On Nature and Harmony

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What is common in nature is good, just and true.  Choice: to follow what is common in nature, be happy; follow hubris, suffer.

There is a music video on YouTube of a little kid who is connected and in harmony with himself and nature. He (the kid) reminds me of me, my ideal of being in harmony with self and nature. One of the reasons I identify with the Epicurean outlook is the concept of ataraxia, a contentment of mind that comes from being in harmony with self and environment. What follows is my philosophy on nature and harmony.

What is Nature?
Nature is another name for cosmos and universe. When I say nature, I mean everything there is: hidden and observed; material and spiritual; kinetic and potential. Nature is the sum of everything, the ultimate authority. Nothing is beyond, outside or above nature in past, present and future.

Self and Nature is a Holon
I am of nature and nature is me. Just as my hand and my whole body is one and the same thing, so nature and me is one and the same thing. Just as something can be a whole and a part of a whole, there is a paradox of one and the many being the same thing. I describe thus, I and nature is a holon, the part and the whole is the same thing. Whatever is the common pattern of nature, also is the pattern my body and self must follow. Nobody can step outside of nature, because they are nature.

On the Common and Hubris

As I am of nature, then the common patterns of nature apply to me. I am of nature, nature is everything, I cannot step outside of nature, for there is nothing beyond nature. If I attempt to follow an opinion that is contrary to the common patterns of nature, I have hubris. If I have hubris, I separate self from nature, and since there is nothing beyond nature, I suffer, I vanish and I die. The common patterns of nature is Common, what is Common is all there is, to do anything but what is Common is hubris, and hubris leads to suffering and death.

I follow the authority of Nature
Nature is the ultimate authority, what is Common to nature, is the only common pattern worth following. I need no god or bible, nature is my authority, I follow the Common. Nature is indifferent and blind: either the self is in harmony with the Common, or self is suffering in hubris. To need something, is to need what is essential to existence, to be in hubris is to hunger for reconnection with nature. The wise study what is Common, the wise follow the Common.

Truth, Justice and Good
What is common and of nature is truth, all else is hubris. What is common and of nature is good, all else is hubris. What is common and of nature is just, all else is hubris.

On Hubris and Harmony
The choice, hubris or harmony? Follow the Common, enjoy harmony and connection, ataraxia; follow Hubris, be hungry and disconnected, suffer.

My primary principle, my arche
What is my cause of my existence? Nature. What shapes and instructs my choice and deeds in life? Nature. The cause, and what instructs and teaches, becomes the arche of a thing. I follow the Common of nature, this is my arche, my cause, my strength.

Nature, my teacher
Nature instructs and teaches. The Common is the voice of nature. All things in nature hear, understand and proceed according to what is Common. What nature teaches and instructs, is truth, just and good. The wise listen to the voice, the Common, they understand and proceed accordingly.

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On Satanic love and relationships

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Until recently I was a pure misanthrope who hated humanity, and thus placing relationships low on my list of priorities.  Then my cat died of cancer, and having been tricked by this cat into an experience of loving this cat, and it loving me in return, my worldview was ripped apart. 

Love and relationships suddenly became a high priority.  For years I had rejected the whole concept of friendship, everyone was considered an associate, never a friend.  I told a number of people they were not my friend, which must have hurt them a great deal.  Today, I made amends to one of those people, met them in a coffee shop, and corrected my error, saying they are my friend, which for them meant a lot.

Quality relationships according to scientific studies are the single most important thing to have for good health and a long life.  Quality relationships, which they say should be at least three or more relationships, is about face-to-face relationships rather than internet versions, encouraging the production of health-giving hormones such as dopamine and oxytocin in the body.

I identify with the philosophy of Epicureanism, which was popular 300 years either side of the reign of Roman Emperor Augustus, approx 600 years in total.  The only issue that stopped me from adopting Epicureanism was over relationships.  Epicureans considered the ideal state was “ataraxia” that is, a tranquil contented mind, with an emphasis on quality relationships.  My recently deceased cat practiced the art of seeking ataraxia every day of its life, it seems pleasure-seeking cats have a lot they can teach humanity.

Some people wrongly think Epicureanism is about hedonism, getting roaring drunk with mates at the local bar on a Friday night, rather it has more in common with talking with a friend about personal challenges of day-to-day living over a coffee in a coffee shop.