Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Amor Fati - Love Your Fate

While watching some True Detective clips the other day, I then revisited Nietzsche and the whole "the universe is a flat circle" idea. It's all mind-blowing stuff that can really get the dome scintillating. Time is cyclical, not linear. Micro-time, or the accumulation of moments, is reactionary and independent of free will. Macro-time, or the mapping out of one's future, is malleable within the constraints of imagination and the laws of physics. How can the two co-exist?

Sam Harris is convinced there is no free will, but Nietzsche and Sam agree says this doesn't stand in the way of beauty and love. Amor fati prescribes us to love existence because it is all we have. It is unchangeable.

Nietzsche said:

I want to learn more and more to see as beautiful what is necessary in things; then I shall be one of those who make things beautiful. Amor fati: let that be my love henceforth! I do not want to wage war against what is ugly. I do not want to accuse; I do not even want to accuse those who accuse. Looking away shall be my only negation. And all in all and on the whole: some day I wish to be only a Yes-sayer.

It is a very Christ-consciousness approach if you ask me. Love all things. Even the mundane. Even the "evil". Love annihilates the wicked. "Love without power is sentimental and anemic."

If time is cyclical, and if consciousness drives reality, then it's not total lunacy to wonder if our own subjective state will change the course of reality. To love everything, to love what is "necessary," or to love the mechanism, might just change the mechanism in the course of all that lovin'.

Like Nietzsche, I'm a nihilist in the sense that there is no objective meaning to this universe. The universe, in a sense, is cold and follows rules of science and order. But (and this is a big but) this objective universe is filled with a great number of subjective minds, minds that have the capability of wielding the ultimate weapons of subjectivity: Love and Beauty.

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