Verity Paradox?

Verity…

A truth…  a principle of life that is of fundamental importance…  the foundations on which I base my life…  the rocks on which I build.  

Paradox…

The ultimate truth…  a universal truth…  what is not supposed to be, yet is…   what I get when I’m expecting something else…  the persistent manifestation of a principle I would prefer to ignore.

Life is found within paradox.  It is where I can find ultimate truth.  Where the arrogance of my certainty meets the humility of my doubt.

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The Conscious Universe 

Why do you insist the universe is not a conscious intelligence when it gave birth to conscious intelligences?

— Cicero, c. 44 BCE

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Butterflies of Belief

We can approach beliefs not as gems to be mined from the earth and protected with clenched fists, but rather as butterflies that land on an open hand — as gifts to enjoy but not possess.

Finding God in the Waves – Mike McHargue

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Which world do you choose?

Believe what you want regarding destiny.  You may believe in a future course that is divinely preordained, one that is a product of pure chance, or something in between.  I’ve yet to encounter anyone who can say and demonstrate that they have figured it out.

So…

I think it’s a logical conclusion that we humans do not know what lies in the path of our human journey.  

Yet…

There is no escaping another logical conclusion.  We will as a species experience whatever is to come.  

We will live life…

We will endure life…

We will experience life…

Forever, or until it ends.

Simple. Logical. Indisputable.

How would you like to live until then?

Until we die out and cease to exist, until we transcend our physical constraints and evolve into something different, or until we just continue to go on.

What kind of existence do you want?

Do you want an existence marked predominantly by hate, war, selfishness, intolerance, and violent retribution and revenge?

Our would you prefer an existence defined by love, peace, compassion, inclusion, selflessness, and non-violent social justice?

It is a choice.

I prefer the latter.  Regardless of any master plan or lack there of.

I would rather live in a world where all of humanity is unified in their desire to craft the best possible existence, than any other alternative.

But how? 

I believe that the only way to answer that question is to begin with an honest confession.

I don’t know.

What I do know is that I can do my part by living every day in a manner that reflects my vision of the world in which I want to live.

I refuse to acknowledge or engage those who are actively working against this ideal.  I’m happy to include them… To love them… To be compassionate toward them… But, I don’t need to acknowledge, endorse, or support, what I believe are misguided words, deeds, actions, and ideals.

Instead, I choose to…

Respond to the hateful by loving them.

Respond to a lack of compassion with an act of compassion.

Engage those who advocate violence by advocating peace and non-violence.

React to acts of ignorance and unjustified exclusion with wise actions that embrace inclusion.

Behave and live life reflective of my vision of the world in which I want to live.

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If There Is No God, We Don’t Make Sense

If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning — just as, if there were no light in the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes, we should never know it was dark.  Dark would be without meaning.  Similarly, the fact that eyes exist suggests that light must exist.  And the the fact that we have spiritual longings … the fact that we even have a meaningful category of thought and speech called spirituality … Suggests that there is some corresponding reality out there which we have the capacity to “sense”.  That capacity would be called faith, and that reality, God.

C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity (New York: Macmillan, 1943, p. 46)

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Skepticism and Doubt

The skeptic doubts one set of propositions because he believes another.  None of us live with absolute, unassailable certainly about anything; we all live by faith.  What someone thinks or feels absolutely certain of is really relative certainty.  It’s certainty based on faith that they are right.  The fact that they are certain is proof that they possess great faith. Likewise, one who doubts yet believes also demonstrates that some degree of faith is inescapable and runs through all that we claim to know.

Albert Einstein once said that there is no knowing without believing.

As far as the propositions of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain; and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.

The supreme task of the physicist is the search for those highly universal laws from which a picture of the world can be obtained by pure deduction.  There is no logical path leading to these laws.  They are only to be reached by intuition, based upon something like an intellectual love.

The mechanics of discovery are neither logical nor intellectual.  It’s a sudden illumination, almost a rapture.  Later, to be sure, intelligence and analysis and experiment confirm (or invalidate) the intuition.  But initially there is a great leap of the imagination.

— Albert Einstein 

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Faith defined simply 

Faith isn’t something you either have or don’t have, but something that ebbs and flows in the life and soul of every individual.  Doubt isn’t the opposite of faith.  It’s an element of faith.  Where there is absolute certainty, there can be no room for faith.

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