Monday, January 14, 2013

Six Important Truths

These are six of the most important things I've learned in my life so far:

1. Human experience of reality is fundamentally mental, and thus all experience of the reality is constructed by the senses and mental interpretation.

2. The human mind consists of two basic natures-- the understanding (sense, or meaning) and the passions (non-sense). All human dignity consists in the mastery of the passions by the understanding.

3. Without the literal and concrete definition of terms in our speech and thought, we do not interact with reality, but with nonsensical impressions.

4. The love of truth and understanding is the essence of virtue and goodness, for the love of truth is the love of reality and the consequential harshness towards one's nonsensical passions. To be good is to live and will the truth. So, how do you become virtuous and good? By seeing things the way they really are.

5. Truth is a cognitive-spiritual relationship with reality itself. Reality is not known-- truth does not happen in its proper form-- unless it is known intimately and tangibly. This is not just the case with God, it is the case with all things the mind relates itself to-- such as people, the natural world, historical facts, personal facts, etc. This intimate awareness of reality is the proper form of truth

6. A few moment's intentional and realistic thought on a matter is enough to completely change one's disposition and perspective.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Observations..

Today, I saw someone close to me in a lot of physical pain. I wasn't affected by it very much, because I couldn't fully understand it. I sat and watched, doing everything I could do-- which at the most amounted to sitting there and attempting to empathize with him so I could better help him. At the same time, I had the realization that pain in this degree exists all over the world-- and hospital services like the kind available now are not available in many parts of the world. Millions are suffering physical pain, and not to mention spiritual pain from lack of understanding.

Another reason to avoid living short-sighted.