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    Quote Originally Posted by Lark View Post
    Whatever your views on spirituality or philosophy happen to be have you ever experienced any major doubts? Why? What happened then and did you find a way out or ever experience a return to the certainty you once had?

    I never returned to the certainty I once had. My "views on spirituality or philosophy" have gone through approx. four major changes and many minor ones.

    Major doubts can be looked at as a kind of metamorphosis. Each time, you arrive at a bigger picture or viewpoint. The bigger the picture, the less likely that a clash with another view or some underlying incongruity will poke holes in it. So the question is, what is the biggest picture possible? Or perhaps, what is the biggest picture that seems right at the present time?

    I hope this helps, Lark, or that you find other help in this thread if you're experiencing doubts. Doubts can be difficult to work through, because the process can involve leaving intellectual safety, emotional familiarity, or even family or social groups (or being ousted by them).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lark View Post
    Whatever your views on spirituality or philosophy happen to be have you ever experienced any major doubts? Why? What happened then and did you find a way out or ever experience a return to the certainty you once had?
    What sort of doubts?

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    I was meaning in the broadest possible philosophical or spiritual sense Helios, for a believer in an afterlife and God it could be having those things challenged, for a non-believer who does not believe in an after life or God and feels fine, believing that their self-belief suffices it could be having that challenged.

    At the time I decided to post the thread someone I know had been talking to me about a sociology lecturer who never properly recovered following the 1989 collapse of the USSR, which to me was something I couldnt relate to but perfectly illustrated the sort of crisis I had in mind.

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    The worst moment of doubt I have ever experienced was at a given point in time to doubt myself. This happened once in my life, for a fleeting moment, but so help me it was the WORST moment I have ever lived and I want nothing to do with anything similar agains so long as I exist.

    No one but me has my best interest at heart, knows the total scope from which I approach a given situation from, or has the best interest of those dear to me at heart like I do.

    Do not ever doubt yourself. If you do, you have lost your most loyal advocate. Any situation that does not cause your ultimate demise can be maneuvered around. This is not a hallpass to be a fucking idiot, but it is an important reminder to cut yourself some slack from time to time.
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