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Feb 24, 2009 | 4:36 PM EST

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This is my first in hopefully a series of philosophical questions to ask and I thought I might as well start with one of my own.

The music is done by myself along with the animations but look beyond this and try to criticise the philosophy more so than the flash itself.

If you want to listen to the song again here is the link http://www.newgrounds.com /audio/listen/215843

Thanks for your time.

Edit: The bit rate of the song isn't good at all, if you like it then go have a listen to it seperately.

P.S. Thanks for all the insight and comments, you have got me thinking, will reply to all the posts tomorrow, need to catch up on sleep. Will spend a lot more time animating next time.

Reviews


PAZda09PAZda09

Rated 5 / 5 stars

yes...but no

we are indeed all the same. We are one unit, the entire universe is an organism of sorts, a form of organization, a machine in which we are just one small part. Kind of like our cells our just one part of our body. still, your question is...to a certain extent..invalid. we only feel what we feel, and suffering is not anything tangible, it is a feeling. the reaction to suffering may be tangible, but suffering itself? Not so much. Because of this, it is not our inherent nature to step out of our comfort zone to help others. we have evolved to survive, thus we often choose ourselves over others, since our own survival is...to a certain extent...the end goal. this is why it is very commendable to help others. I am not saying that it shouldn't be done...it must be done, it just isn't inherent. So for us to step out of our inherent nature and help each other, this would take a movement of sorts. A revolution. You can't just tell people they are the same and expect them to help eachother, you need to change peoples ways of thinking, you need to take people out of their comfort zone.
Nice animation, interesting question. I think you should read "The Universe in a Single Atom" by the Dalai Lama, and perhaps the "Goldilocks Enigma" by Paul Davies, and especially "The Selfish Gene" by Richard Dawkins. The Selfish Gene touches immensely on the helping eachother subject, and goldilocks enigma deals with the universe, big bang, singularity of nature and stuff. the dalai lama book is just awesome.
Nice job, again, and interesting question, though the view of the big bang you have is somewhat debatable.


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Jewelz123 responds:

Thanks for the feedback, I will definitely grab a copy of those books and have a read for myself. I didn't realise that I brought up a whole new argument about morality and human behaviour so will base my next flash on morality and trying to find the foundations of that and perhaps another on what is morality. Just need to brush up my flash skills to make it appeal more.


gotterdammerunggotterdammerung

Rated 5 / 5 stars

My thoughts

In quantum mechanics, anything that has ever come into contact with anything else is said to be forever "tethered" to it. Two electroncs, once together, now on opposite ends of the universe: if one undergoes a change it will cause a change in the other electron instantaneously, they're tethered in non-locality (space doesn't really exist). So if everything arose from the big bang, everything is tethered with... well, everything! We're all one dynamic equation where every human, animal, plant, stone, atom is constantly affecting every other human, animal, plant, stone, atom.

Allowing or not allowing others to suffer is a a social construct, and in the grander scheme of things, merely the effect of our DNA's coding. Early on in human evolution we needed to either fight for our lives or run away, this was programmed by our DNA and accounts for our survival. These days, with the exception of "da ghetto", this coding is not really required, but we haven't had long enough to evolve "out" of that coding. It still keeps people alive more than it kills (just hurting someone doesn't count in an evolutionary sense unfortunately). Fortunately for us though, we're living in an age where we can consciously "reprogram" our behavior, and to hell with what our DNA first told us. People just need to have a reason, to think about such things. Your movie certainly helps people do that. Good job, and I'm looking forward to the next one!


Jewelz123 responds:

Ye I totally agree with you in the balance of the universe part, I was not meant to bring up the morality views in the flash and have managed to by putting in that line about suffering so am going to make one about the views of morality and how its developed through our evolution etc.

I like your second paragraph, its very interesting :)

By the way can you recommend any basic books on quantum mechanics to help me maybe understand the basic grasps of some of the stuff in it?


ShadowofSonicsRageShadowofSonicsRage

Rated 5 / 5 stars

The graphics were better than SOME flashes.

We are all different persona-wise. We may made be from the same stuff, but we are different. Good music, and the question asked was a good one to. But all is fair in the war to survive.


Jewelz123 responds:

Hehe, ye I can see where your coming from, perhaps then it is fair to say that we all came from the big bang (due to the recycling of energy for millions of years) therefore although we came from the same thing we are all different pieces of it. As is a jigsaw piece in a jigsaw puzzle, all the parts are different yet they fit together in a perfect way.


TheOccultKidEnkiduTheOccultKidEnkidu

Rated 5 / 5 stars

The Big Bang Theory Put to Good Use

You get a good score just for making me use my brain creatively today. That epiphany alone is worth 20 points.

With this theory in mind, to say "We are all one" doesn't seem so hippie-esque anymore. If this is true, then all existence on earth -- the plants, the animals, the sun and sky, the ocean below -- are all connected by a similar origin. So why is it that only Humans have souls and spirits? Could it be that all of nature is a spirit itself, that is too has a soul? From an evolutionary standpoint, the only differences from Humans and our nearest animal ancestor are a few genetic codes and the development of our brains. So then at what point did Humans evolve into the only ones with souls?

Thank You for that. I'm looking forward to the next one.
Now back to mindless entertainment...


Jewelz123 responds:

Lol thanks, ye that's very interesting, maybe to an extent everything does have a soul, the question of the human soul evokes a whole separate debate itself such as where did it come from, how did it develop, what is it etc.

Maybe the souls are all part of the origin as well or maybe they go beyond even that, I will have to base one of the animations on this question, perhaps you could help me gather some ideas to debate about it?


Bo-manBo-man

Rated 5 / 5 stars

Well...

I like that you posed a serious question. this is one of the few, if only intelligent things on Newgrounds (no offense to NG). We are made up from the material that the big bang created which was hydrogen. This Hydrogen formed stars, which through fusion created all the elements in existence. Then after the elements emitted from a star formed our solar system, and Earth cooled to the point where it became a solid, volcanoes emitted gases such as CO2 which formed an atmosphere. Then, the oceans formed and life was able to begin in the oceans out of an element called Carbon. (there are many theories about how this happened and I don't feel like explaining it so look it up if you're curious). These microscopic organisms evolved until they became humans. So to answer your question, we aren't all the same, but we are all made up of the same things. Therefore, discrimination is based solely on insignificant external differences. The only difference between any of the races is quantity of skin pigment. However, to answer your other question concerning why we discriminate, there are few answers. When we first began to organize into nations and eventually nation states, usually they were made up of people of similar traits. So when people saw others that were different than themselves they were weary because that person could be part of a different nation state that could be their enemy. So it became an evolutionary response to be wary of those who are different than you. Of course leaders used this to their advantage by encouraging this fear as an excuse to declare war, use another race for cheap labor, or commit genocide. This is speaking from a scientific stand point. I figure that's the best way to answer a question such as this.


Jewelz123 responds:

Spot on mate, totally agree with everything you said there. I didn't mean to bring up the question of morality in this flash so am going to repose it in the next flash. Ye, after some thought I've come to the conclusion that we are not all the same on the level that we see one another but we are all rather than just 1 person, millions of atoms so when we see someone else, we represent them as 1 person whilst they are millions of molecules and on a molecular level, going even further the electron level, we are all made up of the same fundamental things just arranged differently and this arrangement and combination is what makes us distinct from what another, yet if we zoom out and see the universe as a whole, it is all the same, just with a variety of arrangements. Dunno if this is right but this is what I think at the moment.