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PostSubject: A Manifesto for the Polymath   Tue Feb 24, 2015 7:53 pm

A polymath has the power of learning and connecting conceptions of mind and reality to conceptualize and comprehend the totality of the universe. He can learn different skills and trades, creative arts and pursue intellectual fields of inquiry and mental/spiritual development; he understands the fundamental essence that interconnects these pursuits, and has developed his mind and his will to hone the advanced consciousness that can carry such knowledge, wisdom, and understanding. This gives him more advantages over the specialists, that focus more on a narrow scope of reality and on one skill; often having to follow the orders of a coercive authority or boss at times. Modern society has unfortunately cast aside the polymath; favoring more so specialization; the molding of human beings into being used for mere economic utility, in trying to uphold the destructive economy that's simply based on constructed 'wealth'.

Yet amid these increasingly troubling times, there is still a large amount of information and resources available, for the human mind to consume knowledge and develop himself spiritually, to externally have the capabilities of grasping higher pursuits. It is best for aspiring polymaths to hone their mind and will and manifest in their spiritual development; I highly favor people aspiring to become the 'Renaissance men' of this time.

Of course, I cannot coerce people into doing so; only those with that thought or aspiration can do so at best on their own. The polymath must also become humble, which is what gives the rite of passage to attaining this greatness. This is because the world is still greater than the human individual; if he drowns himself into arrogance and boosts his ego, he will be cut off from further development as he thinks he 'knows all'.

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PostSubject: Re: A Manifesto for the Polymath   Thu Feb 26, 2015 8:32 am

The internet is the academic's best friend. If only the intellectuals from the past knew about the technology we have now, they would be envious. It's almost like communing with a god; unlimited knowledge right at the access of your fingertips. The perfect tool for the Faustian types. Most people don't reap the full reward of the I-net, as most are benighted and only care about trivialities; but luckily for us few, we have this awesome technology and take full advantage of it.

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Of course, I cannot coerce people into doing so; only those with that thought or aspiration can do so at best on their own.

Yeah, I was thinking of being more outspoken about the beauty of knowing thyself, but it's a futile endeavor; most people won't change, perhaps can't change...

A more pragmatic endeavor would be to cull the correct people from the masses, instead of trying to change the masses themselves.

I like how you described modern polymaths as 'Renaissance men' of this time. That's the sort of mentality I have, too; I'm interested in creating a burst of creative energy, for these times, just like the people of the past did during the Renaissance.

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The polymath must also become humble, which is what gives the rite of passage to attaining this greatness. This is because the world is still greater than the human individual; if he drowns himself into arrogance and boosts his ego, he will be cut off from further development as he thinks he 'knows all'.


I highly agree with this; many intellectuals don't keep their hubris in check. Instead of trying to arrive at truth, many simply care about winning debates - flexing their intellectual muscles. This is why I value self-authenticity/self-honesty so much...it shows that one is more interested in enriching their self, growing, instead of just trying to maintain one's position for the sake of petty egoism...

This is also why I don't spaz out on people, when they point out errors in my arguments/claims.

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PostSubject: Re: A Manifesto for the Polymath   Thu Feb 26, 2015 12:26 pm

Erik wrote:
The internet is the academic's best friend. If only the intellectuals from the past knew about the technology we have now, they would be envious. It's almost like communing with a god; unlimited knowledge right at the access of your fingertips. The perfect tool for the Faustian types. Most people don't reap the full reward of the I-net, as most are benighted and only care about trivialities; but luckily for us few, we have this awesome technology and take full advantage of it.

Yep - it is definitely a useful tool for people to dig deep into the realms of 'mystery'. Of course, aside from the fact that the rich elite control it and are using it for manipulation and control.

Erik wrote:

Yeah, I was thinking of being more outspoken about the beauty of knowing thyself, but it's a futile endeavor; most people won't change, perhaps can't change...

A more pragmatic endeavor would be to cull the correct people from the masses, instead of trying to change the masses themselves.

Then again, though, if we were to cull them away, we wouldn't we any better than those who are ruling us and trying to snatch out any 'dissidents'. It's a type of system that can be corrupted by people with bad intentions.

Of course, though, there must be some sort of hierarchy, as not all people are really able to seek knowledge and grow. I guess that's the paradoxical beauty of this plentiful universe that we live in; just as there are geniuses, there are those that just lag behind.

Erik wrote:

I like how you described modern polymaths as 'Renaissance men' of this time. That's the sort of mentality I have, too; I'm interested in creating a burst of creative energy, for these times, just like the people of the past did during the Renaissance.

I'm interested in the Renaissance myself. I'm especially attracted to the philosophy of Renaissance humanism, and a lot of the people that came out of that era that learned to cultivate the mind and immerse it into the spiritual universe. It's something that, other than perhaps the Romantic era (or even primitive/ancient times), that we have strayed away from.

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I highly agree with this; many intellectuals don't keep their hubris in check. Instead of trying to arrive at truth, many simply care about winning debates - flexing their intellectual muscles. This is why I value self-authenticity/self-honesty so much...it shows that one is more interested in enriching their self, growing, instead of just trying to maintain one's position for the sake of petty egoism...

This is also why I don't spaz out on people, when they point out errors in my arguments/claims.

It's too bad that you'll find a ton of those people on the internet. The best part, when you get into an argument with those people, is that when you try to expose or refute some of their claims or explain their weaknesses, they just respond with either ad hominems or cheap arguments that amount to insult. It's definitely true when you try arguing about subjects that are considered to be 'off the wall' or 'taboo'.

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PostSubject: Re: A Manifesto for the Polymath   Sat Feb 28, 2015 11:39 am

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Yep - it is definitely a useful tool for people to dig deep into the realms of 'mystery'. Of course, aside from the fact that the rich elite control it and are using it for manipulation and control.

How so? You mean, like subliminal messages in ads, Facebook addiction and so on? Or are you referring to something else?

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Then again, though, if we were to cull them away, we wouldn't we any better than those who are ruling us and trying to snatch out any 'dissidents'. It's a type of system that can be corrupted by people with bad intentions.



Yes, aristocratic culling can become easily corrupted and just as despicable as egalitarian systems of unconditional acceptance and non-discrimination.

What sort of alternative would you suggest?

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PostSubject: Re: A Manifesto for the Polymath   Sat Feb 28, 2015 1:45 pm

Erik wrote:

How so? You mean, like subliminal messages in ads, Facebook addiction and so on? Or are you referring to something else?

I was referencing to what you described in the second question; mainly about subliminal messaging and addiction. That, and surveillance and even taking action to incarcerate dissidents into detention.

Erik wrote:

Yes, aristocratic culling can become easily corrupted and just as despicable as egalitarian systems of unconditional acceptance and non-discrimination.

What sort of alternative would you suggest?

Basically the best of both those systems would work; the implementation of organization and being led by a leader, while allowing freedom and individualism. I suggest this out of the fact that an idea of a pure aristocracy and communistic/egalitarian society is subjected to being corrupted, out of not including the 'negative' side to it (a Hegelian term for the opposing or other side of an idea). At best, what I'm describing is probably more of a complex Republic.

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The Seven Principles of Hermeticism (from the Kybalion):

1. All is Mind
2. As Above, So Below
3. Everything vibrates
4. Everything is in polarity
5. All things are in motion
6. For every cause, there is an effect
7. All is gender (Male & Female)
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