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post Nov 28, 2007, 03:23 AM
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Freedom is an ever expanding comprehension

Society is not a collection of individuals but is a system of containers.

Non-philosophical forms of inquiry are intellectual endeavors constituted by certain basic assumptions. A scientific form of inquiry assumes that the world is an ordered whole and that we can, through reason, acquire knowledge of this whole. The world of science is governed by laws that define causal effects that are measurable and perceivable by humans.

Reality may be a rainbow but it is the case that humans reason from within container like boundaries; thus we are always within a container. However, the trick is to enlarge our containers and thereby gain a more universal perspective. We must find a means to examine our assumptions. Each container is constructed with its own assumptions. That is why philosophy is so useful. It is a container within the largest container, or at least Philosophy likes to think so.

By reading backward we get a sense of the universal and the relative, the essential and the arbitrary. We can form the basis of reading critically with questions to act as our guide to understanding. We can learn to see beyond the surface appearance. We can learn to stop our general practice of sleep reading. We have learned in our schooling to sleep read, sleep listen, and to become apathetic regarding all things intellectual. By reading backwards we can begin to comprehend the irrational assumptions of our superficial consumer culture.

Freedom is an ever larger container.
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post Nov 28, 2007, 05:03 PM
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It's not so much a containing boundary as a frontier: country we haven't seen yet. To the extent we explore, we are not contained.
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QUOTE(Rick @ Nov 28, 2007, 05:03 PM) *

It's not so much a containing boundary as a frontier: country we haven't seen yet. To the extent we explore, we are not contained.


Exactly, freedom is becoming through exploration outside of our container and into a larger container. By the way I use the container image because cognitive science tells me that we perceive and conceive in a container schema.
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post Nov 29, 2007, 10:41 AM
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I tend to envision it more like a soft dark stretchy fabric bag that we are in that we struggle to enlarge. We apply mental force and continually stretch the boundaries. The key concept to me is that it takes effort to enlarge the bag. Another key is that everyone must do it and that society can help by promoting education.
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True Freedom or Liberation comes only with the Knowledge of the Self ...
What is the Self and Its essence ?
All is vibration, motion... The current of Life Wave, the wavy motion, is the cause of all evolution and involution. In man, this Life Wave is the breath process and its three phases (the three phases of the sine wave; the proton, electron, and neutron of physics ).
Breath is the Key to the mystery of life, to that of the body, as well as to that of the spirit.
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