1 What is a Great Moment?
2 There are so many that come to mind. Go ahead, think of one. Allow yourself to experience that rush of emotion again, as if you were there again. The lovely smells, rich sounds, and positive emotions.
3 The time you brought home good grades for your parents, impressed your friends, or flattered a crush.
4 That Great Moment you remember and put yourself through, took you from a place of normal existence, to the peaks of emotional mountains.
5 Now, think of a Bad Moment. Undoubtedly there are some Bad Moments that come to mind, for some, quicker than the good.
6 When a close relative or pet died, that time you let down the people around you, or the anxiousness of not being able to do something in the future, looming over you like a dark, thundering cloud.
7 These were, or are, Bad Moments, each characterized by its own emotional baggage filled with negative emotions. Angst, depression, etc., or a mixture of many different ones.
8 These Moments that we label 'Good' and 'Bad', affect our lives years down the road. Everyday we base decisions on unconscious biases driven by these significant moments and their impact on our lives, and we don't know why. On a smaller scale, these moments also affect your life day-to-day.
9 When you thought about your Great Moment in the second paragraph, you were forced to remind yourself of the feeling of a 'Great Moment'. That giddy excitement you get when the universe seems to align into a cinderella story around you.
10 On the other side of the same hand, when you thought about your Bad Moment in paragraph five, you were forced to put yourself in the mind state of a 'Bad Moment'. Thus, inviting that dark and hazy cloud of repressed energy to drear over your head in reflection.
11 By performing this mental lunge, we can see how the mind is so easily affected by our past and our thoughts at any given Moment.
12 But, if you didn't experience those Bad Moments that crumble you to the very core, shaping you into the person you are today, no Great Moments would exist.
13 This same principal goes for all polar opposites, Up wouldn't be anything if there was no Down, Hot wouldn't be perceptible if there was no Cold, and if every moment was euphoric in its very essence, there would be no such thing as a Bad Moment at all, consequently removing euphoria from the realm of perception. For the futurists out there with an interest in immortality, if there was no such thing as Death, what would it mean to wake up in the morning with a 'Life worth living'? Would there be such a thing at all?
14 Another point that I'd like to bring up about this is the role which biology had to play in our perception of reality. This sounds rather 'far-out', but most contemplation of todays problems do.
15 We evolved as humans to eat, drink, and reproduce. If you accept this fact then you're forced to admit that our overall perception of the universe is catered to these needs due to evolution, at least on the most basic scale. This shows that we did not evolve to perceive the universe from a point of understanding, but to navigate through it affectively in pursuit of those basic needs. Rather, consciousness can be seen as an incidental fall into history, represented in its most archetypal form as Adam and Eve, kicking humanity out of the Garden of Eden and throwing homosapiens history.
16 Stating my point clearly, how you percieve the present Moment is dependent on subjective events in the past, of which you have no control. The German army is loving their invasion of Poland, but the polish aren't quite as fond. The break up in the subway station isn't nearly as significant to the passer-by as it is to the two participants engaged in the relationship. Moreover, you did not choose to be born in the exact time and place of your birth.
17 From an objective (and Buddhist) standpoint; the world happens and we assign emotions to it.
18 There is an interesting and uniting point here that's worth mentioning. This is not where the dialogue ends. Consider the woman passing by the breakup at the subway station. Perhaps she was reminded of an old break up in her life, and felt sympathy for the young couple.
19 Here lies a connection to particular 'common' moments within the human condition, which we all agree muster up a distinct and relatable feeling within us. These moments are archetypal, and range across many cultures in the form of stories. Why does the death of Mufasa in The Lion King make every person in the audience fight back a tsunami of tears? Why do we all think a certain song is beautiful? A poem meaningful? Contrarily, why do some people disagree with the majority?
20 These Archetypes, buried in works from our ancestors and perfected through many generations, are essential to understanding humanity and the self.