Gee whiz, look what happens when I take a break from blogging: I haven’t done one of Mel’s Share Your World posts in 7 months! Oh me, oh my! Allow me to rectify…
Q1. Can we ever experience anything objectively? Why or why not? (Now for the people who may not understand that idea, this is what objective means (definition wise): Something that is not influenced by personal feelings or opinions).
A1. Yes. Because we are complicated, observant organisms with infinitely complex brains capable of, among other things involved in objectivity, detachment, bifurcation, & logical analysis. The phenomenon referred to by some as an “out-of-body experience” is an example of a purely objective experience. (Also see A2)
Q2. Do humans have a soul? Do animals have a soul?
A2. I doubt it. I have no idea. I was raised in the Catholic church then spent the next 20 years attending Baptist churches. Only recently, after a grueling, exhaustive, decades-long personal quest for answers involving countless hours of research, study, prayer, reflection, and tireless observation of human behavior did I finally give up all forms of spiritual & supernatural belief. I personally believe that there are not any gods and that we don’t have souls. But I don’t claim to know. I certainly do not consider near-death experiences or out-of-body experiences (see A1) to be proof of the existence of a human soul.
Q3. Why are people told to respect the dead? (example: “Don’t speak ill of the dead.”)
A3. I haven’t done any recent research on the subject, but I suspect it dates back to ancient cultures that believed the living could invoke, through speech, the intervention of the dead and that, if proper respect were shown instead of disrespect, such intervention would be beneficial. Clearly, such belief yet holds sway in many religious cultures across the world today. Even if there are souls and they do linger after death; hear our thoughts, words, or prayers/intentions; and have any interest in us whatsoever, I don’t believe they have the ability to affect the physical world.
Q4. Without using the names of specific people, discuss “the ideal” President or other world leader. Saying ‘anyone who is the exact opposite of a certain orange skinned creature’ is cheating. While (to me) that’s a true statement, there’s more depth to the question than to reduce it to one sentence.
A4. The ideal leader would have to possess immense wisdom and a profound sense of justice, be capable of purely objective consideration of every problem brought before him or her, the willingness in every situation to apply the solution that brings the greatest amount of relief to the largest number of sufferers while minimizing the harm done to those at whose expense the solution comes, and the charisma necessary to impart the sincere conviction to all parties that the judgment pronounced in every case is in the best interest of all. In short: they’d have to be really good at convincing the wealthy and powerful that acting frequently against their own selfish interests is actually, in the long term, in their best interests. Or: They’d have to be both beneficent and an extremely powerful telepath capable of mass mind control; a god. Since none of the above actually exist in the real world, we might as well all just admit we’re fucked, laugh at the absurdity of it all, sit back, and enjoy the ride as long as it lasts. Right?
Gratitude: I am always grateful for Mel’s thoughtful, inspiring Share Your World posts. I am endlessly grateful for The Boss, The Girl, The Boy, and all the family members whose support allows us to live a life of relative ease and comfort. Last but certainly not least, I am grateful for the loving, supportive, creative, entertaining community of Bloggers here on WordPress and elsewhere. Y’all make life worth
Take care, be well, and happy sharing!
Via Melanie B Cee’s Share Your World for Mon., 11/18/19