t have to cut trough those tight knots we once had.

Don’t misinterpret me, I am all for liberty and I am not saying that bigotry, the power of the church, empires or kingdoms are better: those were not hand-by-hand, arm-by-arm knots but chains!

I am talking about big families, old towns, tribes, clans… On a bigger scale I am talking about being one with the universe, with the ecowatch and not the egowatch.

Sincronicity is a way of life, is a huge lesson, it needs will and training but most of all it means having a totally different mind set and surroundings.

“Walk lightly in the spring; Mother Earth is pregnant.”

I am not going to discuss what this means here, just listen to it… I wish we could feel this way one day!

An old Navajo saying says: You can’t wake a person who is pretending to be asleep

So for who is not pretending: WAKE UP!