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  1. Math is constructed by consciousness.
  2. The irony is all of formal logic is in some sense, predicated upon what is written being "True". When, there is in fact nothing more "false" than conceptual symbols. You might call it the very definition of falsehood. Just know that everything is upside-down, downside-up, leftside-right, and rightside-left, and you'll unironically have good footing on the path. The east wall beats on the west wall. They were dancing all along.
  3. You're interpreting Leo's words too loosely. (i.e. Nowhere does he equate the immediate experience "layer" with the "relative".) The video in question is one of the most lucid and advanced videos from the past few months. To be frank, it's very hard to understand every statement Leo makes in the video, and he makes some advanced points that will most likely completely go over your head. The "Absolute" and the "relative" need to be clearly distinguished. Moreover, it must also be seen that this distinction in reality is superficial and substance-less. Unfortunately, this is not a logic course. You cannot ask the forums, "What am I missing here?", and expect someone to clarify the issue formally and completely. It's only very recently, after I briefly took the time to learn some formal logic myself, that I realized a lot of Leo's manner of discourse comes directly from his background in formal philosophy. He points out logical fallacies like "straw man" and "begging the question", which actually for years I didn't understand a word of. In my opinion, I don't think these ideas from formal logic and argumentation are the most applicable (beyond a very basic level), in the context of what Leo teaches. Most humanly fabricated arguments about "reality" are inductive arguments. This is an argument which argues that its conclusion is probable. An inductive argument, however, says nothing directly about what is true. In fact, formally speaking, an argument in the first place, cannot be evaluated as "True" or "False", but rather only as "valid" or "invalid". An argument's conclusion can be evaluated as "True" or "False", but this evaluation is independent of its premises and indeed of the whole argument. For instance, scientific consensus is usually viewed as valid support for an inductive argument. However, we know from "history", that scientific consensus can be false. Does this invalidate all arguments which use scientific consensus as support? No, because the arguments are inductive. Are these inductive arguments relevant if your only interest is the truth and nothing else? In a sense, no. The whole endeavor of logical reasoning is in a sense intended to bring you "closer" to the truth and avoid unnecessary folly. This is a distinct endeavor from discovering the truth directly and as-is.
  4. @OneHandClap Thanks for the praise. As you've said, in retrospect, the whole Enlightenment business is just a lot of fantasies! It's not surprising, as it's entirely intertwined with cognitive development, which evidently is in some sense, just ever-evolving fantasies about "self" and "world".
  5. Concentration is a meditative state. That is, various states of consciousness can be classified as "concentration". This is temporary. Equanimity is a kind of harder-than-rock solid untouchable-ness. It's a natural non-resistance to anything and everything, relative to simply being completely untouched fundamentally. This is temporary also. Clarity is when you've reached the rock-bottom of Reality, and as a result of direct experience, clearly distinguish completely the "relative" and the "Absolute". What you thought was "Absolute", turns out to be relative. This clarity is a kind of clear-cutting wisdom. Any slightest fixation with this "clarity" is temporary. In other words, this "clarity" won't matter down the line also. Down the line, I suspect various "habits" drop over the course of many many years. These are not very overt bad habits like smoking, unless the habit is strongly supported. It's subtle habits of every kind in every corner of the psycho-physiology. As "consciousness" learns more about "itself" in the thick of life, it continues to "wise up" and adapt. In other words, I suspect this rather slow process is a different developmental line from what's colloquially called "Awakening". This is the "toilet seat path" of "Enlightenment". Every day you just do your business, and remember to wash your hands.
  6. If you're referring to Spiral Dynamics Memes, from my experience these are exaggerated for the sake of differentiation. I like to think about every two SD stages as a single cognitive stage with two expressions. For me this hits closer to home. The behavior of people start to make much more sense, when you consider Red-Blue as a single stage, Orange-Green as a single stage, and so on. In some sense, only an Orange person can have Green ideas. It's harder for a truly Blue person to have Orange ideas, because that in a sense requires him/her to construct an entirely new sense of self. Whether "you have" "an innate set of values" is a non-issue, considering you are similarly constructing "yourself". "Life" is not "meaningless", considering you are similarly constructing "life". Or more abstrusely, the "values" and "yourself" refer to the same activity of construction and appearance; the "meaningfulness" and "life" refer to the same activity of construction and appearance; and all these stand on equal ground. There is no "list". The reason it conceptually appears to you that the activity of constructing values involves "choosing" from a list is because you're not giving "values" and "yourself" equal footing when it comes to construction. You're not realizing that relative to the activity of constructing and cognitive development, these terms are identical.
  7. This line is amazing!
  8. It's not all it's cracked up to be.
  9. Selflessness is the result of complete surrender and a kind of brutal willingness to be with whatever life is. There is no selflessness outside of motivation. It's simply a fundamental change in your motivation to live, to put it bluntly. If you were to actually be completely without self, the term would lose all its context and there would be nothing to talk about.
  10. You're just confused. It's completely normal. It's good, even. I was confused regularly for years on end. Somehow one day just stopped having the experience. Ask questions if you want. Don't ask questions if you want. There is no modality. The path can be walked with both feet, one foot, one hand, both hands, three fingers, one finger, your thumb, a nail, a strand of hair. The neighbor's dog... a frozen blueberry... the continent asia... the color green... the continent green... the color asia... Structure is difficult to change. And furthermore, there is no structure. There's nothing to elaborate.
  11. Outside of searching and finding, where is the genuine person?
  12. Infinite postulations possible with physics. No postulations possible with metaphysics.
  13. Eating a snack of fresh fruit works great as well for "recuperating" neurochemicals. In general, things like, short physical exercise of some kind (a set of push-ups, sit-ups, or anything, really), eating a a snack of fresh fruit (specifically fresh fruit, rather than something heavy or processed), going outdoors for a short period of time for no apparent reason (rather than taking a long walk), or if completely out of ideas, a single episode of some kind of entertainment, educational, or motivational (rather binge-watching). Basically, you want to specifically and regularly make an effort to keep your neurochemicals at a close-to-normal level, by engaging in short and relatively not-time-consuming activities that are also not mentally-correlated with "work", which are also relatively novel and exciting without being either too stimulating, conceptually-interesting, or extreme in any way. After these short activities, you want to feel "motivated" rather than "exhausted". In fact, this should be higher priority than even the tasks you consider as high priority. The reason being, that if your neurochemistry becomes completely out of wack, you'll waste far more time than if you had simply put in a little more time to engage your neurochemistry and also take care of yourself in the first place. You should also consider dropping lower priority tasks. For manual chores like cleaning and taking out the garbage, I recommend setting specific times to do these things that you follow in a strict manner. From my experience, believe it or not, it's just not feasible for people like us to attempt to plan out an entire week down to every last detail. We'll completely over-estimate our ability to execute these things, end up exhausted and feeling awful. However, for things like manual chores, self care/hygiene, and dedicated practices (of which meditation should be one), I would recommend going out of your way to follow in a strict disciplined manner. If the circumstances require that you plan out all your daily activities, then after you've made the plan, intentionally assume that it will take you twice or even three times the amount of time to accomplish any activity in the plan that has even a remote chance of having an ambiguous duration, and re-edit the plan according to this assumption. This is not a joke.
  14. Turquoise is a great bias, isn't it.
  15. I've struggled with and still struggle with the same issues as you and @Preety_India . This usually isn't a "personality", it's neuro-physiological and runs very deep. If you can establish a solid daily meditation habit, it actually will help and it's very worth it. However, this is not a permanent solution from my experience, and for many reasons. If you discontinue the habit, the symptoms will return. Also, this kind of habit takes time to grain traction, it won't be an immediate improvement. Rather than try to explain in a convoluted manner, why even a solid daily meditation habit is not a permanent solution. I'll try to hypothesize on the conditions for a "permanent solution" to this based on my experience. It'd look something like having little or none screen technology usage, a dedicated daily awareness practice (i.e. sitting meditation), and a dedicated daily body-awareness practice (like yoga or martial arts), all while working towards something specific, and having most of your human needs met. From my experience, all of these conditions are important, rather than just one. If these conditions are met, you won't be very much affected by these issues. You may still be somewhat affected by these issues in a strictly "objective" sense, but they won't be any cause of distress. However, the very fact that you perceive that you are affected by these issues implies that the current conditions are either not conducive to establishing these habits, or that it is simply not possible to establish these habits in the current conditions. At any rate, I will say that the truth is "motivation" and "getting distracted" are not the real issues for anyone who has similar problems. Motivation is completely illusory and simply a matter of your moment-to-moment neuro-chemistry. If you really wanted to establish a solid meditation habit, you can, and in this case isn't "hard" contrary to some opinions. You shouldn't even call it "meditation", this makes it sound harder than it is. Just sit still for some predetermined time each day. The substantial issue is usually that the relative conditions are not conducive to establishing healthy habits relative to the neuro-chemistry of individuals like us. The situation easily becomes a "catch-22", when, in order to radically change your conditions requires you put in enough directed work that would in the first place require sufficiently good conditions. Also, just to be clear, the symptoms you described are ADHD symptoms and is diagnosable. I'm speaking more generally here, but it should be mentioned. These symptoms are associated with not having the right levels of dopamine, having an executive function dysfunction, attention regulation dysfunction, and things along those lines. If you're unfamiliar with these terms it might be worth looking into even if you don't think you "have" ADHD. These symptoms themselves are also in a sense "habitual". Which is why a radical change in environment can often seem to remove or significantly reduce these symptoms. The line of thinking here is that certain objects, people, and activities in your environment (what I've been referring to as "the conditions") periodically "condition" your neuro-physiology into exhibiting these dysfunctional patterns, which encourage the manifestation of these symptoms. Usually these patterns are firmly established, and rather than trying to de-condition them, you should consider ways to remove or limit these objects, people, activities, or remove yourself from these objects, people, activities. However, a "trap" I need to point out here, is namely, that you can easily repeatedly remove yourself from "meta" conditions while unconsciously not addressing the elephant in the room. A good example of this, is removing yourself from unhealthy digital entertainment while maintaining roughly the same amount of screen technology usage. This ultimately doesn't amount to much, and you will keep chasing your own tail. At any rate, there's no reason for you to feel guilty. People are wired differently neurologically, and current society isn't the best suited for everyone by any stretch of the imagination. People are very unironically, "built different". Things to definitely avoid if you have these issues would be trying to raise children, people with these issues generally don't make great parents. However, in the past, society was so conformist that people with these issues who managed to survive would be deluded like everyone else into raising a family. I would even recommend working an occupation that doesn't involve much interaction with technology at all, however that unfortunately greatly limits your options. Screen technology is one of the things that exacerbate these symptoms like nothing else, literally. Especially if you've already been conditioned to exhibit certain dysfunctional patterns when it comes to using technology. The next time you feel you're about to be side-tracked into something, mentally catch and remind yourself that you're complete as you are and that you're only feeling this way due to temporary neurochemistry. And then, rather than forcing yourself to return to doing whatever higher priority task you were doing (difficult, and even if successful you'll get neurological backlash), instead give yourself a break to do something else leisurely (that won't side-track or send you down a rabbit hole), physical exercise works well, but even watching something for entertainment is usually okay as long as you're sure of a short pre-mentally-agreed duration/time. It doesn't take that long to "refresh" your neuro-chemistry, you just mainly have to overcome the initial self-deceptive hurdle. Once your neuro-chemistry is "soft reset", you'll suddenly feel like you're able to work again. At this point, immediately take the opportunity to go back to what you were doing (rather than continuing to slide down the lazy-hole). Yes, you'll still seemingly be all over the place to a lesser extent, but the difference is you won't be completely and utterly side-tracked into wasting hours or even days of time. And yet, still much easier said than done. What you're actually trying to emulate here is properly functioning executive functions. It can take a lot of effort. Much harder than meditation. "Normal" people will usually tell you things along the lines of "no one's 100% efficient or able to work 100% of the time". However, they don't quite understand the extent of the "side-tracking" possible when you have this kind of neurochemistry. This very long explanation alone is a great example.