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Intentionality: Asking For Your Missing Piece


Mark J. Chironna, c. 2016

The word “intentionality” derives from the Latin ‘intendere’ which means “to point at” or “to aim at”.  What makes you intentional is that your mental states and your consciousness are always directed towards, aimed at, and pointed towards something! Intentionality leads to being intentional! If you are thirsty, you intend to satisfy your thirst by drinking some water or another satisfying beverage.

McIntyre and Smith state: “an action is intentional when done with a certain ‘intention’, which means that you are in a certain mental state of ‘aiming’ toward a certain state of affairs”. Essentially, action and intention are inseparable. There is no passivity in intention. It is fueled by the very spark of intentionality within your mental framework.

Yet if intentionality is the spark of intention, what is the spark of intentionality? Continue reading

Creation, Destruction and the Paradox of Existence

Is it possible for a statement to be both true and false? Try this one:

“This statement is false.”

Makes you stop and think for a minute, doesn’t it? The above is a classic example of self-reference, a common theme of paradox. If the sentence is false, then the statement is true. See the conundrum? This world that seems so perfectly ordered by science and logic is actually entangled with ambiguity and contradiction. Things are not as they seem.

In this week’s episode of “The Rabbit Hole” on The Chopra Well, Deepak Chopra dives into the realm of paradox. As the philosopher Kierkegaard wrote, “One should not think slightingly of the paradoxical; for the paradox is the source of the thinker’s passion, and the thinker without a paradox is like a lover without a feeling: a paltry mediocrity.” And what is life without ambiguity?

Perhaps the most obvious – and most troubling – example of contradiction in our universe is the constant tension between creation and destruction. Just as effortlessly as Nature witnesses the dawn of every new day, birthing new life and bearing fresh buds, it simultaneously wrecks havoc, destruction, and decay. We integrate this contradiction in our daily lives. Composted waste, or manure, provides the soil for our crops; animals and plants die so that others may be nourished; hearts break so that individuals may mature and grow and make room for new love.

Screen Shot 2013-02-26 at 2.56.44 PMIt is a hard reality to face, but one that nonetheless provides the balance for our existence. And it is reflected in many religious and spiritual traditions around the world, as well. Just look at the god of the Bible, who creates all of heaven and earth, but also occasionally sanctions floods and plagues. In Hinduism, the god Shiva is at once the kind benefactor and the fierce destroyer. In ancient Greek mythology, Apollo was the god of light, knowledge and healing, but he also had a vengeful heart and could just as quickly bring illness and hardship. Perhaps “holy” doesn’t mean perfect or pure but instead complex, full of mystery and contradiction.

Are you comfortable with the paradox of existence? Can something be both funny and tragic? What happens if Pinocchio says, “My nose will grow now”?

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1 Key To Happiness

 I have been racking my brain, trying to figure out what kind of deep and serious knowledge, or insights I could impart on the Intent.com community. Yesterday, I was all blocked up- couldn’t think about anything. Every time I tried to start writing something, I had a million thoughts, and I couldn’t focus. Luckily, yesterday was only my second day on Intent.com, only my second day trying to make the world a better place (on this particular website).

Today, in the shower, I realized that my problem was trying to take on topic, problems, issues that one could fill a book- a library trying to tackle. I needed to focus, to hone in on smaller problems and smaller solutions. The only way to put together a puzzle is one piece at a time, unless you have a ton of friends working on the puzzle. In the shower, with the water washing over me, I realized that everyone else on Intent.com, that you are all my friends, trying to help put together this puzzle, a puzzle that no one can really put together themselves, but that we all have to work on, a puzzle harder than a Where’s Waldo puzzle, the puzzle of life. 

I never thought I would ever write the word "puzzle" so many times. 

After I had this all figured out, I started to think about happiness and what I believe is one of the keys to happiness. Here it is: 

Don’t covet. 

Okay, I know you have all heard this before. It is one of the ten commandments, but don’t think about it as one of the ten commandments; don’t think of it as a rule; just think of it as good advice. 

Many times people confuse "coveting" for "wanting." It is fine to want things, but be aware and take note of why you want the things you want. If you find that you want something just because someone else has it, then you are coveting. 

Desire is human nature. Everyone wants things, and many times they are the same things as everyone else, but don’t just want something because someone else has it, or you think someone else has it. This is even more important to remember about intangible things like love, security, or say… happiness. 


P.S. The grass might be greener on the other side, because it is covered in blood… and you are colorblind. 

P.P.S. The Sneetches by Dr. Seuss would be a nice supplement to this blog post.

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