[“notes on existence” is off-the-cuff notes on the psychological fundamentals of life, written from Self to Other, in a conceptually impatient kind of way, as if from self-to-self, which is really the case, see below]

What are the elements of life?

  • Self-Preservation (what Freud would call Id) (what I call “pursuit of wellbeing” or “skinthink” (in all of its forms – minimization of pain, pursuit of pleasure, homeostatic maintenance of pain and pleasure in balance (for example, through hard work)) (structurally – self-replication, self-assembly, autopoeitic self-referencing)
  • Self-Awareness (what Freud would call Ego) (what I call “brokerage” – the mediation of the inner and outer, what I also call the “skin of being” or living on the edge, or riding the boundary)
  • Self/Other-Identification (what Freud would call Superego) what I call compassion or identification or “expanding the radius of identity,” what I mean when I say that Self is Other) (what Martin Buber would call I-Thou) (what psychologists call empathy) (what religious folks call God)(what Vedic sages meant when they said “tat tvam asi” meaning “I am you;” understanding that Self = Other)

There might be more to this thing-less thing called “life” but that’s all I understand about the subject at the present time.

ps:

Poetry is important.

Sharing is important.

Sharing is poetry, poetry is sharing.

Restate Heart Sutra (which is “essence is form, form is essence”) any way you can.

pps:

Ultimately Life is beyond description.

 


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APA Reference
Somov, P. (2012). Irrelevant Notes on Existence. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 21, 2014, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/mindful-living/2012/11/irrelevant-notes-on-existence/

 

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