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The Bucky Ball of Existence
July 16, 2009
1:25 am
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Have been reading and thinking a lot lately. I have two books I have been mulling over, "The Power of Now" and "Power vs. Force". I find myself being much more aware of my own thoughts and wondering how I plug into the rest of the universe. Some of the points made in the books are somewhat related to the "Jesus isn't the only way" thread. Could it really be that all of these religions and spiritual beliefs are really just different sides of the same Bucky Ball that we call "the meaning of life"?

July 16, 2009
9:34 pm


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"Could it really be that all of these religions and spiritual beliefs are really just different sides of the same Bucky Ball that we call "the meaning of life"?"

I think that this depends upon the religion of which you speak.

I recently heard a Buddhist master say that life has no meaning outside of the 'mind' attaining the realization that there is a way to avoid coming back and back and back into a new body each time in seemingly endless cycles of birth, living and death and the working towards finding out how to bring about this 'liberation'.

Thus according to Buddhism, for the unrealized one, life has no 'absolute' meaning other than having the potential for 'attaining' the above. Of course in reality, according to the Buddha, there is no 'thing' to attain and no separate, independent entity or 'self' to attain it. (Ref. the Diamond Sutra)

What is the meaning of life for an Alzhiemer's sufferer in the disease's advanced stages, or a severely retarded human being? Does an ant search for the meaning of life?

If you are talking about life's purpose rather than meaning then whether it knows it or not, an ant's driving force, motivation and/or purpose is obviously to survive and to promote the survival of its 'nest', and depending upon its role in the nest to either propagate or support the next generation. Many humans operate with much the same purpose in life.

See, the writings of Viktor Frankl, the professor of psychology and the founder of Logotherapy, about his life as a Jew in in Auschwitz. His book is titled 'Man's Search For Meaning'. This book might validate your views somewhat on the part the search for 'meaning' plays in human existence.

"... wondering how I plug into the rest of the universe."

Who and what is the nature of the "I" that is doing the "plugging"?

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