As we live, time dictates certain things too the psyche because of the effects that the past, present and the future have on us. So man orient accordingly too these and they have great importance for the possibility of understanding on a deeper level effects and what is of great importance.
The past is there so we can validate the actions we intend to take. To differentiate what is good from what is bad. Our morality depends on the past so that it will be able to have consistency ,functionality and sustainability. In other words too correctly being able in assessing what is good. Truth must travel from the past to the present and the future too reach the highest and purest form. That which is truthful will endure and last. But without faith no movement will take place. Faith comes first but moves consistent with us as we move forward in time. Doubt stops the movement and hinders the past from reoccurring because it will be locked in the past and not being able to recur in the present and therefor never travel thru time. Doubt creates restraints but faith leads to movement. Time and faith sustains one and an other for they work together in man to validate actions and decisions of value and importance.
So faith is important in our daily lives more than most people are aware of and by understanding the necessity of faith as a precursor and a nutrient that lets thoughts manifest. Like the water that makes the plant grow. The goal can only be reached thru faith and never in doubt and that which is good are the laws given to us by Jesus Christ By faith the words come to life in our lives as forgiveness ,hope, meaning, virtues ,righteousness and love. The word from God last from then to now and tomorrow unto eternity. For it is good and lasting! When doubts set in just go back to the word and faith will lead you by the hand thru all temptations and hardships in life. Freedom from guilt, hopelessness and meaninglessness as you close you eyes and pray to receive the holy spirit.
So the mind defines you and is mostly except from certain areas more or less plastic and ever changing. But one thing sets one person apart from the other. And it is the proper mindset for learning! So if you want to grow pick up the most difficult but interesting book you can find and set you mind on finishing it. You must be honest and humble in your approach. You do not have to understand everything to be honest, some books of philosophy are more like a marathon for your brain. But grit is also a nice trait to practice. Okay when you read you always expand in some way but of coarse always in accordance to your own basis. When you read something hard you move your position forward maybe not towards the highest possible form of completion, but still forward. And simple to achieve the sense of gratification from enduring the thoughts of great thinkers will contribute immensely to your next advancement.
Levels of understanding differs of coarse among us even as we read the same book. The interesting thing is that we select subjectively certain ideas, questions and interpret in ways that will contribute to our understanding in other fields. We cant always understand in which way information moves the intellect and what form the synergy effect of knowledge will manifest? The limit of your self is the level of understanding you seek. Be humble for the wise started so, they searched thoroughly within and found feelings in need of meaning. All came to a certain point of feeling restrained or inadequate facing certain questions. Read the ideas of the dead and make them come to life expand your position forward sometimes in the realization of your precious time being wasted on lesser deeds of low or no meaning.
Fame or feeding the ego is not a noble goal but authenticity and meaning !
Questions regarding suffering are crucial for one to reflect upon sense we all suffer but of course in various ways and degrees. We have both physical suffering as psychological and how we are able to make sense of these are of the most utter importance. So there is of course sufferings that are hard to understand. But mostly suffering shows us what will work or not. And the determining factor is in what grade something correlates with that what which is good? The grade of evil something is built upon undermines its existence just look at the attempts of expanding evil in the human history and what now remains of it. So the human mind must answer to the same laws of what is good and thereby lasting. Just look at Jesus who set the ultimate standard for good and look on how long Christianity have survived. So when we want change in our lives we must search for that which is good and truthful. Build your empire upon that which endures all. Empires come and go but the truth and goodness bears witness of the way for us to wander.
When all politic parties loose their values in favor of populism and man has set its own moral law what can remain of it? Where will identification be found? So suffering leads the way to salvation when a man is near the end of his life or when the existential questions take over. When suffering reaches a certain level only then can a person be given a chance to wake up. The ones who in spite of privies attempts found in history of the same evil or lesser good tries to build anything meet the same faith.
Look at the universe starting in chaos but thru Gods word who ordered the structure that set forth and still sustains life. Look at a man destroyed by his bad doings in life sitting in prison only by the word of God can order be brought and a new life come forth. God is good for when man tries to build any empire without truth and goodness they wither away. And when what we build correlates to that which is good and of course truth it lives and prospers in both the micro and the macro.
Something that really puzzles me is the general absence of hope in peoples lives. The necessity of hope is so misunderstood and therefore not sought after. I mean why is it like that? If we just asses the limitations that govern certain events in our lives like when facing decease, trauma and of course a death that is approaching. Where does hope come from when all that we rely upon in this world comes short? So should we just accept hopelessness when facing what is uncontrollable or unknowable?
An atheist can make a affirmation based upon limitation because it is restricted to the material laws, A believer in God can make a prayer without any limits because it is set to a higher standard namely the immaterial realms. And because belief and faith in God is such a powerful hope generating factor, why deny its psychological beneficial functionality? How many prisoners, drug addicts or existential lost people have been saved from their hopeless situation by trusting in this world? For it is their mistrust in this world that destroyed them in the first place. No they need something beyond this something good and transcendent a father who they can turn to in spite of despair, hopelessness and find comfort and hope.
If you live in this world and you try to make sense of the fact that there cant be real justice found and you are atheistic. That is a big problem. I guess this question cant be important for most of the atheists? For according to their materialistic world view it wont be any compensation for suffering that is unjust and no punishment for the ones that the law cant catch. Someone born into poverty , slavery or war the list can be made much longer of coarse. So if there is no afterlife where a judge that everyone has to face can judge each and everyone of us by how we have lived. And if there is no compensation for the ones that have suffered unjustly then this world falls out of the realms of true understanding or at least out of making sense.
What happens when you as a person cant find justice? Then you start to doubt and then you start to question things. Of course can you then start to live at least your life more justly but according to what standards? We can turn a blind eye to things in this world but only to a certain point. Remember that a sense of justice correlates with a sense of meaning. A person living in drug abuse and criminality have very low meaning by their own subjective standards in life but also according to more inter subjectively definitions. And someone running a hospital in a poor country have high subjective meaning in life and will also be seen upon as someone with a higher sense of meaning. But we face things that are also out of the realms of justice. If we just ignore these they wont disappear no they will dwell in our subconscious and over the years that pass they will build up within to such a grade that they will manifest into a depression or something else. So by looking at one way that atheism can go is by pure nihilism. We can read about the mental health of the philosophizer Friedrich Nietzshe so that doesn’t seem to work. If you kill God and all moral law is being set to nihilistic standards then you surely will dwell in pure meaninglessness.
But if there is a God then there can be meaning through justice and through compensation beyond our imagination for the ones treated unjustly in this life. And then we can rest in our faith when we face evil in this world. Or simply be reminded of the limits of man. We can add to this the realm of the transcendent justice in the one and only good, the creator and law giver, our objective true justice , God!
If one start by assessing gradually what the word evil mean subjectively and then expand it into a bigger inter-subjective definition and do the exact same way in defining that which is good and then see what was easier and what was harder? Do you define them top down from the most evil/good to the lesser ,or do you do this from the bottom to the top? I believe that people define these things top down for the mostly. What that mean is that evil is seen as something maximal like a atom bomb and not the thoughts, ideas , incitements that was the origin of the bomb.
The lesser is always what the bigger is built of in the material world . The mind hidden away is the precursor to that what later be manifested. something working within us on a daily basis but in a lover and more subtle way. What do you in everyday life accept or neglect without ever even have been given it a conscious thought? Murder is something most people naturally condemn but how about slowly letting you brain and body deteriorate as a consequence to a lifestyle of neglect of all that these need? We talk about equal human rights but what does that really mean to us? What do we day to day accept by not giving it its proper position as a evil we must fight and condemn? When we by neglect or false priorities let something bad grow and dwell within our selves? Here i talk about judging someone in a false way or not giving support to someone who we meet and who is in a state that obviously indicate the need of fellow human being?
So when we in this secularized world have confined and restricted the devil and God to the area of culture, history and superstition. where can our moral be grounded upon? Psychologically the devil represents the lowest state that one can sink in moral and in the total loss of virtues and God represents the highest state. So if there is no real representatives of these in the modern mind and even the church have been modernized in not talking about the devil or ultimate judgement from God. If evil have been mostly confined within the unconscious and bothering us consciously from time to time with thoughts that make us weak or keep us from doing what is good. And if there is no overseer (God) that we want to humor. Where will our framework for moral and virtue come from? Sadly often is relative and pragmatic standards the ruling framework for mans morality.
So if the thief is being supervised no theft will probably occur or when you get guests for dinner you clean your house. When there is a speed camera you slow down or when the boss comes everyone start to look busy. Examples of why we have a need of a overseer of our thoughts are many. But who can supervise our thoughts when they are not virtuous? There is a need in man of an objective morality judge and overseer even from from a pure psychologically perspective. There is therefore a need for a God who is the highest good.
We remember only shortly and can fall into bad habits and thoughts easily by the factors of daily stress and news feeds. But when do we make ourselves aware daily of the good we want in our life and want to give to our fellow man. And when do we acknowledge our shortcomings and our bad selves? Priorities are often based upon things on a lower step of an hierarchic matrix where that what is corresponding to sustainability, meaningfulness and all the rest of what is good is on the top of the matrix. We need the visual to remember us to keep our attention on the internal daily struggle . There must exist a goal and also something to deter us from going into a lower state in the matrix.
“Be aware and mindful of the dark and the light that dwells within you so that you can climb the matrix upwards towards that what is good my fellow human.”
That is all for now. Have a good day!
What is time? Its a complex question mostly addressed to physicists, philosophers as to name a few. The working man/woman states that time is money. Time correlates with creation, decay and altered states of matter and events. But when this question comes too man it is really a question about meaningfulness. When man has no subjective understanding of in what way he or she have meaning or know in what way to create meaning. Then that the person will slowly fall apart in different areas of his/her life.
If we from time to time contemplate in what ways our priorities in life have meaning that is of the higher kind and correlate with that which is good. The next question must be ; what is good? This may seem like a obvious question that all people know how to answer but if one wants to do what is good then evil must be defined both within and without. People are in general unaware of certain aspects of themselves and others because of not prioritizing in the importance of defining and understanding good and evil. Mostly a loose relative and pragmatic definition of these are the ones seen in our world then as now.
Next time i will dive in to this subject and remember that to ascend one first must descend. The revelation of ones darkness is done by the light that defines it, for the greatest evil comes from the lesser and the bad seed that is planted in your psyche grows as your neglect of its growth.
By and thank you for now!