Memoirs of the Universal Man or 82 Observations and Aphorisms

“ Come now, and let us rea­son together, sayest the Lord. ”

Isa­iah 1:18

 

1

I am the voice of The Uni­ver­sal Man. I am the pur­pose of the Earth. I am the macro­cosm. I am a bul­wark against the long entropic slide. I am the mean­ing of a red dot. I am Majesty in a flesh col­ored speck. I am the thought that you are hav­ing right now.

2

Observe your sit­u­a­tion. How is it bounded? Where does it begin and end? Is it at the phys­i­cal lim­its of your abil­ity to sense the world around you? Does this include only those things you can sense which are reg­is­tered by your con­scious mind or does it also include the sen­sa­tions avail­able to your uncon­scious as well?

What about your impres­sions of those sen­sa­tions and the impres­sions of the impres­sions, both con­scious and uncon­scious? How would you define what is hap­pen­ing to you at this very instant?

3

You sense that time moves only for­ward, steadily from point to point; never stop­ping or going back­ward. But this is not so. In fact, the past, present and future, per­haps, all pos­si­ble pasts, presents and futures exist simul­ta­ne­ously and are around you now.

And yet, you are only aware of the present, which, because by the time you are aware of an event it is already in the past, is so infin­i­tes­i­mal and fleet­ing as to be nonex­is­tent. So real­ity, as you expe­ri­ence it, is made up of your rec­ol­lec­tions of the past and expec­ta­tions about the future. Per­cep­tion, then, is a con­ver­sa­tion between mem­ory and imagination.

4

You use the com­po­nents of the phys­i­cal uni­verse to pro­duce effects in the mind.

How does this hap­pen? How do col­ors and lines pro­duce a rec­og­niz­able image? How do sounds become music, or let­ters become words and from words, strung together, the mean­ing of a line and so on. Like an artist with his tools, your every– day real­ity is com­posed of count­less and end­lessly divis­i­ble ele­ments, which would all be arbi­trary, if not for the way they assem­bled inside your head.

5

The­olo­gians in the Mid­dle Ages thought that Angels com­mu­ni­cated with each other by the trans­fer­ence of pure thought. A man, lack­ing this Divine abil­ity, must use the com­po­nents of the phys­i­cal uni­verse to con­vey what is in his mind to oth­ers. He uses the mate­r­ial to illus­trate the imma­te­r­ial. There­fore, he can never really show any­thing to any­one else, only suggest.

6

When a human being, who per­ceives and com­mu­ni­cates incom­pletely, is on the receiv­ing end of Divine Com­mu­ni­ca­tion, it is known as rev­e­la­tion. Whether you call it rev­e­la­tion or inspi­ra­tion, it involves the lim­ited human con­scious­ness, bounded as it is by mem­ory and expec­ta­tion, encoun­ter­ing, how­ever fleet­ingly, the Divine Con­scious­ness, which is unbounded, com­plete and per­fect. Rev­e­la­tion, the Muse, Inspi­ra­tion, the Power of the Holy Spirit are all dif­fer­ent names for the same phenomenon.

7

Your intu­ition draws you towards an inborn com­pre­hen­sion of the com­plex­ity of exis­tence. You sense that things relate to each other even if you do not under­stand exactly how. Your mind repels, how­ever, from the com­pli­cated. When you see only pieces instead of pat­terns con­fu­sion par­a­lyzes your spirit and you flee into the arms of sym­bols. You give your life and every­thing in it to that which shields you from the Mon­ster Chaos.

8

Dogma assists the lim­ited mind to func­tion within the over­whelm­ing com­pli­ca­tion of exis­tence. To free your­self from the neces­sity of dogma always try to encounter the forms and com­po­nents of exis­tence in the purest state you can.

If you do this then one day you will real­ize that truth is a per­cep­tion and not a cre­ation, a dis­cov­ery not a process. Then you will lay all dogma aside. This is the mean­ing of “I am The Light and The Way.”

9

Do not fear com­pli­ca­tion but like the Marine who is trained to run towards enemy fire, wade into it coura­geously and engage it. Break it into lit­tle pieces and anni­hi­late it. Your tools are rea­son, mem­ory and your intu­itive abil­ity to per­ceive pat­terns in seem­ing randomness.

10

Beauty is the sug­ges­tion of a sym­me­try you dis­tantly remem­ber, a recog­ni­tion not a judge­ment. Art is simplification.

11

Con­scious­ness, alone in the uni­verse, moves towards more order and the high­est expres­sion of con­scious­ness is human con­scious­ness. The apoth­e­o­sis of human con­scious­ness is love. Love, there­fore, is the end of chaos. This is what the Bible means when it says, “ God is Love.”

12

The feel­ing one gets when look­ing at a corpse is the recog­ni­tion of a total absence of poten­tial action. There­fore, the viv­i­fy­ing prin­ci­pal is that poten­tial action and the qual­ity of a man’s spirit is the qual­ity of the poten­tial action that com­prises him.

13

Don’t hide from the world, cow­er­ing in a hole and wait­ing for God to pull you out. Go where your heart leads you and He will meet you along the way.

14

Guard the integrity of your mem­ory. If you do not remem­ber then you for­get what peo­ple promise, what your lead­ers promise, what you promise your­self. For­get­ting the desires of your heart you become prey to emo­tional trig­gers. You are guided from rage to lust to envy to vicious glee. You are herded from one pri­mal sat­is­fac­tion to the next and back again. You are a slave.

15

Will under girds Faith and Logic sup­ports Rea­son. They are pieces of some­thing larger than the human intellect.

16

To think is to com­mu­ni­cate with your­self. The pre­ci­sion and hon­esty of that com­mu­ni­ca­tion cre­ates the qual­ity of your mind.

17

Elim­i­nate the space between what is said, what is meant, and what is believed.

18

Truth in com­mu­ni­ca­tion is when what is said con­forms to what is in the speak­ers mind. Does this apply to insti­tu­tions? They have objec­tives not beliefs. “There is no truth” they will tell you, “only probability.”

19

Are you will­ing to relin­quish your con­scious­ness? Will you turn over your inner self to some­one else to man­age? Con­sider that the tool is not the hand that uses it.

20

How do you look out upon the world? Mys­ti­fied, deluded, con­fused or with the dig­nity of an empow­ered mind? Never be afraid to go the right kind of crazy.

21

Do not con­fuse the will and ego. The will is fun­da­men­tal and nec­es­sary while the ego is super­flu­ous; God’s prac­ti­cal joke.

22

Per­ceive directly and grow closer to God. This is the mean­ing of “Judge not that ye be not judged.”

23

Phys­i­cal courage is per­form­ing an action in spite of the fear of phys­i­cal pain or death. Intel­lec­tual courage is over­com­ing the fear of com­pli­ca­tion and the nat­ural aver­sion to feel­ings of con­fu­sion and bewil­der­ment. Moral Courage is always doing what you feel to be right regard­less of the poten­tial neg­a­tive per­sonal consequences.

It is pos­si­ble to pos­sess phys­i­cal courage and be nei­ther intel­lec­tu­ally or morally brave. It is pos­si­ble to be intel­lec­tu­ally coura­geous and have no phys­i­cal or moral courage. It is, how­ever, impos­si­ble to be morally coura­geous and not pos­sess the other two. There­fore, moral courage is the most potent of the three.

24

The wicked often flour­ish in this life. Caiaphas, no doubt, went to his grave con­fi­dent that he had destroyed Jesus Christ.

25

To be vir­tu­ous you must be effec­tive. Pas­siv­ity is a type of blindness.

26

Cer­tain peo­ple rep­re­sent for­ward leaps in the way human beings per­ceive them­selves and the world. They are spir­i­tual muta­tions advanc­ing mankind. This qual­ity com­bined with tech­ni­cal abil­ity pro­duces the artis­tic genius, com­bined with moral force and com­mu­nica­tive abil­ity, the spir­i­tual genius.

27

Soci­ety is a sys­tem of exchanges. Ask your­self what you give up for what you get. Time for money, pri­vacy for knowl­edge, lib­erty for a scrap of bread, or most ludi­crous of all, your soul for the illu­sion of power?

28

A man should be; coura­geous, res­olute, indomitable, and above all, simple.

29

Peo­ple are excited by vio­lence and alive to its poten­tial for nobil­ity. They are dis­gusted by cru­elty. Deri­sion, mock­ery, ridicule and humil­i­a­tion are all forms of such cru­elty. These things are the vio­lence of the weak.

30

Energy trumps atti­tude. Will over­comes aggres­sion. Courage, in the end, will always devour rage.

31

“Glory fades” said the slave to the Roman Gen­eral and so too does ignominy. There is only what you do, not anyone’s opin­ion of it.

32

Tal­ent can be remarked upon and admired, but being as it is, a kind of gift, it can­not be aspired to. The fetishiza­tion of tal­ent in a soci­ety is a sign of moral lazi­ness. Acts of will power, on the other hand, are things that every man in his heart rightly imag­ines him­self capa­ble of.

33

Ask your your­self a thousand,thousand times “How can I win,” and the ques­tion “Can I win,” will not occur to you.

34

Like a skilled boxer who focuses his willpower to push through fatigue, and then uses his reflexes, trained to react quicker than thought, to throw a light­en­ing fast com­bi­na­tion of punches, focus your own men­tal energy at one time and then at another open your­self to the all the vari­ety and per­mu­ta­tions of your environment.

35

It is an attribute of Wis­dom to allow your­self to be led by events and also to know that you are inde­pen­dent of your times and larger.

36

Whether it comes unex­pect­edly, like sun­light reflected from a mir­ror, or you draw it out, grind­ingly, piece by piece, artic­u­late the thought. Never let it escape.

37

Courage is a func­tion of char­ac­ter. Char­ac­ter is a func­tion of self-control, humil­ity and love.

38

There are three ways to com­mu­ni­cate the truth: the expres­sion of an exter­nal fact, the expres­sion of an inter­nal real­ity like a psy­cho­log­i­cal state or emo­tion, point­ing to, through the jux­ta­po­si­tion of images, words and con­cepts, things that are, because of the inad­e­quacy of lan­guage, inde­fin­able pre­cisely in words.

39

Lies hide in sub­tly and are cloaked in sophis­ti­ca­tion. This is why the more basic the form of com­mu­ni­ca­tion the more authen­tic it seems and the harder it is to fake. Con­sider the puffery and obfus­ca­tion of a long and one-sided legal doc­u­ment against to coo­ing or cry­ing of a child. Which one is more real?

40

To under­mine a man’s will, to usurp the sov­er­eignty of his mind, it is use­ful that he be made to feel small. From feel­ings of phys­i­cal small­ness come notions of meta­phys­i­cal small­ness and even incon­se­quence. This is trick is thou­sands of years old.

41

How do you strug­gle with­out becom­ing vicious? Real­ize that results are not entirely in your hands. Call it Fate, For­tune, Chance, Prov­i­dence, The Will of God or what you will. But never let this real­iza­tion cause you to be com­pla­cent or pas­sive. Try­ing as hard as you can is the purest act of faith.

42

In every­thing you do ask your­self, “Am I reveal­ing some­thing or concealing?”

43

Is there any other object in nature than to devour and breed? All the great accom­plish­ments of mankind are sub­ju­ga­tions of nature’s propen­sity to kill.

44

Finan­cial cap­i­tal is fun­gi­ble, each piece like the other. Every man is unique and more potent than mere money. The arc of his­tory is the record of a slow and mur­der­ous adjust­ment to this fact.

45

Knowl­edge is power. Why? Because it con­veys advan­tage. But when you take away the value infor­ma­tion derives from man­u­fac­tured scarcity, and there­fore the advan­tage it gives to those who have it over those who don’t, then what hap­pens? A man becomes his own advantage.

46

Reduce things to their com­po­nent parts. Your sense of real­ity is your method for doing this and whether or not you rec­og­nize the process.

47

Your per­cep­tion is lim­ited by the phys­i­cal world but your thoughts are not. This fact points toward God.

48

The way you per­ceive a fleet­ing slice of exis­tence and from it com­pose your real­ity is a shadow of the power of the Cre­ator, with all that was, is, will be, might have been, could be, or might yet be, present in the form of one per­fect act of perception.

49

To per­ceive with­out judg­ment and to remem­ber is very close to Divin­ity. This is what is meant when the Bible says “ Ye are Gods.”

50

How do you increase your pow­ers of per­cep­tion and mem­ory? Con­sider what attracts your atten­tion and why.

51

Con­sider the dif­fer­ence between con­vey­ing some­thing and express­ing it. One involves chance and the other does not.

52

Courage and deter­mi­na­tion are like mus­cles that are increased by fre­quent use. The same is true for cow­ardice. Fear, uncer­tainty, dread are con­stant but it is your abil­ity to deal with them that changes. The rock does not change weight. It is the arm that grows weaker or stronger.

53

Inval­i­dat­ing a man’s desires is another way of demon­strat­ing to him that he is of lit­tle value. This is why con­sumer cul­ture ‚which pro­vides a shal­low but ubiq­ui­tous val­i­da­tion of the basic forms of grat­i­fi­ca­tion is the world’s most suc­cess­ful mind­set and very close to a global ideology.

54

The per­fect poem is to name some­thing for the first time.

55

Develop your rea­son, which is dialec­tic and your intu­ition, which is sub­con­scious pat­tern recog­ni­tion. Beware, how­ever of con­fus­ing the two.

56

Can moral­ity be arrived at through an appeal to Rea­son? Cer­tainly not. The nec­es­sary result of Rea­son alone is the dom­i­na­tion of the weak by the strong.

57

The ten­sion between the unavoid­able self relat­ed­ness of human con­scious­ness and the obser­va­tional evi­dence of the seem­ing incon­se­quence of the indi­vid­ual is the cen­tral issue of the human condition.

58

Con­sider Jesus Christ. He offered no proofs in the con­ven­tional sense. He was no mere syl­lo­gist. He healed peo­ple, he per­formed strange and inex­plic­a­ble won­ders, gave explicit direc­tions on the way peo­ple should behave and taught in para­bles and metaphors. His was the poetic mode not the empirical.

59

In your mind the com­po­nents of per­cep­tion come together, mix and inter­act until new asso­ci­a­tions, pat­terns and sym­bols emerge. The nature of this process is one of cri­sis. Seek the moment of uncer­tainty before the syn­the­sis takes one direc­tion or the other. Here at the knifes edge of con­scious­ness is where you should exist.

60

A life well lived is one of expen­di­ture. Expen­di­ture requires resources of Rea– son and Will. So, to manip­u­late a man, guide him away from expen­di­ture to– wards grat­i­fi­ca­tion or fear.

61

It is sim­pler and less dan­ger­ous to expend the resources of the body than those of the mind or spirit. This is why the first and some­times only glimpse many peo­ple get of the dig­nity of an empow­ered self is through athletics.

62

Large groups full of com­pe­ti­tion and exchange can cre­ate mechan­i­cal advan­tages and minute tech­ni­cal inno­va­tions. How­ever, they are unable to pro­duce advances in char­ac­ter or moral­ity. There has never been a moral advance arrived at by con­sen­sus. They require the con­cep­tual leaps made pos­si­ble by the indi­vid­ual spir­i­tual genius and the ener­gies they unleash.

63

Wis­dom still trav­els best from per­son to per­son. This is because of the com­plex­ity and sub­tlety of the infor­ma­tion being passed along. The many small answers that make up “How” are always more eas­ily addressed than the big mys­te­ri­ous ones that answer “Why.”

64

If you think clearly then you will nec­es­sar­ily be a good com­mu­ni­ca­tor. If you can not explain your beliefs to another per­son then are they really your own?

65

Fatigue extin­guishes emo­tion. You don’t really know what a man is worth until you have seen him oper­ate after he has used up all of his adren­a­line. This rule also applies to groups of men.

66

Be still and lis­ten. Are you sur­rounded by a cacoph­ony of noise or a sort of Jazz rift, a vari­a­tion on a theme?

67

There will never be enough oil or food or land or money for every­one to have as much as they want so peo­ple fight over what there is. From microbes to nation states every­thing is com­pet­ing for lim­ited resources. It is an ancient and pro­found con­di­tion that wars are fought by indi­vid­u­als that do not start them but the wars start in the first place because of the nature of the individual.

68

Observe the wave of data, disinformation,art, knowl­edge, wis­dom, blas­phemy, absur­dity, beauty and vul­gar­ity that washes over you every day. Can you per­ceive the force dri­ving it for­ward through the momen­tum of a bil­lion chat­ter­ing voices? Does it accu­mu­late some­where or dissolve?

69

To con­trol your actions own your desires.

70

Love knowl­edge, cher­ish lan­guage. Com­mit your­self to creation.

71

As a habit is to an indi­vid­ual so a cus­tom is to a cul­ture. Just as an indi­vid­ual can have good and bad habits so too a cul­ture can have cus­toms that are good or bad. This fact is the final refu­ta­tion of subjectivism.

72

Why bor­row glory from exter­nal objects? What use are the Pyra­mids to a man whose mind encom­passes the Universe?

73

A thought will some­times out­run your abil­ity to express it, even to your­self. Con­sider the implications.

74

Orig­i­nally Art was per­sonal and expres­sive. Later it became the province of Reli­gion, then of the Aris­toc­racy and Com­merce. In doing so it devolved from the expres­sive mode to the communicative.

75

In nature all things flow to the strong.

76

Do you seek advan­tage or truth? Every­thing hinges on this one question.

77

The best use of bod­ily strength is as a step­ping stone to men­tal and ulti­mately spir­i­tual fortitude.

78

Con­di­tion your­self to exer­cise your will with­out being over­awed by the fact that you will never con­trol all the vari­ables to a sit­u­a­tion or per­fectly pre­dict the out­come. In this way you will become indomitable.

79

Like a good street fighter, who is always ready to throw the first punch, real­ize the power of commitment.

80

Coor­di­na­tion is supe­rior to speed.

81

Sci­ence does not cre­ate but dis­cov­ers. Art is no dif­fer­ent. The richer part of life is recognition.

82

Words assist thought but also con­strain it. One day mankind will out­grow lan­guage and so too, in the end, will you.

 

The End