"May Adonai bless you and protect you! May Adonai deal kindly and graciously with you! May Adonai lift up his countenance upon you and grant you peace!" (Torah, Numbers 6:24-26) And Jesus said, "Allow the little children to come unto me. Forbid them not, for of such is the Kingdom of God. Truly, I say unto you, unless you receive the Kingdom of God as a little child does, you shall not enter therein." (New Testament, Mark 10:14-16)
Sojourning at an Oasis Paradise
Most of what you will see here is the result of extensive personal study, combined with some careful speculation. Occasionally, I may simply offer some Scripture or an inspirational text. I am a wide reader, and the connection of some topics and ideas to matters of faith and religion may not seem immediately obvious, but perhaps I may spell it out in the end... or maybe, you will decide that it was just a tangent. Anyway, I hope that you will find my meanderings to be spiritually enlightening, intellectually stimulating, or at least somewhat entertaining.
In the coming weeks and months, I intend to transcribe a series of essays that I wrote about 20 years ago in the hope that I might get them published. They represent the nucleus of my spiritual life and the focal point around which my wanderings revolve like an electron in an atom. I hope that they might eventually serve as a springboard for discussions about the common spiritual heritage of humanity. May we come together and embrace each other in peace.
Saturday, November 4, 2017
The Meaning of Human Existence
The Meaning of Human Existence:
There are many kinds of meaning that we can
know in our lives. To be human is to seek to
overcome futility and rise above the ordinary
daily round of maintenance and reproduction
of culture and children. We want to know that
there was a reason for our own life as an
individual, that we are part of a greater plan.
Although this may not be obvious for each of
us, it may be enough to consider that we can
contribute through strength of numbers,
supporting the things we believe in. And then
we can keep our eyes open for any opportun-
ities to make our mark as an individual. These
are a few of the ways to be ourselves in this world.
The experience of being a singular point of human
consciousness, seeking to live our lives to the
fullest, doing and being, going to and seeing new
places, caring and sharing, learning all we can of
the universe - these are all important because they
are our connection to God and the universe as it
becomes aware of itself.
1. Exploration - to satisfy our curiosity by going
places and doing things that expand our horizons
and future possibilities.
2. Intelligence - by careful scientific investigation
to discover how things work, or how people can
devise ways to accomplish our dreams and hopes.
3. Knowledge - the more we learn and understand
about our world and combine our theories, then
the better we can know the greater cosmos and
our place in it.
4. Communication - to publish or teach what we
have learned, or that we feel is important to
inform others, so that their lives may be improved
or yield more satisfaction.
5. Cooperation - working together with others as
a team to accomplish tasks that are too large for
one person, hopefully to enhance our collective
6. Excellence - to learn and continually practice a
skill so that we may become not merely proficient,
but expert, or even master its intricate details, so
that our work may be desirable as well as highly
7. Creativity - to be able to bring new designs or
ideas, or innovative combinations, with new kinds
of applications, or to promote novel perspectives -
perhaps to encourage new appreciation of older but
still valuable artifacts, methods or ideas.
8. Purpose - to pursue and learn and work to develop
an idea or project which we hope may enhance our
lives, or offer aid or restoration to some who struggle
to survive, and thereby enhance our understanding
of what it means to be human.
Then there is a gray area between doing some-
thing meaningful and doing something important,
and for most of us the latter may be enough to
allow for happiness. The trouble with being
human is that we don't want to think of our
lives as being pointless or trivial. We need to
devote ourselves to something larger, to try in
some way, however small, to promote the devel-
opment of the world toward a future we can
believe in. We want something grand to direct
our aim, so that if we fail we can still say it was
worth the effort, and success may bring
What is important in life?
1) to create real value, for improving someone's
life or reaching toward a goal.
2) to do something extraordinary, or to perform
3) to discover a better idea, or to develop new
thoughts and knowledge.
4) to reveal, encourage and train another's
As you can see, the possibilities are endless,
challenging us to strive, and to develop our
best skills and virtues. We need to be proud
of ourselves, and to believe that whatever
"Higher Power" may exist, It too may approve.