January 26, 2019

Man is a collector. His whole life is about collecting valuables - experiences, knowledge, ideas, beliefs and material riches of all kinds. All such things make up, what we call, "the life experience" of a person, and they live in man only as memories, thus each person is an accumulation of memories.


Each person has a different collection of valuables to with which he is obsessed. Some items of his collection he holds in higher esteem than others. Therefore life from the perspective of the individual can be defined as a continuous striving towards the gathering of valuables. Each item from our collection is residing within it, because of the will and effort put into its acquisition. One who has collected his valuables through raw and bitter experience holds them in high esteem for each valuable had cost him much pain and suffering to acquire. One who has collected his valaubles through joyful moments holds them in high esteem for they bring him good emotions. Regardless of the method through which the individual has collected his life experienece, each person appreciates it as he appreciates his life. Therefore the collection (life experience) of every individual plays a cruical role in defining his overall character.


A collection is a set of items which are priceless for their owner, therefore he would not give away any of them for anything in the world. Similarly, man is addicted to his own life experience - ideas, knowledge, material possessions, his silly desires, etc. and does not want to detach himself from any of those. This addiction naturally brings about the fear of loss. Fear brings about jealousy. Jealousy brings about hate towards everything that would benefit the loss of some item within his collection, thus men not only fear death, but they hate it. For sooner or later the body gets old and decays - this then ends the process of collecting/gathering. Therefore death is the ending of gathering valuables. The buddhistic philosophy contains the idea of detachment towards everything, except their idea of Nirvana. Men from time beyond times known to us, have passed on their ideas under the forms of philosophical reasoning and theological  and spiritual teachings. Each one postulating that Creation has no beginning nor end, thus the process of collecting can be eternal by taking different bodies. The highest state of existence is reached when man escapes the Wheel of Reincarnation, or in other words - when he gives no importance to the very process of collecting, thus renouncing himself from it. Imagine for a moment that you have an active brain which however, is not gathering anything, it is just conscious of everything around it. Is this not complete freedom? - Having nothing to ever beget jealousy, hate, addiction or any other mundane quality.


This idea of such an universal state of existence gave birth to the way of life which the essenians had - voluntary poverty and ascetism, being totally devoted to their spiritual growth, which made them some of the most illuminated people to had ever lived. According to every truly enlightened person to have walked on Earth, the basic state of the human soul is joyfulness and blissfulness, just as the basic state of the body is health. Therefore, from this philosophical perspective of death, it seems that when the human soul deprives itself from the need to continue collecting, it leaves itself in its basic state of blissfulness and joyfulness. Every individual to had spent most of his life in something, in the end he lets it go happily, as the addiction towards it is no longer present for the individual is satisfied with what he had accomplished. Similarly, the human soul sooner or later pulls itself out from the need of collecting valuables, being satisfied with what it has accomplished.

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