Ever heard of Transhumanism? Me neither until today when I switched on the radio to hear the most jawdropping conversation.
Transhumanism:- The belief or theory that the human race can evolve beyond its current physical and mental limitations, especially by means of science and technology.
According to American transhumanist, journalist, entrepreneur and futurist Zoltan Istvan, the likelihood of humans existing only as pure data-with no physical body on the cloud is very real & closer that we think. According to Istvan – as we approach death,
Death – An inevitable part of life. As hard as we try, it’s impossible to avoid. Like everything else in life, we humans are impermanent, facing death from the moment we’re born yet we foolishly live under the illusion of immortality like we’re in some way exempt.
So many times I’ve blogged about the dreaded D subject Death. Mainly because here in the west, it’s something we fear or consider taboo. For example, we don’t discuss death in case we tempt fate, and the thing we definitely don’t want, is a visit from the black hooded guy with his wopping great scythe who only appears when your time’s up. There are however, many other differing opinions on death – for example, Buddhism says death is a continuation of life & merely a process of the consciousness leaving the physical body to enter a new one. Christianity sees death as returning home to the creator God & others feel when we die, we’ve gone and that’s pretty much the end.
What are your thoughts on death? Where do you believe we go once this life is over?
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Yesterday something profound happened which got me thinking about my own existence in the world. Let me explain….
Whilst meditating, I entered a place of pure clear space (not unusual in meditation I know) but this time it was different. This time I became aware, that the space I entered also exists somewhere. It’s a little bit like standing by a vast occean and realising you and that occean both exist in the space called earth, which itself exists amongst other planets in the solar system and of course they all exist somewhere too. It got me thinking about the beginnng of time, where & how the world began and whether anyone really knows. One thing I know for sure – It didn’t start with God. How can I say this with absolute certainty? Well, for God to have created the universe, he would first himself need to exist somewhere….Do you see where I’m going with this? If God created the universe, where was he when he did it?
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Some would argue, most wars have been triggered by religion. Others ask – why if there’s a God, do wars etc happen at all?
One thing’s for certain, in today’s dog eat dog society we need something to help bring our lives back into perspective – but is it religion? Are we capable of change without God? The Buddhist view, is that we humans are not only responsible for the state of the world, but also fully capable of putting it right. Christians may argue we cannot do this without Gods help. What do you think?
Please God help me! My life is hard and I can’t see a way forward. If you help me God, I promise to pray more.
Words I’m sure are familiar to almost every believer and non believer in God. As a Buddhist, I don’t accept the God concept, but even I’ve begged for help in times where there’s seemed little hope. Looking down from my 17th floor window I see road rage from people who feel it’s their ‘God Given’ right to get to work first. Horns beeping, sirens wailing, rushing to traffick accidents. There’s news on the TV about a girl who left Britain at 15yrs to join ISIS and now wants to come back. The man who got stabbed whilst trying to rescue a stranger in trouble & the political war on Brexit. So much for a single mind to cope with and its only 7am. But tonight in the silence of darkness, down on their knees begging God for forgiveness, to make the child they hit during a fit of road rage pull through. To show mercy on the Jihadi bride & to sort out the problems created by Brexit. They’ll all be there on their knees evading personal responsibility, expecting God to suck up all their problems and absolve them like a Dyson vacuum cleaner. But if their prayers aren’t answered, we all know who’s to blame don’t we?
So here’s today’s discussion thread… If there is indeed a God, why expect him to constantly clean up the carnage created by man/woman?
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Why have we been born human? And what’s our main purpose in life?
A question someone asked me recently during one of our deep philosophical conversations. My reply was its my belief we were brought into this world as humans to end suffering. She looked at me and said “Well where does God fit in then?” The thing is, I have no clue where God fits in if I’m being truthful. As humans we’ve been born with a moral & ethical conscience – something no other species has. We know it’s wrong to cause harm to another sentient being and whilst we may not always act on that knowledge, we have it. As humans we are tangible, we can touch each other and if we work together we can achieve great things.
So what are your thoughts on the Purpose of Human Life?
We’ve all wondered at sometime -Where did it all begin?
At school, we’re told its apes – then it’s dinosaurs, not to mention a Big Bang somewhere in space & then God. But where do we come from? Could we have evolved from Amimals? For me, the possibility of originating from apes or any other kind of animal is not possible. As humans we have different levels of consciousness. For example: When an animal is hungry, it hunts, kills and eats. During this feeding frenzy, it has no comprehension of the pain or fear its prey is subject to. The animal’s only concern, is feeding it’s hunger. Then with blood around its mouth, it will curl up and sleep peacefully until the next desire to feed arises. Humans on the other hand have a different level of consciousness & understand compassion, right & wrong etc. They understand, if we kill it will cause pain to another person or animal. This is why most humans don’t act in the way the animal does. Just like the animal, some humans eat meat but usually cook it. We don’t have the same primal instinct the animal does.
Many perceptions exist about the existence of God – who he is, what form he takes & how he created the world etc….
It all depends I guess on which teachings you live by. Although Buddhism stands with a great respect for all religions, it doesn’t recognise God as creator. Here’s my dilemma on the existence of God which I hope you might help with…….
If as many believe, God created the Universe – where was he when he did so? If God is a person (Many address him as the Father) then from whom was he born? And doesn’t this imply the existence of a universe at the time of his birth? If as many believe, God is an energy Omnipotent & Omnipresent, where did that energy exist when it created itself?
I’d love to have a conversation and hear your thoughts – let’s have the debate 😊