Longfellow: A Psalm of Life

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A Psalm of Life

by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

What the Heart of the Young Man Said to the Psalmist

Tell me not, in mournful numbers,
“Life is but an empty dream!”
For the soul is dead that slumbers,
And things are not what they seem.

Life is real! Life is earnest!
And the grave is not its goal;
“Dust thou art, to dust returnest,”
Was not spoken of the soul.

Not enjoyment, and not sorrow,
Is our destined end or way;
But to act to each to-morrow
Finds us farther than to-day.

Art is long, and Time is fleeting,
And our hearts, though stout and brave,
Still, like muffled drums, are beating
Funeral marches to the grave.

In the world’s broad field of battle,
In the bivouac of Life,
Be not like dumb, driven cattle!
Be a hero in the strife!

Trust no Future, howe’er pleasant!
Let the dead Past bury its dead!
Act,–act in the living Present!
Heart within, and God o’erhead!

Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time;

Footprints, that perhaps another,
Sailing o’er life’s solemn main,
A forlorn and shipwrecked brother,
Seeing, shall take heart again.

Let us, then, be up and doing,
With a heart for any fate;
Still achieving, still pursuing
Learn to labor and to wait.

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Enimerism: Beyond Naturalism

I have been thinking for some time as how to put together a manifest of a level of consciousness that supercedes naturalism. I have finally come up with the term: “Enimerism” derived from the Ancient Greek “enimeros” or “aware”.

Enimerism is different from Animism in that it does not believe in a supernatural soul. Instead it believes in a naturalistically understandable consciousness. Enimerism believes that consciousness has evolved along with the species and that right-brain omni-consciousness (assimilation) and left-brain self-consciousness (dissimilation) are spectra not an absolute afforded only to humanity.

Enimerism requires us to respect the consciousness of all things. That all things have an omni-consciousness and a self-consciousness. Since there is no way we can supernaturally understand this it appears we will only come to understand it through science and technology that will augment communication between the minds of different species including the human species.

We think about teaching an artificial intelligence about morality in order to protect ourselves from it.  What would other species teach us about our morality when they communicate with us?

Will we discover consciousness in living things that do not have nervous systems?