In the Shadow of Time

Yet again, time has allowed us to wake up to another inviting day. This is my tribute to the everlasting time.

Long ago, man needed to establish a connection with the changing pattern of the environment. It required a definitive measure to tell the ageing process of reality, notably life and the engineering aspects of it. Obviously, the measurement of time did not begin with hours, minutes, or seconds. Time’s circular movement was probably realised by the daily repeated appearances of the Sun. After millions of sunrises and sunsets, finally made man smart enough to construct the clock system with the idea of imitating nature’s revolving patterns.

As I am writing about time, let’s challenge yourself with time. Put yourself on the clock with 5 minutes to finish reading this article. Thoughts imparted, formed into words, written by me, and read by you will show a measurement to the intellectual change for which you are about to receive working within the time available. We shall see in 5 minutes that the sacrifice you’ve made by giving your time to read this article will make you a participant to the measurement of time. Change is coming your way.

What is time?

Simply look at your watch, and the contraption will show time revolving. Seconds translate to minutes to hours to days to weeks, months and years. Time is a key attribute to the architect of life as it assisted in providing the necessary space required to the materialisation of life’s grand design. Humanity took many cycles of evolution before waking up to it, along with its attributes that are meant to serve the cause of man’s existence.

I wish to share with you a short bedtime story about time. It would be incomplete if time is spoken without going behind the scene. Before its conception, time has no name. Nevertheless, it has a destiny of sure certainty. Like a human fetus, the unborn ‘time’ rest in a state of absolute potential, waiting for an intervention to free it from its coincidental dream state. Once time comes to mind, it has fulfilled its destiny by shadowing its masters, namely you and me. Our mind, and time shadow each other like mother, and child where thoughts tarry in synchrony with nature’s process, and cycles. Engineering time not only bonded us to it, but also bound us to its unwavering law.

The law of time stands resolutely neutral. It has no conscience, knows not of right or wrong, and itself is without direct value. Uncannily, it has validity to help create value. In that sense its precious. Time doesn’t cheat, but as masters we can choose to cheat ourselves out from it. Time is constantly fair, and repetitive to allow us to take chances that we’d missed again, and again. However, we couldn’t regain the youth that we once had, even if there is a possibility to the suggestion of the Relativity Theory on travelling back in time at the speed of light.

If you needed a favour from time, you will need to go get it. Time is like an obedient servant waiting to please its master. Procrastination will miss opportunities of creating something of value at the expense of time. As “Time, and tide wait for no man”, it’s sensible to make improvements in managing priorities with provision of time available to you whilst mitigating any form of possible regrets that may come your way.

What entails in the management of time?

I quote,

“Walk, don’t run as our destiny lies in the journey, not at the finish line”

Take all matters in our stride with time. Work with time, not against it. Don’t fight time. We will never win, because time never intended a fight with us. It was never our enemy. Amid our hectic schedule, we should occasionally slow our pace down. Take time to smell the roses as the saying goes, not that we owe our time to the presence of beauty, because it simply feels good.

Our past share the same notion as time was, a name no longer has validation whilst the future has many possibilities. No point looking back, and forth. The magic is to put priority on current issues, manage the priorities well, and leave the rest to fate. If we execute this process successfully, time becomes a friend. In synchronising our efforts with time will bring the effect of slowing time down to give our mind the necessary space to organise something important, or even accomplishing something great. In some instances, a sense of space widens to liberate you as if making your escape from the shadow of time. The general consensus of the population prefers the God formulation to approbate spiritual freedom. But, this is an experience that can be cultivated through the power of observation by searching for clues in the behavioral patterns of our environment that are already available to us.

At this point, you are probably running on seconds within the minutes given, and so with a bit of Shakespeare I will bring this to an appropriate conclusion.

“My bounty is as boundless as the sea. My love as deep; the more I give to thee, the more I have, for both are infinite”

This is hope to mankind. In the midst of engineering time which we bound ourselves to, the essence that it once known is missed. The bond with the shadow will be eventually broken, and tears will be shed. Love is our fail-safe to our efforts in the engineering. With love, perhaps time not only slow to reveal the space between frames of our thought, it will stand momentarily still to allow us the experience of what time used to be. Love will be the bridge to get us there at a pace beyond the speed of light – in no time. That’s freedom.

The “Cloak-and-Dagger” of Fallacy

Knowing my interest in life’s subjects on explaining the unexplainable, my daughter recently shared with me there are as many as 20 classifications of fallacy in her study of critical thinking. She referred Ad Hominem Fallacy, Strawman Argument, Appeal to Ignorance, Red Herring Fallacy, to name a few. The Ad Hominem Fallacy vilifies, Strawman Argument put words into the mouth of others, Appeal to Ignorance employs “can be because it’s maybe”, and Red Herring Fallacy is insidious. It’s a subject preferably conducted in a classroom condition, and best that I leave the details to the pursuit of academia. There are many tactics used in fallacy, but they share a common desire of deception with the purpose to gain admiration, and support. Some fallacies obfuscate the truth with the intention of alluding to a supposition.

I am not sure how the thought on this will unfold. So, I am winging it.

Fallacy is employed by almost all politicians to overshadow their opponents, and to draw out a crowd, garnering the support they needed to stay relevant. The arena of politics adopts competition by opposing to establish the superior view. Objecting supposedly says there is an alternative view. Naturally, this invites audiences that are waiting for a reason to give their approval. If the fallacy is convincing enough then the candidates will get to keep their jobs which pays them a living.

Humanity are sentient beings with the power of conscience to conjure anything to keep the perspective of life interesting. The mind is immensely influential in its art in rendering life as a fallacy. This “proclamation” is not entirely false. It has validation from the spiritual, and scientific standpoint. Zen speaks of our physical appearances, and experiences perceived by our 5 basic senses (ie. sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch) are merely illusions with the understanding that our conscience is orchestrating them. Science claims that the perception of life’s solidity, and continuity are only limited by the cognitive frequency indicating that there is more to our appearance than meets the eye.

Fallacy is typical of life. It’s in our nature to use fallacy on any circumstances to cover the many representations of life. Disguising love, hate, bravery, fear, forgiving, unforgiving, success and failure are circumstantial acts of deception. Dressing up, or down our image on how we wish to portray ourselves following the different roles we choose to epitomise, be they celebrities in entertainment, political leaders, military, religious leaders, a highly respected family member, and any successful working civilians are archetypal deceptions. We create a paradox of fallacy to hypothesize life to give it context, meaning and hope.

In that, God, religion, karma, and “feng Shui” are highly subjective topics. Some would say, winning a lottery is luck, but it’s a blessing too because God moves in mysterious ways. If God is such a mystery then coincidence, luck and miracles are all the same. Can anyone claim on having experienced the presence of God, or divinity be a fallacy? Sure, it’s their reality against yours, and their words against yours. Is spring possible without going through the cycle of winter first? Can we see the significance of 3 if 2 is skipped? Is virgin birth possible? Did Jesus walk on water? It’s difficult to process miracles, let alone circumstances that don’t follow the natural order that existence which is designed to do. If cheese was squeezed straight out of a cow, people would still doubt. If more trust is needed, and less doubt, perhaps we go back to basics, and deconstruct the thinking to the way once innocence play when anything, and everything are possible. Realistically, that may not be such a good thing from a grown up perspective.

Fallacy, lies, half lies, and half truth. Where is the truth? Is there an absolute truth? Can we handle the truth?

Fallacy creates a world of fantasy seized by pride that will never allow the truth to prevail. Truth lies in the firm hold of pride which confined beliefs, and fantasies to its lair. Having pride in God and religion, or money and power, or success and failure or being gay or vegan is about disguising fear. Truth diminishes when pride tightens its grip on principles, and beliefs. When the grip is loosen, truth releases. Ego has its way with pride to over turn love into lust. We need to constantly pull pride back to be close with the spirit of creation. Only then, God, religion, money, power, success, failure, being gay, or vegan will no longer carry the burden pride, and losing the love for their recognition will make our existence meaningfully real.

So, truth is a matter of pride. With fallacy plays its cards well, truth will have many faces. This is the reason for the growing presence in strife which sets humanity apart. It’s not because of our differences in ethnicity, culture or beliefs, but inflated pride. If pride is managed with humility, our existence will become unquestionably agreeable, and acceptable. Not by lots of noise and arguments, but with silence where fallacy submits.

Truth  ∝ 1/Pride

Truth is inversely proportional to pride. As pride increases in its intensity, truth diminishes. If this mathematical equation has anything to go by, to achieve absolute truth suggests pride equals zero. Is it possible for love to completely replace pride? This means humanity will be completely cured from ignorance. Historically, life doesn’t seem to suggest that because more often than not, it takes pride to love, and forgive. If this attitude persists, mankind cannot go the distance. Perhaps, we can only draw ourselves closer to the infinite, but never arriving at ground zero.

The equation also suggest with lesser pride in God, the greater meaning in God will become. I’ve just realised that I’ve correlated the domain of science, and spiritual with a mathematical equation where the 2 realities are famously known for their incompatibilities. The virtual will invariably remain a fallacy as any attempt to measure them within the purview of our physical laws are inadequate. Unless, we accept to believe, fallacy stands triumphant.

Ghandi once said, “Be the change you want to see in the world”. I understand that he didn’t coin the phrase, nonetheless he spoke it from a place of wisdom. It suggests a shift in perception to have existence be compatible with our expectations. But, we still seek satisfaction that must be full. This is a fallacy. We must see our existence is an invitation to serve by fitting in with the world that we are born into. This is acceptance with a full stop.

Much of what we do dwells in the process of self-assessment to determine whether our decisions, and actions justify the direction that we are taking in which serves us best. Most of us would rather choose the easy way out, and live beneath the guise of lies to escape persecution. Few would have the guts to live by the truth.  The reality is we are characters of pride with many faces of truth, and absolute truth remains a point too far to see, too close to find.

Abortion – To Be, or Not To Be

I wrote this for my kid nephew for his school public speaking that would make him famous.

Topic: Abortion

Good Morning to all respected teachers, dear classmates, and fellow students. As I am about to embark on a subject not only known for its controversy, ABORTION is particularly personal to women. On one side stands “pro-choice” which the legal term refers to as abortion rights, the other “pro-life” refers to as anti-abortion. Either way, the rights of our women, and being a woman are questioned. So, I stand before and implore you to “LEND ME YOUR EARS!”

What is abortion?

The abortion I am talking about is a medical procedure to remove an embryo from the uterus. Intervened early while still growing before the fetus is fully developed, resulting in the termination of a potential life form.

Pro-Life/ Anti-Abortion

The word “Intervening” is imposing on the natural process of life which is described as a violation of the rights of the unborn. Does the unborn worthy yet of human rights? If yes, then there must be a line drawn by mathematical, or scientific means to separate the embryo when it is definitely confirmed as a person, and not yet one. Say if we can determine that timeline, abortion remains a disruptive process to the natural order of creation even if it means cutting off the life support before that determined timeline. In this case, the elimination of a life form that could potentially become a fully functional one raises the argument on morality. And it gets even more complicated with the introduction of the “soul”. So, my fellow keen listeners, this is where the rise in discordance.

Pro-Choice/Abortion Rights

Abortion issues that are more known started over 50 years ago in the UK around the same period when human rights movement was escalating in the US. The argument then, was an embryo legally a “person” not having to reach the age of an able child, capable of direct action in defence, or offense to protect his/her interest in existence. In other words, all the basic instinct and awareness that a normal person, or child would possessed.

Arguments

Surely, this cannot be. It takes 52 replications from a single fertilised cell to form a fetus. At 52nd replication the process stops, and with a trillion different types of cells produced magically organized themselves in forming the heart, stomach, liver, kidneys etc. A fetus would have all the major organs, but not yet fully developed. So, I ask;

At which point where the execution should take place in terminating the lifeline of a fetus that is still in gestation sure to become a person with a soul no less that would give pardon for murder?

In spite of what any abortion act would suggest, we cannot pretend not to know what a fetus would end up becoming? The transformation of a fetus to a person is inevitable as creation intended it to be. Early termination doesn’t seem to justify ridding other matters of concern, or does it?

Are you listening?

I said, 

HOW IS IT ALRIGHT TO

“PULL THE PLUG ON”

A HUMAN EMBRYO THAT NOT

ONLY HAS A SURE CHANCE,

BUT A SURETY OF 

BECOMING A PERSON.

A LEGAL ONE.

ONE WITH A SOUL?

Nonetheless, the Abortion Act 1967, UK is a legislation passed by the Parliament of the United Kingdom which makes abortions legal on certain grounds carried out by registered practitioners. The act is famously given reference to for its comprehensive, and careful study which ultimately gave way to legalising the bill for abortion. 

The success in judicial review, and legalizing abortion are intended not only to defend the rights of prospective mothers, but also to safe guard their mental, and emotional health aggravated from the “mistakes” they’ve made, and “sacrifices” they would make.

You may assume UK was the first country to legalize abortion. No, it was Mexico in 1931. It was a measure taken in response to the escalating rape cases. That is something else for you, and I to think about.

In August this year, Australia passed a reform bill to decriminalise abortions in New South Wales. Should this bill be successful, it will delegitimize the 119-year-old criminal code on abortion, and be replaced with a medical surgery. This is possibly an indication to life’s circumstances that was once different than what it is today. So, governments introduce abortion laws, or to regulate them in adapting to the change of socio-economic circumstance. 

A century ago may seem like a long time, but abortion has been in the practice in ancient civilisations for the purpose of family planning. It is generally accepted as a jurisdiction given to man in shaping the future of a family either in gender selection, or population control. Rarely rights of the prospective mother, or child were given consideration. Unlike today, observance on cultural taboo was then the trend.

Conclusion

You know, friends have made similar reference of the human embryo to a chicken egg. But, I beg to differ. A chicken egg can be made into an egg sandwich, and even if a chicken is hatched from the egg, that animal has a natural invitation to be cooked in curry. However, a human embryo will exhibit far more attributes than a chicken “katsu” curry rice.

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So, where are we at now?

What is the fuss all about abortion? 

Could it be a case of politicising humanity?

Perhaps, there seems to be too much sex, or not enough of it? 

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As you can see how difficult it is to set the matter on abortion straight. Is there a clear line that separates right, and wrong. Can it be both? But, that would mean we are sentient beings without principles. The overlapping of right over wrong, and wrong over right are what makes abortion complex. Not that it’s hard to understand, but hard to accept because the 2 principles are at odds, and the pride that held onto them is uncompromising, thence manifesting the rift, and conflict amongst humankind.

I am of the opinion that there is simply too much sex going around. More like, TOTALLY lost control.

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It’s the root cause of the problem. Though true, sex is an act which reflects human nature. However, without appropriate awareness and responsibility that goes with it, the love of sex becomes — an obsession — without purpose. Lust takes over. Lust not only for sex but money, power and recognition as well. Only God knows why obsession is a trait given to mankind, but sadly only to be abused. We walk on a tightrope with a balancing pole in hand. Lust requires focus and management, or we will fall over. If we allow lust to consume us, the consequences can lead to an intense emotional experience losing the balance and grip on life’s context, and meaning. Feeling “empty” for a lost that could mean something dear is how I imagined what it must feel like for our women who aborted. Whether it’s a cover up for a mistake, or simply an issue on human rights, one thing I am sure of – is that – it’s personal. The fight to determine right, and wrong will continue to be a fallacy even though abortion is legislated into law.

If there is such a thing as a consolation to the age old conundrum, I rather prefer abortion to remain personal, and not deliver it to public scrutiny. The accountability to aborting is a personal matter to the meant-to-be mother, and we should leave it at that. Inviting public opinion is to raise the noise level, but nothing is really resolved. I repeat, the fight for, or against abortion will always be personal.

My favourite uncle once said he had sex 3 times.

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The first made Erich, second made Matthias, and third Omisha. They remain my favorite cousin brothers and sister. In essence, what we do with sex must be meaningful, otherwise we wound up in just another meaningless number to the statistics of abortion.

LUST IS NOISY, LOVE IS BLISS.

THANK YOU, AND  HAVE A GREAT DAY.

Flawless Flak – Episode 2: The Pebble Awakens

“Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without” – Confucius (孔子, Kǒngzǐ)

…I have not quite finished writing the last article yet. Oddly, I find myself in need to regurgitate more. Not doing any justice to the pebble, I am compelled to give a more balanced view between the diamond, and pebble as neither can deny the other. What can I say, Confucius had more in mind than it seemed. The single keyword in his short phrase is “flaw” which subsequently differentiates the ordinary from the extraordinary by which points the way to guide mankind to better prepare them self. To state “flaw”, is to recognise that everyone has one. To know it, is the awareness playing. To recognise flaw, and the desire to make amend is proof to the requisite of awareness as a gift to mankind.

Awareness by itself is not enough if there is anything to gain from. You need to exploit awareness by coupling with the desire, and action to effect change. The change will expose the flaw to see the ‘diamond’ in you. Or, would you rather choose to turn a blind eye, and not act, and remain ordinary like a ‘pebble’ amongst the infinitely many? To be aware of flaw is the first step in realizing that your worth is more than the ordinary, and that stupidity of the pebble is your motivator.

If you believe fundamentally that we are an entity of two (2) halves (ie. spirit, and physical), then it can only be true that destiny cannot be fulfilled by spiritual will alone. The physical part of you must act on the will to effect the change intended. “It takes two to tango”, taking awareness by the hand, and dance to the tune of your desire to realise it. No action means no life experience. No experience means no relationship with existence. No relationship means no life story. No story means no validation of your existence. Thus, like a pebble lying on the bottom of the river bed amongst the infinitely many with no future, no destiny.

Neale Donald Walsch said in his recent tweet, “You will return to Heaven whether you have loved God in the right way or not. There is no place else to go”. And I tweeted, “We better not return empty handed”.

Character flaws are deceptions. They are not the primary target to the cause of our “crusade”. Deceptions are undefeatable as they will survive under the perpetual protection of pride. Pride is the main target, and enemy within that we must defeat. Confucius saw that by mentioning the flawless pebble which makes the reference to man who sees himself too perfect to realise that he is only a “pebble”. Blinded by the shroud of pride. Infact, the pebble, and diamond are the same entity wherein the quality they each hold is separated only by ego.

The diamond is the wake of a convergence that unveils the expanse of awareness when existence looks back upon you as you are doing the same to have a better view of it from lowering the pride window. How little Confucius had say about something that has so much lingering meaning. He must have woken up from an epiphany. Yet, not devoid from a subtle conundrum hidden between the words is the inevitable role of pride. The unsaid is for man to contemplate in his search for answers. After two (2) long, and a rather exhausting write-up, I’ve come to this;

“Do the bidding of your spirit without pride protecting the deception of your flaw”

“Don’t allow emotion to stray. Nurture it with love to prevent build up, and invasion of character flaw. Without flaw to deceive you, cyclical mistakes will end, and heaven’s gate will open unto you”

“The distance between you, and God is a separation measured only by ego”

Flawless Flak

“Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without” – Confucius (孔子, Kǒngzǐ)

Knowing a character flaw is in realising the afflictive nature thus causing us to hobble our way with the pain to progress. The emotional injury slows the process of a healthy engagement with existence in which we naturally desire. Indicative to the fact by acknowledging a trait that is flawed is a positive response to move closer to finding a way that will take us forward to embracing our existence with opened arms.

Equally important is that we stay consistent with our character, and remain true to ourselves. We can’t make the changes we desire to ourselves when we are not ready for it. When we are not prepared, and be ready for change, we are bound to face a head wind of resistance. In contradicting self is a form of deception which deceives not only ourselves, but others as well. Standing by who we are not, makes us a selfish hypocrite. Isn’t it better to freely coexist with the worthy flaw, rather to hide it as a lie to be unworthy instead? Flaw is a package deal. With, or without it is a matter of acceptance that makes it unique. After all, who can claim perfection, and free of any wrong doings.

The approach by teaching alone to alter a character habit is unlikely to be effective. “Brain washing” invites doubt. Like all organic forms, sustainable transformation is a process which involves nurturing. It needs the stewardship of meticulous guidance to sow the desired values into the mind. Like students need a guru, and children need parents. A positive transformation takes place with voluntary exchanges where understanding meets acceptance through witnessing the revelation in life’s events. We often asked about the purpose of life. Well, there it is. To seek the revelation, to raise awareness, to draw closer to oneness.

Today, we bear witness to the pillar of integrity of the Catholic Church shaken by sex scandals involving nuns, alter boys and paedophilic cardinals. I hope it stops there. Trouble was coming when scandals of children sexually abused by parishioners appeared on the news. Double trouble arrived when the Vatican knew, but covered them up. Realising the cover up is an act of transgression as well as an unfolding revelation, the Church finds itself reaching out for wisdom in the Lord’s prayer.

Despite the self inflicted predicament, and mounting pressure from the media in spreading the ‘dark’ unspoken secrets within the walls of the Vatican, the Church will survive the tumult. Trust will be restored, as well as the integrity that was once the institution’s center of excellence. Through the stewardship, the pontiff is mending the past errors. Standing by his loyalty to all Christians providing security, and confidence is the quality of stewardship. Unlike leadership which emphasizes rigidly on image. As the Church opens up to reveal their “perfect imperfection” (even John wrote a love song to appreciate life flaws), it will be mending their ways to draw the institution closer to the devotion that was once noble. Lest forget, the virtue of the Catholic Church cradles in the effort of an emperor uniting his people without a bible in hand, but by capturing the spirit in the stewardship of Christ. Unity is the acceptance of differences inspired by the pervading spirit to return into the common fold.

Fundamentally, lies keep people apart, and truth will bring them closer. Lies are toxic particularly when there is an engagement to deceive. To avoid exposure of the poison, do not engage others into the deception. Secrets kept in relationships have insidious feature. Keeping them by choice is meant to betray the engagement of trust to cause hurt. However, a secret without the engagement is not a lie simply because there is no invitation to participate. Therefore, it’s not a deception. This secret is classified as, “NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS”. But, I am afraid there is no exemption of “NYOB” for the Catholic Church, because as we are aware Christians are devotees in common to the church’s cause. Hence, there is confirmation of engagement, and deception is at play.

Undeniably, the Catholic Church is a force with great influence. Establishing parishes across the globe in the movement to bring all peoples to unite in one belief. And in each parish designates a priest to deliver the traits of stewardship that the Church has in mind. In my reckoning, the outcome in exhibiting stewardship has been a poor success. The Vatican should address its subjects in all its churches to emphasize more on the man in the robe, rather the man of it to realise more of God, and not the Church.

So, the journey of healing begins where the Church has placed itself in an unaccustomed position, yet not that unfamiliar only that the table has turned. The teacher is now the student. In realising the administrative flaw in covering up the shame will draw the Church towards humble acceptance in the principle to serve as a subject in God, and not to abuse God’s power by being the subject of it. And, for the many who remained steadfast to the faith, and covenant with the Church and despite the shambles, will be rewarded with the recognition of a diamond with a flaw.

The “Divide”

Renown intellect Deepak Chopra recently made a short video broadcast on the internet. He spoke of the basis of existence is not existence, but the awareness of it. Awareness of existence gives birth to perceptions, and senses that manifest the reality of space, and time – the makeup of the universe as we know it.

Existence, and the awareness of it operate as one, but with a “divide” that has on one side a representation of a mind with definitive form, and the other without. In the analysis of what said, existence is a reflection of awareness which is orchestrated from the basis of potentiality to all possibilities of perception to support the definition of existence that is initially intended. This is arguably the foundation to our being. “Descendants” of Abraham would not concur. They believe in the entity of God as the source of life. A Taoist will have you convinced when thoughts are put in reverse, senses carrying all information will return to a point of origin known as emptiness, or nothing. That is to say, from nothing we came, to nothing we return. From dust we came, to dust we return. It’s all in the interpretation. Despite the differences in views and beliefs, there is one thing all can agree with, and that is the basis of existence began in a virtual realm.

If the basis of existence is awareness, where lies the basis of awareness? Are we intellectually capable enough to go further? If we can’t, do we submit our search to rest solely on acceptance, or faith in ‘there is no God, but Allah’, or without reservation in accepting “nothingness” as the point of origin of thought? Unlike the concept of awareness or God, nothingness supposedly carry no intention, no motivation, no ego and so no reason, nor excuse to bring itself into existence. Cradling from possibly a ‘divine’ inspiration, nothingness (as the word implies) has no motive. And, if words could describe it would likely be adulterated, and misinterpreted as no words made by man could describe the spirit of God. The “divide” has placed us in that position of intellectual limitation, unless the two (2) minds coalesced.

To start from nothing is to suggest the possibility of life’s chapters will one day conclude. Words will be erased from the pages of every book ever written on existence. All will cease to exist. This is hard to decipher, simply because contrary to the purpose, life’s construction is dressed up with stories to provide it support. Story that is constructed by conscience with intention to distil awareness of memories. Meaning to say, awareness, and existence correspond with one another to give each other purpose. Even though the posit of nothingness has its credit, but it’s hard to put a finger on as its implication alone lacks substance to support the argument on the fundamentals of existence that we still grapple to understand. So, nothingness is a paradox which is meant to be conceivably incomprehensible¿

I love to watch the superhero movies that Marvel produces. The storey is compelling with well written script. Super villain, Thanos in the ‘Avengers’ franchise halved the living population of the universe by snapping his fingers with six (6) infinity stones secured on a custom made gauntlet. The stones are a symbolic representation of the source of existence that materialized in once upon a time. Ancient Chinese martial arts too spoke, and taught of five basic (5) elements. By combining the five (5) elements of wood, fire, earth, metal and water will bring harmony as opposed to the destructive outcome of the infinity stones of space, reality, time, mind, power and soul. Even if half of life in the universe vaporized by Thanos, the awareness of relationships that once existed is still connected tarrying in the minds of the living. Nothing is forgotten.

Coming to terms with what I had encountered three (3) years ago (which I wrote about last 14 articles ago, “Prayer – A Personal Experience, and Account”) that it’s clear, wisdom lies in acceptance. In our limitation, humbly calls to that compromise. Jolted by the dark, as well as the light, I am guided to embrace the representation of existence. Embracing is not about condoning to the deed of the bad, or even the good. It’s not about the power of human choices, nor about the destruction of bad, nor construction of good to brew self righteousness, and condescension. It’s not about conformity to the prerequisite of life’s status. It’s about accepting the balance of what was, is, then, and not to challenge it. In the state where the soul meets the eye, there is no distinction between what we think is correct, or incorrect. However, to exist means right given to serve the need of awareness, and provide answers to its cause. But, the right is not ours to reject.

Possibly Jesus’s final words of wisdom delivered to mankind, “resist not evil” is about embracing existence, and not to reject. It’s a validation to the wisdom of love for all things which is synonymous to Buddha’s walk the middle path to appreciate the balance in which existence offers. To be aware of existence means living constantly in every moment of its development validated by new births. This is what I am bringing home. It’s the presence state of mind in complete acceptance of the pursuit of awareness which gives birth to life’s context, and meaning.

Again, to exist is testament of the right given by awareness to attend to its need, and that Yahweh, God or Allah is awareness expressing itself. Deepak’s view on awareness is referencing the eternal soul that is not a subject to time, nor space. Essentially, we are beings with timeless souls – time travellers if you like. In that sense, all can agree that awareness is key to the manifestation of existence, and its perpetual development. It’s also recognised as the source of intelligence provoked by an awakening to unravel the enigma of awareness, and its reflection that run along the “divide”.

Judge Only Stand to be Judged

With the advent of Easter, and in the spirit of its celebration, this article which I am posting is a timely message. Recently, I’ve posted a comment in response to a blog which wrote about the celebrity college scandal that has just surfaced from the news. It was well written with good coverage of views from different angles, and I felt needed to share my thoughts on that as well. My comment was short, and precise but I’d like to expound further for my readers’ benefit.

First, I wish to discourage anyone who is already thinking of playing a role in the gossip of the celebrity’s misdemeanour. That is to say, pay no mind on the news reporting on cases like the recent celebrity college scam. The hype the media has created is tempting me to pass judgement on fellow human-beings in thinking I am better. Being overly critical of other people’s affairs is a troubling disposition. Personally, I don’t like to go there as it’s not my business. It’s a trap which lures me to protect, and cover up my ego.

Celebrities who are caught bending the rules are mothers, and they did what any responsible mother would do in their given capacity to provide the best for their children. Who are we to judge them on the moral platform? It’s complicated. But, they did take a shortcut that eventually met with a detour. That’s life’s way of implying something that is not quite right, and fair, and a correction is needed. If anything that comes out good from this transaction is more money for the college that can be put to good use that benefits students, and teachers.

Do good, we to enter heaven. Do the bad, we enter hell. That is the general belief. Can we determine what is good, or bad without knowing the intention of the person who has committed the act in question? Like Jesus who stood facing the crowd that judged him over Barabbas. Barabbas the murderer was freed, Jesus was sentenced to death. So, who enters heaven, and who enters hell when death knocks? We have Jesus, Barabbas and the crowd of freelance “judges” to match them to heaven, and hell. You may think Jesus steps into heaven, Barabbas has to pay his debt in hell, and the “judges” will be dancing in limbo. Let’s pause here for moment, and think about what you are thinking now. See what I’ve just made you do? I’ve persuaded you to pass judgement on others that you don’t even know. We are so quick to prejudice that it has become a habit of second nature. Public judgement is detrimental to that effect. I think it’s wise to observe the red line. Stay on your side unless you are invited over, or defend the right to your space when it has been violated. We need to respect the space of others that they deserve by allowing them with that space to grow as you have been given that same opportunity. If the affair of others does not concern you, learn to control the urge to pass judgment, and remain tight lip. In short and subtle, mind your own beeswax.

The idea of heaven, and hell lies in the conscience. We are beings of conscience. There is no way by force to free ourselves from this invisible bind that God has woven into the human canvas. We need to pay our “dues” for freedom. Where death will eventually take us, is a “place” only as good as our conscience that we have prepared ourselves for. It’s an intimate affair. No one knows better than you of yourself. That is why we can pass judgement only upon ourselves, and not by others.

The development of self-awareness is something that all must take part by making an effort to make it happen. Thought must be put into action if we want to live in a better circumstance. If everyone tunes in to love, and tune out differentiating them self with others, we would live with more honest pleasures, rather than succumbing to suspicious mind. So, is your conscience clear of guilt?

Thank you for tuning in. Happy Easter.