The thinking process is largely based on (and dependent upon) measurement. Without measuring, consciously or unconsciously, thinking (for the most part) would not exist. We have concepts about time — like the past, present, and future — and these aspects of thinking are learned measurements, (and may not necessarily reflect true reality). We have mental labels for certain animals and plants, and these mental labels are largely based on measurements and measure-oriented attributes about the animals and plants. Sometimes measurement is necessary but all too often we engage in it in excess (which results in comparison, greed, jealousy, conflict, frustration, judgment, and discrimination).
Real bliss in life, however, occurs beyond mere measuring and labeling. Measuring and labeling are always partial, limited, and fragmented. A brain that mostly just measures and labels is likely a rather robotic brain that is not of a blissful whole.
The following is one of the many koan-like sayings that occur within the Gospel of Thomas. Some top biblical scholars say that this gospel — which was banned by the so-called high priests who were controlled by the Roman Empire — was closer to the historical Christ and is more pristine than the other politically endorsed gospels. One is not necessarily positing that the following saying means anything specific, but it does pertain to going beyond measurement. (Assessing weight is measurement.)
Jesus said, “The father’s kingdom is like a woman
who was carrying a jar full of meal.
While she was walking along a distant road,
the handle of the jar broke
and the meal spilled behind her along the road.
She did not know it.
She noticed no problem.
When she reached her house she put the jar down
and found it empty.”
What a splendid specimen! There’s no measure for awe and wonder.
Thank you, wishforwater! 😀
Aren’t we all Schrodinger’s cat?
Actually, we are all and each the Phoenix bird but we just don’t realize it. 😉
Oh man, now this is a drop-the-mic moment Tom:
“Real bliss in life, however, occurs beyond mere measuring and labeling. Measuring and labeling are always partial, limited, and fragmented. A brain that mostly just measures and labels is likely a rather robotic brain that is not of a blissful whole.”
What a powerful parable that follows my friend! 🥰🦋🤗🌺😍
Thank you, Kym! 😀 There is some real meaning there (i.e., in the ancient saying). 😉
Oh yes Tom, I agree with you my friend. 🥰🌟😉🦋😊
The detail in the wings is amazing Tom. The coloring is also impressive. What we see when we give insects a cursory glance is nothing compared to what we see captured with your macro lens.
Insects and other little creatures of nature are magical and fascinating. 🦋🐞🦗 If you get a chance, please go see the movie entitled “Where the Crawdads Sing.” It has been playing recently in movie theaters. A splendid, deep film.
I have been hearing about it Tom – thanks for the recommendation. I know there is a book too.