PHILOSOPHY

      Philosophy deals with the very top level questions of existence.

      The highest most top level question there is, is:

      WHY DOES ANYTHING EXIST AT ALL?

      One imagines that nothing could very well have existed, rather than
something.  Clearly something exists, so how come?

      Is there some logical or physical necessity that something HAD to
exist?  If you could figure that one out, you would probably win the
Nobel Prize for the next 50 years in a row.

      If there isn't some forceful necessity that something exist, then
why the hell does something exist?

      The next top level question is:

      GIVEN THAT SOMETHING EXISTS, HOW COME IT WORKS THIS WAY AND NOT
THAT WAY?

      It is pretty clear that there might have been a whole mess of
somethings that couldn't exist, either they were logically impossible,
or maybe they were unviable, in that they died off soon after their
start or whatever.

      Scientists have known for a long time that if certain universal
constants were different by some microscopic amount, this physical
universe we are in would have fizzled out long ago, carbon chains would
never have formed, suns would never have ignited, and thus physical life
would never have happened.

      Those with a religious bent even take this as evidence of an
intelligent design to the universe, because they figure that someone had
to think it through and pick just the right values for things in order
to get a universe to stay around as long as this one did.

      At least long enough to produce a sinner that God could send to
hell forever, or why bother?

      In fact there are SO many more universes that would have fizzled
out early than would have persisted, we seem to be walking on the edge
of a miracle that the one that happened to exist was the one that also
happened to persist long enough for us to be here and talk about it.

      And if this were the one and only universe that ever existed they
would probably have a point.  The coincidence is just too much to bear.

      Recent theories however postulate that many different physical
universes arise and fall all the time, most destined to enfizzlement due
to their mis match of universal constants.

      Given all of eternity to rise and fall, it makes sense that by
random chance alone eventually some universe would arise whose constants
were just close enough to workable to hang around for a while, even long
enough to produce conscious life to wonder about it.

      (Yeah yeah I know, consciousness is not physical, but once in a
while you gotta look at it from the point of view of the darling little
meatballs, and besides they are so cute, and get so riled up if you even
hint they might be wrong about being FDA Approved Grade A meat so have
some pity for a moment.)

      In fact even though many more universes might fall than persist,
given an eternity to try it out, it makes sense that there might be a
lot of universes persisting quite well thank you, of which the one we
are in is just one of them.

      But there still aren't a lot of different ways those constants
could go together and still have persistence, so even if there are a lot
of other space time game streams going on, chances are that some of them
are very much like ours, and the rest are probably very different.

      So we can't answer how come something exists instead of nothing,
but we can answer to some exent the question what somethings could exist
or at least persist long enough to wonder about it, and which one's
couldn't.

      The next top level question is:

      IS THE UNIVERSE THAT EXISTS A DESIRABLE OR UNDESIRABLE UNIVERSE?

      By desirable we mean in accord with our desires, how WE would have
made things if we could have.

      Well for many that is a no brainer, clearly not.

      Prof: "So Goober, on a scale of 0 to 10, how would you rate this
universe?"

      Goober: "Minus a googolplex."

      You get born, no one asked your permission, you live, you desire,
you can't have what you want, everyone and everything you love dies one
day, usually pretty miserably, and so do you, usually a horrible death
by universal execution, never to be heard from again.

      This is called the 'BORN ON DEATH ROW' class of universe, guilty of
what crime we have no clue, but surely if ocean's were made of sorrow
there would be a lot of water in this universe.

      "This universe treats love like the ocean treats sand castles in
the sand." - Adore.

      Now to many this negative view makes sense, to be created is
already a violation of personal sovereignty, personal space, no matter
WHAT happens to you after that.

      Might as well have been raped in your first moment of life.

      Then in the end the universe puts you to death against your will,
another rape.

      And in between it makes you work to dig your own grave, pay for
your tombstone, and provide the means of your own final execution.

      Thus it makes sense that we are unhappy, because this jewel of
creation, this oh so rare and precious universe, that went to all that
trouble to persist, then went ahead and created us just to torment us
before terminating us.  Probably more fun to be drawn and quartered.

      So one can ask the next top level question:

      IS THIS UNIVERSE THE WORST OF ALL POSSIBLE UNIVERSES?

      Now most will probably tell you no, they can conceive of worse, but
they will agree that it's pretty damn close.

      I mean admit it, at least this death row universe is co-ed, with
really good pot, ice cream and sunsets easily available.

      Every once in a while you will run into someone who will tell you
"Oh no, this universe is wonderful, marvelous, full of suprises, and
besides who wants to live for ever, gotta make room for others!"

      We call them 'had time enough for love' cases.

      Don't bother to argue with them, being mortal on death's row is a
SOLUTION to them.  If you ask them what could be worse than "living once
and then dying forever, and that's it Bud!", they might actually give it
up to you.

      But this conflict between desire and the universe that desire finds
itself in, brings up an important next question.

      "WHY WOULD A UNIVERSE CREATE DESIRE THAT WASN'T IN ACCORD WITH THAT
UNIVERSE?

      Is it even possible for a physical universe to arise, and create
conscious creatures that actually wish things were different than they
are?

      Well hell, if the universe is arising from random throws of the
universal constant dice, the only condition for it's continued existence
is structural persistance long enough to give rise to conscious units to
wonder and complain about it.  No one said they had to like what they
found.

      So persistence is a nasty two edged sword, if it is persistence of
something good, well then all the better.  But if it is persistence of
something bad, well then you were born in hell, and will die in hell and
you should be grateful you actually get to DIE rather than suffer
forever as an immortal in hell would.

      Surely suffering in hell forever, is worse than suffering in hell
for a while and then kicking the bucket for good.  God what a relief,
right?

      Therein maybe lies a hint about why incipient carrion dwellers, er
I mean meatball human beings, like to dwell in incipient carrion, uh I
mean why immortals seek death by pretending to be something that is
mortal, like a body, even though it is a deceit that can never be fully
accomplished.

      But this brings us to the next top level question:

      IF THE UNIVERSE COULD BE BAD, COULD THERE BE ONE THAT IS GOOD?

      Ok, well good and bad are relative to your desire.

      It's tempting to say "Well I desire to die forever one day, I mean
Christ who wants to live forever?  Love is like sugar, too much is no
good for you.  I admit it was better to have loved and lost than to have
paid for it and not liked it, and it was fun while it lasted, but now I
am bored with love, even though I have a brand new body and a lot of
brand new girls begging to, well never mind.  So I think having a Soylen
Green factory to retire to or being on death row is the best possible
universe."

      But you don't desire that, and anyone who claims they do is lying
to themselves and to you.

      Imagine brand new girl and boy bodies forever for free?

      Who could possibly not like that?

      The complaining about not dying soon enough then is just sour
grapes, or a need to escape an insufferable immortality in time.

      So this brings us to the next question:

      WHAT DO YOU REALLY DESIRE?

      Well the first thing we can say about desire, is it desires to have
what it desires.  Not for a while you see, but forever.

      That forever may not be in time, it may be an extemporal forever,
an Eternal forever, but its a forever none the less.

      That's why all this desiring to be this "live once, die once meat
ball" is all just so much self deceit.

      For some meatballs, its merely a matter of them not wanting to get
their hopes up.  If they think they live but once, and after they die
they find out they are still around, well that's better than thinking
they are going to live forever and finding out after they die that they
are dead.

      But then I can hear someone saying, "But if I could have everything
I wanted all the time forever and ever amen, I would get bored, no fun,
no chase, no games, no chance of losing, no need to try harder, no
challenge, no overwhelming odds, no glory, tragedy, travesty, miracle,
or majesty..."

      "I mean Christ, what's a God to do but sit around and be
everlastingly happy all day long?  Oy what a hell that would be!  What
would I do to impress a girl friend?"

      Alright, but that's just more desire you see.

      What you have just said is that you desire to have what you want,
but what you want is to NOT have what you want sometimes for a while.

      You want to add spice and sportsmanship, glory, and courage and
thrill and romance to life via the possibility of hardship and loss.

      So let's ask the next top level question:

      IF YOU COULD HAVE ANYTHING YOU WANTED IN THE MERE CONCEPTION OF IT,
WOULD BE IT ALRIGHT WITH YOU IF YOU COULDN'T HAVE SOMETHING YOU WANTED
IN THE MERE CONCEPTION OF IT, *BECAUSE YOU CONCEIVED YOU COULDN'T* AND
WANTED IT THAT WAY?

      That's called MAJESTY by the way, MASTER OF JEST.

      JEST means JOKES of ETERNAL SELF TREASON.

      But in case that's a bit too rough on you, it also means

      JUSTICE of ETERNAL SELF TRUTH.

      Humor is the only kind justice there is.

      Humor is the only thing that heals horror.

      Majesty then is the sovereign desire that desire not be sovereign
for a while.

      Power for the Imp Soul stems from Operating Majesty.

      So what's this while stuff?

      A while is a short or long period of time, between which there is
eternal unimpingable sleep.

      The Big Snooze.

      Unimpingable means there is no door to knock on, so no one and
nothing can disturb you or wake you up before your time.

      That means a being can sleep and not be disturbed in a timeless
eternal state for as long as he wants, whenever he wants.

      Try to take 15 seconds of absolute nothing, see if you can do it.

      But periodically he wakes up and either decides to go back to
sleep, or he puts a sign out on his door saying wake me if you want to
play.

      That's called an invite.

      Invites are telepathic, they resonate through all of creation,
until they reach a critical mass of beings, who have also put out an
invite, who all want to be together again in a game of life.

      Invite is desire, and desire is invite.

      When enough people put out invites, the co resonance of their sum
desires wakes them all up and they find themselves together in a common
universe with nothing going on yet.

      That's what they wanted, so that's what they got.

      Sovereignty still reigns and in fact sovereignty reigns at all
times.

      Sovereignty means you want it, you got it.

      Justice is Sovereignty is Justice is Sovereignty.

      Thus as hard as it may be to swallow looking from the bottom of the
valley of death, Justice also reigns at all times.

      Justice means you get what you postulate (conceive), including all
the things you wanted to have that you wouldn't want once you had them,
because you wanted to have things you didn't want.

      That's called Total Responsibility for Condition.

      Once their unanimous invite brings them together on an as yet
unadorned playing field, through unanimous desire, intent, volition and
effort, they devise and design a game to play.  They choose up sides,
and they say 'go!'.

      During the game they may end up mortal enemies with orders to shoot
on sight, but that is part of the game play.  It is also part of the
game play to forget who authored the game and who chose to jump in and
play it.

      Religious insanity is 'who or what is cause around here and why is
it such an asshole!'

      Games consist of freedoms, barriers, and purposes.

      Freedoms are abilities to have in the mere conception of things.

      Barriers are inabilities to have in the mere conception of things.

      Purposes are the things that desire, armed with freedoms and
barriers, wants to accomplish, through time, as chase.

      Dances are games that can not be lost, just do the steps and you
win your goal.

      Games are dances that can be lost, one mistep, and it's all over
for you.

      Once the game is done for everyone, the while ends, and everyone in
that particular rollcall goes back to sleep for as long as they want.

      Anyone can leave a game before the game ends for everyone.

      But generally they don't want to leave their friends behind
to suffer the "slings and arrows of outrageous fortune" without them.

      A friend in the cold dark night of the soul is sometimes all you
have.

      Once a being leaves a game he enters either a higher game that was
already going on, or the Big Snooze.

      When they next wake up, they have no memory of prior games, as
NOTHING created survives the trans eternity boundary, but they know how
to create games, and they know they have had games before, and will have
them again, not because they REMEMBER them, but because they just know
that's the way it is, and away we go.

      They see in their present creation of a new while, that creating
whiles is what they DO, and thus they know they have done this before
and will again.

      A wave coming in has no doubt it will go out, and a wave going out
has no doubt it will come in.

      Whiles are called spacetime game streams.

      It is important to a being to NOT get stuck in a single time stream
forever, for that forms an incipient hell.

      Say you create a universe and put an apple in it, then you build
around that apple and keep building and building.  Even if the space and
time you created were infinite (which you can't do), you would still be
stuck with a universe that was 'apple centric'.  That's just one
possible universe, all other possible universes would be out of reach to
you.

      The only way to fully manifest your self and your abilities and
desires then is NOT to have a single universe of infinite space and
time, but to have an infinite number of universes of finite spaces and
times, finite but as big as you want.

      Since any universe can be as big or as long as you want it,
although finite, and you can make it bigger later after it is created,
this is nothing you can do in an infinite universe that you couldn't
also do in the limitless finite universe.  But there are lots of things
you can do with a NEW finite universe, that you couldn't do in one single
infinite universe.

      That way every universe is different from the word go, and none can
turn into a hell forever.  They can turn into hell's for a while, BUT
ALL WHILE'S END.

      "There is peace in the idea that one day *ALL* men will attain the
awakened state" - Sufi

      "This dream ends forever when the circle of friends are all holding
hands again." - Adore

      And that's why we call the being a total knowingness, not because
he knows everything about every possible universe, but because he
totally knows how to create games without being taught to or even think
about it.

      The being is a natural game and universe creator.

      It is WHAT HE DOES in the mere conception of it.

      DESIRE AND HAVE.

      Unless he desires to not have, but chase instead, in which case he
won't have for a while until if and when he wins the chase.

      Then he gets to have for a while.

      Unless he loses the chase, then he gets to NOT have for a while.

      The primary purpose of a game is to place time between desire and
havingness.  The being can create anything he wants in the mere
conception of it, but what he wants most is the chase.

      So he has to temper back his absolute god hood, and make himself
able to conceive of things he wants without having them appear
immediately, and thus he can have a game of chase going after it.

      Time, chase and games are all the same thing to a being.

      The being actually seeks the endless volley, he seeks to play the
game more than win it.  Winning causes a loss of the game, so then he
has to create another one.

      Beings who are afraid of losing, then become afraid of playing, and
so they don't want to play lest they lose, but they don't want to lose,
so they want to win more than play, and they usually try to do so by
getting others to play for them, take the risk of losing, yet get the
winnings themselves.  That's called out-ethics, and is the beginning of
Corruption, Temptation and Seduction.

      It's hard to share anything with others outside of time because the
being tends to zone out to the big snooze if he stays out of time too
long.

      He needs to forget he is dreaming and is co author of the dream in
order to keep the dream around and solid enough to scare the daylights
out of himself.

      If you can't scare yourself witless, you have lost your basic
operating power.

      I mean this roller coaster ride isn't called Killer Pit for
nothing.

      And only a God could have, would have and should have created it
for his own enjoyment.

      So time then becomes his canvas, his art gallery, where he plays
his games with others, shares his self love and beauty with others, and
either creates or enhances the spacetime game stream he is in, for
posterity, and others to play after he is gone, should the game decide
to go on without him.

      Players don't have to hang around any game they created to the end.
Many players enter games that are already on going, the originators of
that game being long gone back to the elysian fields of eternity or to
other games.

      The purpose of life is the creation of art.  Each game is a game of
creating or adding to the canvas of life.

      "The purpose of creation is to trade in expressions of discovery." -
Adore

      ART is that expression, even if it is functional art like a car, or
a machine that helps bring home the food.

      Which then brings us to the last of the top level questions.

      These are the most serious questions in all of existence to ask
yourself, and to get others to ask themselves, bar none.

      Your eternal future depend upon your attitude and approach to them.

      You may never answer them, but in your divine ignorance you had
damn well better honor and respect them, by granting them audience and
your full attention when they call upon you:

      IS THIS THE BEST OF ALL POSSIBLE UNIVERSES?

      Not just this universe we are in now, but the ALL THAT IS that
encompasses the local universe we are in now, ourselves and every other
possible universe that could ever exist, has ever exited, or will every
exist.

      In otherwords, superficial views to the contrary, is DESIRE in
perfect accord with the COSMIC ALL?

      Does anything exist which does not have some of your desire in its
creation, and the desire of all of your other team mates and game
players?

      IF YOU DON'T HAVE SOMETHING THAT YOU DESIRE, DID YOU, OR DO YOU,
ALSO DESIRE TO NOT HAVE IT?

      Have you made a game out of happiness?

      And,

      CAN YOU CHANGE YOUR MIND ABOUT THAT?

      If not,

      DID YOU, OR DO YOU, DESIRE TO NOT BE ABLE TO CHANGE YOUR MIND ABOUT
THAT?

      If so,

      WHY?

      Homer

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