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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

How to Be Happy

In Order to be Happy, Reinvent Your Thought Process and Learn to Find Joy Through Choices Instead of Possessions.
No offense, but the first thing to keep in mind if you really want to be happy is to realize that you probably don't have any idea of how to go about being it. While you might think that that a bigger house, a nicer car, living in a existential paradise, or a life of travel and vacation will bring you happiness, you probably couldn't be farther from the truth. Because here's the thing, that sort of happiness is based on a completely un-subjective fantasy that each of us invents and it's 99% ego and 1% reality.

This very mentality based on greed, insecurity, envy and malcontent is ruining your life. The fact is, you are and always have been you - no more and no less. Pouring gasoline on the fire of your own insecurities isn't going to make anything better, and believing that you actually need a bunch of ridiculous stuff to attain happiness is just silly.

So what is 'happy' anyway? What if it was letting go of your ego? What if it was letting go of all the preconceptions you've walled yourself in with your whole life? What if it was learning to look into the future while actually embracing the present? What if it was finding what you love and holding on to it instead of chasing after what you think everyone else wants you to have?

We live in a society that tells us that 'happy' is the fruit that's out of our reach. It's that beautiful girl you dreamed about until she gave you her heart. Now she's part of your greed driven existence that seeks only what it doesn't have and you're already trying to bed your next conquest.

Think of the most beautiful moment you ever shared with someone and realize that you are the only one preventing every moment from having the same kind of beautiful impact. It's human nature to take everything that means so much as an aspiration and make it meaningless once we've got it. But what if we learned to look at things differently? What if we learned to appreciate everything with the same fervor every time we experienced it? Imagine how in love you'd be with your partner, how happy you'd be at your job, how unspeakably awesome everything you owned would be?

It's too easy to look at everything as obvious - the people we love, where we live, our jobs, our possessions - nothing is exempt from being made meaningless by the human mind. But here's the reality. We live on a sphere that's orbiting a massive burning ball of exploding gas at about 67,000 miles per hour. You're made up 7,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (7 octillion give or take) atoms, and these atoms somehow all come together to form the blob of matter (that is you). If that's not weird enough, think about this - 99.9999999999999% of your 7 octillion atom existence is made up of space, void - nothing! You hang in a delicate balance of unfathomable complexity - anything could change at any moment.

55,000 people die every hour on this planet, yet we look at our sphere as secure, our friends as here forever, our families as eternal entities, but they're not and the truth is that every single person you know is going to die and you're going to die. The only thing you have is the gift to experience, and if you've decided to put a clause requiring a major landmark on your own happiness, most of your life is essentially a miserable occupancy of space. One day it'll be too late and you'll have regrets piling up that aren't ever going away.

Don't worry about where you are or what you have or even what you think you want. Take one step at a time and worry only about only this - who you are - who you really are. Find what you love, love what makes you happy - try giving instead of getting, try caring instead of hating. Remove the mindless distractions from your life and focus on the things and people that matter the most to you. Follow your heart to discover what makes you happy, never let go of it, never devalue anything that is beautiful, and build a life that lets you be yourself.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Understanding Evil and Why It Happens

To understand why bad things happen, we must first imagine a world without them.

What Would Life Look Like Without Evil?

To understand why evil happens, I think we must first ask ourselves, what would the world look like if it was absolutely perfect? If you just scratch the top of that though experiment, you'll probably get some very positive imagery, maybe some picture of you running through a meadow under a perfectly blue sky, but, if you follow that thought process all the way through, you'll arrive at a horrifyingly meaningless form of existence. Why? Because there is only one perfect response and action to every choice you make, in fact, there may only be one utterly perfect thing for you to be doing - ever.

A Day in a Perfect Life

For the sake of illustration, lets imagine that there were multiple perfect things that you could engage in. Now imagine waking up in your perfect home (which is identical to everyone else's perfect home), surrounded by your perfect family, who loves you not because they have a choice, but because that's the only thing they can do - after all, they're perfect too. You get out of your perfect bed and have the perfect breakfast, followed by the most utterly perfect mid-day activities and family time. You wow as you enjoy the perfect picnic at the perfect park, your taste-buds burst in ecstasy as you consume the perfect dinner with your perfect family. After your dinner, you engage in the most remarkably perfect sex in the most perfect position with your perfect wife, and at night, you and your family all lie together in the meadow, looking up at the perfect stars in the perfect night sky - each of you has gone through the entire day in an unshakable and unrelenting mental state of ecstatic loving bliss.

Now imagine that every single family on earth is doing the exact same thing that you're doing, perhaps at different times (depending on geographic location), and all without any choice to deviate from this objective 'perfect' state of being. Imagine that every day will be exactly the same and that you will never die, nor will you ever deviate from this state of existence.

'Perfection' Eliminates the Purpose of Being and Free Will

Besides being terrifying to imagine, a perfect world, with perfect beings, and a perfect material nature cannot accommodate purpose, actual freedom, or a reason for being. In a perfect world, there are no problems to solve, no diseases to cure, no triumphs, no struggles, no tears, and no victories. In such a world, we would simply exist as choice-less beings with no objective meaningful purpose or means of defining our own existence.

Bad Defines Good and Good Defines Bad

Without bad to define good, good is nothing. When you see a beautiful sky on a sunny day, you can appreciate it because you've seen stormy skies that bring rain and destruction. In the same sort of way, when you love deeply, you can appreciate it, because you've known what it means to feel alone.

A perfect world is like a perfectly white room in which you, and everything around you are also perfectly white. In this room, you see nothing, because there is no contrast to define one thing from another. The same would be true of a perfectly black room. It is only by allowing the freedom of both elements, black and white, that innumerable variations of grey can lend form and meaning to this room and all that lies within it.

So in our perfect world scenario, you can't really love or really enjoy anything, because you have nothing to define what makes anything worthy of love or enjoyment in the first place. Everything you do, and everything that happens around you, is simply a set of incomprehensible actions that take place without anyone ever having chosen to do them.

The Scope of Good and Evil

Since good and evil are two parts of an integral whole and necessary to define one another, we must consider that the greatest possible experiences of love, joy, or attainment exist in polarized contrast to equally powerful capacities for hate, sorrow, and failure. We, our world, and the universe it occupies are free, and such freedom requires both good and evil to exist as unrestricted elements. To limit the scope of how bad things could be, would be to limit scope of how good they could be also, ultimately this would diminish our own freedom and depth of experience.

Because Evil Exists, We Have Purpose and Meaning

As humans, it is our transcendent purpose to choose good over evil. When we choose to engage in things like love, friendship, creativity, caring for our fellow beings, or improving the world around us, we find unison with God, and we feel the transcendent beauty, good, and meaning of it.

God's Interaction in Panendeism, Compared

This chart demonstrates the nature of God's interaction in all major theories.

The Theistic God

In Theism, we typically find God watching us from some metaphysical realm outside our own universe. Despite living in an alternate sphere, the Theistic God is often though to be aware of everything, as well as very involved in our material lives. Because of this direct relationship with humans, it seems that the God of theism would have to be either cruel and unwilling to help many, or limited, and incapable of uplifting everyone. Many Theists believe that they can sway God's will through prayer to achieve different results from what God would have chosen otherwise.

The Deistic God

In Modern Deism, God created the universe and its inhabitants and then walked away from it. There is no connection between creation and creator. Everything we do (good or evil) is an expression of our own free will. God doesn't see it, God doesn't act on it - we as humans are left on our own. In contrast, much like in Theism - many Classical Deists did believe God was involved and guided the world. Many Classical Deists also prayed.

The Pandeistic, or Pantheistic God

In Pandeism, God created the universe and either died or was absorbed into it, and therefore, God is the universe. In Pantheism, God is and always has been the universe. Both views theorize that beings are interconnected, encapsulated experiences of God, and that individuality is ultimately an illusion. In these theories, experiential beings are more or less the result of God tricking itself into believing that it is limited with the end goal of achieving different perspectives and experiences that would not be possible as a boundless, infinite God. Since both Pandeism and Pantheism claim that God is the totality of everything, to say that it acts or doesn't act seems meaningless without a subject to be acted upon.

The Atheistic Material Universe

In Atheism, God is not present, and everything that exists came into being through natural processes that did not involve a cognitive being.

The Panentheistic, or Panendeistic God

In Panentheism and Panendeism, God is manifest in the totality of everything, but not actively or cognitively present as it. God itself posses an individual, greater cognizance, separate from all other beings, transcendent of the sum of all beings, and greater than the universe itself. God is infinite - our own cosmos, anything outside of it, and anything within or without it that lies beyond our current means of perception. We are free observers of, and witnesses to the vast beauty of creation, and of being itself. We are tied to God through inherent qualities that draw us freely towards resonance with it - we can sense it, and perhaps, it can sense us. In this way, God interacts with our universe, and we can interact with God.

Friday, May 8, 2015

3 Ways Panendeism Can Benefit the World

How Panendeism has the potential to positively impact how we understand our world and interact with fellow beings.
In my opinion, there are 3 main benefits to a Panendeistic approach to understanding reality. These three benefits are religious, philosophical, and practical.

Panendeism as a Religious Worldview

Religions can usually be divided into theistic and non-theistic forms. Popular theistic forms are Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. 'God,' in these religions, is a personal entity who is separate from creation and separate from humanity. God is up there. We are down here. There is no overlap. In theological language, God is transcendent, but not immanent. God is over nature (supernatural) but not present within nature.

Non-theistic religions, such as Buddhism and Hinduism postulate that nature is the totality of everything. Usually, this form of pantheism says that there is nothing transcendent to be found in nature. 

Panendeism suggests that God can be both transcendent and immanent. God can be more than nature. But God is also found in nature. Panendeism leads us to consider the possibility that God created nature within God's self, so-to-speak. There is nothing outside of God. Therefore, we do not seek or relate to a "God in heaven." God is with us, even in us.

Panendeism as a Philosophical Worldview

The second benefit to Panendeism is philosophical in nature. In Panendeism, we no longer need separate humanity into the religious "saved" and "damned" or "sinners" and "saints" categories.

We are all members of the same human family. This doesn't mean that everyone is good and does good. But it does mean that we are capable of much good and that when punishment is required, it's geared towards reform and correction, not towards retribution. Because we are all part of that which we call God, the way we treat others is the way we treat God and the way we treat ourselves. Therefore, it becomes important to follow conscience and what we might call the Golden Rules or universal principals of moral behavior.

We can potentially escape the religious and political tribalism of the past that have kept us bound to exclusivism and violence and often precipitated wars. There is only one humanity and that humanity is also, in a sense, divine. We honor the sacredness we see in the other. We can learn to celebrate the differences instead of just tolerating them. What would our world look like if we could wake up to this realization?

Panendeism as a Practical Worldview

The third benefit of Panendeism, could well be the practicality of this worldview. It's not about gaining a heavenly reward someday or about escaping a future hell in an afterlife. Rather, it's about learning to live wisely in our world today, to take relationships and our planet seriously, while also celebrating life in all its fullness. If we and our world are all a part of that which we call God, and if this God has left the stewardship of our relationships and our world up to us, then we don't look for Superman to swoop down from the sky to save us. We don't pray for God to change things that have been put within our power and influence to change. We don't ask or leave it to God to act. 

We are the agents for change in our world. Our relationship to our Creator, on whatever level we acknowledge that, can be helpful and empowering to us, but the job is up to us. As the old adage says, "Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me." Whatever we long to see on earth, we must be the primary dreamers and architects of the betterment of society and our world. Can we reach a utopia? I don't know. I don't know if we can build heaven on earth. But I am convinced that we need not have a hell here either. All is sacred. All is part of the web of life and being. Therefore we have a response-ability to one another and to our world to lead beneficial lives. Otherwise, we may very well see our own demise.

Written by Bill McCracken

Thursday, May 7, 2015

8 Quintessential Principals of Panendeism

8 Principals That Will Change Your Life
1. We affirm as a defining thesis, that the natural terrestrial world, and the greater Universe we observe are, by very definition, “real,” and acknowledge that these may well be the only semblance of God we shall ever witness with our human eyes. We assert that we, as sapient beings, are an integrated part of this integral whole, and that human observational perception, both material and spiritual, is worthy of our interest, pursuit, and trust.

2. We affirm the primacy of human reason and science as the final adjudicators of truth and error regarding the material universe, but acknowledge that human beings embody, by design, integrated intuition and expression that transcend the bounds of science. We propound that qualities such as love, friendship, kindness, goodwill, charity, sincerity, inspiration, music, and art are among these inherent and inspired natural qualities.

3. We affirm that we are, even in our own cognitive abilities, finite. We acknowledge that human reasoning is limited, our senses and perception are imperfect, and that we are free to do good or cause harm to others, or leave others to do good or cause harm. We assert that any action that disrupts the joy, peace, purpose, or balance of the beings or environment around us, shall inevitably derogate and diminish both the quality and scope of our own joy, peace, purpose, balance, and meaning. If such detrimental, counterintuitive behavior is embraced by many, we propound that all life could cease to exist in the natural, terrestrial world we inhabit.

4. We affirm that we are endowed by our Creator with the inalienable liberty to govern and orchestrate our thoughts and our actions, within the bounds circumscribed by the Laws of Nature, known and unknown, and assert that the entire Universe, and we ourselves, are part and parcel of the Creator-Architect-Supreme Being and Cosmic Mind we know as God; and that God is not manifest interpersonally in our lives, but rather, introspectively. Through this intrinsic presence, we are naturally drawn toward love; a realization of life; a sense of oneness, brotherhood and sisterhood with the natural world around us; and that we are therefore drawn to live with purposeful being. Therefore, among the transcendent purposes unique to sapient life such as human beings, is the seeking after self-understanding, and the externalization of the resulting discovery within to positively affect the material and spiritual world around us and living things and beings whose paths cross our own, in order to make the world a better, kinder, and gentler place for all of its inhabitants.