it is nonsense says reason. it is what it is says love. it is bad luck says calculation. it is nothing but pain says fear. it is hopeless says insight. it is what it is says love. it is ridiculous says pride. it is careless says caution. it is impossible says experience. it is what it is says love.
answering this alone feels awful, as i do not intend to be an example for anyone to live after, nor did i ever try to phrase my “tips on life” in a dogmatic way, so i prefer to limit them to the most universal, basic and important ones, and then close that topic:
so far i content myself with trying to eat organic products only, thus making sure the dairy products, eggs (rarely) and honey i consume do not come from animals, which suffer under unacceptable circumstances, but i do not feel as if i am necessarily reliant on eating any animal products at all. it would merely need some in-depth education on nutrition and probably a lot more self-discipline, for avoiding meat, fish and seafood has never been a problem to me, while making sure everything i eat is strictly vegan would require a constant examination on what i consume (which i basically support). so i am.
When you say you don't like meat, do you mean you don't like the taste/don't enjoy eating it or does it have to do with animals rights?
i am a vegetarian; i do not eat meat, nor am i eating fish and seafood (so the latter). still, i used to eat it in the past and i very much used to enjoy fish and especially seafood, even meat at times, but now the mere thought of it makes me rather nauseous and even the taste of seasoned tofu for instance, which means to imitate the taste of meat, i do not like.
How are your thoughts and your beliefs brought to bear on your conscious mind if not through language? Can you really summon half of, say, your most firmly held beliefs in a coherent way without a verbal substrate? Granted, the brain uses its own computing language to process information, but it tends to do it in a way compatible with the built-in assumptions and limitations of the languages that you speak.
no doubt language and thought are closely intertwined, but to me - a human being with the ability to both consciously and verbally communicate - it is quite hard to fathom what kind of impact it would have if i could not possibly (or not in a comparable way) put my thoughts and beliefs into words.
nevertheless i would say language may influence thoughts and beliefs, rather than saying language determines them. i would even go as far as claiming there are plenty of things that i do not consciously communicate, left alone am able to verbalize; still these things do highly contribute to my world view, thus my reality, as they affect the way i perceive and react to my surroundings, don’t they?
is language your reality or is reality your language?
my beliefs and thoughts are my reality; language to me is one of many tools to experience “my world” and express such experiences.
i do not doubt though that language can shape your reality to a certain extent as the phrase language does not only include your external but also your internal conversations and commentary, and i furthermore believe that a more conscious usage of these can influence your personal reality (to a positive degree) if you are willing not just to adopt negative thoughts, thinking habits and motivations without reflecting on them, but turning them from something repressive to something assertive.
but that is a very limited answer compared to the extent it could have if i was to debate with you on linguistic relativity, may it be for a single individual or even a whole group of people. it is a highly interesting subject nevertheless. thank you for the question.
If we all lived for an eternity, will all our dreams come true?
honestly, i plain and simply fail to comprehend a life of eternity. it even makes me feel a little anxious. i am very fond of (our) reality - a constant coming to life and dying, a beginning and an end. i would not want to live an eternity even if it means sacrificing one dream for another, prioritizing, failing.
wether one would achieve all they have dreamed of when they live for an eternity? i do not know. i doubt it. in order to achieve your dreams one has to be able to make certain decisions, fail, reflect, learn from mistakes, retry. too many people lack those abilities. and too many people aim for too much rather than being satisfied with what they got and what is beautiful.
could you imagine entering a sexual relationship with another woman?
given that i am in a relationship, and given that i committed to this relationship, because i love and do not imagine myself on any other human beings side, and given that my partner is not female: no.
apart from that, i hope you can forgive that my sexual preferences are my private affairs.
i went to the metropolitan museum of art today. i got lost in the greek sculpture rooms. and one figure, in particular, grabbed my attention. it was a boy's torso- the limbs and the head no longer attached- but there was something strange and off-putting about the position of the abdomen in relation to the chest; at an obtuse angle. the placard suggested that it might have been a depiction of a boy trying to flee the arrows of the gods. really quite amazing. i'm not sure how long i stood there.
i like you for sharing that without any previous conversation – i felt this was worth posting.