Topic 20 – Those Who Came Before-Words of Wisdom

This is the last topic in THE VIEW FROM HERE blog series. I wrote this series to create questions in peoples’ minds, for everything that changes in our human sphere starts from a question. In fact, answers are always present. We access them according to the quality and precision of our questions. Thus, to live in an age where curiosity has taken such a back seat is to live in an age where people increasing fear there are no answers....

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Topic 19 – At the Corner of Physics and Metaphysics

I thought this next-to-last episode in my recent series, The View from Here, was going to expou nd on how quantum reality reflects a metaphysical view of the cosmos, something that Newtonian physics would never be accused of. While Newtonian physics is very mechanistic, looking at parts and wholes, and cause and effect, quantum reality has an almost ontological feel about it, meaning, that when we study it, it seems as if we are studying the...

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Topic 18 – The Impersonal

A person who believes, as she did, that things fit: that there is a whole of which one is a part, and that being a part, one is whole: such a person has no desire whatever, at any time, to play God. Only those who have denied their being yearn to play at it. Ursala K. LeGuin, The Lathe of Heaven   If there has been anything that you have gleaned from our past 18 weeks together, would it be that you are more willing to be suspect of the...

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Topic 17: How Long Will It Take?

If there is any lament spoken by those who are curious enough to consider another way to live other than the one given to us at birth, it is the weary-sounding question: How long will it take? In this world of NOW, charged with a manic need for instant gratification, the question sounds quite reasonable. When we are finally willing to accept that life lived from our egoic state of consciousness is no longer bearable, that in itself feels like a...

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Topic 15 – Will the Real Bill and Sally Please Stand Up

Even if we filled up the University of Michigan stadium, the largest in the States, among those 109,000 people, there wouldn’t be one person who could legitimately respond to the request made by this essay’s title. Why? For one reason, it’s somewhat a trick question, because anyone who was in a position to stand up would long ago have ceased to exist in any sense of dichotomy, least of all regarding what is real and what is...

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