What started out as a written exploration of what it means to have a good and fulfilling life quickly turned into something else. In the beginning, I was looking for a way to bring stability to my life; a way to unravel the past so as to find a better path into the future. Looking behind the veil of everyday words this search turned into an endeavor to find the smallest set of assumptions and truths which underly my life always in pursuit of the question: what makes a good life?
This essay series is also a testament to how hard it can be for me to go beyond the things I know. The first three articles reiterate Hume’s ideas but without his knowledge and skill. It is an enumeration of his thoughts mixed with a biological view and no proper understanding. Instead of being a meditation, those articles try to be a philosophical inquiry, and only over time did I start to let go and only articulate what I experience. And this process is still continuing. Every essay is a bit different; has a different tone, focus, and style. With this series, I explore my mind but also how to best express what is deeply hidden and cannot be fully shared: my own experience.
What are the topics I managed to cover so far?
- Reality, Truth, and the Good Life - The original introduction to this series. It is the start of the search for meaning loaded with unchallenged beliefs.
- What is "me"? - A small detour into what makes “me”.
- Objects, Relations, and how Reality emerges - I continue my initial search just to reiterate Hume without proper understanding and little self-reflection ...
- Flaw: I have to rethink Reality and Ontology - ... which I, fortunately, started to realize now. I revise my previous points and start to take the central concept apart. It is here, that the meditation aspect grows and slowly becomes dominant.
- Experienced Space and embodied Extension - Reflection on the experience of extension and space.
- Experience: Separation of Ontology and Impressions through Articulation - Detailing out the difference between understanding and impressions.
- Attention, Vivacity, and Continuity - Exploring how vivacity and attention are connected and what that tells me about continuity.
- Thought - Looking at the core of all realities and what that means for the self.
- Time - Meditation on the experience of time and how it is, together with memory, the root of experience.
- Memory - A continuation of the previous idea but not looked at from the perspective of memory.
What comes next?
- Pain, the Mystery of Others, and the Good
- Truths and useful Opinions