Do you believe you are a product of the world and/or society?
Has it really been a month since I visited? – Seems so.
So much happening here in Kaikoura.
And this is such a deep question.
I wrote a piece a few weeks ago about a modern understanding of the nature of understanding:
It isn’t simple.
We are not simple.
We are the most complex thing that we have reasonably accurate and repeatable records of.
Of course we are in part the product of the world, as the world is a product of the universe.
Of course we are influenced by the cultures of our upbringing, and all the traces of all the physical and intellectual aspects that remain of all the work of all the people who have come before us.
And we are capable of extending ourselves and our capabilities with tools, and some of us do this more so than others.
And once one starts to explore possibility, potential in a sense, then there are no limits to the searches possible, only to what may be achieved in any given time.
All pattern requires boundaries to maintain itself. So there are real and necessary limits to freedom, and they need not be restrictive. Becoming as aware as possible of the necessary limits is actually amazingly empowering.
So yes all of these things are influences, and it does seem that we do have something else, something that is not hard causal connection to the past, but is a much more context sensitive balance between order and chaos – that we often call freedom or creativity.
So yes the influences are very definitely there, and are absolutely required, and what they make possible is something quite profound – a creative human being with very high degrees of freedom.