Belief #9

I believe that the creation of life and the creation of ideas are the only goals worth pursuing as living organisms.

I believe that the phrase “creation of life” is ultimately meaningless.  Life neither begins nor ends, spatially or temporally.

I believe that the borders between a “person” and the rest of the universe, spatially and temporally, are arbitrary and spurious.

I believe that the arbitrary and spurious borders we create between things are essential sacrifices that allow our minds to gloss over the vastness and complexity of everything so that we can focus our efforts on the creation of life and the creation of ideas.

I believe that sexual reproduction is one of the only consciously controlled means of extending our “selves” in time, and to a lesser degree in space.

I believe that there is no meaningful distinction between a child and a limb, or between a parent and a limb.

I believe that there is no meaningful distinction between a breath and a limb, or between a limb and the web of energies, vibrations, ideas and molecules that surrounds our “selves.”

I believe that all of my beliefs about physical “selves” can also be applied to conceptual “selves”: identities, thoughts, ideas and emotions.

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