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Posted: August 22, 2016 in Uncategorized
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“I don’t waste my time with tv. ” This was a quote from someone at work when asked if they watched a certain television show. The individual then, went on to explain how they did not watch tv because, it served as to much of a distraction.  I simply nodded in agreement but I wondering what they were distracted from.

I did a google search for the words “age of distraction” I can back with some hits. Most of the hits took me to articles that pontificated in a conciliatory manner about distractions destroying the “morals” of our society. If one were to believe the articles, than one would understand that, cellphones tv and internet are making it impossible to focus. This judgy position about distraction does not have much of leg to stand on in the area of neuroscience. An interesting article concerning this myth can be found here.

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/features/age-of-distraction-why-the-idea-digital-devices-are-destroying-our-concentration-and-memory-is-a-a6689776.html

The idea of distraction being settled I began to wonder, what are you being distracted from? There is a book called “The Shallows” in this book the author claims that distraction, in form of the internet and social media has made it impossible for people to think critically and “dig deeply”.  The focus is still maintained despite being distracted, however I still haven’t been able to answer what? What are we getting distracted from. The quick answer is life. So the next question would be what is life? This is a question for the ages and requires much more time than this post allows. What is life? I love the quote from the United States Declaration of Independence, “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of happiness.”  These three things are unalienable rights, Unalienable means that something cannot be argued or taken away.

Life is inarguable. We are born into it, life that is. NO one can argue that everyone deserves it but how each of it lives it is our own exercise of liberty. What some see as distraction can be construed as investigation. I don’t see communication as distraction. I see this as more of an investigation by observant agents.

It is not distraction but a quest for assurance and positivity, now this being said, is the internet the right place to look? I am not sure, this is the place where I should type something deep like, “look inward because that is where you would find peace assurance and dare I say repose, but what if after looking within you come up empty? I don’t know.. When it comes to religion and philosophy I always feel like barring harm to others, the right thing to do or believe is subjective. If you feel, that the “distraction” holds answers and find them there than this “distraction” is wonderful and great if not, don’t stop looking. The answers are out there. Enlightenment awaits and as a bonus the distraction of the internet provides some hilarious videos.

 

 

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john3c

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What makes something perfect? Hard to answer isn’t it? I was reading about one of the deepest studies of the universe. There was an image generated of the universe and something startling was discovered. The universe is lopsided. Yeah crazy huh?

It is often that we look for perfection. I find myself looking for perfection many times a day, week month year but I am beginning to realize that perfect doesn’t exist. Even the universe is lopsided.  Once you stop seeking perfection life slows down and for me became more enjoyable. Instead of trying and failing for perfection I reach what I like to call pragmatic perfection. “That will do for government work.” Words my dad would utter as a joke but that will do is a classic example of pragmatic perfection. The universe may be lopsided but the sun rose yesterday and today and I guarantee it will be here tomorrow.

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When you get discouraged about not reaching perfection take heart. No one is perfect even the universe is lopsided.

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john3c

So I am reading about the big bang on wikipedia, because I obviously have no life, and I see a small line at the bottom of the article which reads:

“As a theory relevant to the origin of the universe, the Big Bang has significant bearing on religion and philosophy.[97][98] As a result, it has become one of the liveliest areas in the discourse between science and religion.[99] Some believe the Big Bang implies a creator,[100] while others argue that Big Bang cosmology makes the notion of a creator superfluous”

The small statement at the bottom of the article really got me to thinking. God is a personal construct. If you don’t believe it speak to members of the same congregation about god. They will more than likely all see different faces and aspects to god despite the fact that all have attended the same sermons and taken place in the same indoctrination process. I cannot speak for the entire world but here in the United States there seems to be a consensus that most peoples image of god has been shaped through the influence of father figures in their lives.

I only mention the father thing to reinforce the fact that each persons god despite shared religion and even experience is a little different. As we get older and learn more through the cognitive process our view of god will change again and again. Our god will morph from the one that was shaped by our father to the one that was made through ones self.  The message at the bottom of the article points more towards a persons identity. Do you identify with a god or not and if you do identify with a god is this god  needed or is he superfluous(which by the way is an awesome word I so want to work that into conversation today)? I guess honestly this all has to do with the what I like to call  unweaving the rainbow debate? In his book Unweaving the Rainbow, Richard Dawkins works hard to explain how science and art are not at odds and how things like religion, astrology, magic and aliens are all fairy tales. For me religion is not a science book, so the big bang did not destroy my god it simply made him cooler. That this was his method or way of creating everything is just incredible. Does the big bang make him more distant and therefore not needed? No, not for me. What about you?

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john3c

Powerful words! One of the greatest thinkers ever made this statement his “guiding rule”. The titles post has been the goal for a many adolescents on their journey through puberty, some will come out the other side assured and stable and other can become trapped in a state of “arrested development”. Those trapped in puberty will look for an identity in any and everything only to still feel a void in lack of understanding oneself.  These powerful words were carved in stone on the entrance to the greek school founded by Plato. I think the location of the words speaks to answer. How do we know thyself? The answer lies in honesty and education. Be honest with yourself and learn as much as you can about yourself, only then will we be able to know who we are.

The most interesting thing about discovery of who we are is how we will become more in tune with others and their needs, just setting us up for success. A firm understanding of oneself is really the first step towards being part of a   society that heals instead of hurts. I truly feel with love, education, empathy, compassion and honesty we can achieve something great individually and altogether.

 

 

peace

john3c