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Pushing boundaries

Last Sunday, a local friend joined me at my table at his restaurant. He had a blog topic for me: pushing boundaries. He was not talking about the recently popular term of transgressive behaviour (in Dutch: grensoverschrijdend gedrag). More specifically, he wondered why I’m not pushing my boundaries.

Children are always pushing their boundaries with respect to (first) knowledge, then power, and eventually love (my blogs). This is a micro perspective. A macro perspective on pushing boundaries is the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine. The expansion of the Universe is another macro perspective.

My local friend has a valid point. Indeed, I’m not pushing most of my boundaries, being Love and Power. The only boundary that I’m still pushing is Knowledge. That boundary is only visible here.

The downside of pushing boundaries (eg, Russia) is that the boundaries of others will be breached (eg, Ukraine). This is clear within the Power domain. It is, however, the same in Love: once you push someone’s boundaries, (s)he may get hurt. Who or what could be hurt by pushing for Knowledge? Beats me.

Pushing your boundaries results in change, motion, and (perhaps) in growth. Hence, the Third Law of Motion by Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1726) should apply: For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction (source).

Applying Newton’s Third Law of Motion on Knowledge should imply an interaction between individual and universal consciousness. This notion may also explain “one of the oldest philosophical theories” that was once “the default philosophy of mind in Western thought”, being panpsychism (eg, Wiki-1, Wiki-2).

So, why am I not pushing my other two boundaries anymore?

Perhaps, it relates to a quote by the ancient Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu and author of the Tao Te Ching:

“If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present.” A quote by Lao Tzu a.k.a. Laozi

I used to live in the future, anxiously dreaming about my needs and wants. My 2013 burnout and subsequent depression destroyed my (past) beliefs in Power and (partly) in Love. Today, I’m at peace with myself and mostly interested in gaining and returning Knowledge, a.o. through these blog articles.

Opened (2006) by Kathryn Williams
artist, lyrics, video, Wiki-artist, Wiki-album

Where is your future going to settle down?
Will you move pushing boundaries?
Or leave them unopened?

Is this your future holding back your heart?
Keeping it at a distance
To never be unopened
To never be opened

Note: all markings (bolditalicunderlining) by LO unless in quotes or stated otherwise.

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