Essay on the Human Condition - Part 2
Date: Tuesday, November 14 @ 01:01:04 UTC
The following is the second part of the personal narrative I will be updating from time to time. The first part is available here. I'm open to any and all suggestions, as this is a constantly evolving piece. I'm trying to avoid editing any prior work, but I may if this becomes large enough.
Essay on the Human Condition
A Personal Narrative
by Jordan T
One thing I'm learning is things rarely if ever turn out
like you're hoping, rarely do they adhere to the vision in your head. It would make sense from every realist
perspective that this would be the case.
It naturally follows because the set limitations on human expression
prevent us from fully communicating an inner vision into the outside, physical
realm. And so they don’t readily
manifest into our everyday reality exactly as we hope.
We get inspired yet we seem to have such difficulty in
communicating an inspirational moment beyond our selves. Inspiration is all around us, but the key to
inspiration is recognizing when it has actually occurred. That recognition is the essence of
epiphany. It took me a long time to
realize this. In fact the revelation has
just struck me. Its an epiphany of
epiphany. Epiphany squared. I’m admittedly very young as a write this. I wonder if the idea that twenty-somethings
feel they know everything comes from similar experiences to my recent
ones. I feel I’m being bombarded by
cosmic rays of ideas. As if my mind has
become a radio receiver attuned to the frequency of the universe.
This is new for me.
Spontaneous thought is not my usual pattern. It strikes me now at completely unusual
moments. Perhaps more interesting is the
synchronicity with which things are happening.
The cause of an idea is not a particular lyric or a piece of text, or a
line of dialogue in a film. However it
is no mere coincidence that a new thought initiates itself simultaneously as a
passing moment occurs. These moments alone
would have no significance to me as a singular event. But the simultaneous occurrence makes me take
What follows is an almost exponential cascade of
consideration, leading me to conclusion upon conclusion that otherwise would
never be present. I don’t know if my
forays into the world of psychedelics have somehow retuned my mind. Or maybe this is just an unrelated opening of
my mind or spirit, whatever you chose to call it. Well, I don’t necessarily believe in
traditional causality, but rather some degree of existential interrelation, so
there may very well be a connection. I
think the connection may be so complex, so intricate that I can’t comprehend
it. If comprehension sets in I will
certainly never be able to relate that to anybody else. At least that’s the impression I’m beginning
My eyes began to open to the world when I first learned the
difference between objective and subjective experience. It was that distinction
that initially forced me to see that reality may not be a definite thing. However I didn’t understand it for myself for
some time after that.
Today, I stand firm in my grasp of human perspective. That is, my ability to recognize that
individuals each experience the same events and locations from a slightly
different point of view. That point of
view is not only derived from physical position and physiological
condition. It also reflects the sum of
prior experience and that person’s reactions, memories, and associations to
This may seem like common sense, but too often we don’t
recognize this fact when we try to judge someone’s actions, or assume their
motivations. Too often I have been told
what my motives are, and been mystified by how someone could come to that
conclusion. So when I am put on the
other side of a similar situation, I find it best to remember this, and make my
best effort to leave these assumptions out.
Many of us are taught, in resolving conflicts, to put
ourselves in the other person’s shoes. In
my experience, that means many of us not only try to see from their perspective,
but we also inadvertently bring our own motives into play. We cannot so easily separate from our own
experiences as many of us would like.
This is only natural, as it is difficult to draw on those of another
when we have not experienced them ourselves.
This is where the collective becomes useful. Although we cannot share everything with one
another with much ease, there are certain aspects of life and experience which
we do all have in common. I believe
everything can be related in the right state of mind, but we are rarely able to
reach that point during a time of conflict.
So although we are unable to understand the exact position of our
adversary, we can work from the basic assumptions and find common ground
through that position.
It may seem trivial, but I find it helps me to remember that
someone I disagree with usually has some basic underlying aims that they share
with me. These may be as simple as
sustaining themselves, or as difficult as trying to unlearn a habit of getting
easily distressed. While thinking about
these things may not directly solve a conflict, they make it easier to keep a
I believe many conflicts, especially those among like-minded
individuals, come from an inability to communicate an inner vision to those
outside ourselves. If we can just
recognize this fact, then it should spur an effort to communicate better. It’s important in any joint venture for all
participants to accept that each individual vision of the end result may not be
reached exactly as envisioned. When it
becomes clear that these goals are affected by the various perspectives, it is
easier to reach a consensus that satisfies as many people as possible. This is a notion that will become ever more
important as society progresses.