Karma and Sudoku

September 8, 2006


One of the aspects of playing the numbers game, Sudoku, is that when one number is entered, other possibilities open up. Sometimes just one opportunity opens up, and sometimes and a great many do. Each new solution is able to set in motion its own chain of solutions.

I like to think that education is like this.

I like to think that being civilized to one another is like this.

If humans do indeed have “spirit,” it is subject to its own gravity like a magnet. Perhaps love is the strongest form of spirit gravity. It is inevitably drawn to itself. But when partitioned into containers called human beings, each person can regulate the amount of love they give out and let themselves be subject to, through free will. Volitional gravity I call it. Volitional gravity forms couples, families, neighborhoods, cities, states, provinces, countries, and every other “birds of a feather” partitioning mechanisms humans manifest (gender; religious, political or team affiliation, and so on).

The instant karma of a single social interaction can be like a sudoku move, opening up one or many future possibilities. If, when I see you, I slap you in the face, this action will likely diminish the likelihood of future interactions. The karma of such an action would be that you wouldn’t want to hang out with me with behavior like that. However, if we engage in interesting conversation, do some fun thing together, or just interact in a mutually interesting way, future interactions, also known as friendship, will very likely occur.

Physical gravity seems fairly predictable to us. Human gravity is far more mercurial. Living in the world seems more manageable and pleasurable when human gravity is allowed to flow. Social interaction is the heart of society. Positive social interaction sets in motion the possibility of more positive social interaction, thereby, (if I may draw a conclusion) making a happier (functional) society. When human gravity is volitionally stopped, neurosis, unhappiness, and ill health creep in.

[This daydream sounds like “love one another” without the theology, doesn’t it?]

Painting, Caspar David Friedrich: Landschaft mit Regenbogen (1810), “edited” by RB.

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