posted on Mar, 11 2016 @ 12:42 PM
Well, Steve, as I have understood it, metaphysics is the study of that which is beyond our simple physical reality. And that always needs to be
studied under the 'if' of anything metaphysical at all. We can then base our understanding on our own experiences and speculations and or rely on the
words of others who proclaim some understanding of it over and above our own personal experiences and use their understanding upon which to build our
I think much of the weakness of the field is that we tend to rely way to much on what others have to say in this regard, supposing that others have
experiences more real, more true, more intelligent than our own. At this point I think that the 'if' of metaphysical inquiry becomes the 'that' of
metaphysical belief and is based much to firmly on 'hear say' evidence.
So I think that any true inquiry into this subject must remain an 'if' question faced by each and anyone who has interests in their own speculation in
this regards. Certainly the things that are heard from others might be of value in this pursuit but only as a side line to ones own personal
For me, the 'if' of metaphysics must remain paramount in my own research into these matters. It is slow going but more sure, I think, than relying on
the words of others.
So that said, metaphysics is either the study of that which is real and for the most part way beyond our physical ability to prove, or even
demonstrate on a factual basis, or just the fanciful ruminations of a loosely controlled mind. And even if it is in that first category, it should
always be considered in light that the second has a high possibility of being the larger truth in the whole matter.
31America/ChicagoFri, 11 Mar 2016 12:47:05 -0600Fri, 11 Mar 2016 12:47:05 -060016032016-03-11T12:47:05-06:001200000047 by TerryMcGuire because: (no