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Happy 170th Birthday, Nietzsche!

On 15 October 1844, Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche was born. The (academic) world of will, idea, passion, and thought-provoking action has not been the same since. However misunderstood Nietzsche may be (mainly because his sister manipulated his manuscripts to fit her German nationalist and anti-Semitic agendas), he is truly a philosopher and writer of unparalleled brilliance. On the topics of will, truth, and candidly raw socio-political and cultural critique, he eclipses all others in juxtaposed comparison. (Granted, Adorno comes close on the score of cultural critiques.)

Clearly, I did not exist in 1844. However, my heart and spirit rejoice in praise of his birth 170 years ago. We stand in fortunate happenstance to benefit from the legacy of his extraordinary thoughts and the acumen of his critiques. They will forever remain undiminished.

But I am diverging off-topic.

Nietzsche figures prominently for my discussion on infinite potentiality theory (IPT) in Volume I of my book: Igniting an East-West Globalizing Dialogue: Thus Spoke Chuang-Tzu. So why did I choose Nietzsche? Precisely because he represents the vibrant, passionate, unabashedly insightful Western mind who can meet the challenge of thought-and-action-provoking achievements. There is a dearth of boldness and of fearless determination towards truth and the will to greatness that Nietzsche fulfills in spades.

Friedrich Nietzsche is one of the finest and most skilled ‘warrior’ of words. Each word he uses is expertly positioned, as if in a dazzling swordplay of thoughts and ideas in a battle through his intellectual crisis. Saddled with the burdens of his genius, he resolves to inspire. In a sweeping call to action, he dares us to our own greatness:

You should seek your enemy, you should wage your war – a war for your opinions. And if your opinion is defeated, your honesty should still cry triumph over that!

You should love peace as a means to new wars. And the short peace more than the long.

I do not exhort you to work but to battle. I do not exhort you to peace, but to victory. May your work be a battle, may your peace be a victory!

            – Thus Spoke Zarathustra, “Of War and Warriors,” p.74

I see no other writer from the Western world with a movingly passionate belief in man’s ability to greatness, more irreverent against daresay – atavistic – traditions, and more diligent in pursuing effective and impactful change than Nietzsche.   For all he effects forward and strives towards, and in all he depicts, observes, and portrays through Zarathustra’s voice, I am challenged to find his equal.

Indeed, Nietzsche offers us his hope in the possibility of greatness. In RJ Hollingdale’s explanation of Zarathustra as “…the resolution of a long-sustained intellectual crisis” (Thus Spoke Zarathustra, “Introduction,” #2, p.11), through the notion of the ‘superman/overman’ and theme of ‘eternal recurrence’:

He who had attained that joy would affirm life and love it however much pain it contained, because he would know that ‘all things are chained and entwined together’ and that everything is therefore part of a whole which he must accept as a whole. To express this feeling of life-affirmation Nietzsche formulated a theorem of ‘the eternal recurrence of the same events’ to which he gave rhapsodic expression in Zarathustra. To be sure, only the Superman could be so well-disposed towards his life as to want it again and again for ever: but that precisely is the reason for willing his creation. The joy of the Superman in being as he is, now and ever, is the ultimate sublimation of the will to power and the final overcoming of an otherwise inexorable and inevitable nihilism.”

            — ibid, #4, p.27

I would venture to go one step further than Nietzsche’s concepts of the ‘superman/overman’ and ‘eternal recurrence’ by proposing the following:

To resolve the crisis of life’s meaning, the individual must ultimately attain freedom from necessity of meaning.

In contrast to Nietzsche’s ‘eternal recurrence of the same’, I suggest eternal change embedded within an ultimate return to creative potentiality catalyzed by the individual’s agency to self-attunement. Realizing his potentiality thus, he becomes simultaneously free of and from the self and its related fetters (i.e., necessity). Above all, I aim to re-instill hope and promise in absolute liberation qua ultimate freedom.

Life’s greatest meaning is realized when meaning is unnecessary. When the necessity of meaning is unnecessary, s/he is liberated from the embodied self. This is my theorem of eternal recurrence; it is an eternal recurrence to freedom from necessity. Its path is through the realization of infinite creative potentiality as a galvanizing catalyst towards eternal liberation. Nietzsche qua Zarathustra declares that every soul is a world of its own (Thus Spoke Zarathustra, “The Convalescent,” 2, p.234). I add that every soul is a world of its own with an inherent infinite creative potentiality awaiting to be ignited. The greatest tragedy is to see the flame wasted and extinguished, unutilized. This is my proscription against such an event.

Zarathustra is a sort of ‘guide book’ to the superman/overman and a reconciliation and reinstatement of life qua fully realized life. With Chuang Tzu, I attempt a proclamatory exhortation for all individuals to reflect introspectively to realize their inherent creative potential. The realization must be qualified – qualified as Nietzsche so often does with all matters – as a means towards the ultimate end: liberation from the self and the self’s shackles and fetters. Once this is achieved, necessity dissipates into the very figments of air and nonexistent imaginings, no longer relevant in the state of other qua ultimate freedom.

And with this, the 100th post to my blog, I am eternally grateful to Nietzsche for his unmitigated greatness and mental agility. Fortunate happenstance that today is his birthday. Fortunate happenstance that this post marks this blog’s centennial.

Thank you for reading (and for continuing)!

–JY

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IPT and Activism

From 2001 forward, the individual’s effective power to make a real difference – at the singular level – set the precedent for all activists to take note. Why 2001? Because of the successful smart mob revolution to topple then-President Joseph Estrada in the Philippines. (For more on smart mobs, please see Howard Rheingold’s Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution.)

The ramifications of this precedent can be seen on three principal levels:

Electronic Technology – elevated, enhanced, and globally present, e-technology mediates the individual’s effective agency to transcend all former limitations of time, space, and geography. E-technology substantiates validity to the adage: ‘one person can make a difference’. More importantly, the creative power behind these transcending technologies is ocular proof and attestation to the individual’s inherent effective agency.

Social Activism – newly resurgent, the entire spectrum from progressives to extremists can stand empowered to further their respective cause and/or agenda. Today, they can – individually and/or jointly – mediate and customize any and all forums of their choosing. At once, their voice can be seen and heard by the eyes and ears of the world.

The Individual – no longer in a vacuum of futility at the singular level, the individual mediates his own effective power and impact. In mediating transcendence over all former limitations of time, space, and geography, s/he forces a redefinition of the (im)possible. Above all, at each moment of action and/or mediation, s/he is tapping into infinite creative potentiality (ICP). By so doing, s/he is attaining ultimate freedom (UF). The key is to sustain those moments of UF to leverage the realm of other liberated from all fetters of self.

The SWF:

Beyond mediating successful acts of revolution and change, e-technology enables the individual’s ability to overcome erstwhile obstacles and challenges. The path has been cleared. The light is GREEN.

There is no challenge that cannot be overcome. We have proven this through our electronic technologies. The more salient point is this:

E-technology – as an example of realized creative potentiality (ICP) – is just one in a myriad proving the extraordinary ingenuity innate within all individuals. The store of creative potentiality is truly infinite. It is itself unbounded, unlimited, and transcendent.

ICP exists unconditionally in infinite supply within all individuals.

That realization alone is resplendent with empowerment.

So how will you leverage your inherent brilliance?

–JY


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From the Extreme to Excellence

These go to eleven.”

–Nigel Tufnel, played by Christopher Guest, This Is Spinal Tap

There is something to be said for taking things to the extreme. Some might dismiss it as pathology. Others might extol it as excellence. Still others might attribute it to need-fulfillment for approval. For the purpose of this post, please disregard (at least temporarily) all (mis)perceptions and preconceived notions in the name of candidly raw appraisal.

Without the motivating force to give that necessary ‘extra push’, we would not see the level of athleticism, ingenuity, artistry, architecture, revolutionary and technological advancements as we do today. Cases in point: marathons, triathlons, the computer itself, and space exploration. Indeed, ocular proof exists to an omnipresent degree, giving sufficient merit in support of the extreme.

At its best, the extreme fuels the impetus and momentum towards uncompromising excellence.

The So What Factor (SWF):

When s/he chooses to realize his highest potentiality and does so successfully, s/he becomes ingrained with that success at the cellular level. The first time this happens, the extraordinary precedence established is a tremendous and irreversible accomplishment. Once ingrained, there is an inherent ‘thirst’ to continue in the same direction of success.

Similarly, there is a level of inspiration that spreads from that individual to a concentric circle radiating outside of his specific locus to the global world.

This radiating circle of inspiration can be seen with the spread of thoughts, ideas, and very real achievements worldwide. Take a moment. Look around you. The proof is there if you just take an honest and open look.

This is the brilliance of going from the extreme to uncompromising excellence:

By your example, you inspire others to follow suit and thereby uplift the collective world conscience to the same. The magnitude of inspiration is exponentially heightened when you realize it begins with the individual at the singular level. And that is a beauteous thing.

–JY


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Embattled or Empowered: Redux

Further to the last post: “Embattled or Empowered“, there are salient points worth closer inspection:

  • Embattled
    • The state of embattlement is a preparation for battle, or engagement in conflict or struggle.
    • Accordingly, the nature of the embattled individual is defensive or combative.
    • Likewise, the opponent in the conflict or struggle is resistance.
    • When you pare it down to its simplest elements, the embattled individual acts from ego, fighting for control to overcome resistance otherwise known as the opposition.
  • Empowered
    • The state of empowerment is a position of motivating strength, vigor, authority, and enablement.
    • The nature of the empowered individual is passionately resurgent, (re)vivified to meet all life’s challenges and transcend accordingly.
    • Likewise, the empowered individual is reposited into a paradigm without resistance or opposition because his perspective is one of achievement, attainment, and realization even before success has happened.  Such an individual has already succeeded through his effective agency to (re)claim his inherent empowerment.
    • When you pare it down to its simplest elements, the empowered individual has the privileged vantage point to leverage the ego’s empowerment before breaking free from ego to be in the space of other.  Empowered in the space of other, s/he is ennobled to a comprehensive – 360 – perspective of clarity over his reality and the challenges s/he is facing at that time.
    • Free from the ego, the empowered individual effectively lifts the fog of the ego’s ‘tunnel-vision’.
    • This is the inherent irony: as soon as the individual lets go of his ego – while holding onto and leveraging his empowerment – s/he has succeeded, regardless of outcome.

Between embattlement and empowerment, there really is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ choice.  IPT encourages the path of empowerment.  However you choose, may your path always be guided by the light of success in the best of all possible outcomes.

–JY


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Embattled or Empowered

We should treat all the trivial things of life seriously, and all the serious things of life with sincere and studied triviality.”

Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde makes a truly salient point on the triviality of serious matters and the seriousness of trivial matters. Think about it. In your present circumstances and with everything going on in your personal, professional, and social life, really think about the possible benefits and ramifications of following Wilde’s advice:

If you removed the weight from all grave matters – to the point where they truly take flight in weightlessness – how much lighter would you feel?

What would it take for you to make this ‘flip’? In a manner, the heart of resistance is the ego. Here too, Wilde captures it well:

 “It is a curious fact that people are never so trivial as when they take themselves seriously.”

Oscar Wilde

The So What Factor (SWF):

Infinite Potentiality Theory (IPT) ennobles all individuals to reclaim effective agency at the singular level. (‘Singular’ being pivotal here because today’s electronic technologies mediate the individual’s effective agency to make a difference – one person at a time – ergo, singularly without dependence on others.) By so doing, s/he is empowered to realize his inherent and infinite creative potentiality (ICP). As soon as s/he does this, s/he attains ultimate freedom (UF) of and from the self and all related fetters of the self.

By setting aside the ego – as a fetter of the self – and giving weightlessness to gravity, you can ‘flip’ your reception and reaction to the serious and the trivial with relative ease. This is not to say that you must first attain UF before you can go forward with the ‘flip’. Instead, the ‘flip’ can be seen as a mediating action towards UF. In other words, as another avenue towards UF, it runs parallel to the one proposed by IPT (namely, the realization of ICP).

No matter which avenue you choose, the destination – ultimate freedom – is thereby arrived and so too, the benefits:

Letting go of ego – and its weighted burdens – is a liberation towards ultimate freedom.

Realizing ICP – the avenue of creativity – is a proactive, collaborative, empowering ennoblement towards ultimate freedom.

There is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ choice. Both paths are worthy. Every experience towards UF is unique to each individual.

Whichever you choose, IPT encourages you to your highest ennoblement and challenges you to transcend to your (creative) potentiality!

Cheers,

JY

 


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Interrelated Reality

In a real sense, all life is inter-related. All persons are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny:

Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly, I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be, you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be. This is the inter-related structure of reality.”

                –Martin Luther King, Jr.

There is an undoubted interrelationship amongst us all. This connection is held together by our commonality: the human condition. Whether or not you agree with King’s statement above, the human condition itself is an undeniable fact of our shared reality. This is our existence. This is our mortality.

If you have already made your decision about the statement (whether to affirm or to deny), let me ask you to reconsider through the following analysis.

If we examine King’s statement above and assume he is accurate, it would follow that:

  1. All ‘persons’ exist in an ‘inter-related’ network with a shared ‘single’ destiny. (This is from the statements: “In a real sense, all life is inter-related. All persons are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.”)
  2. The effects of actions, behaviors, and decisions on one person indirectly affects all others in the network. (This is from the clause: “Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly…”)
  3. Likewise, one person’s limitations also limits all others in the network. (This is from the clause: “…I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be, you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be.”)
  4. ‘Reality’ is intrinsically inter-related, necessarily causing the human network – and all persons in that network – to be itself inter-related. (This is from the statement: “This is the inter-related structure of reality.”)

 

If you choose to agree with King’s statement, then you could also leverage it in favorable validation of Infinite Potentiality Theory (IPT) through the following argument:

  1. Because all persons exist in an inter-related network with the effects and limitations of one affecting and limiting all others, it is all the more imperative to attain ultimate freedom (UF) of and from the self.
  2. By so doing, s/he attains liberation from all related fetters of the self (namely, membership in the inter-related network).

 

Unfortunately, the favorable IPT argument is flawed within the confines of King’s statement. Again, assuming King’s statement is valid:

  1. The inherent nature of inter-relatedness as King illustrates is a ‘closed circuit’ as long as there is one person who does not attain what s/he ‘ought to be’ (i.e., UF).
  2. As long as one person is bounded, all others are bounded.
  3. Being so limited, all persons in that network are unable to ‘break free’.
  4. The network must begin with all persons unbounded. As soon as one person becomes bound, s/he causes everyone in that network to be and to remain so limited.

 

Although IPT accepts the possibility of all persons being inter-related, the reasons and consequences differ from King’s. It is because of our common human condition that IPT considers the inter-relationship. However, IPT rejects the network.

Instead, IPT proposes the qualitative ontological paradigm shift (from dyads and networks) to a collaborative and dynamic relationship. More importantly, that relationship is not interrelated. It is mutually exclusive. Accordingly, the realization of UF through creative potentiality becomes uncontested as a very real possibility – on a singular basis – and inherently within all individuals as such.

In other words, from King’s inter-related network of persons to IPT’s collaborative and dynamic relationship, there is a difference of realizable possibilities:

King’s inter-related network must be and remain pristine in order to be intact. Any interruption to one person interrupts the entirety, thereby breaking down the network itself.

IPT ennobles the individual’s effective agency as an individual. As a mutually exclusive ‘free agent’, the individual is empowered to realize and to leverage his creative potentiality. By so doing, s/he will attain ultimate freedom of and from the self and transcend accordingly to the realm of other while remaining wholly with self and other. (Remember: it is an ultimate freedom, not a separation, of and from the self.) The key here is that potentiality remains unaffected by others because it is an inherent quality within a mutually-exclusive individual and thus, s/he is empowered to actualize a limitless realization.

Of course, there is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ opinion on King’s statement. The above illustrates a difference of approach. The bottom line IPT delineates is for no other purpose than to empower the individual’s agency to effect a meaningfully positive impact not just within his current locus for the present generation, but also for the concentric loci around him in the global arena and for future generations to come. Within IPT, this is a very real possibility that is happening each day by such individuals.

Cheers to your realization, whichever you choose.

–JY


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Mediascapes and Globalization

Media qua electronic technology has left an indelible mark on the fabric of culture (what I call a ‘mediascape’). Because of this, the entire tapestry is saturated with vibrant hues to an exponentially unparalleled magnitude, one could say the pigmentations are hyper-surreal. Especially from the year 2000 forward, the mediascape has taken on unprecedented dimension (perhaps even a fourth), scope, depth, and illustrative detail. Indeed, it could be a tapestry of its own, distinct from that of culture’s.

Think: opaque hologram.

Analogy aside, media qua electronic technology is omnipresent, proliferating to an exponential degree each day. The effects of this will reverberate for generations to come. At first glance, this might not be an extraordinary statement. However, if you step back and think about the nature of technology itself – its very possibility – the statement becomes extraordinary.

Indeed, technology – like all created phenomena – serves as ocular proof and attestation to the effective power of infinite creative potentiality (ICP). When comparing media and its effect on the fabric of culture to ICP and its effect on humanity – and on a global scale – the magnitude and relative scale of influence between the two become more readily apparent.

Media’s omnipresence is uncontested. But compare it to ICP. On a global scale and for generations to come, ICP is omnipresent and omnipotent to a revolutionary degree.

Let’s get some perspective.

Remember: media and technology are products of realized ICP. By your existence, you yourself are realized ICP. Look around you. Every person, place, and thing around you – by its very (tangible and intangible) actualization – is realized ICP.

Think about the magnitude of this implication. Blow it up, magnify it even more, and blow it up again. Now you will just begin to ‘scratch the surface’ of the tremendous impact and relevance ICP has today.

Accordingly, Infinite Potentiality Theory (IPT) ennobles you to your creative empowerment.

How will you leverage your ICP today?

Cheers,

JY