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I really enjoy the way Alan Watts depicts death. He describes it as an event between intervals, like music for example. A better analogy could be the different seasons. They are cyclical and will keep happening with intervals and events, but there could be a fear for example that the next season won't come. The only reason we aren't afraid of that is because we are so used to KNOWING that it will come and what happens next. The only difference between that and death is that we don't know for sure what is to happen when our interval ends and we hit the death event. Will there be another interval? Of course there will be. There is nothing in this world that doesn't run on a cyclic cycle of intervals. Think about it, time, light, sound, seasons, hunger, birth and death, revolution around the sun, and maybe even the birth and death of our universe are all patterns that will keep patterning. Anxiety is when you try to fight it, you try to go against the cycles and the change.

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flack
Have you heard the “catting” lecture? How about prickles and goo?
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Scott Cunningham
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flack, All of them and I love it
flack
Scott Cunningham, it’s incredibly true that many things we think of as static are actually processes. And that adds so much to our lives... And I see the prickles and goo problem everywhere. Politics and science and religion. These sorts of truths are like master keys. They open a lot of hinges right up...
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Elizabeth
I love this. Thank you for writing. I needed to read this, and need to read more of his work. I’ve only really skimmed his stuff. But it seems like he was on some brand new edge.
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Scott Cunningham
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Elizabeth, he was! I highly recommend it
thelevel
If you were to find out something doesn't have a cycle, then it would erode the certainty. Leading to the anxiety again. What if you build what you can know about yourself and you as a being. And then use that as the basis of certainty.
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Scott Cunningham
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How can you prove it won't be cyclic and just has a long revolution
thelevel
Scott Cunningham, I'm not sure if you can or can't, and that was my point. Build what you can know, and then theres no uncertainty
Scott Cunningham
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thelevel, there are many things we won't know, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't try
thelevel
Scott Cunningham, I agree theres a lot we can't know. But then again, we shouldn't treat gray area like its black and white.
Scott Cunningham
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thelevel, it's just one person's perspective on the gray
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I love this. Thank you for writing. I needed to read this, and need to read more of his work. I’ve only really skimmed his stuff. But it seems like he was on some brand new edge.
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Muhammad AbuBakar, He really was! Cheers :) Glad this was helpful
Bravefoot
Hum, why did you copy-paste @Elizabeth’s message???
Scott Cunningham
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Bravefoot, wow I just noticed that
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