I want to discuss with you a situation that may assume at times “The Ontological Argument”. The ontological argument is the argument that assumes God exists. Now, weather God exists in one particular form or another does not matter, you still have a life to live. However there are several situations that arise from time to time that infer the existence of a higher consciousness. Instead of dogmatically refusing to believe and skeptically destroying oneself it may be wise to explore the inference. What do you really have to be afraid of anyway? It will not change your circumstances one way or another because what is, simply is.
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My twilight hour seems to come between 2 A. M. and 5 A. M. at any time during those hours I am given strange dreams. I do not share them all but some of them I write down in my notebooks. This morning my dream showed that I was embracing a skeleton. It was kind of strange because never before had I embraced a skeleton and the thought is kind of morbid to me while awake. However, while I was dreaming I felt so comfortable embracing this skeleton. I rubbed my fingers across its skull then touched the spinal column and was so intrigued that my curiosity was on fire. I then had a thought, who was this skeleton that I was embracing? The answer came out of the Universe and to my surprise told me that it was me!
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Honestly, did you think your entire life was going to be peaches and cream? When I was 16 I was trying to fit in. What kind of music should I listen too? What girls should I like and why? What should my attire be made of? How do I know if someone is a bull shitter or sincere? What kind of friends should I have or should I accept anyone as a friend? And that was just the beginning of my confusion.
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I once read that a man said, “Until I expire I shall not take away my integrity from myself.” I gave this much thought when I was younger but did not get the sense of it. It sounded like a powerful statement. Now let me try to attempt to explain it to you my sons. There may be things that happen in your life that will test your fortitude, your faith & what you believe in. If it is not some skeptic trying to convince you of agnostic or atheism then it is a circumstance that you may have to endure.
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Abnormal things are wonderful because they blow apart the mechanistic paradigm that culturally indoctrinates us all even without us realizing what is happening to us. There is no doubt strange things exist but what is even stranger is the hard core skeptics that make fools of themselves explaining strange things in a mechanistic way.
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What is intelligence? It is something that we as the human species pride ourselves on, is it not? The ability to remember and abstract thought play a key role in what people think intelligence is. Wisdom itself is linked to intelligence in a way because of the associations it makes with things like science does. Others think that the ability to learn is intelligence. If we want to go on the darker side of things the ability to manipulate others is linked with intelligence. High SAT scores are said to be the key to finding intelligent people. Genius is another way to describe a very intelligent person weather they are good or evil, right?
Are materially wealthy people intelligent? Some may think so. In this same manor we can say that lazy people are intelligent as well, right? The same can be true of hard working people, they can be called intelligent as well but, could not these very same people be called stupid?
Intelligence is a relative thing you see. Some people refer to their 6 month old child as intelligent others still refer to their teenagers as intelligent. Those kinds of people are making comparisons either to themselves at that age or other peoples kids.
Is stupid the opposite of intelligence? I guess it would be relative considering the subject material. We could get very lost in this type of reasoning, can’t we? Is intelligence the same as being smart? Of course it is but there seems to be some things missing.
I think intelligence is a loaded word, let me explain please. If someone can read directions and assemble a product we may call them intelligent. What about someone that does not even have to read the directions and produces the same result? Are they more intelligent?
The ability to recall a wealth of data, does that make you intelligent? Perhaps it is the ability to exercise wisdom in applying what you learn that makes you intelligent? Are the dead intelligent, maybe it is your ability to stay alive that makes you intelligent?
Intellect according to the dictionary is “the power to know or understand”. Is it empathy and compassion that makes one intelligent? There are many synonyms related to the term intelligence. Aptitude, astuteness, comprehension, grasp, knowledge, mental ability and the list goes on and on.
I could imagine that many people are manipulated with this term. Thinking of yourself as intelligent maybe the wrong thing to do, why? It could rob you of a very important virtue called humility. Someone could convince you to be anything that they wanted you to be by manipulating the word “intelligence”. They themselves set the bar they are unwilling to climb but by telling you to be intelligent they manipulate you into trying. “Be smart, do this!”, they may say. So be careful of those that try to insult your intelligence by means of manipulation.
To me intelligence is the ability to be happy and find happiness. I hope you would share this same thought with me.
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