In this Vlog I will share how Fragments of Fragments came to be, how I came to the name, and where I intend to go with it in its new video format.
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Hello again and welcome to Fragments of Fragments with me Lewis Kirk. Firstly, thank you to everyone who got in contact about the first video with your feedback, ideas, encouragement and criticism, it really means a lot to me. And a special thanks to those of you who felt moved to share it with your social network. This gives others the chance to see this who otherwise would not. The one main criticism that I got from a few of you was that the video was a bit long. I will take this on board and ‘try’ to keep this one to a more manageable 10 mins or so. No promises.
So, how did Fragments of Fragments begin? Between around 2010 and the start of this blog in 2012 I became very interested in reading. This had progressed from an interest in golf and reading biographies of the worlds greatest golfers, until one day I found a reference to Deepak Chopras ‘Seven Spiritual Laws of Success’ In Nick Faldo’s autobiography ‘Life Swings’. This was the first of many connections I would make in my reading life that were akin to synchronicity or serendipity. Reading autobiographies is a great way to gain life experience sitting in your arm chair. I learnt many life lessons just by reading lots of biographical works.
From Deepak Chopra I read ‘The Secret’, and after that, Joseph Murphy’s ‘The Power of Your Subconscious Mind’. From these books alone, and I’m pretty sure I’m missing some out, I became aware of a different way of thinking to anything I had ever heard before. No one in my life to that point had ever told me about the power of positive thoughts and affirmations. No one had told me that I can gain control of my emotional responses and the way I react to people and the world around me. Why not? Why had no one ever given me this valuable advice and told me I could change my life for the better!? Because very few people knew about it or were interested in this sort of thing. It is more available today, what with the growing popularity of mindfulness, but when I first contacted these ideas it was a great mystery for me why no one was using these techniques to benefit themselves.
This was the entrance to the proverbial rabbit hole, which I fell into like Alice and was down for a good few years. The thing that pushed me in fully was when a good friend of mine recommended two authors, one named George Gurdjieff, and the other Peter Ouspensky. There are several posts about Gurdjieff and you can find them all in the category section down the right hand side of the website. Now, I thought Chopra, Murphy and The Secret were thought provoking and inspirational, but Gurdjieff and Ouspensky had a different flavor altogether, one that moved beyond positive thinking and inspiration and reflected a mirror directly into my being and caused me to see who I really am, behind all the roles I have to play in life, and all the desires and aversions that I have become accustomed to. These two men stripped all that away, and left me open without anything to hide behind. These men and their works was the beginning of a new life for me.
It had never occurred to me standing at the entrance of the rabbit hole what was waiting for me when I would come out. No one warned me, and it was never something I thought about, the consequences of shutting myself away and reading books of this nature for hours a day, for days at a time. I was so curious and interested in these two characters Gurdjieff and Ouspenky that I immediately brought their most famous works and read them. From there I read everything they had ever written, and after that read all the books their students and followers had written about them. For around two years I would digest all these books never reflecting on what was happening to me. Someone with more sense might have taken a moment at the entrance of that rabbit hole and asked: ‘Whats down there?’, ‘what will the experience do to me?’, ‘is it safe?’. But not me. I knew I wanted what was in there and so in I went.
This is a good segway into why I called the blog Fragments of Fragments. Even in trying to tell you about a few books that I read early on, and the impact they had on my life, words are insufficient to describe to you what I experienced. How can I tell you about Gurdjieffs Work and philosophy in a short video? How can I tell you about the power of positive thought and the effect affirmation can have in your life in 10 minutes? I cant. I cant even share a Fragment of these philosophies. But I can share Fragments of Fragments.
During this time of study and introspection I became passionate about ideas, concepts and philosophies, specifically the way they can have a positive impact on life, to the point where I created a blog to be able to share them more widely. This was always my aim, that I might be able to make people aware of something they did not know of, and for them to be interested enough to look into it, and by this process improve their life.
Some of the headings you will find in the category section running down the right hand side of the home page are as follows. In alphabetical order as they appear in the list:
- Harmonious Development
- Mulla Nasrudin
- Tae Te Ching
- The Mind
To give a good you example of a whole being made up of fragments, or parts, lets take Mythology. Mythology would be the whole field of knowledge. The fragments of it being the different cultures of mythology: Greek mythology, Norse mythology, Roman mythology, Celtic mythology, Aztec & Mayan mythology. And a fragment of a fragment would be a specific god within a specific mythology. Say Zeus in Greek mythology, Odin in Norse mythology, or Mercury in Roman mythology. I would find a Fragment of a Fragment of some larger body of knowledge and share it hoping people might find it as interesting as I did.
That was how the blog began, and how I came up with the name for it. Now to finish I will speak a little about where I am in my life now, and what is important to me after all this reading and practice. It is clear that there are many fields of knowledge and information that we can choose from and pursue. From flower arranging to baking. From banking to politics. Different languages to learn. The list is endless. But it is my opinion that the most important knowledge that is available to us and of the most interest to me is that which removes suffering and produces happiness. This aspiration of the end of suffering can be a current within anyone’s life, and it wont impact in the slightest if you are a baker or a florist or a banker, apart from make you a more kind, compassionate and mindful one.
The clearest example of this can be found within Buddhism. They have the teaching of the four noble truths. They are the truth of suffering, the truth of the cause of suffering, the truth of the end of suffering, and the truth of the path that leads to the end of suffering. I would consider this teaching a fragment of the school of Buddhist thought. A quick google search will help you to learn more about the four noble truths.
I am not claiming that by watching one Vlog your suffering will be removed and you will live in a transcendental happiness forever. What I am hoping to share can be considered tools for life. Ill give you a blunt knife, but it is your responsibility to sharpen it, to learn how to use it and to keep it safe.
I will end with a thought experiment. You have two choices, like the red and blue pill in the matrix, but not whether you stay happily plugged in to the matrix, or wake up and come out of the simulation. My choices are a little different. One pill will give you entertainment and excitement for 5 hours but will increase your suffering once the effects ware off. The other pill will produce silence and boredom for 5 hours but will reduce the suffering you experience in your life moving forward. Which pill would you take? And why?
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