- 1 FSATFOTI is attempting to present a view that allows us to transcend strict individualism, that allows up to see a greater world. One issue you might have with this idea is that it called into question our normal idea of ourselves as individuals. When I first thought about this idea—which happened before FSATFOTI came to mind, way back when I started studying Buddhism—it was pretty scary.
- 2 When I thought about “losing my individuality” I thought along the lines of being assimilated into the Borg or becoming a Bugger from Ender’s Game. Maybe becoming enmeshed in terms of psychology, or co-dependent. Or becoming a cult member. There was a sense of loss of our own will, and becoming subservient to some other, greater will. Perhaps I thought of fascism (The symbolism of the fasces suggested strength through unity: a single rod is easily broken, while the bundle is difficult to break), or the rule of the mob, the insanity of the mob.
- 3 But the view here is not that we become subservient to some greater will, and that our will disappears. There is a saying I found in “Be Here Now” which says “what can’t be said can’t be said, and it can’t be whistled either. And to be honest, I don’t know how to say this, but to give you some idea, I’d like to share what happened first time I came across and saw and maybe met Chogyam Trungpa, at Cornell University, in 1971 or so.
- 4 One of his student was talking about ‘invisible beings”—which sounded to me like Gods or Angels or something to that effect—and I asked, “Do they really exist?”
- 5 And the student instantly replied; “No.” Then he paused – and thinking back on that pause I suspect that student was Jewish, having a good sense of humor and timing – “no more than you exist.”
- 6 So if I am just an s-fractal, made up of and being part of innumerable other s-fractals, there is no “master fractal.” Which might link to Joanne’s suggesting that “God Evolves.” Not just our understanding of G*d evolves, but G*d actually evolves.