What is Mindfulosophy or Slow thought?

Mindfulosophy (or Slow Thought) is an attempt to better understand, and create more musical harmony, in our communication.

Quality is one aspect of communication. Most of us talk. Sometimes we are engaged in conversation (talking on a higher, more qualitative level than exchanging the usual everyday phrases). Sometimes we have philosophical conversations, aiming to go even deeper into a subject, bringing even more of ourselves into the conversation.

This higher kind of conversation is not just a fun, stimulating kind of exchange. I believe that is it also the way to really solve problems, understand the world and ourselves. Even to arrive at that far off goal PEACE.

It is also slower and more thoughtful, not the kind of fast verbal dueling / semantic mud-slinging that we often engage in.

But this kind of high quality conversation does not happen by itself. If it does, it does not last long, being dependent on winds, luck, chance.

In Mindfulosophy I have tried to make this kind of conversation more repeatable.

Mindfulosophy is a kind of mental room.

Let’s say we live in a big house with lots of rooms. The finest, our favorite, is the Salon. We want to be able to go there as often as we can.

Now imagine that we are dependent on luck to reach it. On some days we find it, on others we don’t. Where did it go…? Not being able to find a certain room would be a frustrating experience in a house!

On the other hand, we most every day have the experience of talk and conversation that doesn’t fly, doesn’t really get anywhere, that just repeats old half-truths and stock phrases. Boring, as Sherlock would say.

But since our orientation in mental rooms is much poorer than in physical rooms we don’t think much of it. We accept boring, bland and repetitive as normal. Ah, well.

But it need not be so. Mindfulosophy is my attempt to clarify this mental room, understand it, map it, and make it more easy to locate.

I believe we could have a lot of deep fun in it, besides it being a tool for moving forward as humans.

We are looking for that Inner Room!

Ladislaus Horatius  >>CONTACT

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Opinions

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Opinions occupy an interesting place in our mental repertoire. [Or pantry. Other stuff to look at is “convictions”, “conclusions” (things that close something), “leanings” and “prejudices”.]

Opinions are not “truths”, not “facts” — those elements have a different taste and weight — but rather a way of positioning ourselves. Opinions represent a maneuver, more or less war-like.

Think of the classical tale about the elephant and blind men. Each of them stand in a different relation to the animal, thus “see” different sides of it, which they take for the whole.

Blind men can be excused for misunderstanding the animal thus.

It is a different case with people with eyesight who still choose to view the elephant, the world, other people, phenomena, situations, from one specific angle — without bothering to or even refusing to move around. Thus not seeing that identity depends on angle.

Some people are probably totally convinced of their opinions, but many of us, if we practice inlook (introspection), can see that this is more of a game, a “truth-contest”, a trial of strength, a showdown.

This town isn’t big enough for both our opinions!

An important step towards clear-thinking is separation of opinion from “fact” or “truth”, seeing that holding (holding on to) an opinion has very little to do with thinking.

Opinions have a Martian, fighting element, but also an element (perhaps Lunar) of emotional security and safety. They can be like soft pillows, giving us a sense of warmth in an unkind, competitive world.

Mars and Moon seem to go well together: Barricading yourself in one corner of town, or in one square, armed and prepared to defend that corner with all your might, DOES confer a sense of wild and homely security. “At least we have a corner…!”

If you are actually attacked, this is somewhat understandable. But if you aren’t (and we often fool ourselves in this respect), if you just imagine that you are attacked while actually YOU are the attacker, we have a different situation.

Just defending what we already have does not lead forward. We are moving not weiter but rückwärts.

Much shorter:

Opinion is a stance, usually static. Thinking is dynamic dance.

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