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Eternity does not involve a central “I”


First of all, if you ever happen to be blessed with a true understanding of how eternity works, don’t go shouting about it from your rooftop. It is a thing for an individual to discover and is not something meant to be shared, one feels.

One will say this, however… Eternity does not depend upon the existence of a central “I.” Anyway, there never was a true central “I” in the first place. Each manifestation of an “I” (or “me”) is an obtrusion and product of thought/thinking and there is nothing truly central about it. This writer sometimes uses the term “I” when responding or writing in this blog because it is a common form of communication. However, in actuality, it is not truly necessary. Eternity exists quite nicely, thank you, without the need for the existence of an “I” or “me.” This seems counterintuitive. However, truly understanding how the cosmos functions (in its entirety) occurs best when the “I” and “me” (with all the falsities involved) are absent or psychologically negated.

One happens to have, and care for, a couple of wonderful pet parrots — I used to breed parrots — and they often speak with comprehension… and they sometimes correctly use the word “I.” For instance, recently my girlfriend bought colorful wooden toys for them and one of them, named “T-rex,” was tearing his huge wooden toy up so much, and making extensive messes, that i removed it (i.e., the toy) from his enclosure… intending to give him one section at a time. He said, “I want it back.” So even animals can use the word “I”; it’s no big deal.

One posits that, for us humans, it takes great intelligence to transcend the notion of a central “I” or “me.” Then, possibly, such a one may partake in great insights that transcend our rudimentary notions of time, space, control, death, life, and self. Many, however, would say, “Well, I’m not interested.”

T-rex (Catalina Macaw) … Photo by Thomas Peace c.2023

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My Blog primarily consists of close-up nature photos (that I've taken locally) combined with original holistic-truth oriented prose and/or poetry involving mindfulness/awareness. I love nature and I love understanding the whole (not merely the parts and the details). I'm a retired teacher of the multiply handicapped. I have a number of interesting hobbies, such as fossil collecting, sport-kite flying, 3D and 2D close-up photography, holography, and pets. Most of all, I am into holistic self-awareness, spontaneous insight, unconventional observation/direct perception, mindfulness, meditation, world peace, non-fragmentation, population control, vegetarianism, and green energy. To follow my unique Blog of "Nature Photos and Mindfulness Sayings" and for RSS feeds to my new posts, please access at: (On my regular Blog posting pages, for additional information and to follow, simply click on the "tack icon" at the upper right corner... or, on my profile page, you can click on the "Thomas Peace" icon.) Stay mindful, understanding, and caring!...

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  1. WOW -such a gorgeous parrot and I love the way he responded to you – this is me – not a one! I don’t get how eternity exists in an evolving universe.


      • OH please include an audio of this wondrous parrot – just his colors alone blow me away – what fun to have such color when winter gray is the norm! -as for here it will be another six weeks until spring makes her appearance – more snow on the way – Tom,
        How can you be so sure about eternity when we live in an evolving universe? – eternity is static – nature is not – we can be certain that nature is evolving on this planet at least because we are living it and ARE PART OF IT. No conditioning here – just observe. I am also saying that we can tap into beloved ancestors or loved ones of any species if that’s what you mean – there is this timeless aspect – the thing I call deep time – I am questioning the idea of stasis….

      • The Gospel of Thomas frankly blew me away when I discovered Elaine Pagels Jesus became real to me… don‘t recall that saying but now I get what you mean! Thanks! And don‘t forget T…. Can‘t wait to hear more!

  2. ‘I’ am ‘me’ – always have been always will be. Part of and interconnected with ‘something’ far bigger and greater.
    Can’t stand the terminology and use of ‘one’ – reminds me of Thatcher!
    Lovely parrot 😍


    • Thanks about T-rex, Margaret! 😊 He’s a real character!

      Instead of using “I” or “me” internally… one prefers to use the term “this movement” or “the movement.”

      I and me are extensions of thought/thinking; they are not profoundly interconnected with anything profound (as they exist). It’s like shadows saying that they are interconnected with sunlight, which is such bilge.


    • Awesome! 😀 When younger, i used to breed Blue and Gold Macaws. They generally have very sweet personalities. T-rex is a Catalina Macaw, a cross between a Blue and Gold and a Scarlet Macaw. He is large-sized for a Catalina. I help my parrots to exercise their wings daily, which many people, unfortunately, don’t do.


  3. T-rex is a beautiful boy Tom. Those colors, just exquisite, even if he is all about “me, me, me” … I laughed when you said “I want it back” when you took his toy. Smarter than some humans for sure.


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