Consciousness, Learning, Pleasure

At Last! The Truth!

I just realized that most of my emails in this life come to me from foundations.

I also just realized that it is absolutely pointless to know that about my email.  And yet, for some reason, it gives me mild pleasure to know that much about my email — as if I have just now unmasked a tiny fraction — my very own tiny fraction — of the Great Cosmic Truth that preachers mysteriously get so excited about.

Is it human nature to take pleasure in knowing?  I have long thought so.  But this morning I am struck with how odd that might be.

I wonder if other animals take as much pleasure in knowing as humans do.

Beyond that, I am curious why it doesn’t seem to matter whether or not our knowledge is important.  We humans can get as big of a kick out of knowing who won the 1967 World Series in Baseball as we can get out of knowing the causes of AIDS.

I guess it would be a rather strange world if we only took pleasure in knowning important things.  For that to happen, we would need some innate knowledge of what was important or not.  But where would we get that innate knowledge from?  God?

Well, I think I’ve spent enough time now contemplating the mixed origins of my email.   I wonder if my views on this matter will change once I get some decent rest?

4 thoughts on “At Last! The Truth!”

  1. Hi Paul,
    My world seems alright when you start posting. Need I say you were missed?

    You know I had some similar thoughts when I read about the Piraha tribe of the amazon. These people do not have a sense of their own history nor do they have myths or memories going back beyond two generations in the past. They have no numbers or words for colours.They have no desire to know anything that is different from the way they have always lived.
    I wondered if that kind of travel sans baggage through life might be a happy one or a sad one.
    Isn’t this pretty much the same as knowledge of what is important?

    Did I mention I am thrilled to see you back. rest well but come back soon.


  2. Well it is usefull to know where you come from to know where you are going. As for Truth, is there such a thing? I believe the only absolute truth is that there is no absolute truth.
    As for where our Emails are coming from…I’ll have to think about it.


  3. The knowledge of patterns thrills me as well. I don’t know why. It’s just one of those things.

    As for knowing only important things and how we’d know what was important, that’s too much for me to ponder on this beautiful June day. It would make my brain hurt. 😉


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