Mad Scientist: Experimenting with Life

I believe that duality (or flexibility according to the Tao) is a beautiful thing. On one side I’ve always had this creative/artsy side and on the other an analytical/scientific mindset. Take for example my profession, growing up I always had an attraction towards people and the human form (my sketch books were littered with portraitures and drawings of athletes). In school I studied science (exercise science) and loved psychology and studying human nature. So my job fulfills both of my passions and aesthetics. In reading a book on religion (I have always been intrigued by humans beliefs in faith, although I lean towards a more spiritual existence for myself than in identifying with a sect), and was struck with the assessment that for some, religion can be a means to explain the purpose of life. And it’s true, look at the Greeks and Romans. They had a god to discern not only natural occurences (like the ocean, but human emotions like love). I don’t believe life is necessarily something that needs to be defined or figured out, but should just BE. Like defining love, defining life takes away from its magic. What I have been thinking about, however is that life can be comparative to an experiment. We spend our whole existence testing things out. Sometimes it works out and other times it doesn’t. We stand on our legs and test them before we propel ourselves forward into walking. We fall several times, but we keep going until we get the hang of it. If we didn’t experiment we’d all be crawling around on all fours. For each of us the formula produces different results. Scientist test out different theories and use different ingredients before they find the ones that work. But in order to make a discovery, they have to try. Sometimes the end result doesn’t match the hypothesis, but creates something new. This something new could be even better than the result we were expecting. So the important thing in life is to test things (to jump), don’t worry or anticipate the end result, but embrace the steps that get you there. Not every experiment is going to be ‘successful’, just like every recipe when baking doesn’t always come out, but then you try again or try another approach. Just don’t let a faulty result hold you back from trying again. It’s like my post on failure and Thomas Edison said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Sometimes to find happiness or BEING, you have to try new things or you’ll never produce any results or experience living. It’s like the scientific genius, Albert Einstein said, “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results” or “anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” Sometimes the formula works, sometimes it spills over, but nothing happens without action. If the ingredients are sitting in the cupboard, they’re not benefitting you. You can have all the ingredients, but if you don’t test them, you won’t get the results. The results in your life come from your own formula. What do you want your experiment to produce?

Love, BE, Illuminate



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