Many of those with power and vast riches are paying billions to have you swamped with false messages to keep you just barely surviving in the many weak states of Fear.
Your Destiny as a human is, however, to become Love focused, not Fearful. So, you are torn between what you are falsely taught and what you deeply know is your True Destiny.
You can start and carry on towards your Initial Destiny as a human by:
Choose to Step out of Fear;
Turn around, away from Fear and towards Love;
Start your own, personal version of The Way towards becoming Love-focused; and,
Keep on Keeping on.
Please avoid all preachers and choose only Love-focused teachers. Preachers are into control, not Love!
As a child, I was confused and overwhelmed by the world around me. I also loved much of the world, so don’t get the idea that my young life was painful.
The wilderness was beautiful, and I lived many days and nights under the sky, on the ground, in the mountains, on the reef, and in the great sea. People and society were more difficult for me to understand. The process of maturity was not easy. However, the elders were ever present, and they taught us repeatedly to love each other, that each person is important to every other person for collective existence.
These lessons seemed hard to a youth, and I often rebelled. That is the way of youth.
In time, I came to see the wisdom of their teachings: kindness and tenderness; unity and harmony; agreeable and pleasant; humble and modest; patience and perseverance. The more I practiced their simple teachings, the more my confusion and agitation seemed to drain away.
Here is one example: When I win, I am humble and modest. There is great value in excellence. As a winner, my achievement is an example to others, a goal for which they strive. My pride is in being part of a community, a family, that strives. Without them, I could never have won at all. Nobody loses. We are all striving in our own ways to be better and better.
It becomes easier to be generous, honest, and kind — if I practice in small ways. I make my life to be as it is. My attitude is everything.
Now, nothing is changed. It is always for you to choose your path. What do you choose?
It is no more difficult today than it has been for the last 10,000 years or so.
The world has ALWAYS been a difficult place.
But individuals deciding to be decent and trying to make a difference has ALWAYS been the case.
Deciding to “be a good person” is a personal decision. It has nothing to do with the state of the world, but if you make that decision and succeed, you can change the state of the world.
It has never been EASY to do the right thing and behave fairly and honestly. There is always a short cut or an “easy way”, but they usually involve someone getting hurt.
It is axiomatic, that if we all behaved better the world would be a better place.
Given that it is so obvious, you can reasonably wonder why everyone doesn’t just do it. (If you think about it, you will understand why Human nature makes it problematic…)
So, as an individual, you make a decision: Are you going to be part of the problem or part of the solution?
I made that choice many decades ago and have never regretted it.
But no-one ever said (and I never expected) it was going to be EASY.
In today’s world people are probably far more good than our ancestors.
In the last century people fought incredible wars killing millions of people and did untold horrors on others. Descendants of those warring countries — Germany, Japan, Russia, UK — are far nicer than their grandpas.
In the centuries before that people would burn widows and old women (termed witches) for no reason. They would try to measure innocence of an accused by burning their skin and waiting for God to make an intervention. They would kill anyone who had a different opinion on their god by crucifying them with nails hit like a psychopath.
Invading armies would burn up an entire town with all the people if they choose to not surrender. Police were few & biased and court systems didn’t evolve the rigorous processes we have today. You are left at the mercy of a mercurial monarch who can be stupid and vengeful. Untold horrors would be committed with cruel punishments.
We are far better than them. We are mostly law abiding and get very little chance to break the big laws. We are good by default as most of us have very little energy to commit crimes. Crimes in major countries are substantially low compared to even 2–3 decades ago.
The reason you might see a lot more negativity is because of the abundance of social media trying to get your eyeballs. Crime gets your attention and not goodness. You try to vilify people for mistakes that you yourself might not have hesitated to commit.
If you block most of these negative media and yellow journalism, and stick to statistics you can see we are becoming better than our fathers and grandfathers and their ancestors.
Now, why do humans have such different perceptions? You have some answers that clarify that. Truths are based on perception. We perceive truth with our own individual understanding. The mind is the “truth constructor”. As all can be seen by energy instead of matter and form, all is in motion. Consciousness directs the motion of the energy. There are different levels of consciousness. Human consciousness is very limited. First it’s limited to our 5 senses. But our world is but one small density in infinite densities. So, we perceive this as we share a planetary consciousness.
As we have the ability to think, we are able to create. This holds true in our dimension because all that’s man made comes from the mind. That’s including great inventions and more. What many don’t see is that this is energy in motion through consciousness. You create your own little shell with this mind energy thus separating yourself from the unity that we really are. Your understanding and mind constructs therefore create your own reality as you wish to perceive it. If we stop creating a reality in human consciousness, we can eventually break our shell and see the sunshine (the Light). Source energy is ALL. It’s always been there but because we’re “fogged” in by our mind, we simply don’t see it.
Many humans have experienced this Source unity, either shortly or for longer periods. As we start understanding the unity and the true ONENESS of what we are we expand in consciousness and we grow more together in unity, hence the “individual” type truths start to diminish because we share similar concepts and “truths”. My experience is that the consciousness grows as a sphere from within. Each individual’s sphere grow into one another and with time this creates a human collective sphere where we share similar meanings and truths. Here we are able to select the best solutions to our problems. It’s totally unimportant who says the idea, but each and every idea has value and should be examined in order to find the best solution. Today mankind is ruled by the elite and governments and they present their “truth” which we are just to accept….
By meditating, contemplating and by stilling our mind, we are able to clear our “mind fog”. We receive what we create and our conditions will prevail until the mentality changes.
All this requires an open mind, respect and search for the best ideas. Selfishness has no place in this kind of unity because there is no more nor less for anyone. All is ONE……
Humans can apply this today because it’s a matter of mindset. If humanity takes the mentality of oneness then all types of ideas to different problems will emerge. Diversity is important here. We all have creativity and intelligence within us. It’s time to bring this out. YOU ARE SOMEONE WITH VALUE.
Each of us have personal ‘truths’, and societies have ‘societal truths’ but none are True in and way.
There are Cosmic Truths in the universe and much is now available about those, on the Web, but it takes time and effort to determine what Truth is and few of us choose to find them; so we waste our lives chasing falsehoods and untruths instead.
You cannot find Truths when you are just barely surviving in the many, weak states of Fear. To find Truth you have to move out of Fear and start your journey towards living a Love-focused life. Fear is an anti-life way and Love is a pro-life way and all Truths are found on a pro-life paths.
About a half billion humans are presently trying to live Love-focused lives and, in this very non-linear universe, the total spiritual power of that half billion is much larger than the that of all other humans combined. This is causing serious chaos among those who would rule and why there is so much chaos at the moment,
You can help by choosing to find your way to becoming Love-focused yourself. Those who Love Unconditionally are powerful and those who just exist in Fear are weak.
So, learn how to Love yourself Unconditionally; this will morph into your Loving everything Unconditionally.
Well, we’re constantly under threat of dangers because of ethics. Ethics are rules or laws, either as religious or social statues. There are many good ethics that provide help and protection in many ways. Equally there are many things that just justify things for some few. You need to think about who created these ethics and what they really serve. So let’s think about some examples to clarify some thinking.
Food, is something very essential for humans, to live and to be healthy. So, we are many humans on this world. The food industry today produces a lot of food with preservatives, chemicals and so on. These chemicals are often very poisonous for humans. They don’t kill you instantly but they kill or make you sick over a long period of time. The different governments of the world give approvals on what’s allowed and not allowed to add into food through their respective FDAs (Food and Drugs Administration). I think you would be shocked by what they allow. I personally know someone in a country, who works with these things and I know certain things. So here’s a clear danger for humans, but the information isn’t released.
So why is this? This again deals with 2 powerful things on this planet. It’s about money and power. It serves certain people while other suffer with time. It’s great to make food tasty, that sells more because when people create a desire for something, they want more. But desire controls people more than logic thinking.
Other things are pollution issues. There’s plenty of pollution out there that’s allowed by “law”. Logically, they can be very dangerous both to humans and nature, but it again deals with money and power.
If humanity tried to serve a positive evolution which would include a healthier, safer and more united life on our planet, things would look a little different than they do today. Politics would be real servants to humanity and not ruling for their own purpose. The same would be for industry, who would seek solutions for a healthy and safe life rather than for profit and control. Money wouldn’t have the value nor would it have the power it has over people in today’s world. The objectives would be different.
There are many more things on our planet that runs the same way. All kinds of industry, cars are two of the major polluters of this world. AI is another threat because it takes over the work from humans. Who will pay for the ones without work? Not everyone could be a computer specialist. Many humans become superfluous and what do you think the effect would be? It all sounds wonderful with an automated world and how easy things will run, but think about the effects that come with it and who is behind it. You may or may not like the answers. I leave this for your opinion.
Money has become like air for most people. It’s like a super drug. Most people tend to forget that the few super rich don’t need money. They have so much that they could live a thousand lifetimes without working. So, ask yourself, if you had so much money what would be your next step?
Well, it’s easy to see what these “super rich” people do. They control a good part of Earth’s industry, the politicians and so on. It’s clear that they want control. Control ensures their continued survival as well as their agendas.
So, here you see how people have given away their power to few individuals who set the norms and living for the majority. This is then “ethically” protected and people accept without questioning. We are programmed into this system. The dangers are clear and present. A nuclear or biological war can be devastating but it will be started by just a few. Look at the COVID crisis. Just a good example and then laws are passed out with restrictions which ruin a lot of people’s lives. It’s been very controversial since there’s no real evidence more than what media writes. Remember, that media is owned by the very rich. Fear is used as a tool in this case to make people obey. It sounds “good” but ask yourself if it really is good. The consequences will be seen in some time from now, so keep your ears open!
The next step is the vaccine that will come and they may enforce people to be injected. I suggest you do some of your own research on vaccines to see what they really contain. Present trials have already made a bunch of people sick as well as killing some. And it’s all “ethical”. Do you understand how many billions that are going to be made from this?
So, above I just wanted to show you how ethics can be made to look good and still have another agenda which presents danger rather than positive evolution.
I hope this will serve as food for thought! Not everything is as it seems!
The question starts within you. Are you trying to satisfy your inner true self or are you trying to satisfy your ego? So, those are 2 important things to ponder for each individual. We’re going to get into them in more detail below. Now, one needs to be clear with what “successful” means. For most, it means a materially good life with money, being acknowledged and a good future. For others, it may mean “inner success” in form of satisfying oneself or to reach an inner spiritual goal or understanding. So another one to identify within you.
So, many seek fame and fortune. Some find solutions and some don’t. We call the people “smart and intelligent” when they succeed with their things. Many times, the people who manage to reach this kind of goal is because they used their own creativity and intelligence. They simply believed in what they did and didn’t give up their idea and goals. So, to create within and to use your own intelligence is the basic key. The next step is to actualize this in practical life. This takes courage because you will find resistance in many ways. I.e. People, money, laws. You may be ridiculed. Even your own family may attack you. A good thought in this, is to create an idea that serves other people well. This will get a better response from the world around you. So, this is for those who wish to gain something materially on planet Earth like a business as an example. There are always solutions to problems. You may hold yourself back because of ethics, morals, religious restrictions or money problems. That’s for you to judge. In truth there’s nothing to hold you back. A good idea can receive investors if money is a problem. Just present it as clear and factual as possible. So, these are thoughts for you who seek material rewards in life.
The people who seek inner richness may require another type of thinking. The material world and richness is of NO importance to them. They simply wish to know the truth about themselves. They again will use their creativity and intelligence from within, to find answers. Their rewards are freedom and happiness within. They can reach a state where the ego dissolves and things become ONE. This is a richness from within which we don’t lose when we die. It’s your evolutionary path in an infinite life. All people have this but it will ONLY appear when you’re ready. It’s a path which comes clear from your heart and not the easiest to walk because your material life MAY suffer and you will be attacked and ridiculed by many. It requires very strong dedication. India has had some few people who went on this path but also other countries. This is more about an individual than about nations. It’s another form of success from within.
So, why are there people who don’t manage this? Reason is that they don’t “hear” their inner self. We are brought up with intellectual thinking today, morals, ethics, laws, religion, education, politics, cultural values, society rules. So, when something comes in your mind, you instantly start to think “rationally” and about all the problems that will come. So, money and food can be big ones but then things like acceptance from others and the fear and doubt will suddenly become a battle within you. Your rational mind will tell you to abandon the idea you have. So, there’s inner confusion that stops you from acting. There are many good thoughts and ideas out there but they mostly remain dreams because of fear and doubt. One needs to seek a state of balance within to be clear on what to do. Fear and doubt needs to be overcome. Work constructively with your OWN INTELLIGENCE AND CREATIVITY to reach that which you seek.
Some more important thoughts: If you search for your own ego and service-to-self you may see that it can be destructive and energy draining in the end. An example: A man constructs a weapon. The weapon is handsomely welcomed by a government and industry. The purpose of the weapon is to kill with. So, you may become rich and famous for what you did but what kind of service did you provide for humanity?
If you follow the inner heart, it will provide you with ideas, energy, the solutions and it will help you to your goal regardless of what the outer world tries to do to you. I know this by experience because I did it. You may have to leave a lot like family, friends, jobs etc to achieve what your inner heart wants you to do. This can be a big battle within. I have learned to trust my heart. Buddha (Guatama) left his father’s kingdom for his heart path. That’s just one example of many. You should follow what’s inside of you. Just be patient and DON’T GIVE UP. You carry the answers WITHIN YOU.
I hope this will help some to find YOUR path to the happiness you seek here in this life.
We tend to look to the easily relatable somewhat logical and made finitely useful concepts and not to delimit infinity into actually possible infinity/s – infinities that can be dealt with as they may actually be what we mean by such a thing in reality. Infinity is potentially applicable concept in reality until known bounds in reality limit that or something else is shown to possibly be the case.
Apparently the universe is possibly infinite in its bounds. The abstract concept infinity as a number itself is useful in mathematics in expressions that represent a value as it approaches infinity so that we can use Calculus as a tool – we have the language and basis in principles to manipulate numbers thus. Numbers of many numbers types can go on infinitely. Theoretically they can get smaller to infinity. But can that happen practically for particles as the smallest unit possible between them is given as Planck lengths – in units so small that nothing smaller can even theoretically be measured. We experience most things in reality as well in sets with a finite number of elements.
God is said to be infinite in nature – timeless even – as he has no beginning or end. Time on the other hand is not infinite and in and of itself does not really exist. So God and the universe are what we might expect could be infinite in and of themselves except for how infinity is used in mathematics -theoretically with associated practical limits. What about alternate universes in quantum physics? And infinite variations of possible selves as interpretations of possible nature of reality – this is much more conjecture.
What s bigger God or the infinite universe – unless both are one as in Hindi religion. Problem is even their conception of time in giant cycles is eventually finite as it relates to even their understanding of things so the finite explains the ultimately infinite.
Pi is infinite but the actually used value is set to just so many places of decimal as doing that makes the value useful. Is it useful to understand how having a definitive notion of GOD interferes with his actual nature in reality or our understanding thereof? Some religions limit what can be said of God for this reason. We can work with infinity as a theoretical value used in numeric tool or as a descriptive conceptual value approximating possible reality – multiple cycles or copies or repetitions or divisions or operations or potentially limitless states of being – to a capture point with expressible bounds. Infinite becomes just really great and that ends that. The need to express the infinite in workable fashions or methodologies exists. Art mimics infinity in seemingly unending perspective drawings or paintings. Math even allows work in infinite numerical dimensions but reality has a finite number of spatial dimensions. Both sets of facts on dimensions are used to understand the real. Art speaks to the made possible by illusionary means in reality as infinity. Most people desire not to know too much of either as their lives depend more on set values and are more often limited to their usual sets of things, people places and events.
First it is necessary to understand the nature of infinity. The human mind has a difficult time in fathoming just how big infinity is. That sometimes makes it difficult to properly analyze a problem or discuss ideas related to infinite nature.
The logic goes like this:
Suppose you have 10 boxes numbered 1 thru 10 lined up. In the next row, you line them up with the #1 moved to the end so the sequence is 2,3,4…9,10,1. In the next row you move the #2 to the end. You keep repeating this until you have created every single permutation of the arrangement of these 10 boxes. Can you guess how many rows of boxes that will be? Every permutation will take 3,628,800 rows. That’s a lot.
If I put out more boxes, all of the possible arrangements of the boxes will simply increase. Even if I put out millions of boxes, all the possible arrangements of the boxes will still be a finite number.
Now imagine that instead of boxes in a row, you are rearranging the atoms that make up matter. For instance, the matter that makes up a star or a planet. All of the possible arrangements of all of the atoms of that planet or sun would be an extremely large number – so big that we probably could not calculate it BUT using logic, we can prove that it is a finite number because the total number of possible arrangement of the boxes is finite – meaning that it is less than infinity.
Now imagine that we calculate every possible arrangement of every atom in the universe. Note that the number of atoms in the universe will be infinite in an infinite universe BUT the possible arrangements of those atoms is finite. Granted, it will be a very big number but as with those boxes, there are just so many different ways that they can be arranged. The distinction that we are talking about is a finite number of arrangements of those atoms and NOT the number of atoms, is important.
That means that if you go far enough into the infinite universe, you will have exhausted all of the possible arrangements that atoms can be put together but because space is infinite, the things that those atoms were arranged to be will start repeating themselves. That means that if you go far enough into an infinite universe, you’ll find another Earth that looks exactly like this one.
But now comes the part that is hard to grasp. Infinity is so much larger than it will take to find that first duplicate Earth, that if you keep going, you will find another one and another one, on and on forever. There will be an infinite number of Earths that have every possible arrangement of atoms. One of those Earths will contain you but of the opposite sex, and skin color and hair color – every possible variation of you is out there somewhere.
You can’t say that it will stop somewhere or that it can’t happen because then it wouldn’t be an infinite universe. It doesn’t matter if there is an infinite number of atoms – there is not an infinite number of arrangement of those atoms.
There’s two things wrong with this. The first is that it assumes that the universe is infinite but that it maintains the same laws of physics, math and chemistry that exist on Earth. We do not know that either of those are true.
The second is that there is absolutely no possible way that we can test or confirm this by anything other than imagination and speculation. And that means it is NOT science. We might call it philosophy or a belief. We might have faith that it is true but we cannot call it science.
It’s not that hard, it’s a matter of perspective.
One individual universe, composed by one infinite of individuals, of distinct, infinite variety, diversity, all along in one same order, harmony, universal to individuals all, but broken in the humans.
The vegetable are harmonic, the animals, virus, everything is harmonic, also the volcanos, hurricanes, they’re explainable, the conjunction of actions provoking one to the other, until catastrophes, but harmonically absorbed, even with large extinctions, as to the dinosaurs.
Humans have no harmony, they are ignorant (we are ignorant of ourselves, we don’t know who, what, we are, seriously) living according to theories because theories give results, beauty, newbies, attractions, and charming, seducing, and we get addicted to them without noticing the addiction because it is natural to us all happening the same.
Electricity brought harmony, 50 or 60 hertz, to our houses, to our lives and we got addicted to it as addicted we are to our screens and ‘all-mighty’ powers of talking and exhibiting ourselves to the entire World as well as getting informed and ‘watching’ everything we care about in front of our eyes… blinded to ourselves, we don’t care about who we are, all we want seems to be.
I am, so, that’s fine to me.
The infinite can be counted, imaginarily, from the first to the last, using all the natural numbers.
The infinite, that same, can be counted, imaginarily, from the first to last, using all the odd numbers and it will be completed too.
The same infinite can be counted, imaginarily, from the first to the last, without missing any, nothing, using the infinite number of pairs and there will not be present the one.
The infinite – all – can be counted, imaginarily, from beginning to end, it all, using only the prime numbers and there only the 2 will be repeated in two infinite others as same happened to the 1, present in three infinities only, as imaginarily counted.
Four infinities, one instance, repeated, but not the same, 1 and 2, explains light, on top of a pyramid, to me, like a photon, or base for one single eye.
See… in the Universe, the only thing recognizable to everything else as value, same value, is the apple, as a fruit, and wherever we go, animals go, birds go, it suits to feed, not as other fruits, diverse to distinct cultures, as not the apple, known everywhere for everyone as good… the same idea, of one individual value to one particular species, should be applied to the humans, as same value, wherever they born and that’s… not as such, but should be.
We need to understand humans as valuable, all over, as are the trees… good.
The hardest thing, in the end, is believing the false teaching that there are Truths that we cannot ever know; impossible because we have so many lives in stardust bodies for us to at least start learning.
We are both within the universe and infused with it, so we have access to a lot of Cosmic Truths, but we are taught that we should reject that; so that other, Fear-driven people can control us so they ‘feel’ safer from retribution for what they did to get and are doing to keep, their power and vast riches. One Top-Down books of mine, using the name God for a no-limitations version that was originally written about that Divine essence, is: “You Are In God; God Is In You” and it is paired with a Bottom Up version entitled “Alone?: No Once Can Be Separated From God”
This universe is essentially ‘Pure Information’ rather than Energy/matter, and our eternal souls/spirits are also pure information, so our connection is very close indeed!
Actually, it is likely that there are no actual matter particles in this universe, just special versions of Energy which look like what we think matter should ‘look like’.
We humans are eternal, spiritual beings who have a string of bodies made of stardust, and our human minds continuously interact with the Cosmic Mind which was even before the Big Bang started. We are so fully connected that many with power and vast riches spend fortunes to ensure we never figure out who we really are.
Once you come to believe who you really are, you become uncontrollable, and that scares the Fear-based ones who need to control us to feel safer crazy.
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This is a question that concerns personality. In other words: how a person perceives and takes in both possible changes and limitations.
As for me I find neither hard at all. The first is not hard because the opinions of others in regard to oneself are always dependent on who – they are. The sort of persons they are and therefor how they will perceive you and the feelings you awoke in them. The real truth about any person is not in the eyes of the beholders – but in the acts that define that person. And if and when acts are wrong and hurt others or create something bad for others, the world or future generations – then, when a person is told that it is a gift. Nothing hard. But a gift to enable this person to change and become a better person. So this gift is an opportunity and a challenge for your own being and person.
The second is implicit in all we know, do and are able to understand in regard to life and Being. Therefor it is also the “motor” for humble persons to stretch these limits a bit and speculate, propose and assume in regard to these “horizons” something novel. That is not hard either. But rather a possibility and a challenge and an endless source of investigation and “building”.
You have to be conscious: that you are conscious, and not merely your thoughts.
If you have a good mind the true test is whether you clean it, and take care of it by staying vigilant for distortions in your thinking.
By doing this you will be consented by powers greater than you to use your mind to its fullest extent.
A good mind is a clean mind, but left to its own devices a good mind like any other becomes dirty.
Using it well means imputing thoughts of grace, gratitude, joy, creative expression, and lots of loving thoughts about oneself and others into it.
It’s the oily rag that wipes the slate clean, my friend; doing this is the great task.
Only once this is done, meticulously, can one then precede to revolutionizing human thinking in accordance with an unclouded perception of the truth.
Recall, how Descartes insights in the meditations came while he was relaxing in his chair by the fire simply being mindful.
In this state of peace, only then, was he able to think great thoughts.
A clear mind is limitless in its potential.
Or perhaps, (a touch more soberly) a mind stands the greatest chance of realizing its fullest potential, when it’s cleaned and used well.
When you learn to Think, those courses never offered, indicating that we are still experiencing the perpetuated, First Generation of man. Not one class in thinking provided. As such, when brought up to non-thinking people, not a spark shall be fired! Refuting kicks in naturally. The non-thinking don’t know what thinking is. Easy to SPOT! They admit NOT that which they do not know. They know nothing. They remember what was put into memory, not able to discern the Real from the Not real, within.
Those who understand a few acronyms can see it for what it really is! RAM (short term), CPU (Thinker), I/O (vision, hearing, feeling, tasting) Hard Drive (long-term)
Now let’s take this to show that in K-12, the process is an input through vision, hearing, interaction and the mission is to send the information into memory, WITHOUT WAKING THE CPU! Sneaking by it in a manner that DESTROYS IT. If the Thinker was awake, it would spot all non-real and Bust non-thinking people. An A+ student could be created with a programmable micro logic controller for $1.15. REPLACE THE CPU! THE CPU IS NOT REQUIRED, in a world with non-thinking people. Can you see it, or are thy blinders blinding thee?
They BELIEVE they are educated, and show letters after their names. And at no point has any of them brought up the fact that we have no Thinking classes. Not one is qualified to teach the Subject, not having reached Enlightenment. That destiny that requires Thinking. What a conundrum, eh? Would that possibly explain why we have the Hell on Earth we have? How much more must I explain?
“It is not enough to have a good mind. The main thing is to use it well.”
And realize that people don’t know what is real, nor are they even concerned by the fact that they have ZERO THINKING GRADES!
Welcome to Tribulations! Where not a shot need be fired.
I think the main thing is to use it no matter how good a mind you think you have. We are most of us not near geniuses but hopefully have some semblance of common sense.
We have hopefully been taught to know right from wrong and been socialized to help and share where we can and ought. And we are smart enough to know that good parenting can require being both tough and loving at times.
Many tips exist for using the mind well but all of those need not be applied. But some do apply generally like use it or lose it. Don t let fear itself be the only thing stopping you. Exercise your body to keep your mind healthy as well as one affects the other. Seek to know yourself. Listen first to be heard. Try to be loving – patient, tolerant, understanding.
Christianity is full of examples of better application of use of mind in practice for self and towards others as is Buddhism and their reasons for it – wisdoms are out there.
Try to develop character – longer lived values. Do not simply assume – know why you know or at least why you think it is sound. Do. Do not procrastinate. Have a purpose, contribute. Be good as you experience what it truly means – just do your best till you learn better.
Descartes contributed many quotable sayings. There is thinking and actions as well to good behavior and we know both good and not so good ways of being can come from mankind. Be careful of the seven deadly sins. Pride and arrogance can sneak up on the otherwise good mind. Narcissism is the opposite of what the quote suggests. Balance and focus are closer. So choose wisely and then act appropriately.
Rene Descartes also said ‘I think therefore I am ‘, which was not using his mind well! It’s punchy, it’s memorable, but it’s not true, that famous statement!
Remember how Oscar Wilde made witty sayings by reversing the expected, such as in ‘I can resist everything except temptation’. So maybe Rene reversed ‘I am, so I think.’ We’ll never know, but thinking is not the natural use of your mind, and certainly existence, or Being is pre- everything else. My AM is not dependent upon my thinking. Proof: I cannot think and still be. So he got it wrong. But let’s thank M. Descartes, and move on.
The prime tip on using your mind well is what Krishnamurti called ‘Choice less Awareness’. I understand this to mean observing, or watching or witnessing what is going on. That is, what is going on now, both inside my mind and everything coming in through the senses from what we call the ‘outside world’? It includes body sensations, thoughts, feelings, memories, perceptions, in a word: consciousness.
The clue is to observe non – judgmentally. My habitual reaction will be to judge everything as good or bad, safe or unsafe, useful or useless, desirable or undesirable, in other words how I imagine it affects my self-concept/image.
So I must step outside my habitual reaction, see past it, to the interpreted event. I don’t add speculation, or meaning to what I am experiencing. Don’t say ‘this means…’ See whatever is there, just as it is.
To me this is what meditation is. Being quiet, open, receptive, and non-assertive. Because I don’t know. I might think I know, but I don’t really. I look for the spaces between thoughts, and when I find thought is absent I watch, look around, and go into it. It’s completely different to a thinking experience. You can even find you are astonished, that when thinking stops, existence does not!
There are a number of reasons for that imbalance, some of them purposefully miss-taught to you so that you remain easy for others to control. Fearful ones are very easy for others to control. A partial list follows:
Our primitive Egos developed to quickly react, unthinkingly, to possible dangers (they don’t act with accuracy; just react quickly);
Many Fear-driven people in society (who believe, falsely that they are ‘not enough, just as they are) try to teach us to stay in the many, weak states of Fear so that we are easier to control;
Many organizations and groups (including Religions, governments, Educational organizations and Corporations) believe that their power comes from keeping us as Fearful children, rather than courageous Adults; and,
Society, including those above, have had us quit using the process if guiding our teens into finding the courage needed for us/them to become Adults who could use that state to become positive (so, most of us are still just older, frightened, negative children at heart!). Adults are, after all, harder to control!
It is amazing, given all of that, that some of us do still choose positivity; often when we have given up doing what society tells us to do because that is too painful!
We live a mortal life in a flawed finite world where more often than not corruption stands unchecked in every way shape and form. Our media feeds our negativity in movies, music video games, TV shows and in art even. The laws of thermodynamics state that all physical things that follow those laws experience entropy throughout all of their existence. Petty political bickering is more highlighted than solutions to aid mankind. The poor often want, but cannot have much that they desire/need. The rich often succumb to cravings that they can afford but these only lead to more misery. Why are we mostly negative? If science is right it’s actually a self-preservation method, you’re a lot less likely to fall victim to something if you focus on it. And even if it is negativity, focusing on it often keeps it fresh in your mind and a lot less likely to trip you up further down your path in life. If religion is right it is due to one of many different beliefs which somewhere states we have fallen from grace from any number of deities which has either lead to us cursing ourselves or they out of anger cursed us. If politics are right than at least someone is wrong and it is usually the minority as they have the least vote in their circle due to them being a minority. All in all the truth is that any way you look at it we as a species can recognize where and when we screw up. And sadly we screw up a lot. However, believe it or not this is a benefit as it leads us to further adapt, learn and grow as a better version of mankind with every step we take. As Thomas Edison said, “I didn’t fail 99 times, I just simply learned 99 ways how not to make a light bulb.
Positive and negative thoughts are part of our life. Our thoughts are alive and active like viruses that multiply when active. They become forms and images and are electromagnetic force that attracts and repels thoughts of their own nature according to the universal law of attraction, “like attracts like”, pigeons fly with pigeons and sparrows with sparrows. Negative force seems stronger than positive one. A single negative thought, belief or emotion when exercised and imagined vividly and enjoyed will attract numerous beliefs and thoughts of their own nature relayed by other brains to pile up into a planet of negative force. This planet of negative force becomes an active hub to attract many thoughts of same nature and goes on and materializes into a negative and unwonted result as an event/events or objects in physical world. Therefore we must be very careful about each moment in life what we think and believe because that will be materialize as our experience and personal reality in physical world. Powerful positive emotions against negative thoughts to be generated for productive and positive result and atmosphere in life.
So you think that money is the root of all evil?” said Francisco d’Anconia. “Have you ever asked what the root of money is? Money is a tool of exchange, which can’t exist unless there are goods produced and men able to produce them. Money is the material shape of the principle that men who wish to deal with one another must deal by trade and give value for value.
“When you accept money in payment for your effort, you do so only on the conviction that you will exchange it for the product of the effort of others. Those pieces of paper, which should have been gold, are a token of honor your claim upon the energy of the men who produce. Your wallet is your statement of hope that somewhere in the world around you there are men who will not default on that moral principle which is the root of money. Is this what you consider evil?
“To trade by means of money is the code of the men of good will. Money rests on the axiom that every man is the owner of his mind and his effort. Money allows no power to prescribe the value of your effort except the voluntary choice of the man who is willing to trade you his effort in return. This is the code of existence whose tool and symbol is money. Is this what you consider evil?
“But money is only a tool. It will take you wherever you wish, but it will not replace you as the driver. It will give you the means for the satisfaction of your desires, but it will not provide you with desires. Money is the scourge of the men who attempt to reverse the law of causality the men who seek to replace the mind by seizing the products of the mind.
“Money will not purchase happiness for the man who has no concept of what he wants: money will not give him a code of values, if he’s evaded the knowledge of what to value, and it will not provide him with a purpose, if he’s evaded the choice of what to seek … Is this the reason why you call it evil?
“Or did you say it’s the love of money that’s the root of all evil? To love a thing is to know and love its nature. To love money is to know and love the fact that money is the creation of the best power within you, and your passkey to trade your effort for the effort of the best among men. It’s the person who would sell his soul for a nickel, who is loudest in proclaiming his hatred of money and he has good reason to hate it. The lovers of money are willing to work for it. They know they are able to deserve it.
Money represents simply the trade, between two human beings of equal rights and equal moral worth, of the best that each has to offer to the other, voluntarily, and to mutual benefit. It represents the maxim that no human should be treated solely as a means like an object but always also as an end: a being with a mind and human rationality, who has their own ends.
It represents the mechanism by which, when placed in a consistent framework of freedom and liberty and humanistic values, our system of production has lifted an incredibly amount of people out of poverty, and provided an unimaginably high standard of living to everyone who takes part in that system.
Money is not the root of all evil it may cause some people to act in evil ways, based on a misapprehension of reality, ethics, and what money stands for…but many other things have and do cause people to act evilly, in history and in our time.
Neither is the love of money the root of all evil, or any evil not when money is properly understood for what it stands for, not when you understand how money is properly made. The love of money as an end in itself, instead of a means of trade, is a mistaken love to be sure but it does not lead to evil unless there was evil already in the heart of the lover; it only leads to sadness and emptiness. Money cannot, as Francisco says, give you values or happiness.
I leave you with a final quote: “Run for your life from any man who tells you that money is the root of all evil. That sentence is the leper’s bell of an approaching looter. So long as men live together on earth and need means to deal with one another their only substitute, if they abandon money, is the muzzle of a gun.
Do you agree that “the love of money is the root of all evil”? Why or why not?
2. The Apostle Paul allegedly said that “the love of money is the root of all evil” (1 Timothy 6:10).
I like to give the Apostle Paul the benefit of the doubt — even if it was his Amanuensis (or even Timothy himself) who really wrote that.
Yet we must first of all remember that the Apostle Paul was not the equal of Jesus of Nazareth. This is the key point. Fortunately, the Apostle Paul was always humble enough to admit that. Paul admitted that sometimes he wrote under inspiration, and sometimes he didn’t. Here are five famous examples:
“To the rest I say — I and not the Lord — that if any believer has a wife who is an unbeliever…he should not divorce her.” (1 Cor. 7:10-12)
“Now concerning virgins, I have no command of the Lord, but I give my opinion.” (1 Cor. 7:25)
“In my judgment she is more blessed if she remains as she is. And I think that I too have the Spirit of God.” (1 Cor. 7:40)
“What I am saying in regard to this boastful confidence, I am saying not with the Lord’s authority, but as a fool.” (2 Cor. 11:17).
“I do not say this as a command…and in this matter I am giving my own advice” (2 Cor. 8:8-10)
So — even though there might be some inspired, Divine truth in Paul’s extreme claim about money — we can also find some fault in the wording — for one thing, it is an overstatement.
People commonly misunderstand Paul — and that is the main problem. I am not speaking of my own accord here, but I am actually imitating Scripture. Here is the Apostle Peter’s opinion about the Apostle Paul’s writings:
So also our beloved brother Paul wrote to you according to the wisdom given him…in all his letters. There are some things in them hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction. (2 Peter 3:15–16)
In other words, we must be extra careful when we read the words of the Apostle Paul. The Bible warns us against this. Paul is not Jesus. Paul is not the equal of Jesus, although strict Bible literalism will insist that all Scripture is equal. The Bible itself warns us that this isn’t the case.
Now, back to the original question. What about Paul’s claim that “the love of money is the root of all evil.” There is a certain sense in which this is true —but one must be careful to narrow the scope to these very narrow cases.
In other words — money itself is nothing but a way to make Barter easier to manage. That’s all it ever really was. People will always trade and barter. Even small children at lunch time at school will trade and barter. So, money as a medium of trade and barter is not evil in itself.
So we must be careful, since too many people misunderstand the Apostle Paul to say that money itself is the “root of all evil.” Yet he didn’t say that. He said that the love of money is the root of all evil.
Now — even that is an overstatement, as it stands. If some miser somewhere loves money, it hurts himself and his family, sadly, but is that truly “the root of all evil?”
Here is where it becomes complicated. To give the Apostle Paul the benefit of the doubt, we must compare the most Evil Event we can imagine in modern times, and seek out where money played a major role.
The most Evil Event I can imagine is the Holocaust during the Nazi epoch. So — did money play a major role in that? Did the Scientists who participated and worked overtime to make the institutions of genocide effective — did they work for money? Did they get plenty of money? Would they have performed those vicious and sadistic acts unless they got money?
Here is the narrow scope in which I will agree with the Apostle Paul. When enough Government truck loads of money are delivered to teams of Scientists in order to accomplish the greatest Evils that Governments can possibly do — the people who personally receive that money and perform those sadistic crimes have clearly made a link between money and Evil. In this narrow sense alone, they have shown a love of money. That’s as far as I’d agree with Paul.
Yet it still lacks the perfection of accuracy. The TRUE ROOT of the TRULY EVIL is our own inhumane, sadistic urge, which shows forth in the Master/Slave dialectic as described by Hegel (1820). This urge still threatens to erase Freedom in the world. It will use any means possible — and money is only one of the many possible means.
The ROOT of EVIL is the SADISTIC URGE, pure and simple.