Tag Archives: Spirituality

Homer Smith on direct and indirect perception

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http://adoretheproof.blogspot.com/2012/01/indirect-perception-ii.html?spref=fb

Homer says: Self symbolizingness is so big, that to date, no one knows about it.

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Russ Aubrey on Hitchens

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http://www.timesheraldonline.com/letters/ci_19671097

Aubrey writes: There is little reason to wait for the sudden pop quiz. It’s time to stop being imprudent and accept what God and Christ provides all of us, or let nature keep us in malicious bondage and the chains of physical death. I say again, “Come and let us reason together.” The clock is ticking.

What Hitchens missed

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Opinion reads: Hitchens seemed to be oblivious to the miraculous interiority of the human being through which we experience the sacredness of life. This interiority is the inexplicable endowment of our humanness. It is this presence, which is not the outcome of rational ethics or conscious decision that is the mystery of Life. Yes, it is a conception of the Divine that transcends much of sectarian “orthodox” religious belief.

Two-sided emotion and universal grammar

I wrote before about the two-sidedness of emotionality. This should not be surprising, sense emotionality relates to motivation, desire, action and intention. Because action and intention come to bear on the question of determinism and freewill, we see that emotion relates directly to Kant`s third antinomy that is found two-sided: i.e., it is just as easy to interpret emotion from the vantage point offered by liberation and self-determination, as it is to argue that emotion is the by-product of circumstance beyond our control.

This explains why traditional science can`t explain emotion, and why emotion can only be studied with a transcendental science. This explains why the unscrupulous libertine can interpret emotions one way, and act in a different way; that is, the libertine will equivocate his two interpretations of emotionality depending on what is most expedient.

I offer two definitions that may find relevance, assuming my intuition is pristine enough:

1. Prejudice: a premature articulation and judgment of what emotion that is found sense-certain.

2. Intolerance: a call to respect the two-sidedness of one`s own emotionality, while enforcing a one-sided interpretation of the emotionality coming from others.

Question: Assuming God`s plan is to avoid prejudice and intolerance, and noting that Kant`s third antinomy offers a doorway into Trinitarian philosophy where emotionality is found sourcing the middle-term that holds the sides of the antinomy together, then how might we arrive at the universal grammar that is now underwritten by the emotionality that is found transcendent?

When faced with emotion we may slow down, to give emotion enough time for its articulation and thoughtful action. Feeling may be treated by reflex action where we give ourselves over to subconscious control, which is fine. However, to avoid being a libertine we seek a pathway beyond prejudice, defined above, and this implies that enough time must pass to bring deliberation to a proper conclusion. Then we may act, noting that deliberation is followed by liberation. Note, however, to avoid intolerance there must also be a call to respect the two-sided emotionality that is found transcendent. So not just any conclusion will do, and more work may be noted.

Awareness finds itself with the articulation of the emotion that is found sense-certain. But note, this is as much the emotion returning to its transcendent source by liberation, and so awareness finds its self in its provisionality that is less than an absolute understanding. Therefore, this provisionality should open itself up to its own two-sidedness again, lest more unresolved tension remain for further rounds of articulation. The less aware, or the libertine, will fall short in these demands. Nevertheless, I believe the universality of this pattern remains, and hence we find the universal grammar.

Conscious evolution

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Opinion reads: For most of us, spiritual evolution does not occur simply as a result of one flash of insight or revelation. On the contrary, it usually requires inspired intention and consistent, diligent effort. And the way this is achieved is through the greatest gift that evolution has given us: the power of choice.

Oneness

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Article reads: A Sufi or a Yogi understands that we all are the children of God, and in this world of variety, man is His finest manifestation. Man unites with others in the family tie, which is the first step in his evolution.

Call for civility in Darwin debate

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Opinion reads:  If disparage you must, please at least identify yourself by your real name. Do not hide behind some silly handle. I put my name under what I wrote. Why don’t you do the same?

Evolution is beyond science

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Opinion reads: From a purely scientific basis no one has scientific proof of when or how the universe, life, man, came into existence.

The brain on atheism

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http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/this-is-your-brain-on-atheism/

Opinion reads: Reducing man’s ideas to his biology, in fact, destroys the foundation of all knowledge. If our ideas are determined by our genes, then how can we know if anything we believe is true? Such refutations were long ago leveled against the muddled thinking of materialists, but the authors, confused by the crude empiricist errors of modern scientism, apparently are unaware of the historic debate. Ignorance of the history of ideas is a woefully common trait among atheists.

Making sense of the soul

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Article reads: Some of us are fixated too much on the logical side, completely denying the power of intuition and spiritual needs. But as the world changes, we are getting an internal feeling based on hope and faith even during this age of logic. While we have benefited greatly from our logical side, at the same time we know that we can’t feel fully content just based on that.