“Have you comprehended the expanse of the earth? Where is the way to the dwelling of light, and where is the place of darkness…?” The Book of Job
“The known is finite, the unknown infinite; intellectually we stand on an islet in the midst of an illimitable ocean of inexplicably. Our business in every generation is to reclaim a little more land.” T.H. Huxley
“Our ancestors were eager to understand the world but had not quite stumbled upon the method. They imagined a small, quaint , tidy universe…” “In that Universe humans played an important role. We were intimately bound up with the rest of nature…” Carl Sagan
Most human feelings and reactions can be traced back many years to when we were just starting out as the dominant species on this planet, many believe our ties run deeper still. We have grown distant from our beginnings, they seem remote and irrelevant to everyday concerns. Amazingly, there are those few who realize how rare we are and in a very real and profound sense we are deeply connected to one another. Humans often take delight discovery, in learning and understanding, If we keep those traits in mind it bodes well for our survival.
Whatever road we take, our fates are insolubly bound together, it is essential that we discover, learn and understand that ‘connectionz’ with one another are what will carry us into the future.
“Who Are You?”
What do you and I have in common, are you not breathing as I, do you not require shelter when cold or wet, does food not fill your belly, hunger overcome you, whatever it is that you would be, could I not be also, if we should disagree would we not wish to confront each other. What it is that you may like I may like also, whatsoever may cause you sorrow may also cause sorrow to me. We are living upon this earth… which gives us the bonds we require.
Will others see you as one or another? How would you have them see you as one or another? Is not the view of one the same as another through anothers eyes. The view of another comes from within you…
“Who Am I ?”
I start by asking questions like…. Am I a husband? Am I a son? Am I a Father? Am I an employee or boss? Am I this body Or this mind?
Indeed, I’ve asked myself all of these questions many times over the years, and they have lead me to understand that they are all about who I may have been, even who I have physically come to be, but not “who I am”. They identify me with a relative plane. Something at a particular place and time.
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These inquiries often it ended up being a little unsettling. To some extent we are all a product of our surroundings and experiences, but trying to use them to capitulate a sense of self based on them leads to thoughts that we may be more important than we believe, than other people or things.
Rightly so the question should not be ‘Who am I?” but “Who do I want to be?”. With this shift in perspective I go from thinking of myself (EGO) to thinking of what is right. It affords the way I should live.
Eventually it leads to where I am simply more aware of myself. The need for answers although still present has diminished and an acceptance of the answers I already have has grown. No one except me can dictate what I “feel” is true or what I should do with the remaining time allotted to me on this planet…
The answers are not out there. The truth is not out there, it is within me.