So, recently I started looking for a bike. Not an expensive one, just a beater that I could ride around town, make quick trips here and here.
Eventually I plan to by a more expensive one, most likely a hybrid, there are plenty of trails and long country roads around here to go on long extensive trips.
But for now, I’d just like to be able to ride to the supermarket, the library, bookstores, Costco, etc. So I’ve been looking on Craigslist.
I found a pretty good one close by. Sixty bucks, hardly been ridden kind of deal. I call the guy, tell him what time I want to come check it out.
I show up and the guys’ elbows deep into his engine. He says he forgot the time. I talked to him about the bike. The whole time he was in his engine. Had parts all over, grease all up his arms.
I asked him if I could take it for a quick spin. He said sure. I rode it around the block a couple times. Came back, the guy was still elbows deep in his engine. I took out the cash and he told me to put it on his work bench in the garage.
As I was doing so his wife came out, she was carrying something, and set it next to a bunch of other similar looking things. It looked she was building something or creating something. I sort of guessed what it was.
I thanked the guy and took off. Riding around just checking out the neighborhood. I rode by this big auditorium, that didn’t have any obvious signs about what it was.
But there were a lot of people in the parking lot. At first I thought it was a concert or something so I rode closer to get a look.
Some Kind of Event
Plenty of people were getting out of their cars in groups. Some parents with their kids. I looked at one of the entrances. There wasn’t anybody selling tickets. There wasn’t anybody checking tickets. There wasn’t anybody checking ID’s.
I figured why not, right? So I stashed my bike behind some bushes and went in to sit down. I found out this was some kind of church, a new church.
It started out with some guy just hosting these bible studies in his house. But the guy had some pretty interesting takes on some obscure bible passages.
Dude Can Talk
I guess he was such an interesting and charismatic person he became pretty popular. He didn’t have any kind of angle, he didn’t really preach or try to teach any particular moral ideology.
But eventually it got too big for his house. One of the people who’d been coming was this lady who worked in a commercial real estate office. She found this auditorium that hadn’t been used, and got it for rent.
They guy came out and went through a few bible passages that I hadn’t heard before. He started talking about history and how a lot of the bible has been filtered through a lot of leaders.
Stories and Rulers
How a lot of ancient stories are changed to reflect the political leadership of the times, since back then the connection between the religious leadership and the political leadership is much more than it is today, but we tend to assume it’s like today when it’s the opposite which can lead to the opposite assumptions that many people make.
Then he started talking about the idea of emergent systems. That these things pop up in the strangest places. They are this bigger, kind of meta-systems that arise from much smaller collections of much smaller systems. But these larger meta-systems, which are comprised of the smaller systems are much different.
For example, each neuron in your brain is a simple cell. As such is it bound by the laws of biology, chemistry and physics. It is essentially a bio-chemical-electro robot. It responds to the exact same external stimuli every single time the exact same way.
Neurons Can’t Choose
Any individual neuron does not have any choice. It does not have free will. It does not have any self awareness.
Yet if you combine trillions of these neurons together, a new meta system emerges. That of self awareness and free will and consciousness.
This self awareness allows you to hallucinate about things. About how to plan your future. About how to remember your past. About how to interpret these words and reflect on them within your consciousness to create your own individual meaning.
Neurologists No Idea
Nobody has any clue how this happens. Nobody understands why or how this larger, emergent system arose from these trillions of robotic sells.
He suggested that the same thing might be true on a universal level. That each solar system is like one neuron. It is bound the laws of physics. Each solar system has to obey the laws of physics. Any given solar system doesn’t really have an option to not obey the laws of physics.
Perhaps on a universal level, when you have trillions of these solar systems connected in some way that we might not ever be able to understand, a much larger, meta consciousness may emerge.
A universal consciousness. This is what one might call the mind of God. And we, as humans, cannot comprehend or even experience this Universal consciousness any more than an individual neuron can experience our human consciousness.
His point was that maybe it is our purpose only to contemplate and appreciate the mind of God. To only imagine what this might be like. That perhaps we can only communicate with God as much as an individual neuron can communicate with us.
This is the kind of thing this guy talks about. To only give us ideas to think about. To be able to think about things differently. To be able to have an expanded perspective. To be able to think bigger than before.
Purpose Of Understanding
To be able to appreciate more. Perhaps not to understand, but only to contemplate.
They said that once they have enough weekends with enough people, they are going to get a long term lease for this place. Maybe fix it up a bit, turn it into something else.
Create some kind of programs for the kids or something.
I ended up riding around for about an hour after that. My mind was kind of in a daze. Like when you just like to sit and think. Like when you think without direction. Like when you let your mind just kind of go in whatever direction it wants to, just to see where it leads.
I ended up riding past that guys house again. Only this time he was finished with his car. He waved me over. I guess he wanted to apologize for not shaking my hand before when I bought his bike.
He explained that when he started fixing his car he got much more involved than he’d anticipated. How some projects just end up doing, and because you’re in the middle of something, you just want to keep doing this.
Didn’t See That Coming
By that time his wife was finished putting together the thing she was building in her garage. It wasn’t anything like I had guessed before. This was totally different than when it started.
My new bike has a huge basket on the back. It looks kind of goofy, but it will hold a lot of groceries, so it’s perfect. Which, of course, means I’ll end up buying more stuff.
When you walk to the store, you can’t buy much since you have to carry everything. But when you see how much more capacity you have, it’s very easy to decide to buy a lot more stuff.
Mind Persuasion has plenty of books and courses to teach you how to speak hypnotically and persuasively.