Excellent exercise in philosophical thinking: may I present, my rambling response to your most interesting ideas.
All the questions you have presented in short form, i.e. Who are you?, are all self-defining thought processes. The only answers that can be derived
to these short, yet deeply profound, questions are ones that resonate within us as true at the given moment we are answering ourselves. Thus, if our
view point, thinking structure and perceptive change, then so do our own answers to these questions. Our reactions to experience, feedback, stimiuli,
and fundamental processing of our own memories and reactions, all define who we believe ourselves to be; in my opinion. Perhaps a better question
would be, is there one unified answer to all these answers? A universal remedy?
Who am I? A simple and prosaic question. I am who I, and others, define myself to be. I am all ideas of myself that compliment and contradict each
Coming from and going to: The question itself implies either a time or a distance factor, where all moments are one – and the only perception that
time is a linear progressive forward motion, is our physical ability to catalogue moment to moment in a linear fashion. So I say I am come from and
going to everywhere in all directions at once.
I want, you want: A want is a thing of desire, seperated from an essential need. A want can be misinterpreted as a need, but is nothing more than a
redefined fantasy of a wish.
Am I sure? There will always be doubt, for nothing is ever certain. There are lessor doubts and lessor certainties.
Why do I think that? I think of any idea because my thought processes have lead me to this conclusion.
Are you sure you saw what you think you saw? See, Am I sure?
God: God is an idea, an abstract concept embraced as an explanation and an interpretation. It encompasses the concept of omniscience; meaning having
infinite awareness, understanding, and insight and possessed of universal or complete knowledge. Does the concept of God truly exist? I would like to
believe it does, as the faith in such a concept can provide a feeling of comfort. I have no explaination for this faith, as it has no basis in science
or fact, and I have no evidence of the existence of God – how famous I'm sure I would be if I did!
When we Die: This question is entirely subject to personal opinion, which does not need to be examined in any depth, or held in any regard other than
to attempt to allay the fear of the unknown, which truly holds more terror in the depths of the imagined nightmares to which we can ascribe it. It is
unknown and unknowable at this stage in time, that it might always be so is itself an unknowable idea.
Reality, Truth and The Point: We each perceive our world, ourselves and our life through a unique frame of reference. Each so utterly unique to
itself, it could almost be an experience DNA pattern – much like our physical bodies, our life journey can not be replicated by another individual
exactly the same. In which case, when we define our Reality, Truth and Point to existence it will only be a relevant answer to our life experience.
Reality and to a degree truth, are just a general consensus of experiences and perceptions that the majority will agree on. The further you fall
outside the general agreement of reality and truth, the more ostracised you become from society, and the lessor amount of tolerance for your
aberration you will be shown. Some would refer to this as a herd mentality with a derogatory tone of voice. Yet you will find that even those who
profess to despise this type of thinking, will still seek to conform in their own fashion in different ways. A true radical would be utterly condemned
by the self-same herd mentality, and so even those whose voices cry aganist the wind will seek credibility in other ways if they do not wish their
voices to go so thoroughly unnoted.
The wretch, concentered all in self,
Living shall forfeit fair renown,
And, doubly dying, shall go down
To the vile dust from whence he sprung,
Unwept, unhonored, and unsung.
-Sir Walter Scott
... questions are like instruments. They provide the opportunity to appreciate something completely anew, they help open our minds and prompt us
to use what we have gathered to come to today's understanding. Questions can allow a person to escape the prison of what they think they know, and
lead to an interested and interesting life.
Since the beginning of thought, man has sought to understand the universe and his own existence. He has sought to explain them through myths,
superstitions, and religions on one hand; and through science and philosophy on the other.
Religion proffers answers to many of these questions, but based on alleged divine revelation as interpreted by ecclesiastical “authorities”, and
expressed in dogmatic —and often irrational— belief systems. Science and Philosophy eschew dogmatic belief and seek to answer them by reason and
logic or through experience.
As for the cylical question: I believe we begin our lives in a state of extreme growth and learn to define ourselves and our environment with
questions and curiosity. As we come to our own conclusions to these questions, we question less. We become distracted by our lives and the moments we
live in; however not all of us can be so generally classified. I do believe that with older age we again begin to question, as we have grown and
received more information, more experiences to catalogue. Any new experiences or information that comes our way to contradict a thinking pattern will
always cause a re-examination of ourselves, however brief, and either a re-confirmation of maxims already held or a discarding of old tenents no
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