A lot has happened over the past few months. I’ve been extremely busy. For anyone who knows anything about me, I have a lot of hobbies. At the moment (and maybe in general) this means that I have a lot of projects going on at once. I had planned to be writing at least every weekend, but a major kink in that plan is how busy I am with work. Almost every week has been a six day work week. At a place where I’m surrounded by chairs with nowhere to sit. It’s very hectic there, and my entire work environment has been in a state of flux. Aside from this, I’ve been working here and there on my next blog post about perception. And the more I do on that, the more I have for the next one about consciousness. In addition to all that, I’ve been working on writing my grandfather’s World War II story. If all goes well, this will all be posted on my blog as soon as possible. I do realize I said I was going to try to post more often, but for the kind of content I want to create, and with how busy I currently am, approximately once a month seems most realistic.

With my article about perception coming up next, I’ll leave a few prior thoughts here:

As I said before, perception is a multifaceted tool for understanding. This will make more and more sense the deeper I get into it. What I mean by perception here is an awareness of one’s environment derived through senses and thoughts. For this, a kind of judgment is required to be made by the individual. The individual and its identity thus play a crucial role. But then, what is identity? In other words, we may ask, “who am I?” What makes me myself, as apart from the rest of the world, and the other people, who to themselves are also “I”? You may notice that the more you pursue this, the more you begin to think of things that aren’t you, in order to describe you. You may think you’re so and so feet tall, you look a certain way, you behave in such a way given a certain context, another way given another. All of these things depend on things outside you, in your environment. Then, if we go the other way and try to describe your environment, eventually it all comes back to you. This is because all existence is a relationship. There cannot be an organism without an environment, and there cannot be an environment without an organism to perceive it. It’s inconceivable. You are not an ego locked in a bag of skin, piloted by something in your head – those are all merely parts of you. You are part of your environment. And it is part of you.

With the right understanding of perception, it is plain to see that anything is possible.

Author: Down Here on Earth

I am an English teacher, living abroad, with a keen interest in society, culture, religion and philosophy. My education involved large amounts of research, reading, and writing in these topics. With the skills I have honed, I plan on sharing my knowledge and perspective through this blog.

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