Phenomena: The Loom
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Phenomena: The Loom
Sir Walter Raleigh:
"It is therefore death alone that can suddenly make man to know himself. He tells the proud and insolent, that they are but abjects, and humbles them at the instant; makes them cry, complain, and repent; yea, even to hate their fore-passed happiness.
He takes the account of the rich, and proves him a beggar; a naked beggar, which hath interest in nothing, but in the gravel that fills his mouth. He holds a glass before the eyes of the most beautiful, and makes them see therein their deformity and rottenness; and they acknowledge it.
O eloquent, just, and mighty death! whom none could advise, thou hast persuaded; what none hath dared thou hast done; and whom all the world hath flattered, thou only hast cast out of the world and despised: thou hast drawn together all the farstretched greatness, all the pride, cruelty, and ambition of man, and covered it all over with these two narrow words, Hic jacet."
(Hic Jacet: Latin, 'here lies', the first two words of a Latin epitaph.)
The critics watch history, the realists rent history, and the radicals and idealists own history. For good or for ill.
The individual human beings confidence and equilibrium depends on abiding in a very narrow slice of existence and blocking out for the most part the billions of other human beings and animals that operate with varied actual and virtual realities. (The Empiricists and Rationalists both have important points, there is the actual and the virtual filter. Ibn Rushd puts it well, "Knowledge is the conformity of the object and the intellect.")
By necessity each human being must spend a great deal of time and energy on their own map of existence. To counter this it would start with being aware of it and within your possibilities expand your experience and knowledge.
The variety and amount of noise and experiences are overwhelming. For any human to claim absolute knowledge and understanding of existence with smug certainty reminds me of what Pliny stated that when it comes to mankind - nothing is so frail and nothing is more arrogant.
Pliny on Art and Society:
Pliny the Elder died studying Mt. Vesuvius in 70 AD.
"Our lives begin to end the day we are silent about things that matter"