Heavy Logix.

Lateral Thoughts on Life.

Life is but a dream.

  Row, row, row your boat,
  Gently down the stream.
  Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
  Life is but a dream.

 Sites like Facebook and the whole Twitter explosion are using status messages to answer one simple, yet powerful question. “What are you doing right now ?”.

 But is this question really as simple as it seems ?

  Does the time Now really exist ? If it does can it really be described ? By the time it is described hasn’t it become the past ?

  When you look up, and see stars at night, the light may be coming from planets which are no longer even in existence. When you read these words my mind might have already changed or even ceased to exist also. Much of what we believe to be real and fixed is in fact transitory or constantly changing.

  Ancient philosopher Chuang Tzu once dreamt he was a butterfly, as a butterfly he was flying around from flower to flower perfectly happy with himself doing as he pleased. He didn’t know he was Chuang Tzu till suddenly he woke up and there he was, solid and unmistakable Chuang Tzu.   Now Chuang Tzu wasn’t sure if it was Chuang Tzu who had dreamt he was a butterfly, or if he was really a butterfly now just dreaming he was Chuang Tzu.

 Can we be sure of what we are much less what we are doing right now ? Can such a complexity ever be described ?

  Who is Will Smith ? Is he a singer, a rapper, an actor, a husband, a father, a comedian  ? Which facet of the diamond can you see from your perspective ?

Which is real ? Who could describe the diamond that you really are ? By the time they describe it would it still be real ?

  Actors, being, as they are, daily involved, in the process of make-believe perhaps see the conection between dream and reality more vividly than most.

Jim Carrey used to drive into rich neighborhoods just to get the feeling of being rich. He made his dreams come true.

 

Jim Carrey leaves his Mark.

Jim Carrey leaves his Mark.

 

 

  Chuang Tzu was a philosopher who built and expanded on the Taoist philosophies of the great Lao Tzu, just as Newton’s theories allowed Einstein to “stand on the shoulders of  Giants”. All these men observed commonplace happenings but made unusual connections and gained insight. They touched the source and realized that all things are connected.

  In a sense they were just observing the same stream of time and life from their own particular perspectives. That’s what we all do. Life and Time is relative and always presents a constant Stream of Possibilities.

 Garri Kasparov former world chess champion made this observation in his recent book, “Our greatest strength is the ability to absorb and synthesize patterns, methods and information. Intentionally inhibiting that ability by focusing too narrowly is not only a crime, but one with few rewards.”

  My simple advice is, Expose yourself to varied ideas and new situations and unusual people but then utilise your own unique perspective to synthesize the best of all your experience and gain new insights. Add this to your dream and make the dream your life.

  Row, row, row your boat,
  Gently down the stream.
  Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
   Life is but a dream.

Here’s an explanation of this song, line by line, courtesy of Wikipedia;

The lyrics have often been used as a metaphor for life’s difficult choices, and many see the [1] boat as referring to one’s self or a group with which one identifies.[2] Rowing is a skillful, if tedious, practice that takes perfection but also directs the vessel.[3] When sung as a group, the act of rowing becomes a unifier, as oars must be in sync in a rowboat. The idea that man travels along a certain stream, suggests boundaries in the path of choices and in free will.[4] The third line recommends that challenges should be greeted in stride while open to joy with a smile.[5] The final line, “life is but a dream”, is perhaps the most meaningful. With a religious point of view, life and the physical plane may be regarded as having equivalent value as that of a dream, such that troubles are seen in the context of a lesser reality once one has awakened.[6] Conversely, the line can just as equally convey nihilist sentiments on the meaninglessness of man’s actions.

Have a happy World Tai Chi and Qi Gong Day !!

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April 25, 2009 - Posted by | blog, Lateral Thinking, non fiction, philosophy, success, Uncategorized, writing | , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

6 Comments »

  1. Well, dis one deep. Deep, star, deep! Me like it doh.

    Comment by Mad Bull | April 28, 2009 | Reply

  2. Great post and as MB said, very deep!

    Comment by Stunner | April 29, 2009 | Reply

    • Hey Stunner thanx for commenting. I like your blog especially your amazing photos so much that I’m gonna dedicate my next blog post to you. Working on it right now.

      Comment by heavylogix | April 29, 2009 | Reply

  3. Oh yeah almost forgot, thanx for your comments too Blogfather Madbull !

    Comment by heavylogix | April 29, 2009 | Reply

  4. yes this was an interesting post. the thin line between dreams and reality. well, live in the moment, dream for the future.

    Comment by ruthibelle | May 1, 2009 | Reply

  5. […] some of my Philosophical ideas in pieces like “Tit for Tat” and “Life is but a Dream” was lots of […]

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