'Breaking down' life
'There are so many ways to 'break down' life -- or a life -- in order to understand it and, maybe, to optimize it.
How do you break things down? What are the main areas of your life? If you had to name 3 or 4 or 5 main areas of your life, what would the labels be?
Say your life, metaphorically speaking, is a 'building' -- like a house, an office complex, or a workshop -- what would the main 'rooms' of your life be?
Or if you were to present a photo album / slide show of your life: where would the snapshots of your life go? Under what sections or headings? How would you label the major sections?
These major labels, sections, or areas of your life could be something to come back to as ways of organizing, in one's own way, one's life.'
Memento Vivere project notes, p. 1, adapted
A high-cost discourse may correlate with a perceived high commitment (XJ, p. 94).
In other words, if the way someone talks costs them a lot, people may think (and/or feel) that person is truly committed.
That is, some people may think they are the 'real deal'.
'Reporting the universe'
"'The writer...believes all that can thought can be written.... In their eyes a human being is the faculty of reporting, and the universe is the possibility of being reported.'" -R.W. Emerson
In E.L. Doctorow, Reporting the Universe, p. 1, edited
the ecology of memetica
'The ecology of memetica, or memetica ecologica, encompasses large domains of the human world, including knowledge, experience, and existences
that in turn includes religions, cultures, sciences, technologies, economies, and governments.
Memetica ecologica as a concept also encompasses large domains of the non-human living world in the massive diversity and complexity of life;
and it includes the non-living world of the physical universe that is most fascinatingly described in quantum theory and experimentation.'
Memetica Ecologica project notes, p. 2
'Memento mori as experienced is considered to be transformative because no other human experience can surpass that of mortality or the encounter with the boundary between life and death -- an experience that brings about altered ways for a person to be (or not be) and act (or not act) in the world.'
D.i.D., p. 6
LINEAR & NONLINEAr
'systems...may exhibit both linear and nonlinear behavior. A classic example is the movement of water.'
W. Loewenstein, The Touchstone of Life, p. 42
an ongoing project
'Memento Vivere is a way to name an ongoing project of individual and group practices to deliberately cultivate one's life in the context of others -- using tools and knowledge from the ancients and from present-day sciences, technologies, and arts -- in order to survive, live well, and inspire others: to live the life we have to live, now.'
-Memento Vivere: Life, Now project notes, p. 1, by b.b.c.
Simulation & Real effects
Simulated environments and practices may have real effects.
XJ, p. 94
'Welcome. Set down your venerable burden.'
-As You Like It, 2.7.174
Memetica: Dream or nightmare
'One task of philosophy is to conceive "it all" or the totality of existence and how everything hangs together (W. Sellers). The rhetoric, concept, and practice of memetica is one way of naming the largest, most powerful, and expansive attempt to do this lately. Is it a dream? Is it a nightmare? Is it desirable? Is it too late (inevitable)? What else is there?'
Memetica Ecologica project notes, p. 2
Experiential memento mori
'The experiential context for memento mori includes the ideational (intellectual) and the ethical (human action), yet ultimately, in the experience of memento mori, one does not simply contemplate death; one feels death knocking.'
D.i.D., pp. 3-4
'There is a difference between being with someone and being alone, but I can't tell you what it is'
-Lewis Warsh, 'Difference', Readings in Contemporary Poetry, p. 161
Benjamin Bennett-Carpenter teaches at a public university in North America and consults/coaches at Sollars & Associates and independently.