Existence: Intelligent Design

Considering the vastness of the universe, why do I exist at this time in history? Is there some aspect of design associated with not only myself, but with both the people and places with which I interact? How will those interactions shape our future?

Introspection

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Existence: The Metaphysical

When one has an internal sense of something, what is happening – what’s going on in the space between the molecules? sugar molecule -metaphysicalIf the human soul is comprised of the mind, will and emotion and the conscience is part of one’s spirit, it seems likely that this sensing is found among these four elements. Though at some level, biochemistry is involved, the sense, the thought, the idea, the longing, the emptiness is clearly metaphysical, but nonetheless real. This sense, however, does not obviate the potential for the biological (physical) expressions thereof. How one processes and reacts to these feelings is clearly a function of one’s worldview.

Existence: Work

What do we think about our employment? Is it something we have to do to fund our enjoyment or is it something we would do for any reasonable compensation because it brings us joy?  work-work-workAssuming there is some income associated with that work, what does one do with it? Let’s look at the various aspects of work in more detail, and how one’s worldview impacts that work and its outcomes.

Existence: Nature

Nature gets lots of press these days – laws of nature, human nature, natural foods, , natural resources, natural selection, et. al. We’ll talk about these and one more – “mother nature”. PICTURES WORLD Nature Wallpaper Wallpapers Best WallpapersHere’s an interesting thought to ponder as you read on – are we part of nature or do we just exist in it? Once again, we’ll see how our worldview matters.

Existence: Knowledge and Information

It’s an interesting question –what is the origin of the information that leads to knowledge and understanding? Once we acquire it, does that make us wise? Is one’s worldview a function of thinking about that information in a way that shapes ones movement through life? It seems logical that information leads to knowledge which may result in understanding and, ultimately, wisdom.  Let’s explore these elements in more detail.information&data;

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Existence: Time

Well, I’m running out of time, so maybe if I write faster about it, I’ll find additional time – perhaps I need to eat more bananas, too (keep reading) ! Alas, time management is not today’s subject – time itself is the focus. time-fliesWhat is it? Where did it come from – is it going to end? If this theme, existence, purpose and destiny sounds familiar, it should as we apply those questions to time.

Existence: Fossils, Dinosaurs and Dragons

Fossils are somewhat unique. They don’t show up a few years after you bury a pet in the backyard. You may find a bone skeleton, but not a fossil, unless the bone is replaced by minerals from the earth. These replacement processes occur by a variety of means, but they typically are coincident with a catastrophic, geological event.

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In Darwin’s time, the mid 19th century, there were only a few fossils, so he was optimistic that when more were found, his hypothesis

Existence: Intelligent Life

A popular question today is where do we find intelligent life and how did it originate?  We can divide intelligent life into two parts: (1) intelligent life on earth and (2) intelligent life anywhere else in our universe. intelligent lifeFor part one, we begin with the presupposition that, for earthlings, humans are the most intelligent species that we are aware of  – we’ll come back to that later in this post. Regarding part two, extraterrestrial intelligent life, this has been the subject of both fiction writers and scientific conjecture

Existence: Evil and Justice

Most people agree that one of the attributes of goodness is love and that an attribute of evil is hate. Yet, one of life’s greatest challenges is the pain and suffering that affects us and those around us. There are times something connected with suffering ultimately has a good outcome. For example, the loss of a job might lead to something better “right around the corner”. Think about a health challenge, such as surviving a heart attack, that becomes a wake-up call leading one to live a better, healthier life.evil vs good

It is more difficult to deal with the suffering that comes out of either evil intentions or for no apparent reason at all.

Existence: What’s the Point?

At an individual level, this post’s title is quite personal, and broad. Is there any point to our existence and how might a worldview help understand it? If a worldview can provide a framework for one’s life, perhaps it can address the meat, i.e., purpose, in the sandwich of the existence, purpose and destiny of our lives.

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If people think there is no point (purpose) for their life (existence), it can lead them to a very dark place,