A human being is a part of the whole called by us ‘universe,’ a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.
—  Albert Einstein

BOOK OF THE DAY:

Nausea by Jean-Paul Sartre 

Jean Paul Sartre’s Nausea is exactly what you would expect when you place both words side by side. Sartre’s philosophy and outlook on existentialism lend itself to its main character, Antoine Roquentin, a French writer, in the most insufferable way the human mind could endure an existential crisis. 

Antoine is a loner by nature, he has no friends and few family ties. Over time he becomes repulsed by his existence. His disgust is so overwhelming that he breeds self-hatred and a sense of madness, which he may or may have not reached, according to the reader. He must seek the meaning of life and existence; he is detaching and reattaching to his identity. There is an unfulfilled urge to know, but one he secretly knows he will never meet.

Unlike other writers with existentialists familiarities, such as Albert Camus or Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Jean- Paul Sartre captures the soul. Sartre builds a faceless and bottomless soul. He gives pain a taste, it becomes tangible, which is a true achievement. This is the type of desperation which prompts you to reread a novel several times. The craving does not stop.

Whether you enjoy a mind feeding philosophical conversation or not, there is a huge possibility that you will find Antoine to be pathetic and superficial in a sense. His self-hatred is more of a pretentious ideal than an authentic rage. Although Antoine is not the most relatable character, his feelings and Sartre’s portrayal are not wasted on the reader. The journaling and diary presentation of Nausea push the reader to divulge oneself into Antoine’s cause, if and only, you don’t find him to be a morbidly depressed genius with zero cause. To say he is plagued by his intellect sounds like a taunt, but it is the deepest cutting wound in Antoine’s reality. 

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If you see yourself in the correct way, you are all as much extraordinary phenomena of nature as trees, clouds, the patterns in running water, the flickering of fire, the arrangement of the stars, and the form of a galaxy. You are all just like that - and there is nothing wrong with you at all.
—  Alan Watts

The quality of a man cannot be decided through objective thought. For us to adhere to unbiased thinking is to think of ourselves only as machines; soulless. Do not rid yourself of emotion, for emotions can be understood and used for the benefit of the one who perceives. Never falter to something you can control.

“I don’t want to be at the mercy of my emotions. I want to use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them.” - Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

In 1979, Edward Said was invited by Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir to France for a conference on Middle East peace. It was in the wake of the Camp David Accords that ended the war between Egypt and Israel, that the author of “Orientalism” and ardent supporter of the Palestinian people, was invited to contribute with other prominent thinkers. Said offered effusive praise for Sartre when recounting his adventure, writing for the London Review of Books: “He was never condescending or evasive, even if he was given to error and overstatement. Nearly everything he wrote is interesting for its sheer audacity, its freedom (even its freedom to be verbose) and its generosity of spirit” But despite admiring Sartre and de Beauvoir, Said was disappointed after meeting his intellectual heroes. Upon arriving in France, Said received a mysterious note informing him that, for security reason, the proceedings were to be held in the home of Michel Foucault. Upon arriving, Said encountered de

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A philosophy without heart and a faith without intellect are abstractions from the true life of knowledge and faith. The man whom philosophy leaves cold, and the man whom real faith does not illuminate, may be assured that the fault lies in them, not in knowledge and faith. The former is still an alien to philosophy, the latter an alien to faith.

Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (August 27, 1770–November 14, 1831) in Encyclopedia of the Philosophical Sciences

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Awake to the dream

I awoke to a vision of melding light.

Ideals and sciences participated as rays of amalgamation, quantum gunk;

every possibility, compressed, in a particle reactor of consciousness.

The pressure of it all precipitated into endless strange realms, eventually this, the hearth of imagination, birthplace to the stars in the yawning of the universe’s frame rate,

the rate of being.

It was all a fantastic spectacle of meditation, some advanced wave function beyond my calculation, birthing universes and black holes, spiritual renaissance, seeming more like the euphoria described as DMT than anything else I could imagine, and it all pointed to one thing, spirit, the source of intention, the eye of the mind, by which all things are seen, finally looked upon itself, the heart of the Ouroboros within its’ own teeth.

I once meditated into a haven of crystal plenitude, islands of pristine beauty where love was garnered for all, searching for nirvana.

I believed it to be there and craved to be nowhere else, but it was only later, within that flash of presence, as I saw every place and possibility that is, was, and would be together within waking vision, did I become lucid and finally see the nirvana that I had been searching for all along within the malleability of all things.

I realized the precipice of all action stems from the light of intent, and within it, all principles, parallel universes, stories, and biographies are ensued. 

From the seed of creation; all forms sprout into the flowers of life so desired, and all that can be is, because of that very causality and intent.

All forms are maintained, and all possibilities are produced within a reactor of consciousness, and reality at large lies within the intent of this presence, the result waiting on the other sides.

The life pulse is shared by all dreamers;

the flash is the blood in their hearts

and everything else,

all paths, spectacularly melded together as one.

I know this from the unifying and undying flash that I felt in waking, and from it, I know that all possibilities await, that all things are different yet the same, together yet separate.

All riddles say the same thing;

what’s next?

-Jerry Harris III

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soul

sōl, noun, also spiritatman (Sanskrit)

1. Philosophy: the immaterial aspect or essence of a human being, that which confers individuality and humanity, often considered to be synonymous with the mind or the self. In theology, the soul is further defined as that part of the individual which partakes of divinity and often is considered to survive the death of the body.

2. Buddhism: According to Buddhism there is no individual eternal soul that comes from heaven or that is created by itself and that will transmigrate or proceed straight away either to heaven or hell after death. Buddhists cannot accept that there is anything either in this world or any other world that is eternal or unchangeable.

3. Hinduism: Soul or Ātman is the first principle, the true self of an individual beyond identification with phenomena, the essence of an individual. In order to attain liberation, a human being must acquire self-knowledge (atma jnana), which is to realize that one’s true self (Ātman) is identical with the transcendent self Brahman.

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