Posts Tagged With: philosophy

The Revolution of Freedom

human-kind-300x300The world is in a time of revolution: a tipping point of transition from what has been known to what will be seen. People are coming to the understanding that systems on earth which have existed for thousands of years; systems of debt, power, and control, are being replaced by systems of equalizing value for human life, freedom, and opportunity to work together toward a world of peace.

The people are rising to overcome and overpower circumstances and conditioning, protesting corruption and lies. Lies that when believed gave place for the enslavement of humanity’s spirit which is intended to be filled with love for every fellow human being. The new order of the earth is an orderly spirit of freedom where one man does not dictate the actions of another but views each life as something to be treasured and given the freedom for each person to choose their actions of goodwill, celebration, and enjoyment of life with each other.

Love is only known when we allow others to discover love through freedom. For too long we have used “I’m only human” as an excuse to hurt others through ignorance and self-servitude. But only in serving others do we truly serve ourselves. Only in lifting others to the potential of each person’s identity, do we find peace with who we ourselves truly are – as beings made to love one another.

We must not compromise the truth of who we are as found in love for one another. We must not compromise the hope of peace. We must not give place for doubt reducing our vision to mere circumstances which pervade, pervert, and limit what we know this earth to be capable of being and providing. The earth is a place made for life to flourish, for poverty to be eliminated, and for prosperity of all life on earth to be known.

For too long humanity has been enslaved to disease, lacking the very vitals of water, food, and shelter. We must join together, people from all walks, differences, and beliefs, to be united in one belief of love, compassion, and generosity. One belief that human beings should not be forced to suffer like this when solutions are simple and evident. But we need to recognize that the answer dwells within each one of us. The answer for problems in our world dwells within every heart to know the truth of what we are here to do. That we are made to live in harmony with each other and all of life, giving up excess in order that all might have access to the basic needs of life. Giving up our own agendas and taking up the agenda to love our fellow human beings.

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What The World Needs Now

Mao of Cell Phone Coverage Through Sprint Around the World

Mao of Cell Phone Coverage Through Sprint Around the World

Humanity. We have created and developed technologies and machinery that has enabled us to do things that our ancestors of centuries past may have barely if at all ever envisioned possible.

We have sent ourselves to the moon using what we call spacecraft, eliminated diseases and viruses through medicine, and connected nearly the entire world with a tool of communication called the internet.

With every new technological invention and development comes two choices in how we use that technology. Within atomic physics we may possess the ability to provide free energy enabling life to thrive like never before on the earth. But also within atomic physics we have reached a point in history of possessing the capability to destroy the planet that we have never known.

With the internet we can communicate, learn, and discover relationships and friendships and work together no matter where we are physically located. But with this powerful tool for sharing information we can also utilize the virtual world to waste hours watching pornography and participate in the practice cyber-bullying.

Technology brings about both the best and the worst of humanity. The way in which we use the tools we have accentuate what we think about and how we think in regards to how we use things to shape the way we live. Some look at a tool and consider how it might be used to help others live better, others look at a tool and consider how they might use it for their own betterment. Seeking one’s own betterment, in one sense is not bad, but in doing so we often neglect to recognize or we ignore the unforeseen impact our actions may cause in seeking our own personal profit.

The more intertwined humanity’s way of life has become with technological devices has contributed to shaping the way we think and the way we live. In 1980 the average American home had 3 computing devices. Today the average home has 25. Certainly, computers have provided a certain amount of freedom from time-consuming tasks which can now be performed in a matter of milliseconds by a computer. In our fast-paced world of super-computing power we are connected instantly with the world and can share everything happening in our lives with those we call “friends” online.

I would argue that the instantaneous capacity for communicating and sharing information with one another is an incredible mechanism for building relationships. But as individuals at the helms of our machines send information to one another could it be that we become, at least a little bit, less human in how we interact? When more and more of our communication is happening through text-form we are utilizing a severely limited form of true relational communication. We start dating through text, breakup through text, arrange meetings through text, and many conduct most of their daily conversations with others through text. If you’ve ever attempted to use sarcasm in humor through text, you likely understand the limitations of this form of communication.

With our increasing dependency on machines in our daily lives and lifestyles, what the world need now is our humanity. The more attached we become to our cell phones and tablets, the less time we spend interacting with one another. True and genuine humanity – understanding who we are and our connection to one another – is needed more than ever.

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The Importance of Philosophy

Busts Statues of Sokrates, Antisthenes, Chrysippos, EpikourosPhilosophy is a term that may conjure images of ancient Greek men with long white beards sitting around discussing the big questions of existence. I believe the word “philosophy” goes far deeper than history and speaks to the very core of everything we see happening in our world.

Philosophy is the way in which we think, and goes beyond thought itself. It is our ideas about the nature of life and death; truth and falsehood; our relationship to one another and all living beings.

The way we think leads to the way we live, and what we give to each other in thought and deed. Anytime we share our points of view on matters of politics, news stories, religion, and the many other topics with dominate our conversations, we are discussing philosophy. The philosophy we share with others also shapes and fuels the policies and actions taken by governments and institutions. Our philosophy is our idea and our idea becomes the reality we see.

True philosophy is by its’ own nature cooperative. Philosophy is a table for us to place differing ideas upon as each individual is uniquely different. when two philosophies meet in verbal discourse we are granted the exciting opportunity of learning from one another how to see things from a new perspective. This is the understanding of philosophical discussion which leads to peace.

When we do not see philosophy for what it is – different but neither opposed or unopposed viewpoints – we make ourselves the judge over the thoughts and ideas of another. This path leads to a mentality of agreement or disagreement; ultimately, war and destruction.

Competition, and in this case, the competition of ideas, is what some believe to be the key mechanism needed for progress.  It is seen often as a type of necessary evil to fuel our drive to achieve more, climb higher, and do more work. But that would greatly depend upon what kind of progress one means. Competition is a continuous game of one-up-manship. A game by which we are always looking to be a step ahead of our fellow man and woman. This is thinking is entirely against and at war with serving others, and therefore will always lead to the true benefit of none.

It is of highest importance that we share in philosophical discussion with each other, whatever our current philosophy on life and the world may be. Because sharing our points of view, ideas, and thoughts in honest and open discourse with one another is the key to how we learn and grow in life with each other. In order to have a truly open and honest dialogue we must see and discuss in terms of difference rather than looking to agree or disagree with what another might say. That is how we really listen to what someone else has to say. And the mark of a being true friend can be found in how well we listen to each other.

Thank you for “listening” to my writing. Now it is your turn to share your thoughts in the comments section below. Let’s discuss philosophy!

 

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What If You Didn’t Have Clean Water?

Clean water is likely the most valuable resource in the world, yet, so many of us cannot imagine what our lives would be like if we were one of the nearly 1 billion people on earth who lacked this vital resource of life.

What would your life be like if instead of being to walk into the kitchen to find clean water within your faucet, you had to walk 6 miles to fill a bucket with contaminated water – water that you knew would cause sickness – simply to survive?

What would your life be like if showers, bathing, and hand-washing didn’t exist in your world, but your entire community was filled with disease and malnutrition?

Water greatly impacts every aspect of our daily lives. It enables the growth of our food and every aspect of caring for our health. We who have free access to such a vital resource likely rarely give a thought to what our lives would be like if we did not have the plentiful supply of h2o streaming from our sinks and faucets. But we should.

I do not propose that the thought we should have is one of what it would be like to suffer as millions do without clean water; rather, our thought should be one of compassion and sharing what we do have with others who do not. Charity is not an act of pity for someone, but an act of generosity and recognition that others are just as valuable and deserve to live a quality, healthy life with the same opportunities and access that come with having clean water.

We not only have the opportunity to share clean water with those who do not have it, but we can do so in a very simple and easy way. Just $1 can provide clean water to someone in need for an entire year.

Consider the things we spend $1 in a day to purchase, and consider whether or not it may be something unhealthy. Would we be willing to change habits in order to give someone else clean water, the most important thing we need to live?

If you’d like to give $1 or more to provide clean water, take a look at the organizations I have connected with to provide clean water, and visit their links to learn and get involved.

 

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The Now Life

here_and_now_living_presentMany problems in this life derive from worry about the future and regret from the past. But truth and reality is here now.

The only way for us to recognize true life, true reality, and our true identity, is to recognize and directly engage with the present moment. When the mind wanders into the unknown territory of the future, we have a tendency to begin to desire control over our future, and this creates a problem. Once we believe we can control the future, we limit our life’s possibilities and rob ourselves of the joy that comes with not knowing the surprises that life will bring.

But what is far more robbing to our life, in living mentally somewhere other than the present, is that we live mentally in a place that is not reality, which is the definition of insanity. We do this because we have bought a lie that if we do not have a specific plan of what we will do and what we will accomplish that we will wind-up homeless, hungry, or worst of all – a failure at life.

As Jesus taught:

 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?  Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?  So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.  Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

I believe that Jesus, in the previous two paragraphs, teaches a truth is quite uncommon and foreign to western society. It is extremely rare that I have heard a preacher speak on this teaching with any true conviction (or from a place of personal practice). But I do often hear sermons in church about personal finance planning. In sermons which speak to the latter (personal finance planning), they even use verses to claim their personal finance advice is biblical and “God’s wisdom on managing your money.” Their first point is generally the tithe, ensuring that your 10% gets to pockets of the good clergymen. But I have never heard the above quoted verses referenced in a sermon about managing money, even though it seems to me that is exactly what Jesus was teaching about.

The Dalai Lama is quoted as saying, when asked what surpises him the most:

 Man; because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then he dies having never really lived.

Now, I believe that it is good to have goals; however, I use the word “goals” in the sense of that which is in your heart of what is truly your passion to do. A goal is not something to say “I will be this and do this at this exact date and time,” but a goal is something which you know to be an aspect of your heart. When we connect with what is in our heart, and see our true goals, they naturally flow out of us as live in consciousness of who we are. For example, let us say that a goal is love God with all of our heart, soul, and strength. If we were to set this as a goal, without realizing that it is who we are, we will always fail to reach that goal. We cannot love from a place of duty or obligation, as that is not true love. In order for love to be genuine and true, it must be given from a place of total free-will.

What are you doing right now, in this moment (obviously you’re reading this text)? Remember, as you go about your days to fully engage directly with what you are doing in each moment. In this way, you will see a difference in the quality and enjoyment you gain from what you are doing.

Who are you in your heart? I believe that every human being has the truth of reality within their heart, the place where peace, love, and happiness exists. However, we must see past the symbols and conceptions that our mind has been filled with by the external world to see what we possess within the internal world.

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The Love Flow

love-the-world-imageAll of life itself is found in the nature of Love. It is the nature of life simply to love.

That which is not Love is not truth. Love that is truly Love cannot be named nor defined in terms of words. Neither can any action itself be defined as an absolute manifestation of Love.

Love motivates our being. Love is who we are. The actions we see are the actions of Love happening. Love is as breathing. As we do not intentionally initiate our breath, so it is with living a life of Love. Being loving is our most natural state.

When we try to love; as though it were not the core of who we are; we are rendered incapable from truly loving another.

Love that is attempted to be given from our own works, not of our being, are superficial. There is no lasting benefit from actions such as these.

The one who understands their nature of Love also understands oneness with God. We see that God is in each one of us as we all in God and one with another. There is no separation between life and God in reality.

If we do not see our oneness with God, our oneness with all of life, we do not see the truth. We do not see reality.

God dances in the forms of life and death. As one dies; one is born into life. If we fear death we also fear life. When we are liberated from fear we embrace death as we embrace life. Death is not the end of our reality and life is not the beginning. They are components to the dance of the eternal reality.

God is reality and we are one with God. Embrace reality and reality will embrace you. Fear is the false reality. So do not fear.

We fear because we cling to that which are reality’s components but not reality itself. It is as though we are loving the attributes of a person without ever knowing who the person truly is.

The path to God is narrow and there are few who see it. But you do see it. It is being illuminated to your vision at this very moment.

The moment of Now is the only reality. To directly engage with this moment is to engage with the path of God.

We flow with our path as a river flows to the ocean. If we fight against the current of the river we may grow weary and exhausted. If we attempt to flow too far ahead we may grow anxious. Indeed; all that we try, is only to our folly. It is much easier to let go of our effort to control our path and allow the river to guide us where it may.

Either way, we cannot change our destination – reality.

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The Contentment of Peace

peace_hands_peoplePeace.

The way of peace is filled with contentment.

At each stage, within each moment, we are content with who we are and our surrounding circumstances.

To be content is to be at peace. We progress through life by allowing peace to present the choices we make.

A choice is not deciding one action over one other; as though we lack more than two options in any case. But the choice of peace comes from knowing truth which dispels the multiples of non-truth options.

When we know peace, our peace is unshakable. To be moved away from peace by external forces is to be lacking in the knowledge and sight of peace. But the knowledge of peace is always within us, awaiting our reclamation of itself.

The external of the human being is at war with itself, as the armies of two nations are at war. War is wages from a desire for expansion; rather, a dissatisfaction with our present state. Therefore, when we know contentment we will no longer be at war – but at peace.

The mind at peace is liberated, therefore, it produces liberation. Not through force or violence, but through establishing an environment of non-expansion.

Within the environment of non-expansion members of that environment feel no threat from one another. Peace expands when we do not dictate or force its expansion.

Peace grows as the heart beats. As we are in tune to the beat of the heart, actions flow as naturally as we live.

As we do not force the heart to beat, we do not force peace to dwell within us. Yet as the heart still beats, peace still dwells.

Violence is initiated by the aggressor but is perpetuated by a violent response. If we respond to violence with violence we make ourselves just as the aggressor. There is no difference.

The violence initiated by the aggressor – the cause of the problem – infiltrates and works within the response we as the defender may use, and violence completes its work to destroy both the aggressor and defender.

If we respond to violence with peace and contentment then violence is severed. The severing of violence leads to a more peaceful world for us all.

What does it gain a man to protect his possessions yet end the life of another through violence? By that philosophy a man believes his security is enabled by violence; thus, if that man finds himself in need of possessions for security, violence is used for circumstantial gain, but eternal folly.

If a man’s security is anchored in peace – free from attachment to possessions – there is no act of violence that poses a grave threat to that man. If another seeks to plunder the man’s possessions, but finds a man at peace, the aggressor is at the mercy of peace and may become dismayed by their own aggression without the acceptance by a victim. But returning violence with violence provides no opportunity for true peace at all; thus, the world continues in its current state of war.

We may fear that living and acting in peace may lead to the violent’s domination of earth. But of course, this end result would also be seen if we were to respond with violence, even if we may believe that our violence is in the right.

Peace to be realized must always behave by means of peace. A peaceful being subjected to violence, but remaining at peace, expands peace beyond their being.This is how peace becomes more widely known in the earth.

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