back for good (or bad)

It is still unclear to me if the compulsion to write for me as well as for others, here or elsewhere, is good or bad. 

I’ll try a step by step approach: I am a human being and as any other beings I have and I have the need of a social life. Writing is one of the paths used to engage, or try to engage other beings (basically humans given the common language).

Religions or religious expressions are defined as exhaustive systems of values, practices and ideas which have the ability to create an environment where humans can achieve their potential beyond the empirical cloud of material or physical life.

I cannot see in the near future a time when I would dismiss the existence of another life for myself or others, a life other then the visible, palpable one. This not necessarily for religious or ethical reasons but because of a stubborn appeal to common sense: as long as I can long for one (other life) there should be one, in any form it may be.

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let’s put some soul in defining

A big part of our thoughts and discussions concerns definitions. We say, to others and to ourselves: this is…, that is…, I mean…, What I am trying to say…, etc.

This reflects our impulse to put everything in a manageable order, ideas included, so they create something that has a meaning and that fits the rest of our life. The compulsion to organize, to create shelves on which we can store and retrieve easily is universal. There is no chance to avoid it and we do not need to do it. What we really need to do is to go back to them as often as we can, and refresh, reorganize, check on them.

Too often I found myself stuck in a loop of thoughts only because some important concepts had outdated, inconsistent, no longer relevant definitions.

Take  soul. This is for many the cornerstone when talking about spiritual things such as religion or, the existence of gods. I am not concerned about scientific definitions as much as common sense based ones. There should be no surprise if I tell you that there are far more people without an academic background interested in making light in the matter than you would guess. To them the integration of a certain concept in their handmade life philosophy is more important than being in line with the specialists in the field. A large majority of people make up their minds based on what their intuition tells them. The world of education would be better of listening, not only to what people are interested in, but also in what way should the message be put forward. The truth is in fact a product like any other and it needs the right packaging to get people interested in it.

The best people at this game are the artists among the scientists; those who love the next person more than they love their own truth and for this they will work at least as much in clothing it rightly.

And going back on the soul, I feel free to make up a definition according to the boundaries set by the person in front of me. This can include even conceding that it might not even exist. It is still a point at which I can start a relationship. I am surprised sometimes how much I can discover and grow when I humbly accept that my definition is no better than someone else’s.

So, is there a soul? If yes, how does it look like and why does it matter anyway?

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Foreword

There are basically four world views: (1) Reality is just matter, (2) Reality is just spirit, (3) Through religion and morality we can work to put matter and spirit together (the most common religious position), and (4) The material world has always been the place where Spirit is revealed. You cannot put them together. They already are – as in Jesus.

Richard Rohr; Yes, and…; 2013; p.164

One hypothesis with which I start any intellectual/emotional quest is that without a set of prejudices one cannot even begin the journey. At the same time without the constant acknowledging of the said prejudices as they are, there can be no chance of progress. Every discovery is somehow the result of going over and beyond present prejudices, in order to make room for the new, improved ones.  It is not about them being good or bad, it is only about an instrument with which we all operate so let’s not be …judgemental about it. I shall call this the foundational bias.

[Let me give as an example one of my prejudices: the opposite of truth is death not lie. In this respect death does not exist in a world where life is still king. Consequently truth as reality is always at hand although never as a whole. I know it sounds pretentious or minimalistic or unwarranted but, hey, this is one of my prejudices so I shall not waste more time to explain it.]

I cannot see how one can separate the effort of logical reasoning from the ever present catalyst which is one’s emotional state at any moment in time. It constitutes the starter, the engine and the end-consumer of the said effort. Let us call this the emotional bias.

With the exception of Robinson Crusoe and the incurable patients of psychiatric clinics everybody lives consciously in someone else’s proximity. This is inevitable as much as it is the fact that it has its influence on the way we are searching for truth. Every piece of information in our brain has a source outside ourselves. The process of accumulating starts with early childhood and never ends. I am not saying that we do not process, digest, assimilate what we come in contact with but we do not start from scratch. Others hand us their understanding of life and they are all those with whom we get in touch throughout our life. We can accept their views, adapt them, reject them but never entirely ignore them. Whoever we come in contact with be it physically or mentally becomes part of our life. We cannot go back in time and undo meetings. I call this third filter for our way of acquiring knowledge social bias.

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Love only comes

with its own pain

on my parade

there is

no

rain

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From re-solution to r-evolution

I have given up on New Year’s resolutions long time ago. In fact on any resolution all year round.
I see the practice more like a rite of passage at best.
I have also noticed that it is a habit mainly found among young people.
In this circle of life it seems that getting older has at least one advantage: you are losing it or losing the interest in it.
Either way a relief.

Happy New Year!
(Yeah, another one)

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statu-quo

There is long-dreamed-about family house on the right, in the quiet village, just round the corner from the local shops, with pine trees bordering on one side and log-fed fire in the sitting room by the fluffy rug; there are dreams overdreamed and songs unborn.

I took my camera, pictured that and everything fell into place.

Nothing’s changed out there.

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Bloggingdom

The New Year is approaching and I felt like making a mental overview of my journey through some of the blogs so far. What is obvious when looking back is that I am different, I think different, I feel different. Better or worse, this I cannot say yet but definitely more content. A big contribution to my change has come from fellow wanderers who, at times, felt like being part of my family. Here are some of them, the ones mainly responsible for inspiring my questioning of the spiritual and religious, putting me at ease with their openness and honesty.

I may or may not be interested in the same subjects as you in the future but I am sure that I can be thankful for letting yourselves found.

Eva, Harold Knight, Recovering Agnostic, Mark Vernon,  a newly discovered Ashanam and others.

I know that you are not necessarily the standard believers but I reckon that the following text found on my friend‘s blog are the closest to my description of your online personalities:

I hope you’ve met at least one “Kingdom person” in your life. They are surrendered and trustful people. You sense that their life is okay at the core.

Thank you.

Sam

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