My most significant takeaway from this book was that reality is almost completely subjective to one’s own experience, and that an experience of “otherness” only becomes “insanity” when the sufferer has lost control over their mind. There are significant parallels between the accounts of the enlightened mystic and the certified psychotic; both enter the shadowy realms of the unknown, and both are subject to experiences for which a comprehensive human vocabulary does not yet exist.
“I must know the truth, the truth beyond magic.”
“There is no truth beyond magic,” said the king.
“We’re so trapped inside our reality that it is inordinately difficult to realize we’re trapped inside anything.” – David Eagleman, The Brain: The Story of You What does it mean when we say something is “real”? Perhaps it means that we can touch it. Maybe it means we can see it. Some would argue it’sContinue reading “From Darkness Emerges Your World: How Your Brain Creates Your Reality”
“Should I kill myself, or have a cup of coffee?” – Albert Camus I often laugh as I sip my morning coffee. To the extent that I’m able to remember this quote, that is.Continue reading “Affirming your choice to live in this remarkably hilarious and random world”
All of this year, I have struggled. And perhaps I’d argue that I’ve struggled my whole life—struggled incessantly to keep my bobby pins in one place. Somehow, despite my best organizational efforts, the pins are everywhere except where I need them to be. I find them on the stairs, in the sink, on my carpet,Continue reading “Don’t fight your battles; transcend them (Who is Bobby, and why does he hate me?)”