I was born blown minded with an eye on oblivion
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Meditation is merely the practice of self-control on a level no normal person is able. You’re able to stoke specific kinds of emotions and feelings, especially those of awe, compassion, happiness, love, and mystical “oneness”–emotional experiences we generally think of as profoundly positive. By focusing on them, so that the emotion is brought to the psyche at a level that’s governed by self-control, you learn to experience these emotions on command. Meditation is a psychological manipulation of the brain to get it to do what it is you really want it to do. There’s nothing unscientific about the practice.
What you discover is real freedom. People today think they’re free, but the truth is, when you become an adult, you start to feel less and less free. That’s why people become scared of life. That’s why people get lost in existential turmoil. There’s a paradox associated with the feeling that you were freer when you were a child, when as a child, you thought you’d be more free as an adult. As a child, you weren’t trying to control things. So to learn self-control in order to find freedom in meditation, you must first let go of the need to be in control.
There is no “free will” as some distinct thing isolated from you. Freedom is a phenomenon of subjective experience; it’s a feeling. You are free when you know and become yourself.
Me: we’re the funniest people here
Scott: I’m the sluttiest guy here
Me: what? I didn’t say that
Scott: I know. I said slutty
I was very drunk, though the statement was certainly not true, it may not have been far off.