To believe or not

To Believe or Not To Believe

What do you believe about belief?

Hi Laurie

This is a complex topic.

I agree with Osho in part – that thinking one has truth stops one inquiring – and it seems to me that inquiry (skepticism) is almost always appropriate.

It has been my experience, that the more I know, the more I know I don’t know, and the less certain I become about most of what I once thought I knew.
When I first became aware of this it was quite an unsettling feeling, now I find it comforting.

It seems to me that reality is vast, so amazingly vast, and our conscious reasoning powers so slow – that there must always be this amazing disjuncture between what we experience and what aspects of it we have contemplated in-depth.

It is worth considering that just using the 62 characters of normal text (numbers 0-9 and letters upper and lower case A-Z & a-z), that if someone who was a fast typist (20 characters per second), typing out every combination of those letters possible, starting with the simplest and working up, they would still only be typing out 11 character words even if they started at the birth of the universe (14 billion years ago).

The possible combinations of letters on a single page is so vast, it is beyond comprehension.

Our bodies are cooperating entities made up of trillions of cells, approximately 10,000 times more cells in our bodies than there are people on planet earth. Within each cell is about 10,000 times as many molecules as there are cells in our bodies.
It is not possible for any single human being to even see (as individual entities) all the cells of their own body in their own normal lifespan, let alone contemplate the amazing complexity of action going on inside each one of them.

To then start to contemplate on the amazing ability of holographic storage and retrieval of information to form associations that are sensitive to context, and the astounding ability to intuit and abstract that results from this function within our brains; and one is left in complete awe at the immensity of this universe we find ourselves in, and the processes of evolution that have bought us into being out of inanimate matter, and the abilities that we find within ourselves.

We are, quite literally, only limited by the stories we create about our limitations.

Unfortunately (yet understandably) most of the stories handed down to us by our cultures are seriously deficient in significant aspects as explanatory frameworks and roadmaps to our possible futures.

So I say question everything, and trust your own judgments and intuitions, for even if they are wrong, it is far safer for humanity as a whole if individuals make their own mistakes singly, rather than great masses of people making gigantic mistakes together.

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1 Response to To believe or not

  1. holessence says:

    “We are, quite literally, only limited by the stories we create about our limitations.”

    A resounding yes, Yes, and YES again!


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