Tuesday, June 12, 2012
This is not to say that some points of view, actions and activities are not ‘better’ than others—with ‘better’ defined as points of view, actions and activities that are scientifically shown to make a greater contribution to a world that works for everyone and everything.
Some POVs and actions are more effective and efficient than others in this regard. To me, the world that works for everyone and everything in both the short and long terms is the standard. Do no harm, or very little; be kind and compassionate while avoiding the: ‘no pain, no gain,’ ‘this hurts me more than it does you’ and the ‘I’m burning your body to save your soul,’ kind of thinking. We want to measure our POV, thinking, feelings and behavior against that standard.
Of course as habitual, non-contributory, ineffective and inefficient thoughts, feelings and behavior give way, there will be some discomfort. But if there is severe pain, then the standard is not being met and the POV, thoughts, feelings and behaviors have to be reexamined. The choice is ours; we are responsible; no matter how it seems we are not victims, and blaming someone and something else is not a solution. Sure there are people and things that seem to be ‘causes,’ but we are nonetheless responsible for dealing with them. Name calling, finger pointing and blaming are not options.
What I didn’t fully explain in yesterday’s post about light being a wave or a particle is that whether it appears to be a wave or a particle depends upon the experiment. If one does an experiment to show that light is a particle, it will appear that it is. If one does an experiment to show that light is a wave, it will appear that it is. This phenomenon is known as Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Theory and among other things, it shows the awesome power of individual choice in the creation of our experience of the world.
So, what kind of experiments are we conducting? Have we had enough blaming, finger pointing and name calling? Are we ready to take responsibility for the kind of experiments we’re doing? Are we trying to contribute to a world that works for everyone and everything, or are we trying to prove that the world can’t work but for a few and then only if they do it our way?