Does human reason tell us the only thing we should believe?
The human body tells you the only thing you should and must believe. After that human reason can tell you anything.
Could you expand on that a little bit more, maybe by example, for sake of my understanding you?
In trying to understand, the word become of no use. It is not in the words, it is in the meaning and what ever you think it means, is an illusion.
By an illusion do you mean an erroneous mental representation?
Yes. "I" is what is the problem. If we can live now, the past becomes unimportant and the "I" gets left behind, clinging to a past that does not exist.
I do not understand how that could even be fuctionable.
Human reason kind of negates the idea of blind faith. Doesn't it?
It can if we let it. The only true "truth" is now. There is no other truth than the experience. What ever the mind decides it is, is an illusion.
If someone points a gun at you and says your money or your life,
you can believe the gun will kill you, or not and reason he won't kill me. Which will you believe your body or your mind?
The body is merely a representation of the will of the mind, the recognizable character of a person, and the sustainer of the ability to communicate with other minds.
Absolutely not. There are some decisions that can only be made by emotion, either because they have no facts to rationalize or because there are so many factors that reasoning is impossible.
Interesting, do you have an example of what you are speaking of?
There are hundreds. For the "too much", we even have evidence from brain damage where the emotional response has een lost - these poor people can't decide anything of any complexity - they just dither back and forth.
For the more direct, think of deciding whether you like someone or trust them or love them. Those are emotional decisions.
Just curious, do you believe that faith should be disregarded in light of the fact that we can make decisions based on reason and emotion?
If we make them based on those terms, then we have missed the boat completely and the illusion will continue.
What terms should decisions be made on then, if it is not reason and emotion?
That we can no more control now as we can a sneeze. The world does as it does and we are a part of it, like it or not.
We can do all sorts of things, that does not mean we are in control.
Doing something exhibits control in almost all cases.
Doing is a mastery of the self, not the world.
You are correct. So when I "do" I exhibit control over myself. Which in turn affects the now, always but not always in a massive way.
So you just admitted you were wrong, we can control the now.
But doing things can exhibit little control, but it can also exhibit massive amounts of control, so you can control it in that way.
Faith can be comforting to those who need it. It's not real, but that doesn't mean it has no value.
Yes. But the value is intrinsic and is part of the individual journey. It won't make now any easier either. Now is just now and I cannot avoid it.
A pill can be coforting to those who need it. It's not real, but that doesn't mean it has no value.
Though it won't stop the pain when it becomes real. The future is not real and we all need to understand that, the things we do now are only in time with now. The future is an instant that has yet to be revealed.
Not true. Placebos can cure pain and disease sometimes.
The future is dependent on the past. Cause and effect.
Causality is what's holding us back from now. We tend to see the future as a result of the past, when in truth it actually results in our current situation, not the future.
Faith is far more potent than placebos. In fact, placebos may seem to work because of faith.
Most things in the universe depend upon natural causes, but faith trumps all such cause and effect. Creation sets the foundation upon which cause and effect take place.
Good example. Sometimes the brain can tell you something is, reason can tell it isn't. Sometimes reason can escape you, too. Another thing about reason, is that it developed and continues on.
It was a extremely useful and helpful example.
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