“He burned to appease the fierce longing of his heart before which everything else was idle and alien. He cared little that he was in mortal sin, that his life had grown to be a tissue of subterfuge and falsehood. Beside the savage desire within him to realise the enormities which he brooded on nothing was sacred.”
Welcome, my name is Oshan Jarow — I’m passionate about consciousness.
I believe that any thoughtful encounter with philosophy’s perennial question — how to live — begins with an inquiry into the structures, qualities, and potentialities of consciousness itself. I agree with the grumpy Schopenhauer, who writes:
…every man is pent up within the limits of his own consciousness, and cannot directly get beyond those limits any more than he can get beyond his own skin.”
But, unlike him, I believe we can both stretch our limits of consciousness and render them more porous through a host of practices — some universal, some idiosyncratic — cultivated over eons of humans marveling at the curious fact of existence.
Founded as a home for the essays I began writing after graduating college, MusingMind has since evolved into an inventory of everything I find enriching — quotes, videos/articles from around the web, mini book-reviews, and my various writings that try to tie them all together. It’s a subjective record of my own consciousness unfolding, distilling, and exploring.
Though MusingMind is constantly evolving, its gravitational center is a revitalization of philosophy — contemplative thought and action — as the foundation from which to develop our lives. As I spend much of my time, and express much of myself, in concert with the ideas of others, here are a few quotes I, and thus MusingMind, fundamentally jive with:
“In the final analysis, we count for something only because of the essential we embody, and if we do not embody that, life is wasted.”
“We’re here to disappear, therefore let’s be as vivid & generous as we can.”
These three form a kind of existential narrative for me: that which we savagely desire to brood upon, the contemplations eliciting that visceral sense of stimulation bear some link to life’s essential stuff, and that stuff has something to do with living vividly & generously.
Three of MusingMind’s core posts: