Why Pythagoreanism is the name of this blog
I choose this name because it is a place in history to which I have decided to connect. I claim nothing beyond a layman’s expertise. I’m choosing to paint a picture of Pythagoreanism, as a philosophy, in my own mind, with facts, and then live and meditate in that world.
This world that I see, when I think of Ancient Pythagoreanism (technically, a type of Paganism), is one of numbers. I know Pythagoras was a mathematician, astronomer, musician, and person. I’d love to know what kinds of musical sound he made. He never wrote anything down, and swore all his students to secrecy.
He must have seen at least a huge fraction of the world as being different manifestations of vibration, and its various frequencies and media.
In his time and space, he truly was the being most generative of original free will. The passion with which Pythagoras must have enjoyed his life astounds me.
Rather than get hung up on what we don’t know, I’m going to focus very closely on what we do know, about Pythagoras, and Pythagoreanism. He saw numbers. He worked with vibrating string, and measured the ratios, which he used in mathematics. As I’ve read it, Pythagoreanism is the idea that reality is made of numbers.
I’ve named this “Pythagoreanism” because I think they were right. But beyond numbers, reality is, literally, information. Numbers are information, words are information, ones and zeroes and electric neural pathway illumination is all various manifestations of information. Reality is perception; create it. Pythagoreanism is about accepting this, as a world view, and then growing spiritually.
I’ve studied math. I can write equations, too.
My equation is equally as ad hoc, but no less descriptive in explanatory power, and actually, in my opinion, far, far more interesting than the Drake equation.
I choose to add to the perspective of ancient Pythagoreans by adopting their perspective as my own default. My home base, the balanced lens through which I view reality. Any novelty, originality, and sincere spontaneity that I generate as a result should be a product of Pythagoreanism, and the underlying truths of our shared reality which it celebrates.
I’m practicing it now.