reply to post by cindymars
This is all about priorities and trust.
Reality, as in the harsh, beautiful, often frustratingly idiotic, simplistic and horrendously complicated snare of beliefs and cultures we have
created that compromises the material world, cannot be disregarded. This globe is every individual’s anchor; a solid foundation that allows the
beginnings of a search for other
What worries me is the profusion of folks who cannot wait
to escape this particular existence. Heck, the world and a lot of people in it
aren’t perfect, but until an Asimov-sized revelatory event happens, one that’ll forcibly change our perceptions of just what and where we are with
power, this world and the people on it are all we’ve got. It’s home. We keep forgetting that.
Until that time, that defining moment, we’ll continue to philosophize on things that are intangible, prevaricate about what may come, assume that
private enlightenment is meant for all, announce prophecies of doom and gloom, and promote new techniques that’ll allegedly allow us all to
experience a spiritual alternative to life.
It is becoming uncomfortably obvious that the truth
, however we define it, really is individual
, and not only that, but also pertinent
to the particular epoch
it came into being.
It’s what works for you, now
It might also work for me, then again it might not. And it’s my choice to accept part of it, the whole thing, or dismiss it as I see fit. No malice,
no hard feelings (unless your belief is forced upon me in any way. Then we have a problem), and no repercussions apart from a little intellectual
However, it’s the insistence that a belief system – an explanation for reality - is inherently correct, and that others must, therefore, be wrong,
that continues to hinder genuine progress. We base our cultures and laws and behaviour, on what are, at the end of the day, simply Man’s erudite
attempts at deciphering just what we are, and where we’ve come from. Educated guesses have shaped our understanding of what reality is now
Science can reason intuitively on the physical workings of existence, and then either prove true or false their theories by experimentation.
Spirituality, and the nature of reality, are both disciplines that have no tangible characteristics. Their study, and their present level of
understanding are, as yet, hypothetical.
That may seem an inconsiderate stance to those of a religious persuasion, even to those of an atheistic leaning, but until something more than
are presented, even if they do come from learned and erudite minds, then words and theories are all
they are. Yet, still we
believe them, because we need to.
The Bible will have as much
an impact on one individual’s life as Star Trek will on another’s.
We prioritize our beliefs according to what fits our individual convictions.
Are we all right, or all wrong, or somewhere in between? Well, that’s not mine to answer, but I can offer an opinion; everything
is real, in
some way or another. All we’ve every theorized over, created fictionally, held true to our hearts, lied fought and died over are all, somehow,
If they weren’t, why do they stir our hearts so?
And the answer to that, I think, is to accept that everything
stimulates a single human mind to seek the truth about
reality, materiality, spirituality, is in truth part of a single, unified whole
is so incalculably immense in concept that some simply find it too big to comprehend and happily allow others do the searching.
It’s those others that perceive divisions of this whole from individual perspectives; their own place in the universe. We therefore speculate,
personally or vicariously, solely on one fraction at a time. Billions of observations, billions of viewpoints.
As I say, just my opinion. And only words, at that.