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it seems now to be completely possible to be wrong while standing firmly on the foundation of what is considered right, …and equally possible to be right while aligning to what is considered to be essentially wrong

in knowing so much, we seem now to know almost nothing at all, …and even that which we so dearly cling to slips between our fingers as our fists flay away at those whom we think oppose our own views

the obsessive fascination with words, numbers, pictures, socially determined ideas, constructs and popular values, results only in the loss of the real language of life

by most scientific accounts we are led to believe that by nature we are sophisticated, genetically superior, cognitively intelligent, the most advanced and superior species on the planet… yet we seem oblivious to the reality that the overwhelming evidence of our natural social lives suggests that we seem to persist in defining ourselves almost exclusively by superficial externals?

is this instinctual or cognitive?

“I am not leading a rebellion!” said the mystic peacemaker…

“…in fact, blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God…”  he went on to say…

“for those who sow in peace will reap a harvest of righteousness… to them is the kingdom of heaven.”

“…so be wise and do not forget that all who draw the sword will die by the sword…”

“…however, do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth … no, instead I have come to bring a sword… I have come to turn man against man, and a man’s enemy will be the members of his own household…”

“…and I send you out as sheep among wolves, therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves…so try hard to understand that there is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens… a time to tear down and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak… for all things are made beautiful in their time … “

“… don’t be shocked,… this can be very difficult to understand.  … and truly, it is not in any way easy to grasp what is being done from beginning to end…”

“…when I sent you without money purse or bag or even sandals, did you lack anything?”

“nothing…” they said.

“…but now if you have purse, bag, and sandals take it… and if you have no sword, sell your cloak and buy one…”

“for these are the days for those who understand the times and know what to do…”

 

we are not godly simply because we frequent a church building…
… if we live across the road from a university library does not mean we are qualified to be awarded a degree…

the age of enlightenment

the era of technological breakthrough and instant access to vast data and resources…

we bask in circulated memes and scientific discoveries
… and we continue to expect, even demand easier access to all types of information

… and now it seems that we have come to believe that if we have ready access to all this information, knowledge, memes, wisdom, and all other types of data we are automatically learned, wise and mature…

delusion?

wisdom is vindicated by her deeds… not by her intentions

nor by assumptions based on self aggrandizement

have we even become so bewitched, possibly even to the extent that even constructive, positive and helpful information lulls us into the same comatose state of incapacitation…

… as all the while we are being set up

… as all the while we are allowing ourselves to be set up…

“I’m your wicked Uncle Ernie,
I’m glad you won’t see or hear me, as I fiddle about…

Our mother left me here to mind you, now I’m doing what I want to… fiddling about…

Down with the bedclothes, up with your nightshirt!… fiddle about, fiddle about…”

(John Entwistle – from the rock opera “Tommy” – by The Who)

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hmm, … yes, good sound reasoning applied in the video …
however, near the end the narrative suggests that the case against there being a purpose in the universe is extremely strong to anyone “who sees the universe as it is rather than as they wish it to be.”…
… this causes me to reflect that perhaps if we are willing and able to be as objective and “empirical” as we possibly can we would need to reconsider that in all our so-called advanced cognitive abilities and developed observational and deductive/reasoning faculties we see an extremely minute percentage of the data that is “out there”
also, to “see” vast chunks of that which we regard as scientific knowledge we are presently utilising and operating “empirically” with devices (technological and deductive) that we have created and developed for ourselves in order to “see” the things we cannot see with our own eyes
as a result we conclude causes, events and structures that together serve to build our “empirical” scientific world view….

… is this not exactly what the “religious” or “spiritual” mind does in attempting to make sense of it all … specifically, operating on sensory intuitive techniques and some other devices we have created for ourselves (belief systems, theologies, mythology, metaphor, etc.) in order to “see” and explain the things we cannot fully understand or ‘prove’ empirically? …  thereby concluding about events causes and structures that actively build our “spiritual” worldvview?
… call me a skeptic if you will, but there is many a time where I personally cannot shake the idea that even the most empirically educated and enthusiastically outspoken scientist is as driven and filled by “faith” and hopeful blinkered subjective passion as the most voluminously raving faith filled fundamentalist evangelist out there…

… and for us as participants on both sides of the great divide perhaps it may be wise to consider that to measure only the visible superficially discernible bits of the iceberg is profoundly foolish and very possibly perilous as well?

living in a world

where science is shrouded by faith

and faith is clouded by science

one assuming the limitations of linear logic

to be universally all encompassing

the other attempting to justify a sacred intuition

with linear empiricism
the day might come

where faith is substantiated

and where empirical science removes the blinkers of self-determinism

 

but until then we continue to embrace each other with daggers unsheathed

 

one grasping at self ascendency

assuming be placed high amongst the stars

 

the other dragging the heavens down

to be strapped to the loins of mortal man

 

we are equipped with 5 senses and we are pretty proud of that.

with these 5 senses we believe we can understand the universe in all it’s glory.

well, maybe the universe has more sense than that…