I was looking at the sky tonight and I saw how the lights of my town obscured a clear view of the stars in the far distance of space.
It was an interesting parable for how we claim enlightenment, yet our enlightenment usually entails the obscuring of other information and angles, for there to be enlightenment, there has to be a decision that ignores one set of information in favour of another. How ironic to enlighten the mind while creating dark patches.
We have known that the more we understand and learn, the more there is to understand and learn. Enlightenment claims an epiphany of belief, but endarkenment can sometimes be more of an epiphany of truth.
We must consider what both have to offer in order to develop and break out of the human condition.
I think @Beorn used to have a signature quote to this effect.
"I shall not argue against it from the supposed impossibility of infinite succession, barely and absolutely considered in itself; for a reason which shall be mentioned hereafter: but if we consider such an infinite progression, as one entire endless series of beings can have no cause from without, of its existence; because in it are supposed to be included all things that are or ever were in the universe: and ’tis plain it can have no reason within itself, of its existence; because no one being in this infinite succession is supposed to be self-existent or necessary (which is the only ground or reason of existence of any thing, that can be imagined within the thing itself, as with presently more fully appear), but every one dependent on the foregoing: and where no part is necessary; ’tis manifest the whole cannot be necessary; absolute necessity of existence, not being an outward, relative, and accidental determination; but an inward and essential property of the nature of the thing which so exists."
"But you forget that there is one value that is greater than all others: human freedom. Because no matter how perfectly you set the world up for humanity, they will always rebel simply to exert their own selves. You cannot win."
I just realized I have a recurring nightmare about the church building connected to the college I attended. Ironically enough it has to do with feeling lost and there being rooms with files and important papers in the basement. In the dream I am continually confused about time and location.
Originally Posted by Grand Admiral Crunch
It might be fine for some people, but I rather not live in a world where people think it is okay for dolphins to rape each other.