It is only the reaction to the challenge, which is a recurrence of the past.
The old leaves more and more dregs; that will say memory, and it is in this accumulation that the spectator, the theorist, the doubter, divides himself from himself and the surroundings, from the challenge, from the experienced.
Is it not because we think we have the right for it?
In political philosophy they have made much out of claiming that the right of ownership is a "natural" right, whereby you can justify waste and exploitation.
There are places in Rold Forest which are "private" where other people not are allowed entrance.
Other "rich" people can buy a star or a planet if rich enough (I wonder - if there are people living there - they would agree with that).
I just wait to see that the air I breath, that a bird´s song in the morning, and my mommy´s love, now have become the right of ownership by some "rich" guy, which I therefore not are allowed entrance to anymore.
A bit in the same way they have claimed, that conclict is something "natural", whereby you can justify violence and war.
And the ideology of needs is claiming the same: the desire after satisfying your needs, not only your basic needs, but also esteem-needs and self-actualizing needs, is something entirely "natural" and a human right.
The problem is that there is a difference between actually being a self-realized person and the desire after being such a person.
To reduce the whole thing to needs is a distortion of what self-realization is all about.
Location: Røde Mølle (the fountain is manmade, but the water stems from a geyser-like spring at the bottom of the lake. If the manmade fountain had not been there, the water would still be pulsing upwards and breaking the surface. I would have preferred that people had let the spring be as it was originally - click here to see a natural geyser-like spring in Rold Forest. However, there is something oddly, almost elvish, about the manmade fountain. The birds, which are circling above the lake are starlings), Rold Forest, Denmark
The relationship is a mirror in which you can see yourself.
This mirror can either distort or expose the truth about yourself.
Most of us use in the relationship, in the mirror, what we preferably want to see, but we don´t see what is real.
We like to condemn, justify, compare, or escape, and rather live in the past or the future, than to to see the relations in which we are in the moment.
In this way the present is, as the philosopher Blaise Pascal said, only becomes used by the past as a passage to the future, and therefore the relationship - which is something that is in the moment, and not in the past or the future - becomes meaningless, wherefore there arises unreality and absence.
The experience of absence is the experience of, that what happens around you, and with you, doesn´t concern you, that you are not in it, not are involved.
You are not here, nor other places, but outside in the meaning absent.
You are shortly said not present.
That will say that your actual being is hidden for you, you are ignorant about what you are.
Unreality is something for the individual hidden. It is a specific state, a suffering emptiness, a being outside. You are not your activity. You are something else than your activity, or rather: your activity is something else than yourself.
Unreality is weightlessness, that existence is without weight, which Milan Kundera was seeking to depict in his novel, The Unbearable Lightness of Being: the lacking presence, and the weightlessness.
As a Philosophical Globetrotter, you must find out what the mind - the mind which you daily make use of, and also the mind about which existence most of us know nothing - is doing in relation to your problems.
You must observe the mind as it is, and not as you think it ought to be.
The content of the mind is a product of time, of that which usually is called development and cultivation; it is a product of thousand experiences, a gigantic accumulation of knowledge, of memories; therefore, an aspect of Man as a historical being.
The mind is in that degree loaded with the past.
The past is based on the images in time, both the personal, collective and universal images; the reservoir, from where we get all our belief and knowledge.
All knowledge originates from the past, all experience is the past, and all memory is the accumulated result of thousand experiences – this is the known, your perspective.
As an Idler, can you ask the question: can Man ever can change radically, essentially, existential, so that he can observe the world anew, with other eyes, with another heart, a completely other mind, no longer filled with hatred, resistance, racism, but a mind, which is extraordinary clear and which possesses a mighty energy, that gives life back to the present, opens the heart and fills the existence with vitality, urge to live and joy of life?
To have your identity in an absence is to have your identity in your country, your furniture, your images, your ambitions, your respectability, your race, your peculiarities and prejudices, your obsessions.
Through all this Man wants to discover truth, God, reality.
And because Man doesn´t know how he shall disentangle from all this, he invents something, an outside power, or he gives life a special meaning.
Striving after becoming something is based on anxiety and and creates anxiety, the anciety of being or not being - the conflict of Hamlet.
To live and to become something are two different things.
Life perhaps involves a striving in technical or physical sense, but what we consider here is the self-production, the philosophical becoming, the belief that you can create yourself and your values through thinking, and the illusion of this; this that you on the background of anxiety is seeking to escape from what you are, into ideals about being something else.