What is everyone's take on this subject? I think it is a fascinating philosophy. One of my favorite quotes ever is from a comedian named Bill Hicks. It is a very smart quote on this very subject. It reads:
"Today a young man on acid realized that all matter is merely energy condensed to a slow vibration, that we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively. There is no such thing as death. Life is only a dream, and we are all the imagination of ourselves. Here's Tom with the Weather."
Tool fans might recognize this from the song "Third Eye". I tend to approach everything with an open mind and I would like to think it is due largely in part to this quote.
Seems like people ought to concentrate more on the fact that the "realization" has come to a person on acid.
Matter isn't merely energy. Matter and energy are equivalent. They're interchangeable. E=mc^2 (Energy equals mass times the speed of light squared)
"[W]e are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively" is one of those sentences that sounds profound on the surface but when you consider it for more than 30 seconds you realize it's absurd. At best it's a deepity.
The notion that there is no such thing as death hardly needs commenting on.
"Life is only a dream, and we are all the imagination of ourselves" is another profound sounding statement that is absurd. Life is only a dream? Um. Right. We are all the imagination of ourselves? What?
Approach things with an open mind, of course, but recognize that a person can be so open-minded that their brain falls out. Be open-minded, but also be able to tell when a paragraph of nonsense playing psuedo-profound dress up is just that.
I have more respect for you as a fellow human being, presumably intelligent, than I would have to have to agree that your desire to be judiciously open-minded is because of this quote.
I don't believe that this is an explanation of life. It's just a very interesting point of view. This isn't anything but a quote from a comedian. This didn't inspire any scientific studies or anything. I was just using it as a segue to the "third eye" philosophy