A few people have alluded to something about the past, present and future..
How about this one.
No matter whether you believe in the big bang theory or in an eternal recurrence, either way, we're still in the middle of an eternity sandwich.
But if quantum theory is accurate, that there is no way to separate or to isolate the observer from the observed, then the sheer fact of our own
existence (I think and feel, therefore I am), implies in no uncertain terms that at some level, we were always "here" or somewhere, since there is
nothing that is not and because we're already a part of it, now. There is no escape.
What is death? What is birth? What is life?
Many would ague otherwise, of course, that we're just a bag of skin and bones, who came from nothing and nowhere and into nowhere and nothing we shall
go whereby our material physicality alone defines us, as animals, nothing more nothing less, just "things" functioning according to a series of
algorithms and reactions and responses in a universe of things, of this and that, here and there, and then you die.
But what if it can be proven otherwise, say by superdeterminism, that our present moment experience can only have arisen not by chance or mere
circumstance, but out of an original intent arising in eternity...even from the POV of a final state, as if made from the future, from the Absolute,
while pretending not to know the outcome if only so that a shared experience, with freedom (some freedom), might be possible as an expression of the
Absolute's desire or intent, to share, without reservation, by making the experience possible in the first/last place?
"Therefore, do not be afraid nor let your hearts be troubled, little ones, for it pleased our father in heaven to share his eternal kingdom of light
and love with all his children." (paraphrased) LOL
Once something has happened, it cannot have happened any other way than the way it happened, and yet, before the choice or the judgement or the
measurement or observation is made, there is nothing to distinguish which is capable of setting ourselves apart from the whole of it all, even from
beginning to end. Nothing. It's absurd to think otherwise since those are all arbitrary distinctions, more often than not as I pointed out in the OP,
as a way of defending or somehow protecting ourselves from the truth, by imprisoning ourselves in a purely subjective isolation chamber, as if that
will keep us safe from the grand realization.
Is there a truth that sets us free, and if so, what is that truth if it isn't something about our own selves and our true place within the larger
context of what amounts to an interdependent and interpenetrating cosmological unity that there's just no escaping or getting around?
Is there an intentionality of fate in the life of a person as a cosmic inhabitant, even by anticipation from a first/last cause out of time and space?
Can you imagine?!
"Oh what is man that thou art mindful of him?"
The Superdeterministic Cosmological You.
If design properties can be discovered to exist in the present configuration, whether of the Earth-Moon-Sun and planetary and interstellar and
galactic configuration, or to our DNA and physical makeup, and on to our own conscious experience, then it's entirely conceivable that this world did
not come about or arise as some sort of capricious addition from nothing, but instead, as an intelligent and intentional subtraction from, the
absolute formless potential in order so that this experience can be made possible, by intent and with anticipation, from the very moment of creation,
or of recreation whatever the case may be.
We may be steeped in it, in other words, in ways that we cannot escape, either physically, or in the context of time and history. It's uncomfortable,
even scary, until it isn't anymore..
Within this context or paradigm, maybe death has no meaning, no sting as it were.. I'm already dead and alive again where the part that really lives
never dies, and that's funny!
But what would this mean, or imply, this deathless life?
Oh to laugh in the face of death, having already had a taste for the eternal..
Maybe the whole universe is a type of learning and self-awareness generating simulation of sorts (run out of a single photon of light?).
Hear me out on this..
If mind and consciousness is the basic of the world or what has been called a monistic idealism (as opposed to a materialist monism where matter alone
is primary and consciousness just an epiphenomenon of matter), then what would an infinite intelligence (II) or unknown Creative Agency (CA) do but
run an infinite series of possibilities and calculations until it arrived with intent and by anticipation from beyond time and space, with this
present moment experience, as an intentional subtraction or reduction of the Absolute Formless potential?
I feel that this implies a reverse arrow of time from a projected end-time of absolute perfection, in order to prevent everything from happening all
at once. The one real simulation, after every other one that did not produce this reality as the ideal or optimal one, was exhausted, out of eternity,
and an infinite series of possibilities and dead ends. If this isn't infinite intelligence, I don't know what is, whether you believe in "God" or not.
In this context, our own life and the world that we live in, and who and what we are and how we shall relate to others can be seen and felt in a whole
I believe that there is a place in the heart, and in the soul, were we already know the truth that sets us free, even free from the sting of death,
and yeah, it would make us cry and laugh out loud if we were to really get it and understand it and fully appreciate it's farthest reaching
implications and significance, that indeed while we may be evolved animals on the one hand, on the other we are nothing less than children of a
loving, kind and generous God, as a part of, and as the apple in his eye.
When the essential idea and epiphany comes, it will be one to which we'll think when we think it - who woulda thunk it?!
It will take us by surprise and, If I'm not mistaken, if will fill us with glee and cause the inner child within to be recovered and to giggle and
laugh again while unfurrowing your brow with a sigh, the mad panic of the egoic self, assuaged and consoled at long last. It's like the warm and
welcoming "hug" offered the prodigal son even in spite of himself (although after coming to his senses) when the best he'd hoped for was a scolding
and the job of a lowly servant (with food enough not to starve to death).
Acceptance and reintegration.
Child of God, you are.
Know it, and in so knowing know the truth that sets you free, and what is knowledge after all if not the knowledge of personal experience?
"And as my father first sent me, even so send I, you."
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