Life Lessons From a Zombie, Part 10 - The Final Chapter: Wondering with Socrates
Welcome to Mental Space Monday! Where we journey inside the rabbit hole of collective consciousness and submit to the whims of curiosity.
You have made it to part 10 of the Zombie series! – For all you new-comers, feel free to "re-live" our undead experience here. We have been dissecting an article on 10 common traits of those who have had near death experiences and learning the secrets of life that become clear when we face near death allowing us to see beyond our current situation and perspective. Keep in mind there is more than one type of zombie – and we don’t discriminate here. There are the usual zombies – you know, moaning, rotting flesh, etc. but also emotional and psychological zombies. This includes those of us who feel like we have died; divorce, loss of a loved one, loss of a job, depression; anything that is so mind-altering that we re-examine all assumptions and beliefs we previously carried through life. This week, our final un-dead characteristic:
Zombie Trait #10: A strong sense of wonder and gratitude.
The word wonder comes from:
miracle, marvelous thing, object of astonishment
Us zombies are definitely astonished by all the miracles we see around us. At our moment of truth, in what my friend likes to call "Sh!t Valley" and we had no exit strategy there were things we never thought we would have/see/experience again. Now, out of that crazy valley, we are infinitely grateful for all those things to a much greater degree.
But here's something else that comes with this final zombie trait:
"Wonder" also means to be curious; it's a desire to understand, ponder, meditate, muse on, puzzle over.
And personally, I can't help but do these things. I can't help but want to know more. More about why we are here; what it all means; who I am within this infinite, celestial, organic equation. And while I will spend my life investigating this "wondering" I know too, at the same time that our knowledge is an asymptote that approaches the truth of it all. The closer we get, the faster we learn and the closer still we get but we go to infinity trying and never quite get there.
"Asymptote02 vectorial" by Guillaume Jacquenot - Own workThis graphic was created with matplotlib.. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Asymptote02_vectorial.svg#/media/File:Asymptote02_vectorial.svg
The photos above give a visual of the math nerd part of an asymptote. The first is a basic representation but I prefer using the second example, as life itself is a series of spirals. (Just in case you missed my post on Ouroboros, check it out here.) Beyond the graphs and calculations, if we strive toward center we gain clarity, insight and ... I don't want to say happiness because that inherently vacillates just like the spiral, but maybe we could agree on "fulfillment".
Guess what? This fight is hard-wired into us. Even more than that, it IS the wires. Check it out, does this look familiar?
Ok, I know that this one doesn't hug toward a center axis, but here's the deal:
It is your personal duty to hug that DNA toward the center axis. That center is YOU, your self, your essence, your "I", your core. If you can direct your wonder and curiosity to a search that is as infinite as you are, you will approach the infinity of the miracle that is life. As we transitioned to being zombies, we thought it was over - but then we discovered that we just needed to take a new DNA turn around our center in order to climb another step higher and maybe have more fun as we do.
Here's what I want to leave you with from this last piece of our Zombie series:
It is up to you to seek infinity.
And also up to you to realize you will never achieve it.
Maintain the wonder anyway and be grateful for the opportunity to search.
Socrates said "Wisdom begins in wonder". He also said "The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing".
Us zombies have the wonder and we now have enough perspective to know that this is just the beginning. That we are wise in our ignorance and ignorant in our wisdom - and that life (even the un-dead kind) is more enjoyable in that knowing and in not taking any of it too seriously.
Have a wonderful day my lovelies. Embrace the delusion; enjoy the results.
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