Metaphysics 101: What is our reality anyway?

Posted December 14, 2009 by ht101
Categories: Metaphysics

Plato’ s allegory of the cave: we are prisoners of our reality!

Plato imagines a group of people who have lived chained in a cave all of their lives, facing a blank wall. The people watch shadows projected on the wall by things passing in front of a fire behind them, and begin to ascribe forms to these shadows. According to Plato, the shadows are as close as the prisoners get to seeing reality. He then explains how the philosopher is like a prisoner who is freed from the cave and comes to understand that the shadows on the wall are not constitutive of reality at all, as he can perceive the true form of reality rather than the mere shadows seen by the prisoners.

Most people, including ourselves, live in a world of relative ignorance.  We are even comfortable with that ignorance, because it is all we know.  When we first start facing truth, the process may be frightening, and many people run back to their old lives.  But if you continue to seek truth, you will eventually be able to handle it better.  In fact, you want more!  It’s true that many people around you now may think you are weird or even a danger to society, but you don’t care.  Once you’ve tasted the truth, you won’t ever want to go back to being ignorant!

Are we the creators of our reality?


Is religion really uplifting mankind or dragging it down?

Posted December 13, 2009 by ht101
Categories: Religion Paradigms

Talking about religion:
Now you wouldn’t really want to piss off these guys, would you?

Religious intolerance is appealing to the basest instincts of humankind. Number one is hatred.

History teaches us that people believing in a hateful and judgemental God, are ready to commit the most atrocious crimes against their fellow humans.

Is religion divinely inspired or just a manmade creation?

Posted December 13, 2009 by ht101
Categories: Religion Paradigms

Is man just a toy in the hands of God?

Posted December 12, 2009 by ht101
Categories: Religion Paradigms

Poseidon: My goal is not to kill you. You must understand…
Odysseus: What? What do you want from me? What do you want me to understand?
Poseidon: That without Gods, man is nothing.

That last remark sums up the view that man is  just a helpless toy at the mercy of his Creator. This ancient religious premise is very much alive in world religions today.

So bow down your heads you puny humans  in fear and submission, because you think you are just  playthings at the whim of a mysterious and unpredictable Supreme Being…