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The Hidden World of the Nearby

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The End Times

Looking, Hearing, Thinking

What do we know and how do we know it?

For millions of years what we think of as knowledge has come from what I would call a spiritual source. At first everthing had a spirit and then these became multiple gods with more power.

Then there were fewer and fewer gods each with more power.

Then there were supreme beings, gods with ostensibly infinite power, but there were many of these gods and each god was subject to many interpretations.

Karen Armstrong in her book The Bible gives a clear view of the multiple metamorphosis that the process of writing the scriptures gave until any sense of an “original” text or meaning was utterly meaningless, but at some point an agreement was reached and the words became “scripture” except scripture was open to interpretation and then fragmentation, choosing to base one’s “denominaation” more on one part than on another so that one could worship poverty or wealth and scripture could be magnificant, life-giving, or dangerous. One could pray and get one answer or another, or as I suspect, the answer one wanted.

Danger came in many forms but the worst was war, where a “peace loving“ religion felt it necessary to eliminate non-believers. Yet these same religions inspired caring, love, incredible art. But, no matter, the underlying truth was trampled and ignored as it was discovered by the minds supposedly created by god.

Science brought illumination if one’s mind was open and coculd heara new truth, new insight that seemed not to need god. And so as humanity moved from tribes that hunted and gathered to a new kind of civilization based on a few people growing the food that feed rapidly growing masses of people that established a new kind of tribalism: cities, states, nations, empires that always found a reason to war, grusome, cruel useless war that has continued to this day, whatever day that happens to be.

When I say that something is a miracle, such as the human mind, I meen that despite the incredible depts of understand that science has brought there are still fundamental capacities: intelligence, consciusness, sentience that are beyond explanation while at the same time discoveries of the nature of nature, the physical processes that go on inside the human body are infinitely complexx, amazing and tracable back to the beginning of time which itself was an infinite discovery. Except for one thing that neither science or religion could answer and that was the one question that dominates everything. It is just one word: why?

But even that question poses more problems because so many of us presume to know the answer but with no reasoning to justify the answer.

So we are blessed with beautifully and joyful lives without asking why we should be so blessed. And we are cursed with war and crime and deciet and selfishness and cruelity and despite everything we know and do or know and do not do we are coming to a kind of end times for in our blindness and carelessness we are on the very edge of destroying the third miracle that gave us life and supports our lives, the earth.

There is a mystery of mysteries why we do not understand this well enough to have neglected our responsibilities for so long in such a disasterous way. We do not know why, incredibly intelligent human beings, have created such a catastrophe.

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