Tag: spirituality

Yesterday I laid the ground rules for mysteries and why they have played such a huge role in the development of our society. Note how I say ‘huge’ rather than important or vital. Are these mysteries a good thing for survival? Better yet: is this incessant hunt for the unknowable a human-only trait? Did we evolve this love of mystery? The general argument goes like this: we like to see patterns. We attribute cause to every effect. We like to…

Darkness. Enigma. Secret. Curiousity. Surprise. Paranormal. Superstition. Rapture. Riddle. Myth. Magic. Mystery. * * * The definition of mystery, though multi-faceted, is a good place to start: Anything that arouses curiosity or perplexes because it is unexplained, inexplicable, or secret. That [which] is not fully understood or that baffles or eludes understanding; an enigma. But it goes further. I’m not the only one that has noticed the prevalence of mysticism in contemporary civilisation: The skills, lore, or practices that are…

Discussing ethics is a little fruitless, at least if you like reaching conclusions. Generally they are rules that govern a particular area or school of thought: medical ethics, political ethics, social ethics — in any given setting, there are ways in which you ‘should’ act or behave or even think. Fortunately, due to us pesky humans being at the top of the food chain, it’s been fairly easy to decide what is and isn’t ethical: that which helps mankind is…

[Welcome to Thoughtful Tuesday! You know the format by now: I rant, I rave, I reveal thoughts that bounce around in my head that don't necessarily make sense yet, but may do with a little more thought... This week, a particularly meaty subject that pops up on the blog fairly regularly: Transhumanism.] It’s a long word that sounds a lot more complex than it actually is but the most important part of its definition, as defined by the Transhumanism Declaration…

I’ve covered the sorry state of knowledge and inherent lack of truth that plagues contemporary society. But it didn’t start yesterday or even 100 years ago! It’s an eternally recurring theme of dumbing-down and almost-truths dispensed by nasty people posing as intellectual authorities over thousands of years. There is an endemic ‘loss of wisdom’ that has an iteratively degenerative effect, gaining more momentum with each generation. Historically these lies, these tales, were of a philosophical or mythical nature and virtually…

What happens when you die? If you’re not spiritually-inclined, death is just a moment in time. You’re alive and then, a moment later, you’re dead. There is a cessation of all that makes us physically alive: we stop breathing, our blood circulation halts and finally our brain activity flat-lines — we are deceased. And medically speaking that is true. Your time is up; the grains of sand have emptied and the ticking has ceased. On the other hand, if you…