The Dancer in the Shadows

Monday, September 20, 2004

what am I doing here?

i often have no idea. and it isn't just the big things either. i will
often go to a different room for *something* and have forgotten what i
went there for. when i realize this, i try to remember. if it works,
everything's good for a few minutes and i do whatever i came for. if
not, more than likely my mind will have wandered to the bigger picture
of why i even exist. is there some grand purpose to human existence? if
so, what is it? the theorizations i've drifted through, both my own and
those of philosophers throughout the ages, never seem to fulfill such a
simple question. simple but very loaded. and always there is the
possibility that there is no purpose. if there is no purpose, why bother
with anything? or is the whole point to make our own purpose? if there
just is no purpose, is this all a waste of time? why do patterns repeat
in seemingly unrelated entities? one example: the atom and the solar
system. have you ever examined the structure of the two? they are nearly
identical. the central start (the sun in our case) is the nucleus, the
planets are the orbiting electrons. the differences are that the planets
are of different sizes (we don't really know the size of electrons,
we're just guessing they are uniformly sized) and that the planets can
have things orbiting them (again, we are guessing that electrons don't,
but since we can't actually perceive electrons, how could we hope to
perceive something small enough to be orbiting an electron?). the only
other difference is that it is electrical positive/negative attractions
that hold the electrons in orbit and gravity that hold the planets in
orbit. it seems that a galaxy follows the same pattern, using entire
solar systems the way that atoms use electrons. i don't know/remember
what the core of a galaxy is, may just be the biggest solar system. but
with such patterns repeating on an ever larger scale, can there not be
some kind of design involved? if there is some kind of higher design
involved, doesn't that at least imply that there is some kind of
purpose? what is that purpose?

i think i've rambled on enough for now, time to get back to . . . opps,
forgot what i came here for again.


  • At Monday, September 20, 2004 9:24:00 AM , Blogger Musophrenia said...

    thats Chaos Theory for ya...:)

  • At Wednesday, October 20, 2004 12:53:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Black holes normally reside at the center of most galaxies. There is balance everywhere we look, if we look hard enough. And I think the causation of that balance is what we need to examine. I think that no matter what you call it- be it God, be it Goddess, be it physics, the balance is constant, unchanging and divine :)


  • At Wednesday, October 20, 2004 1:09:00 PM , Blogger The Dancer in the Shadows said...

    yes, jen, balance is everpresent, even when it seems to be absent. you are very correct. unfortunately, understanding this balance seems very lacking in the human concsiousness.

    --- The Dancer in the Shadows

  • At Wednesday, October 20, 2004 1:13:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    That's because its bigger than us. We have a hard time wrapping our heads around things like infinity, macrocosmic principles, etc. We have to look hard for it, and the reasons behind it are ellusive. :)


  • At Wednesday, October 20, 2004 1:22:00 PM , Blogger The Dancer in the Shadows said...

    much bigger, and yet so are sky scrappers though we seem to understand them easily. having watched, i would think humans would come to understand balance far better just by living and yet for the most part, the human species seems to grasp less and less of the basic idea of balance as societies evolve. one of hte few places i've seen balance actually explored is in the study of martial arts. even there, it is limited to how a human can manipulate that balance to the martial artist's benefit and not truely understanding that balance. very disappointing ...

    --- The Dancer in the Shadows

  • At Wednesday, October 20, 2004 1:29:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Its a very rare human who thinks outside of himself, or outside the boundaries of humanity as a whole. We think we're the end all be all in intelligent life, we are egoists. When you break down that ego, the grander principles make themselves clear, and then you are no longer the same. Breaking the confines of that ego is no easy task, though. It takes years of self dicipline and work. And the thing you must keep in mind, is this: once someone has accomplished this work, it is not immediately obvious. Their focus is no longer on themselves, so they won't boast their achievments.

    Ever read Plato's Allegory of a Cave?


  • At Thursday, October 21, 2004 11:34:00 AM , Blogger The Dancer in the Shadows said...

    it has been my experience that many of those who begin to understand how insignificant we really are in the rand design crack. just a guess, but they can't handle the fact that we aren't the end all and be all of existance. so there are those who have left the cave and really shouldn't have as well ...

    --- The Dancer in the Shadows


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