I have never seen this bush before, because I had never walked that far from my new home. This probably happens every time I move, but usually I forget to write about it.

I was taking a one-hour walk today, finally, now that my foot is fully recovered. Well, it was meant to be a one-hour walk, but due to familiarigravity, it ended up more like 50-55 minutes.

What is familiarigravity? I can hear you ask. Actually, that is what I would like to know as well! I discovered it for the first time more than 30 years ago, toward the end of my high school years. (Yes, amazingly I have lived a long time already, longer may it last.) What I discovered was that when I leave the places I usually go, and walk into the unfamiliar, even if it is just along a road, I slow down and yet I tire more easily.  Conversely, once I turn around and start walking back home, walking becomes easier and I walk faster without getting more tired. It is as if there is a center of gravity somewhere in the familiar.

No, the road is not actually sloping upward. This is when I walk in flat terrain. If there is actual uphill or downhill, these add or subtract as usual. It is as if there is a second force in addition to gravity, similar to it but weaker and with a different center. This is what I today decided to call “familiarigravity”.

Obviously the law of familiarigravity is a law of the mind, not of matter. But the two are certainly intertwined in us humans. And I sincerely hope they will continue to be so for quite a while yet!


6 thoughts on “Familiarigravity

  1. (Only about the post, not the comments above)

    I’ve had horses like that. They’re “barn-spoiled”, but you haven’t been in your figurative “barn” long enough for it to beckon you home so strongly, or at least I wouldn’t think so!

    Pretty berry-bush. And the photo you posted several days ago of the road near your new home is also very pretty. It seems you can live wherever you want in Norway and it will be pretty.

  2. “I would say that what we’re seeing is something like projections inside projections.

    That would be how I would characterise ‘levels of reality’ – each projected world is real to the projected things within it.

    Talking about a ‘unified reality’ seems a little metaphysical.

    It seems as if, actually, there are realities inside reality, and maybe even realities inside realities, inside realities. Like a russian doll.

    In each level of reality, the projection of space opens up an environment in which evolution can lead to life, and from the point of view of that life, that projection IS the universe.

    Now the thing is that as a human, you cannot really see what the universe looks like from the perspective of thought. The human animal is not a thought, and so all the ways in which I – and whoever wants to follow me into examining this – have been able to understand what’s going on with thought – is by deduction, inference, guesswork and testing.

    We can’t directly know what it’s like to be a thought – we cannot SEE the projection of consciousness as we see the reality around us.

    The point I was raising with Zach is this – ok, so that’s a level down, in terms of reality, from where we are.

    Is there a level up? Is there something projecting the reality we live in, just as we, as humans, project the reality thoughts live in?

    Again, we can’t know. We can’t occupy that level. But what we can do is to look at OUR interactions with thoughts, as they develop now that we are aware these things are alive, and see if they have parallels in how our reality interacts with us as humans.

    In doing that, you could very well build a serious case for the existence of God.

    I don’t think we should shy away from doing this, I just think we should do it right.”

    • By a jury of their peers, who are also infected by mind parasites…

      If you ask whether it is right or good or useful to morally judge people, I think we agree it is not. In the judicial sense, we need to judge and lock away criminals in order to maintain a society in which people feel safe enough to unfold their talents. But a moral judgment is rarely productive. They know not what they do, after all.

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