I will start this blog by writing about aism. It´s the foundation of my thought process and thus a logical point of origin for the odyssey into my mind. For those who know me this is the point of no return, you may continue reading with your own responsibility. Now you might ask what is this aism?
Like many great inventions, ideas and –isms in the history, this was also invented in a bar. During a conversation with a random person all the right fragments of thought came together and through this beer hazed moment of enlightenment aism was created.
Aism consist from two words; a- derives from the Greek language and translates as without or not, -ism stands for all the past and future -isms in the world. Aist (one who associates with aism) is against all the –isms and also aism. Sounds paradoxical? Well so is life, nothing in this Universe aka. your mind, cannot exists without an opposite. Life is death. Without destruction and death or in other words growth of entropy (more on this subject later) there can be no life.
Theism, idealism, nihilism, atheism, communism, fascism, humanism, environmentalism, capitalism, relativism, pacifism or any kind of –ism is merely a collection of thoughts, an emergent phenomenon, created by individual(s). In itself they are harmless figments of imagination, yet they can become deadly when used as tools by people who desire power, money, sex, control or any other human need.
Buddha said it well over 2500 years ago: “Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.”
The point of aism is to stand against all –isms and to portrait them as what they are, rough interpretations of the Universe created by a hunter-gatherer brain. Isms can be like viruses, infecting minds and then passed on from one generation to another. They can be twisted and shaped so that people see them as the truth and end up defending them with their lives i.e. nationalism. Masses are easily led to their own destruction. Aism is kind of anti-virus program for your mind and it empowers one to perceive trough bullshit.
Aism, as said, is also against itself since it´s just another bundle of random firing of synapses, however, it can wake people up to the fact that they create meaning for their own life and believes. This raises a question on how we see other people, it´s easier and faster (fragmenting the world to pieces is natural tendency of the mind) to label people according to what they believe and assume they behave in certain way. I am guilty of this, people associating themselves with a particular philosophy, religion, political view etc. might still behave in completely different way. People might have different motivations but in the end should we judge people according to their behavior and not by –isms they hold dear?
I will end this text with a description of aism´s symbol, the Ouroboros. It´s the picture of a snake or a dragon eating its own tail, this is an ancient symbol known in many cultures for example Egypt and it was also used by alchemists. It represents eternity, oneness, and cyclicality of life, nature and the Universe, constantly destroying and re-creating itself. It also symbolizes the way opposites emerge from each other and in the case of aism, the way it is against itself. I will leave you with the words from a popular two term president of USA: “There’s an old saying in Tennessee — I know it’s in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can’t get fooled again.”