In my experience, reason neither enables nor supports empathy or social justice.
Our science is advancing at a rapid pace, and if Doctor Penrose’s theories of consciousness are correct, our budding quantum computers themselves may become modern Books of the Dead. What do you think of this?
How so? Consciousness is a quantum pattern, yes? Created by self replicating quantum entanglement? Thus you remain perpetually conscious. Otherwise, if the entanglement were subject to breakage, it would be lights out. You are you all for about a microsecond, then amnesia.
So a Book of the Dead is anything that says “I was here and did something.”? Not quite. I mentioned earlier there is no separation between death and life, so the question is, what actually means anything in life? How do we know or arrive at this understanding?
Something that lets lives after yours progress? Philosophically sound, but ultimately not true. I can tell you what god is for, all cultures, even atheistic cultures. Should I? God is death. Love is not the answer. Love is a question. You have limited time on this world. This time limit is death. So in life, how much can you love? Is it really fair and just to try to love everything and everyone?
May I substitute “have compassion” for “love”? You certainly can. Compassion needs no specific object. It works fine as a general rule.
In this life, how much can you understand? Really comprehend? The boundary of understanding is death. So if you cannot understand everything in life, what should you understand? Should you really try to spread your attention over everything?
You should understand what you don’t love and love what you don’t understand.
If you seek your connections, the rest will take care of itself.
Being interested in everything amounts to being interested in nothing.
I don’t think all the little foibles of human consciousness are really so illogical as science seems to want to portray them. Bounded rationality is not evidence of human stupidity or insanity.
I figure we have all of eternity to be spirits. We only have a short time on this earth, so I might as well focus on material things while I am here. You cannot focus on material things. It’s not possible. The more you succeed at material endeavours, the more you are confronted with the reason why.
They describe greed as a demon in Christian thinking. I personally see it from a more Tibetan point of view. To draw a parallel, the road to the afterlife is paved with gold. The kingdom of Hades is described as being full of riches. The traditional reason the afterlife is seen as being full of wealth is not what you might think.
Best to unload the riches, then, before visiting Hades? Oh, you won’t be able to unload the riches. You will always bring your treasure with you but a great work of alchemy occurs. Even alchemy itself is of Egyptian origin, literally being Greek and meaning the science of Khem, also known as Egypt.
Ask yourself, why do you want money? Why do you want success? Why fame? The answer for all of these is death. At first you want material things because you fear death. As death approaches you lose that fear, but you still want material things. Why is that?
Like in “Everyman” who is deserted by wealth, fame etc, and only good deeds will go with him to meet death.
Yes, the closer you are to death, the less you fear. Yet you still want a material state, estate. You want to have left a mark.
Maybe I don’t fear death so I don’t care about money as much as free time. Actually, you care about free time for the same reason, death. You fear that you will lose a chance at a meaningful life.
Your thoughts are welcome. Be well friends.