cliff of guilt

Do I thank my lucky stars for spiders because they keep the insects off of me? Sure, but how often do I thank them for this unbelievable service? Where’s this going? Is it over the cliff of guilt? Is it that if it’s not one thing, guilt is the other?

Is guilt a good thing? Is guilt part of our make up because if we couldn’t feel guilty, the earth would be a very different place and perhaps we humans wouldn’t even now exist?


be banked

If knowledge is money, is it because they both can come up short? And can be banked and used over and over and be squandered like time? Is it that time stands out because it can’t be banked or used again and again? Is this a revolting yet merciful default mode? Not being able to go back and do it differently and knowing this, a blessing?

Do opportunities and blessings
like clouds float in the sky noticed or not
and come and go like weather
with elegance, force, and beauty?


an afterlife

Is going to church worth it just for the social interaction. On top of that isn’t there hope and faith and trust to help make an afterlife more real to the believer?

Is survival so part of our nature that the appeal of an afterlife is almost irresistible? Is this why an afterlife or a coming back to live another life here on earth is a part of all the major religions except Buddhism?

Buddhists accept that they are already living the only life they will ever know and they share this view with atheists, agnostics, humanists, and others who don’t claim any faith but are simply non-religious.

If beliefs are either true or not, what are the odds of any particular belief being true when it involves totally accepting something as fact that cannot be said to be factual? Are the odds at most 50%?

Do the odds actually depend on how magical the belief is? Is it that if I have believed something for most of my life, will it not seem preposterous even if it is?


be persuaded

Is it that we can be persuaded more easily by listening to a story than by being told why something should be believed or is right?

Is this because we are naturally more open to narration than we are to argument and opinion? Is this why stories are so popular among preachers, politicians, teachers, and writers?

Are all four sellers? If so, are all selling nothing but ideas?


having to have

Is it that in the regular world, wanting something too much generally makes it harder to get? And is it that if we work hard and get it, is it soon replaced by something else we have to have? Does the carrot on a stick situation go on until the end of a lifetime?

Is there anything that can end the having to have? Can surrendering to the being help make it happen? Can surrendering again day after day along with another bit of silence and another bit of work do it? Does the remembrance and fruits of silence follow us into our work?

Does living a normal life necessarily include spiritual exploration?