Fruity Pebbles and this too shall pass

QiryrdHK0QILhB5LAeibcxAsrbJmTTl90060.jpgI have a pair of Cal Berkeley sweats that I have cut off to make pj’s. They make aprofound fashion statement I must admit. Mr. Berkeley, the philosopher, made aprofound philosophical statement when he said, We have first raised a dust and then complain we cannot see. There you go.

A little foggy from one of those tossy turny nights, I was mulling over the transient nature of things as I was having some Fruity Pebbles. They were about gone. It was one of those moments when I was considering a bunch of daily work stuff and an upcoming weekend on the lake with friends and my role in animpending Agatha Christie murder mystery and my desire to take my mom to Alaska before the end of the year. We both want to see the Northern Lights in winter and I want to do it night skiing.

As I drank the tie dyed milk from the cereal bowl,my thoughts were becoming a little overwhelming so to relax I recalled the possible origin of the saying “this too shall pass”. It may be a story told about King Solomon. It is said that the King was down in the dumps and asked his assistants to locate a ring he had seen in a dream.

“When I feel satisfied I’m afraid that it won’t last. And when I don’t, I am afraid my sorrow will go on forever. Find me the ring that will ease my suffering.”

Eventually an advisor met an old jeweler who carved into a simple gold band the Hebrew inscription gam zeh ya avor

“this too shall pass.”
When the king received his ring and read the inscription his sorrows turned to joy and his joy to sorrows, and then both gave way to equanimity. If Solomon could regain his composure so could I. Actually, instead of being the source of our daily sorrow, the fact that everything in life passes ought to prove itself a part of our ongoing joy. For hidden in the deep of this ceaselessly changing river of Life runs the power of this self-healing discovery: whenever we stumble over some unwanted remains of the day, it is we who have stepped outside the flow of Real Life, and our pain is the price for wanting to be a world unto ourselves. (Guy FInley)
George Berkeley (1685-1753) expressed that “some truths are so near and obvious to the mind that a man need only opens his eyes to see them. Such I take this important one to be, to wit, that all the choir of heaven and the furniture of earth, in a word all those bodies which compose the mighty frame of the world, have not any subsistence without a mind, that their being is to be perceived…”
Berkeley carries on the tradition of the Cambridge Platonists who found the mechanical philosophy of others such as Descartes, Locke, and Newton as dangerous as the complete materialism of Hobbes and Spinoza.
Berkeley raised many problems for the materialist tradition.

He attacked the principles of abstract ideas instead he makes great use of the implications of the representative theory of perception; and he gives strong arguments against the distinction between primary and secondary qualities.He calls his alternative to the views he criticizes immaterialism.
In a nutshell, his doctrine is that to be is to perceive or to be perceived.
The universe, to Berkeley, thus, has only two kinds of entities in it, spirits (which perceive) and ideas (which are perceived).
From my own being, and from the dependency I find in myself and my ideas, I do, by an act of reason, necessarily infer the existence of a God, and of all created things in the mind of God, George surmised. That has been the basis of my conviction and whenever I attempt to frame a simple idea of time, abstracted from the succession of ideas in my mind, which flows uniformly, and is participated by all beings, I am lost and entangled in inextricable difficulties.Those difficulties, too will pass..and besides, Epicurus and I think that”the greater the difficulty, the more the glory in surmounting it.”Perceptive in a Berkeleian way, don’t you think?

Yearning to see the Northern Lights with his Mom by his side,

Hicks

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