At work today, I was listening to this video from Deepak Chopra and remembering a course I took at the University of Washington, Ideas of Human Nature, taught by David Barash. At the time I took the course, a lot of the information was a bit over my head conceptually. I found the esoteric philosophy presented interesting, but I had a great deal of trouble comprehending it.
I wondered… given how much I have stretched my mind over the last few months, would this information now have more meaning to me? Not to mention, I kept very few of my textbooks from those days and how interesting that this would be one of them. As if I had some inclination that I would someday want to revisit the subject. Now I really wanted to read it again!
I picked up the book as soon as I walked in the door after work. I opened to a random page in the middle of the book and scanned my eyes down to the first highlighted section on the page.
” I want to speak to the despisers of the body. It is their respect that begets their contempt. What is it that created respect and contempt and worth and will? The creative self created respect and contempt; it created pleasure and pain. The creative body created the spirit as a hand for its will.” – Nietzsche
This quote was taken from one of Nietzsche’s best know works, Thus Spoke Zarathustra, which tells of a prophet who seeks to inform human beings of their true nature and of their possibilities.
The first highlighted section on the next page read as follows:
“…If he were to be enlightened, if his eyes were to be opened to his true, normal interests, he would stop doing nasty things at once and would immediately become good and noble, because, being so enlightened and understanding his real advantage, he would realize that his own advantage really did lie in the good; and that it’s well known that there’s not a single man capable of acting knowingly against his own interest; consequently, he would so to speak, begin to do good out of necessity.” – Dostoyevsky
Oh how I just love synchronicity!
For those of you who have been following along, you know that I have somewhat recently delved into the realm of possibility that we may be much more powerful than we realize.
Strengthening our connection to the universe or creative source could be the key to achieving a heightened sense of awareness of our true self.
So these passages really hit me.
You know what else is interesting, in my very first post to Success in The City, I told the story of how I had come to be in the emotional situation I was in. I wrote about how I was on a journey to reconnect with the happiness and contentment I used to have, but lost somewhere along the way.
The best recollection I had of this time was when I was living in Seattle (attending UW). The same time I was taking Barash’s class.
Something tells me I’m back on the right path 🙂