“When a lover is longing to be united to the woman he loves he is striving not for happiness but for what appears to him as a supreme good and value, the possession, namely, of that particular woman. Joy and happiness may be a consequence of that possession-and so may pain and suffering, as indeed is generally the case. The word ‘happiness’ is the emptiest and most meaningless of human words. There exists no criterion or measure of happiness, and no comparison can be made between the happiness of one man and another.”
This remains the most compelling argument for universal reconciliation in my mind.
Filed under Things I Think On During Late Night Walks.
except it’s the dumbest because it assumes a Western Christian view on hell and totally dismisses the Eastern/more ancient view that isn’t really about God sending people to a place to be tortured forever but about people actively choosing to work against God and his creation and God, being a loving God who does not force anyone’s will, gives people what they want
and if they want to work against God and lock themselves away in “hell”, that is their choice
universal reconciliation sounds nice, and we can pray that all of humanity is reconciled to God, but we cannot say that God will bend anyone’s will
The view of Hell as the natural result of a person’s choice or disposition to God makes a lot more sense than the alternative, but what still confuses me is why is this choice/state eternal? If we’re truly free and God is love then why can’t we accept Him, even after having rejected Him initially (as often happens in this world)? In the fulness of eternity, surely everyone will make this turn back to God.
Oh one more thing, here’s a song that would be playing in my head in the event I got to share ice cream cones with you guys and do cool fun summer activities such as walking through the forest or going to carnivals and it would all be made into an epic montage
I’ve been learning heaps about hearing lately in an attempt to find out what’s wrong with me, so I thought I might share some of the more interesting/obscure conditions. First, though, a note on the different kinds of hearing loss:
Conductive Hearing Loss means sound isn’t being conducted to your cochlea: i.e. the problem lies in the middle or outer ear, and is often fixable.
Sensorineural Hearing Loss means your cochlea’s fucked: the nerve cells died and probably won’t grow back, at least until we get some awesome stem cell shit going on.
Now for some cool/terrifying conditions:
Recruitment is when an entire frequency of hair cells (the hearing cells are called hair cells cause they look like little hairs) dies and the brain ‘recruits’ some from neighbouring frequencies to replace them. However, this makes the sound seem much louder than it is, and the bigger the recruitment, the louder it will be. This leads to the paradox that severely deaf people may hear certain frequencies as painfully louder than they should be.
Tinnitus is ringing in your ears, basically. It can be temporary (like after a loud concert) or permanent. No one knows precisely what causes it or how to cure it, but it’s suspected it also has something to do with damage to hair cells (many people get it in the frequencies they’ve lost hearing in).
Pulsatile Tinnitus: just when you thought nothing could be more annoying than regular tinnitus, wham! you can hear your own pulse, continually, as a whoosh! woosh! sound in your ear. To make matters worse, you might have a tumour.
Hyperacusis is kinda like the opposite of hearing loss: everything is TOO LOUD. There are different thresholds for when sound becomes painful, but for a few unlucky bastards all sound hurts, even leading to suicide. Frighteningly, no one knows what causes this either.
Autophony: ‘self-hearing’—this is what I have. You hear your voice from inside your head, where it’s loud, distorted and echoey. Some people also hear their own breathing, or, in extreme cases every internal sound including their eyeballs moving. Common causes are a permanently open eustachian tube (which links your ears to your nasal cavity) or cracked bone around the inner ear.
Dysacusis: a term used to describe distorted hearing, as distinct from hearing loss. You’re not hearing everything softer, you’re just not hearing things right. The similarly-named next one would be an example of this:
Diplacusis: an interesting condition where you hear a sound as two separate tones at the same time. This can be through the same ear or between both ears. Apparently it makes everyone sound like robots and drives musicians crazy.
Willis Paracusis: a fascinating phenomenon where people with a certain type of conductive hearing loss can hear better in loud background noise, than when spoken to in quiet surroundings. Often their hearing in crowded rooms is better than people with normal hearing, though otherwise it’s much worse. No one knows what causes this.
Basically we know shit all about ears, is the take-away lesson.
the clinical phrase for “anxiety” in Chinese (焦慮症) is made up of the characters for “burn/overcook” and “consider/think through.” literally it’s “disease where you overthink so much that you fry your brain”
sometimes my mothertongue is a little weird, but sometimes it is spot the fuck on and elegantly metaphorical while it’s at it
“The one eye of the Godhead is blind, the one ear of the Godhead is deaf, the order of its being is crossed by chaos. So be patient with the crippledness of the world and do not overvalue its consummate beauty.”—C. G. Jung (via myreptilianeye)
“Loss of the past, whether it be collectively or individually, is the supreme human tragedy, and we have thrown ours away just like a child picking off the petals of a rose. It is above all to avoid this loss that peoples will put up a desperate resistance to being conquered.”—Simone Weil, The Need for Roots, p.119
[…] also research shows happiness is genetic and people return to their baseline e.g someone who wins the lottery will be happy for a bit and then return to their genetic predisposition so ‘miserable’ or just ‘average’ - whatever their average is.
the same research applies to paralysis victims, people who are able bodied but become paralysed eventually return to whatever their genetic ‘baseline’ happiness level is. we have a psychological immune system that protects people from suffering long term from negative events but it works in reverse too, something that makes you really happy will wear off and you will go back to your baseline which makes sense if you think about it.