Saturday, January 30, 2010

Rest in Peace Hunter S. Thompson

“Who is the happier man, he who has braved the storm of life and lived or he who has stayed securely on shore and merely existed?”

"The Edge... there is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over. The others-the living-are those who pushed their control as far as they felt they could handle it, and then pulled back, or slowed down, or did whatever they had to when it came time to choose between Now and Later."

"Just sick enough to be totally confident"

"I have a theory that the truth is never told during the 9 to 5 hours."

Hunter S. Thompson

He who makes a beast of himself, gets rid of the pain of being a man.
Samuel Johnson

Rolling Stone magazine, for which he wrote a lot of his best stuff in the '70s, published a note he wrote to Anita four days before he killed himself in the kitchen.

"No More Games. No More Bombs. No More Walking. No More Fun. No More Swimming. 67. That is 17 years past 50. 17 more than I needed or wanted. Boring. I am always bitchy. No Fun -- for anybody. 67. You are getting Greedy. Act your old age. Relax -- This won't hurt."

With a sort of cryptic, ironic, metaphorical hilarity, he took a black marker and titled the note: "Football Season Is Over."

Douglas Brinkley, a historian and Thompson's "official biographer," had a more mundane explanation for the title. In his piece on the Rolling Stone Web site, he wrote: "An avid NFL fan, Hunter traditionally embraced the Super Bowl in January as the high-water mark of his year. February, by contrast, was doldrums time." (Washington Post)

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Reality is fluid-beyond the boxes

There can a tendency to label something in order to negate its impact. It is easier to brush off or control what is perceived as solid instead of fluid. As Becker stated man cuts out for himself a manageable world because the real world is too overwhelming. With La Mettrie and "Voila mes philosophes" it is not necessarily a box of scientific materialism con pessimism. I think it is important to explore and contemplate natural history in all its malevolence and magnificence. Freud implied that a healthy mind often suppresses reality to some degree. How often do we sacrifice fluid reality in order to balance ourselves with a manageable world? Dualism is a false dichotomy. Beauty is the beast. Labels and language are tools humans use to simplify a complex reality.

Knowledge and imagination (Edison and Einstein) must work together to break the frozen sea within us. It is beyond the labeled box of scientific materialism it is embracing life with open eyes. Greater awareness. Raising consciousness. The human imagination and consciousness is not out of nature it is nature!

As Carl Sagan stated we are made of stardust. Stardust contemplating stardust. We are a part of this grand Cosmic evolution and Cosmic consciousness. Human consciousness is as natural as a dinosaur fossil. What that tells me is that Cosmic evolution is beyond our compartmentalization and the balanced boxes of suppression. Stardust contemplating stardust. Life contemplating death. Imagination and knowledge of Cosmic evolution flows from mortal limited decaying flesh! This is the nobility and the burden of human evolution.

"There is no doubt that healthy-mindedness is inadequate as a philosophical doctrine, because the evil facts which it positively refuses to account for are a genuine portion of reality; and they may after all be the best key to life's significance, and possibly the only openers of our eyes to the deepest levels of truth."

William James