Re: Quoting Nietzsche is a perilous business

Date: Mon Jan 07 2002 - 05:54:06 MST

<<Imagine the fear one has when bungie jumping. Now remove the cord
and remove the Earth below, so you're in an eternal freefall. No
possiblity of a foot-hold or a person to 'fix' it. That's
bungie-jumping-fear multiplied a million times. Or, imagine being
somewhere where you don't have your culture, your language, your
family, your friends. Again, you are faced with a complete
nothingness and then 'you'. Terrifying.>>

That statement reminds me of a Simpson episode where Bart, after hearing a
lecture on a description of the tortures of hell, asked the Sunday school
teacher: "Well wouldn't you eventually get used to it?" The Sunday school
teacher character, pausing for a long moment, says "no."

The abyss, I suspect, is connected to something similar to a dream (if it
isn't a lucid dream, after-all), is connected with a loss of perspective.
The perspective is suddenly, one is in panic-mode. Panic-mode usually doesn't
produce the most creative of responses, nor it usually the mother of
inventions. So perhaps the abyss is a brain function based in our primate
past (not that we are post primate now)?

you imagine being a 'brain in a vat' and not having a sense of who
you are? What is the driving force (without the supports and/or
distractions) that makes you jump out of bed every morning ? That's
what facing the abyss is about.

Amara >>

I associate the abyss with (again) panic-mode. It usually takes cognition to
be able to decide what one's options can be. Pani-mode means to me, that the
past and the future do not exist, only the experience of the now, which I am
typifying as flight, rather then fight.

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