Your biggest questions in life?

Gerhard (@GerhardFourie) 7 years, 8 months ago

I have many questions I would love to be answered, but it occured to me there are probably tonnes more great questions I haven’t even thought of. What are some of the questions you would like to know the most, or think about the most?

Some of mine are:
How can some people see the world so different compared to me? I can sometimes predict what someone else will do, think, enjoy or say, but cannot comprehend how someone can actually feel that way (eg white supremisists, or something small, like enjoying watching the Kim Kardashian show)
How can I completely control what I do, and exercise my free will at all times?
Will humans ever attain immortality?

Feel free to answer my above questions too if you feel like it :)

January 19, 2015 at 12:57 am
kingrat (4) (@sizwe) 7 years, 8 months ago ago

How can some people see the world so different compared to me?
Actually this is the point of the universe. It is an efficient algorithm for exploring and contrasting differences. This depends on the illusion that we are separate people; so space, energy and awareness are colluding to have us believe that we are actually different when we really aren’t. Enjoy the ride.

How can I completely control what I do, and exercise my free will at all times?
Free will is not an on/off switch. It’s an infinite gradient type thing so you will never have complete free will, but you might learn to exercise more free will relative to how much free will you have now. Ironically though, true free will comes by taking responsibility. When you take responsibility you take power and that power is your free will. Take more responsibility.

Will humans ever attain immortality?
Yes we can. But no we won’t. Nobody who understands the implications thereof wants to attain immortality. It would nullify the point of the exercise of life. Don’t fear death, my friend. There is nothing to fear but fear itself.

My questions:
Are Pi and Phi truly universal? Perhaps under various conditions they change?

What is the significance of these mathematical constants (Pi and Phi)? What do they mean, coz they seem rather arbitrary to me…

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Gerhard (7) (@GerhardFourie) 7 years, 7 months ago ago

Sorry I took so long to reply, if you like the maths question, check out Euler’s Identity. That is mindboggling to me how that equation can be correct.
And thanks for your thoughts on the other stuff :)

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i4c1m2b (70) (@i4CiM2B) 7 years, 8 months ago ago

Why do people see the world differently? I can offer a simple explanation for you to consider. To understand, you will need the following items (either real or just use your imagination).

Start with two or more clear glasses of any shape or size. The glasses will be used to represent the different people you are referring to. Next, you will need some water to fill each glass. The water represents the nature of reality and the truth that governs our existence regardless of whether we acknowledge it or not. The last thing you will need is a selection of food colorings. (Different flavors of Kool-Aid will do but your imagination can provide a greater number of colors). Each color represents a belief of some sort. There are religious colors, political colors, etc. Imagine that there is a color for any and every belief held by every person.

Understand that every color is valid and will react in exactly the same way when dropped into the clear water. Depending on the mix of colors used, each glass of water, will end up having it’s own unique end coloring and each individual will see the world through the glass as it is colored by their individual set of beliefs. Many of the results will be similar to others. For example, the glasses of Christians may all appear as shades of blue, and Muslims, as shades of green and so on. Both will argue to the death, that the world is obviously tinted blue or that it is clearly tinted green.

You, however, now know what your particular God or non-god has always known; that is that the water is clear and the ever-changing colors are just temporary perceptions that we, as creative conscious beings, choose in order to “decorate” our reality.

A question I would ask is this: Why is it so hard for humans to accept that we belong to a civilization of highly evolved beings that are in essence, formed from pure energy that is conscious and that we each have an individual “personality” that is constantly changing and evolving creatively? Is it that hard to accept that one of the ways we do this is by creating physical worlds constructed with time, space, and gravity, where every thing operates and is maintained by quantum mechanics? Isn’t it at all possible that as energy essence beings, we are indestructible and therefore immortal by nature and that we create these physical worlds out of a desire to experiment and experience mortality by immersing ourselves in biological creatures with limited life spans? Isn’t it also possible that we have the means to induce a temporary amnesia in order to make the experience seem very realistic?

Why would we choose instead to accept the idea that we are worthless, insignificant, biological creatures driven by the instinct to survive until we eventually succumb to our environment and our consciousness dissolves into the oblivion of an Atheistic worldview? Furthermore, Why waste even a minute of time arguing either point of view, when the truth of the matter awaits each of us? Over 150,000 people per day learn the answer to this question.

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Gerhard (7) (@GerhardFourie) 7 years, 7 months ago ago

Sorry for the late reply. Man that was an epic answer, and I’m completely sober! Can’t imagine how mind blowing it would have been if I was on shrooms! thanks for the answer, really great

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Jorge (3) (@Jorge) 7 years, 8 months ago ago

@i4CiM2B, I think that the choice of seeing humanity as some kind of accident in nature, and the atheistic way of seeing things, is just the way we need to go as a civilization in order to learn everything we need to learn. Its difficult to see most people living in a way that does’t take advantage of the human capabilities at all, but little by litte we will realize all of the things you say. We are just going through the negative part of the sine-wave.
Seeing it a little bit in a rational way, the universe wouldn’t be complete without ignorance and its effects. The idea of EVERYTHING contains from the most ignorant point of view to the most wise, and every single one of us must pass through each phase.

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GuruKhan (135) (@GuruKhan) 7 years, 8 months ago ago

Are we all real?

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Jorge (3) (@Jorge) 7 years, 8 months ago ago

@GuruKhan, Well, from what I’ve read, that is a paradoxical question… the answer is yes and no. For us, our world is real, and we are here to feel, enjoy and change that reality. We cannot conceive the idea of an infinite consciousness because our own consciousness is finite, so for us its just an idea. Now, from the point of view of that infinite mind from which we all come from, we are a gigantic dream in which it is possible to experience uncertainty, empathy, or any thing that is representative of our human condition; we are really far away from what is real.

The truth is that even if we are so far away from that source, its all the same thing. We are only in a different degree of consciousness/reality. Like temperature: there isn’t a point in which it stops being cold and starts being hot, its just a difference in degree of the same thing. So, I would say we are real, but there are also other kinds of realities.

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Almeida (304) (@xetado) 7 years, 7 months ago ago

1) I believe our beliefs are built over our unique and individual experiences. That being said, your environment is, sometimes, diametrically opposed to another one, thus creating a difficulty on understanding other points of view (though this is also related to how you feel empathy for others). Now, you may ask why is it that you can predict people. A possible explanation is that, although each one of us is unlike anyone else, there are groups, people with similar identity, and most humans enjoy giving up some of their singularity in order to fit in those groups, leading them to be more predictable. This action is also related to fear, as choosing to be unpredictable means not to expect how you’ll behave. So, my answer is, we’re all different, even though sometimes we choose not to be, thus becoming predictable.

2) Easier said than done, but just be aware. Try and consciously feel every sensation you can, be it the sweat dripping off your skin, be it the toothbrush reaching each of your teeth. It’s kind of hard in the beginning, but it gets smooth with practice.

3) Immortality is, in theory, possible, though it would be so expensive that only very few people would have it. Not only that, but not dying would harm our biological environment. Just imagine: today we have a little more than seven billions of people living in earth, most places becoming overpopulated, poverty worsening; if people didn’t die, this situation would only get more fucked up.

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Gerhard (7) (@GerhardFourie) 7 years, 7 months ago ago

Thanks for the reply Almeida, I especially enjoy #1 :)

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