Michael wrote:I think deja vu, knowledge of people's death immediately after and other examples of intuition are totally normal for humans, but we are socialized to believe by a standardized, materialistic system that since intuition isn't perfectly predictable like counting apples, then it's not true.
The bean counters want things simple and predictable to make boring jobs easy, boring jobs like standardizing human life into simplistic shapes and patterns.
Humans are amazing and unpredictable in their creativity and this power touches on the most fascinating, complex, and interconnected aspects of reality as we don't fully comprehend it, but as we should fully live it without fear of labels from a dehumanizing system of standardization.
University, universal. One verse, one voice, one thing. That sort of rubbish is peddled solely to make people more predictable and easier to manage as herd.
When I was in high school, I occasionally wrote a few sentences down on paper of *exactly* what someone would say in response to a question or comment because I wanted to show them how predictable they were. They thought I was psychic, which I'm not and had nothing to do with it. Now I live a "Groundhog Day" existence in a land that is nearly perfectly standardized and predictable. Everyone's response to a particular stimuli is the same, give or take a percentage point. It is sofa king boring!
"Orthodoxy is unconsciousness." Orwell
"All we are is just another brick in the wall." Pink Floyd
During gestation our brains generate trillions of neurons and neural connections, and almost as soon as we are born begins pruning away all the neurons that are not actively being used. This is why, for instance, after a certain age young children lose the ability to hear sounds (phonemes) that are particular to other languages but not included in their own. The ears can hear the sounds, but the brain can't process it. One of the most powerful influencers of what gets used (and therefore what gets pruned) is the culture a person develops in. It's not that people are being controlled externally, it's that those parts of their creativity, consciousness, etc. that are not used literally disappear from their brains. They can't think very far outside the cognitive box because outside the box there is literally nothing there. Fortunately, our brains are far more flexible and dynamic than many have been led to believe. It is possible to expand oneself creatively, but to do so is not a matter of denying external influence-- rather it is an active process of embracing ever greater and more diverse influences, both external and internal. It is a process of seeking, questioning, and relating one thing to another, and always it must be done with awareness.
"There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy."
What I'm after isn't flexible bodies, but flexible brains. What I'm after is to restore to each person their human dignity.