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  1. @Arhattobe Do you consider yourself to be an Arhat (given the name Arhattobe)? What do you think of those that claim to be an Arhat, such as Daniel Ingram? Do you actively practice Vipassana and Samatha meditation? What do you think of self-inquiry as a practice? Any book recommendations?
  2. @SgtPepper just curious as to why the word 'belief' was preceded by the word 'linear'? Why not just use 'belief'?
  3. @Joseph Maynor What is the difference between 'clinging to a belief' and 'clinging to a linear belief'?
  4. Daniel Ingram is an accomplished meditator and arahant. A really great interview.
  5. @Leo Gura I find that seeing causality in the manifest allows me to let go of the notion of self ever so slightly. Is the contemplation of causality useful as a spiritual practice, or is it a distraction?
  6. Haven't made any music in the last few years, so these were created back in 2014/2015
  7. The other issue is that often race comes along with a set of cultural values, and these are hard to tease apart. It is easier to do business with people that share your own culture, as social nuances and cultural norms are more readily understood, therefore reducing friction within trade. In other words, maybe the problem isn't race so much as it is cultural values (which race tends to correlate with to some degree because of historical reasons).
  8. What if humans as a collective are simply not evolved enough to rise up the spiral? Perhaps there are situations where engineering a society to rise up the spiral when it doesn't have the capacity to do so could cause untold chaos/misery and could be a deeply uncompassionate act. I fear those that have a 'taste' for engineering society, as they're normally the ones that inadvertently cause the most bloodshed. Systemic thinking has a high cost/reward to it when implemented. Implementation is often where reality will shine through and beat our ass red. There is much talk about 'why x or y is wrong', but there is little in the way of concrete examples as to what solutions should be put in place. In fact, most solutions I've seen proposed to fight systemic racism will just make the entire problem worse, as more and more attention is drawn towards race. It's a messy world out there.
  9. @Emerald Just out of curiosity, do you believe that white racism is more prevalent and important than, say, Black racism, or Chinese racism? Do you think this issue of racism is disproportionately prevalent among white people?
  10. Is that not an objective truth then? Anyway, I don't have any answers to these questions myself, so I'm all ears.
  11. One could argue that everything is consciousness, and that the brain is a conscious perception, which influences other perceptions (just the rules of a 'dream'). In this situation, consciousness does not arise from the brain, it just appears as if it does. What happens after you shoot? Who knows? Secondly, why would someone choose to damage their brain, if the rules of the dream show that it will cause undesirable outcomes? Although I don't necessarily buy this line of thinking, it is easily argued.
  12. @winterknight What fundamentally drives us towards Enlightenment? Is the desire for happiness? Is it the desire for truth?
  13. In your own words, what is madness? Why do humans fear it so much?