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“Enlightenment is man's emergence from his self-imposed nonage. Nonage is the inability to use one's own understanding without another's guidance. This nonage is self-imposed if its cause lies not in lack of understanding but in indecision and lack of courage to use one's own mind without another's guidance. Dare to know! (Sapere aude.) "Have the courage to use your own understanding," is therefore the motto of the enlightenment.”
In media, the Messianic Archetype is a character whose role in the story (but not necessarily personality) echoes that of Christ. They are portrayed as a savior, whether the thing they are saving is a person, a lot of people or the whole of humanity. They endure a sizable sacrifice as the means of bringing that salvation about for others, a fate they do not deserve up to and including death or a Fate Worse than Death. Other elements may be mixed and matched as required but the Messianic Archetype will include one or more of the following:
This mindfulness practice allows us to relate to instead of from our thoughts—we’re building awareness of how we think. When we engage in this practice, maybe starting out for five minutes a day, we can begin to notice the storylines we create in our minds around expectations or pressures, or maybe just how much noise circulates in any given moment. We can train our brain to notice our mental habits—some good, some bad—and in noticing these habits, we have more freedom to choose how we act.
Confidence and sticking to those thoughts of your own without the interference of others is enlightening.
Unfortunately today, more than ever it's easy, too easy to cave unto others ideas and thoughts for positive social feedback. Wether that feedback come from a spouse or friend.
I too find absolute peace and a recharging taking place when I go for hikes, or just to sit in the quiet backyard to watch the busyness of nature doing its thing. Everything has a purpose, the birds, bees, etc but you can still witness moments of play, rascally behavior and much interaction between different species. If it's not about survival and eating each other other species find curiosity in each other and often seek out interaction.
I enjoy social media but it tires me and makes me feel that there is a huge disconnect in this world. Everyone is competing against each other, trying to reward themselves with "likes" and "stars", and then posting sad images of dinners and too often making comments that are geared towards getting reinforcing positive feedback.
It's a sad, sad world for all the amazing advances and discoveries we are surrounded with. Soul is missing.
Exactly. People are numb and taught not to question God. Why can't we question God? God made us and we are one with Him. He gave us a brain. Questioning is not attacking or being ungrateful. The church has taught people that it is the final authority on God.
But no, the Bible is. Church is only an organization of men who have been taught by other men of how and what to believe.
God wants a personal relationship with us and we are all different stages, levels and growth. I think he quite enjoys the lightbulb moments we have and the ongoing joy of our relationship as well as discoveries that we make about him.
Socialism exactly got invented because the few "have"s have been, still are exploiting the many "have-not"s. Without money and power you are a victim. The whole hood might be.
Jesus, as example for one of the Messianic types you're talking about, was all about equality and community building.
You preach Nietzsche and individualism, but that's so far from mindfullness and enlightment as one can get. That is dog eat dog capitalism, we already have that. How's it working?
originally posted by: Phage
a reply to: toysforadults
I like getting out on the water. Way out on the water. Where 270º of horizon is uninterrupted (I don't really like being completely out of sight of land).
I think the feeling harkens back to our time on the savannah, when uninterrupted visibility meant nothing could sneak up on you.
That's why lawns are cool, too.