The Non-Linear Dynamics of Retro-Active Mind Cognition: Schopenhauer’s 3 Key Stages of Truth

Phish Concert Poster/June 17th & 18th, 2010, The Comcast Theatre, CT

Phish Concert Poster/June 17th & 18th, 2010, The Comcast Theatre, CT

The Non-Linear Dynamics of Retro-Active Mind Cognition: Schopenhauer’s 3 Key Stages of Truth

“And I am taken far away…   

 Lingering slowly melting away

Tossed with the salad and baled with the hay

Pooling like water that drips from above

Trampled by lambs pecked by the dove”.

– Limb by Limb, The Story of the Ghost, Phish, 1998


“All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.” – Arthur Schopenhauer

Man’s open debate is with himself. In a more provocative way, the argument is between the imperfect and perfect self as reflected in the mirror of the mind-memory continuum. Since this confrontation is an evolutional cognizance, the self-continuous ego of the stone age man have dragged it’s clothes through the vicissitudes of life to finally encounter the loss of Eden in his mind’s delusive cupola, a thing that he cannot obliterate by plainly rationalizing his existence on this planet. So, truth has always come to him either greater than reality or less but never the exact thing because there is nothing as an exact thing – all are mathematical possibilities that turn out to be real one way or the other; a fiction becomes a fact or a fact is less than fiction by the grammar of our metrical choice and by the apparent unseen laws of objective reduction.

TRUTH when it’s very powerful and challenges existing norms, our first reaction is to ridicule it, as the gift of a highly well-developed mammalian brain imposes its own self-identity as an authority on the subject rejecting any other contrary idea as an inferior image or copy of the real.

Man laughs at himself

Enjoys the tyranny of his body

By playing the mind game of another crucifixion;

Ridicule is the liberation of pain that he inflicted upon himself

By obscuring his mind from the solar ellipse rasas

He blocked out the only light

That may power his cosmic subways to the great galaxy

Opposition is the natural habitat of ignorance

And his scriptures find no reason for him to read

That can reveal another kingdom

Reason lost its crown in the glory of the emperor’s new mind

Only to rediscover its home as a self-evident truth that didn’t matter.

Truth is always opposed with determinism as if the natural history of our existence lies in the rightful opposition we make to anything and everything that is inconsistent with our self-continuity. Civilizations have wrecked the custody of our inner-strength by procreating new forms of justice that deny scientific spiritual growth; faculties that were once highly acclaimed are now the victim of ridicule. Our intuitive reflexes are no more in tune with the creational vibrations; we have soared high with our gradual imperfections that have amplified the magnitude of our desperation and loss. Our management of enlightenment have failed miserably – forced to look inwards we look elsewhere for a proper reason, and, if there is one we realise it not, deferring time so we can culminate our own cause of self-betrayal within nanoseconds of our eternal gyrations.

We are empty cans of beer

Kicked around the dusty desert road

By storms of the black pool



Nowhere to go

But step aside,

And run…

We live not by knowledge but with ‘experience’ – our Dzogchen is the last word of our survival in time’s that are changing. Consciousness is the key to our future and if we can connect with the supreme self non-locally, we are the ones who will see the supramental world taking shape within the reality that exists.

– Joy Roy Choudhury