An Improved Sunset

I believe we have all had that moment we consider to be perfect when the temperature is right, you’re in an interesting area, and the entire universe feels like it was designed for you and you just bask in the beauty of it all.

We tend to believe that it is as good as it gets right now.

When we view the world we tend to believe that it is as good as it gets right now. We can look in the past and say, “how did they ever get around on just horses? Cars are so much superior!” However before cars were invented horses would of been the best technology around and no one really questioned it. In the same way Google has a car that has driven over 200,000 miles by itself without a driver which could very well be the future of transportation and we might soon be asking ourselves why we ever supported a system of manual driving in the first place where so many people died everyday. If everyday you viewed a sunset where one of your senses were removed the sunset would increasingly become less fantastic. If you kept all your senses, but instead there was psychological limitations implemented such as the removal of a colour or light spectrum, again the sunset would become less interesting.

There is so much we don’t see. As we evolve and ascend through either biological or technological means we will come to realize that the things we see right now and hold to be beautiful are only a micro-fraction of reality.

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7 thoughts on “An Improved Sunset

  1. godseek

    In our own perceptions, people tend to be fixated first on sight. Including myself. It’s natural, as physical light is the fastest thing we can sense. However, because sight is such a powerful and immediate sense, it tends to dull or diminish the others.
    Now, saying the sight was removed, we obviously can no longer perceive the sunset in a visual way. But the mind would balance itself out. In the deficit of sight, the other physical senses could excel beyond usual limitations. Not seeing would give you the opportunity to truly hear what life sounds like at sunset. You could smell the earth settling into night. You could feel the changing heat and position of the sun as it descends into the horizon. You could taste the changes in the moisture of the air, or the mosquitoes (if you’re hungry.)

    People tend to become spoiled, by anything physical–including their own earthly bodies. That also extends to all things taken for granted like modern technology, grocery stores, and having parents. Jesus and The Buddha shared the philosophy that casting off earthly possessions and desires, was a sacrifice necessary if one ever wanted to reach enlightenment.

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    1. Jonathan Wagner Post author

      Sensual compensation is a very real thing, but it is not a 1:1 ratio. If my sight were removed, my other senses even if they compensated would not be able to give me the same depth of experience. If this were the case, we wouldn’t have evolved all of the senses to begin with. I am not sure I would use the term spoiled, because quite frankly what we have is a bear minimum to survive. For instance when you look at a wall it might be uninteresting, however, we know it is actually a flurry of activity at the atomic level.

      Up to this point we didn’t really require a higher level of appreciation or understanding, our bodies were designed to survive in the physical realm. To get around this we have built ourselves tools such as microscopes to allow us to see realities our bodies were never interested in before.

      Both Jesus and The Buddha told us very little about the universe. While Jesus wasn’t about human perfection, The Buddha was supremely arrogant because he believed that the human brain was already at a perfect state, and all that was needed was a mere psychological function to achieve perfection. This is a core belief of all Mysticism, it has the requirement that humans are at at point where our brains are in such a place that we can transcend, and this simply isn’t the case. People choose to believe this because of the human’s need to have things at the immediate moment.

      To put another way, a chimpanzee would have a near impossible path to Ascension, but from the chimpanzee’s subjective perspective, it might possibly think that it could because if we didn’t exist the chimpanzee would believe itself to be the most impressive creature on the planet. This God complex, that permeates our entire society, makes us believe we are far more impressive and complex then we actually are.

      Now superfluous materialism is a real issue, but in my opinion that is something completely separate from our capability of comprehension.

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      1. godseek

        You would not have the same depth of experience without sight. Some string-theorist would describe the senses, as sensing different dimensions. But being constantly focused on just one of these dimensions, with all the others being secondary or simply ignored. By closing my eyes, I am able to listen to music on a much deeper level, as brain-power can be distributed to the auditory senses. I will probably discuss the power of censory deprivation in a future entry, but it’s something that I’ve been using unknowingly since childhood.
        Though scientific concepts are rarely explained in sacred writings, the wisest teachers tend to speak in riddles. We have statements that we must think of at a critical level, because even after a billion people agree that such riddles can only have one answer; the words will always be up for debate.
        According to a gnostic writing called “The Book of Judas” Jesus seems to be advocating for both the impossiblity of a perfect human, and the hopeful and eventual attainaility of mind-based perfection

    2. Jonathan Wagner Post author

      I think sensory deprivation might be a way to improve all of our senses. These methods are not really for me to discover, instead I think it is important for me to raise the awareness that for the fact that the capability exists for something more from all our senses, including senses we may not currently posses but could posses in the future. Riddles are definitely a way to explore the meta-physical and open our minds to new ideas.

      Gnosticism should be viewed independently of Christianity. When Jesus was becoming popular a lot of different beliefs “hinged” on to him and injected their own personal beliefs. Jesus was not a Gnostic, there is far too much proof that he was Jewish, and a Jew would never promote the polytheistic beliefs evident in all the Gnostic texts, including The Book of Judas. More then likely Jesus’s belief structure stemmed from the story of Jonah, a Jew who saved gentiles and this story was available at Jesus’s time via the Torah. The Torah was Jesus’s handbook, not Gnostic texts; so keep that in mind.

      Gnostics themselves have some very interesting beliefs that predate the arrival of Jesus. They also raised a lot of issues regarding Genesis and the fact that is was most likely a Sumerian text (in Sumeria snakes were revered not feared) which would explain why the “villian” of genesis did something good for the humans and made them “like gods”.

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      1. godseek

        “Gnosis” more literally means “a state of knowledge.” More specifically, a pursuit toward a state of knowledge. Writings refered to as gnostic writing are typically categorized as such, because they do not “fit” within the motivations of prevailing religious organizations. There were gnostics of every faith, including both Christianity and Judahism. Gnostics may also accept diverse doctrines into the same belief system.
        That being said, it was not any higher power that finalized which books would be acceptable into the bibles, but rather “high priests” with political motivations.
        After exploring a variety of texts deemed as gnostic, I find numerous contradictions between them, and also with the stories that have been accepted as truth.
        A Jewish-gnostic text called “The book of Baruch” discribes another intiguing story of Genesis.
        Jesus was raised in a Jewish tradition, but the Torah was a very loose basis compared to the great things he would go on to teach his followers.

      2. Jonathan Wagner Post author

        I agree with everything you said from a historical perspective. That said, I believe Elolight is above all of it. If pursuing Gnosticism and following religious tradition appeals to you and makes you happy then by all means pursue. However, I believe there is a fundamental problem when you want to believe God is the ultimate and you start assigning names in the case of Myths or trying to define a structure.

        It is a complete absurdity to me to believe that you have this ultimate entity which spreads its knowledge through specific messengers, god-mans, and specific texts. However, something that Gnosticism talks about is the concept of the inner light, or in Kaballah it is called the “divine spark”, this is the only thing I found of any value, because it means God can be discovered through self introspection, and you can leave everything else to everyone else.

        Generally I have found that the reason people can’t seem to find what they are looking for is because they look everywhere but themselves.

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