The pieces aren't finished, and when they are I am hoping to enter them into a competition or anthology or some such thing... which means I can't share them here, as that would be considered publication. However I'm attempting to bounce around some really HUUGE ideas, so if you're up for it - I'd like to bounce them around here (sans poetry - which will be a relief, for many of you, I'm sure) and hear your thoughts, dear friends!
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I've been toying with the idea that each human being is a universe... or perhaps, a multiverse? I mean, think about it. We think Doctor Who's Tardis is amazing - but WE are far "bigger on the inside" than that!
Each of us contains a world of experience and thought, that is quite infinite. And when we share our inner worlds, we create "infinity multiplied".
Think about a book. Inside, say, "Anne of Green Gables" (just to choose a random example) you will find the World of Prince Edward Island, and a tearaway foster-kid named Anne. Enter it's pages and you'll be transported to another place and time, with glimpses into other places and times along the way. The thing that is amazing to me, is that once you finish the book and return it to the shelf - you carry that world inside your "tardis" forever. Talk about it with your friends - and they carry a little bit, too. A library contains potentially infinite different "worlds of experience" on its shelves. However books are not conscious - they are simply the written recording of part of the consciousness of the author.
WE are conscious beings. We already contain infinite worlds of experience - and these are constantly growing, changing, integrating, assimilating, and even rebirthing themselves in the many ways we communicate and share our experiences. And here's the bit that is really teasing at me!! Our own consciousness is, in fact, ALL we ever experience.
STOP right here. Go back and Re-read that last sentence with different inflections. Think about it.
Did you do that?
Isn't your amazing, infinite, conscious mind just a teeny-weeny bit blown, right now?
Everything you see, hear, smell, touch, taste or imagine... is experienced "virtually", through the neural network that is your central nervous system. "Consciousness" - the ability to be aware of and experience... well, anything! - is, I think, the single greatest mystery in all of existence.
Descartes is famous for having said "Cogito ergo sum"... I think, therefore I am. From what I can gather (and I'm not very edjumicated in formal philosophy - so jump in and help out here if you can) Descartes was trying to work out some kind of logic system, to prove what we know. Yet, our consciousness is the sum total of our experience. That is ALL we know. And while that sounds limiting - it seems to me that it is quite the opposite. Yes. There are limitations on what can be experienced "directly"... but vicariously? Theoretically? We really can go anywhere!! Just as the physical universe is expanding - so is the internal universe of every sentient being on the planet!
Hasn't that blown your mind? (I think I can hear some kind of "big bang" going off, right now!!)