The basis of all understanding is that all things are connected.
We most want to be valued and/or be of value. If we feel we are not,
we are depressed - this is biologically based.
We are most what we love.
To seek the meaning of life is to seek to love life.
Our lesson in life is to learn to love life, and as far as possible to help others to love it also, or at least not to obstruct them.
Love never hurts - it is unfulfilled expectations and demands of love which hurt, because love is the opposite of being demanding.
Since all things are connected, we are inseparable from our
Since all things are connected, you benefit yourself by benefiting others, and harm yourself by deliberately harming others.
Science has shown that our brain's pleasure-centers are activated when we give unselfishly to others, making us feel good when we do so. This serves to preserve our human species, since "united we stand - divided we fall".
Overall, women are peaceful and seek passion; men are passionate and
Generally, physical pain serves to protect and heal us by warning us
what to avoid, and forcing us to rest afflicted parts so they can heal.
Geneticists have recently discovered, and precisely located, a 'religion gene' - some people have it and others do not. So to criticise someone simply for being or not being religiously inclined is ignorant. To avoid discrimination against themselves, some people pretend religiosity, while others conceal it and/or apply it to political or other ideologies or beliefs which do not appear religious.
By all means, believe in a higher power or guardian angel or guardian ancestors, but beware of those people who insist they know what you should believe. Voltaire observed: "Those who say 'believe as I believe, or you will perish in Hell' are the same as those who would say 'do as I say, or I will kill you'". And indeed, they often do. Maniacs justify themselves with religion, and more death and misery have occurred in the name of religion, by far, than from anything else.
The more that someone proclaims their religiosity, the closer they should be scrutinised; if they are as pious as they claim, we may learn something from them - if not, we will learn something else.
It is clear that external displays of religiosity, such as frequent attendance at church, synagogue or mosque, are no indicator of a person's character, motivations or actions.
Voltaire also famously said: 'If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent Him'. We would add that this also applies to 'Satan' or 'The Devil' or 'evil spirits'. If these are also invented, God can be reserved and praised for all good, and the devil(s) blamed for all bad.
People tend to believe what it suits them to believe (not necessarily what they want to believe) - especially that they are not wrong - until it suits them to believe otherwise. A 'fact' is something believed to be true until believed otherwise.
No work that we benefit from is 'menial' - we should appreciate,
respect and be grateful for it.
A small effort at the right time is better than a big effort at the wrong time. Any task is best done as simply and with the least use of resources necessary as possible.
Whatever we think is helpful we call 'good', while whatever we think
is harmful we call 'bad'. Opinions can differ and change about what each
Those who make war invariably say that they have to - not that they choose to, although they do. They seek to gain support by insisting that their war-making is a moral imperative. Nobody gains from the hell of war and its consequences, except a few who amass wealth from it.
There are some warmongers (such as Bush and Blair in the most recent Iraq war) who attempt to slide out of personal responsibility while maintaining 'the moral high ground' by claiming that they were 'told by God' to make war, and presumably to torture, kill and maim innocent men, women and children and visit life-long tragedy on innumerable others. Beware of such sociopaths.
All things proceed with a mixture of conservation and innovation -
but survival and prosperity depend on getting the right balance. Too
much conservation results in stagnation, while too much innovation
results in instability. Biologically, mutations allow living things to
adapt, but excessive mutation can, ironically, result in inability to
fit in and even susceptibility to fatal disease. Economically,
innovation can lead to improved efficiency and productivity, but too
much innovation is disruptive and counter-productive.
'All things in moderation' is not a good principle to live by, as some things are dangerous, toxic or fatal in even the smallest amounts. 'Nothing in excess' is more intelligent, practical and enjoyable.
Whether they show it or not, everyone is struggling and muddling their way through life, one way or another. Everyone wants to be happy. If people are rude or irritable or violent, it is because of their difficulties - past, present or imagined.
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