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How to get an idea about life?
Is there something that is unknowable? Are there things we can understand with our minds and, things we cannot? What is the idea in vogue?
We know many things. We also hold a few things as beyond the mind, thus beyond understanding. Mind, on its part is conceived as an entity having limitations, posing another hurdle. All infinite and never-ending things are considered to be beyond the mind. And we attribute to everything, something infinite and never-ending. In short, it is far easy to be ‘without any idea’ of something than to be aware of it.
The difficulty in comprehending these things is accepted as something associated with life. In all probability this could be the truth.
Idea of space: space is everywhere, both inside and outside of everything. The presence thus has to be acknowledged of an infinite number of universes inside every atom in the universe. If a piece of a material is cut it in half, and cut the half in half and so on, it can go on. In this case, one will never run out of something to cut.
When you burn something, you are just turning the material into heat, light, ash and smoke etc. Also nothing is lost in this reaction. Even the electric power that runs TV or computer is not lost. One can look at electric power as water flowing through the cord into the screen. This then sprays out into the room and back into the environment again. Nothing can be considered as lost. All that takes place is just a change in form, everything moves in a circle or cycle, back and forth. This, in a nutshell, can be considered as our present idea about material things.
In a similar manner, whether we use the process of elimination, extrapolation, or any other method of reasoning, it has been acknowledged that one can learn about life.
I think we are going on a tangent. That too motivated by our predilection with another dimension of life, the spiritual world.
Think of a group frogs residing in a well. And another group, living outside. The cosmology of those inside may contain ideas of universe, as well as variety of species, limited in its extent. For example, they will be having strong notions of cosmic background noise, as they will be hearing a lot of noise during their lifetime without actually seeing where the sound comes from. If the owner of the well follows a pattern of cleaning the well yearly, as most villagers do, those frogs may also possess certain ancestral knowledge about the end of universe. (Assuming that some frog, in the past, happened to escape back into the well during the cleaning process)
Now think of the other group. These frogs will be having a totally different cosmology with better grasp about things and, will be free of illusions like cosmic background noise. Questions like the end of universe may not occur at all to them, having never experienced a discontinuity.
How does this story fit in for humans? On all matters except those concerning life, we are like the latter group. (Assuming that reality exists beyond our perception) There is no logical necessity for an end, whichever facet of the universe is under consideration. But when it comes to life, I think we are severely handicapped. Like the earlier group of frogs, our idea of life is only what we experience from inside life. Unless we are able to view life from a plane different from life, all the notions we entertain about life cannot describe life in full. (Nobody can say I understand what a globe is, unless one has a look at it, that too, from the outside of it) Moreover, our fondness of the spiritual dimension of life is effectively putting a brake in our quest for new ideas.