Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Thoughts on what's to come and what it's all about.

You are going to have to bare with me on this one because I'm going to kind of free flow this one.

The terrible truth that so many people don't want to see is that we are all one. We put up so many walls between us and them, between me and you, between white and black, etc. But the simple truth is we are all the same. We are all one on this tiny ball of matter flying through the vast nothingness of space. All those walls are meaningless.

The greatest question of them all is what happens to us when we die. Personally I don't believe in an afterlife. I'm more of a fan of reincarnation. But the concept of the afterlife is pretty impressive if you stop and think about it. Where did it come from? Damn near every culture that exists or ever existed on this planet seems to have an afterlife mythos.

My favorite is something I once read about the Celts. I have no idea if this is true, but I like it all the same. The idea is this. There are two worlds, this world and the otherworld. When you die in this world you are born in the otherworld, and when you die in the otherworld you are born in this world. To that end they mourned at births and celebrated at funerals. For when some one is born here they must have first died in the otherworld. And when they die here you can celebrate knowing they will be born in the otherworld.

Now I don't believe that's what actually happens, but I like the idea. The underworld, the land of the dead, Sheol, whatever you want to call it, was not always looked upon has the utopia of the Christian heaven. Nor was there always the concept of a separate place for the good and bad peoples to go like heaven and hell. Each culture had its own myths about what happens in the afterlife and what the rules are. And I think you could learn a lot about a culture by studying these myths alone.

I've said before that I don't believe in the Good vs Evil view of the world that is so dominate in our culture. I blame this viewpoint on the Christian Church and the scare tactics they have used of the millennia. I don't want to turn this post into another rant against the church though so I'll just leave it at that statement of opinion.

Personally I think it's more of a Order vs Chaos that drives this universe. And we must struggle to seek the balance in ourselves and in our cultures. Societies of too much order or too much chaos have both fallen throughout all of history. Good and Evil or directions on a moral compass, and every one's moral compass is different, having been defined by the way they are brought up and the culture they lived in and by their own personally experiences in live. But Order and Chaos I feel can be more universally defined. I'm no expert and not an arrogant enough philosopher to try to define that myself right now.

Take a moment and stop to look at your life and the events in it. Try to see the key events in your life and determine if they were orderly or chaotic, and then just as an experiment try to define them as good or evil. Just see what you come up with. Personally when I look at my life I don't see much I could define as good or as evil, though certainly I have had moments of both throughout my life. But I do see a balance of orderly and chaotic. A prime example is elementary school with the orderly class rooms and studies, and the chaotic recesses.

I wish I knew more about the teachings of the Buddha. It seems to me that I would agree with a lot of what he had to say. But like all things in this live there are some things I'm sure I would disagree on too. For one thing I eat meat, and I'm pretty sure Buddhist are supposed to be vegetarian.

I think I had more that I was going to say but I'm going to cut it short here for now.

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