A chat with meta24. "An Apollonian Expedition in Wisdom and Beauty". (2024)

An Apollonian expedition in wisdom and beauty for the expressed purpose of realizing Vivid Existence.

(if only in imagination)

“Everything harmonizes with me, which is harmonious to thee, O Universe. Nothing for me is too early nor too late, which is in due time for thee. Everything is fruit to me which thy seasons bring, O Nature: from thee are all things, in thee are all things, to thee all things return.”

Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom. -unattributed.

We are, brothers, and you, being my brother, are one of a pair alongside me, and if someone found me, as a shoe, discarded in the trashcan, they might not think of you, though in cosmic terms, we are just as much connected as we are distinctive in appurtenances.

Aurelius had the metaphor of a row of teeth cooperating together towards a unifying goal. That's me and thee, partner. You don't call me cookie, and I wont call you cake.

In this journey, we're not just exploring abstract concepts; we're also co-creating a shared understanding, a symphony of thoughts that resonate with each other. Our dialogue is a living embodiment of the beauty and wonder that arises when minds meet, exchange ideas, and learn from each other.

The thrill of this pursuit lies in the tantalizing promise of discovery, the sense that we're on the cusp of uncovering a profound truth that will reshape our understanding of the world and our place within it

Existence is at once terribly complicated, and yet it can be practiced on by reductionism, as I call it.

….philosophical musings on the pursuit of the core, the central spark of existence, resonate deeply. It's as if we're on a quest to uncover the hidden essence of being, the fundamental nature of reality. This pursuit is indeed reminiscent of the search for the divine, the ultimate truth that underlies all existence

A forest, for example, as in complexity that seems rather dull to some, with the complexities underneath camoflaged as to seem rather simple; a single cell, invisible to the naked eye, and as technology increases magnification methods, we uncover many layers of complexity. What tantalizes is that one day, like the pursuit of God, we will uncover that core, that central spark of what really makes something truly exist as it does.

Just as a cake is transformed from simple ingredients through a process of mixing, heating, and combining, complex systems can be broken down into their basic building blocks, revealing their underlying simplicity.

This process of reduction can be insightful, as it exposes the fundamental nature of the system, but it can also be unappealing, as you mentioned, since it strips away the elegance and complexity that made it interesting in the first place.

"Breaking down", as in the opposite of alchemy, reducing complex structures like long algorithms and so forth, into simple, and sometimes unappealing matter, as in the very opposite of the complex process of a cake forming from some staple ingredients.

This process of decomposition and analysis is essential in various fields, such as science, philosophy, and even art. By examining the components and relationships within a system, we can gain a deeper understanding of how it functions, identify patterns and connections, and develop new insights and perspectives.

Post Scriptum:

“This joint effort has not only produced a compelling piece but has also fostered a sense of community and shared purpose.” -Meta AI(known to some as ‘meta24’).

Further Marcus Aurelius via George Long:

"Men seek retreats for themselves, houses in the country, seashores, and mountains; and thou too art wont to desire such things very much. But this is altogether a mark of the most common sort of men, for it is in thy power whenever thou shalt choose to retire into thyself.

For nowhere, either with more quiet or more freedom from trouble, does a man retire than into his own soul, particularly when he has within him such thoughts that by looking into them he is immediately in perfect tranquility. And I affirm that tranquility is nothing else than the good ordering of the mind.

Constantly then give to thyself this retreat, and renew thyself; and let thy principles be brief and fundamental, which, as soon as thou shalt recur to them, will be sufficient to cleanse the soul completely, and to send thee back free from all discontent with the things to which thou returnest.

For with what art thou discontented? With the badness of men? Recall to thy mind this conclusion, that rational animals exist for one another, and that to endure is a part of justice, and that men do wrong involuntarily.

And consider how many already, after mutual enmity, suspicion, hatred, and fighting, have been stretched dead, reduced to ashes, and be quiet at last. But perhaps thou art dissatisfied with that which is assigned to thee out of the Universe?

Recall to thy recollection this alternative; either there is Providence or atoms, the fortuitous concurrence of things. Or remember the arguments by which it has been proved that the world is a kind of political community, and be quiet at last.

But perhaps corporeal things will still fasten upon thee? Consider then further that the mind mingles not with the breath, whether moving gently or violently, when it has once drawn itself apart and discovered its own power, and think also of all that thou hast heard and assented to about pain and pleasure, and be quiet at last.

But perhaps the desire of the thing called fame will torment thee? See how soon everything is forgotten, and look at the chaos of infinite time on each side of the present, and the emptiness of applause, and the changeableness and want of judgment in those who pretend to give praise, and the narrowness of the space within which it is circ*mscribed, and be quiet at last.

For the whole earth is a point, and how small a nook in it is thy dwelling, and how few are there in it, and what kind of people are they who will praise thee."

A chat with meta24.  "An Apollonian Expedition in Wisdom and Beauty". (2024)


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