naturally questions

What will it take to become smart enough not to automatically argue or judge? Is there a way to quit something that’s practically automatic?

How does one loose an illusion? Is it that illusion is not the end or the beginning but a middle stage? Is time the only thing that doesn’t change? Is what we have in common two things, an identity and a ride?

Why is there so much trouble stopping when things come to an end? Are we stuck on automatic? Is it that on automatic we don’t have to pay attention or notice all that much. Is it that we don’t see the thing but see enough to put it in a category? And once it’s filed away, does it turn into prejudice? Is prejudice like a bad tooth and has to be pulled out without a painkiller?

Which is the best companion, faith or doubt or hope? Does it depend?

Is it that answers lead us on, which is not a bad thing, but are they adequate? Is it that the individual has to become an answer? Is it that we are naturally questions?

 

this living circle

What is best? To wonder about or to believe without question what comes down my mental river? Are my thoughts always the best thoughts to believe. What causes suffering? Could it be not questioning my thoughts?

Do I believe the world should be like I want it to be. And when it’s not, am I upset and unhappy and become so accustomed to this living circle that I accept it as normal and live in a state of constant dissatisfaction with reality and so don’t expect more?

Am I like a bird in a cage which has never known anything but the cage and so doesn’t miss being free or suffering? Why do I put so much faith in what I think? Am I caught in a very sophisticated trap which has at least a few perks?

If so, is out not the direction to go to escape the influence of this sophisticated trap? Must I go in to find the real? What is the real? Is it the freedom of only being, my hidden birthright, the part of me that brings forth without effort kindness and contentment? Where can I find the real? Is it everywhere yet beyond words and wrapped in silence? Is it centered in awareness? Am I a finely tuned nexus of awareness and creativity or am I describing my body, the human animal, the ant, the cow, the tree, etc.?

Can I love this wonderful and terrible humanity, to which I belong, just the way it is? What would it feel like to be comfortable in a world which has such extremes. Who would I be if I didn’t have to have? How do I go about ignoring the future and the past so that I come to rest amid the extremes.

truthiness

“truthiness” is a word coined by Stephen Colbert that is used to describe the feeling that something is true because it feels right or proper or true, but the message remains an opinion not supported by evidence or careful reasoning, so it may or may not be true.

Why draw conclusions without research? Because it’s the path of least resistance – the easiest way? Should everyone be a scientist to some extent?

And what have scientists found out about truthiness?

In an article by Travis Riddle in “Scientific American” magazine, he tells us what makes something come across like truth and what can help make something seem more truthful.

Scientists have found that an appropriate image next to a statement and the existence of related information near a statement both enhance a person’s feeling of that statement being true without additional proof or testimony.

Does this mean that we are being influenced without being aware of it and tell us that our thoughts and actions can be manipulated easily without revealing an obvious attempt to do so?

Having suspected it and now that there’s reason to think it’s true, should I pay more attention or just go with the flow?

Is a claim just a claim? Even one that’s almost common sense or where you become aware of good feeling coming  from your gut after viewing an appropriate image or related information close by?

The article by Travis Riddle in “Scientific American” magazine ends this way:

“There are many instances in which trusting the truth which comes from your gut could mean that you’re subscribing to something less than the truth. In other words: if it feels good, question it.”

such great odds

Is to believe firmly that there is no god a firm foundation for an atheist? Is it a type of religious belief?

Is understanding that the chances of there being an all-powerful god with a human personality who will torture nonbelievers for ever and ever and reward the faithful with bliss for ever and ever so very very small that it becomes a temptation to believe firmly that there is no god and is it hard to resist this believing? Does an atheist have a spiritual nature?

What is a good way to set up the possibility of spiritual fulfillment? Could admitting that we will never be able to know for sure if there’s a god or not be a workable attitude with which to seek? But aren’t such great odds still tempting us to believe?

If there is no god, is it that it could never hold this non-believing against us?