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I think we have a fair perspective of time based on the laws of Physics, which you'd have to admit were created by God to maintain the perfect order and harmony of the entire universe.
Personally i imagine freewill is an illusion, which is not to say i subscribe to the notion of predestination. Just that certain aspects of our reality seem to be determined by powers outwith our control long before our conception.
Suppose the question is if there is a creator or guiding force regarding our universe does he/she/it have a plan or is it simply sitting back and watching the show unfold?
purpose or part to play within a Universal Plan We choose daily how we will be ... To put it simply ... we can choose to be in Harmony or at discord with the Universal Plan I speak of
originally posted by: andy06shake
a reply to: intrptr
Certainty agree as to us being conditioned to think, feel and act in a certain way. Yesterdays organised religion being today's mass media networks.
Short of isolating oneself away from the rest of reality, which kind of defeats the purpose of life, i really don't see anyway out of there control anytime soon.
What about all those little children that cease to exist down to war and famine through? What part or purpose do they serve regarding any universal plan?
See all that goes to prove to me is that nature seems to be rather a cruel mistress and if not then Human nature seems quite happy to provide the cruelty.
POINT OF THE CAVE ANALOGY: According to Plato, the world outside the cave represents the world of forms while the shadows on the wall represent objects in the physical world. The escape of the prisoner represents philosophical enlightenment and the realization that forms are the true reality. Most people are like the prisoners in the cave. They think the shadows are reality. Philosophers, though, are like the man who escapes the cave and sees the real world. They have true knowledge.
I dont think there is a Universal Plan, sure there are conditions that are conducive to life to sustain itself. We can tweak forces to unfold conditions conducive to our plan/needs. Not being all knowing we sometimes may choose a path that leads to discord but ultimately you will get there maybe it will just take longer but valuable lessons will still be learnt.
If you capitalize "Universal Plan" "Harmony" "Discord" are you tending towards a Creator? I personally think that if there was a creator "it" left this sphere of reality sometime ago.