Archive | July, 2012

What Does God Think about Politics and Business?

25 Jul

Obviously I cannot speak with certainty, but I think it is unlikely that the supreme creator is really watching and taking sides on political and other earthly battles and conflicts of opinion. If I infer that God’s focus is primarily on love, that is more wishful thinking, but it is closer to what most people would like to believe. It also seems logical.

What else would we like to believe? We would like to think that God would like the world he/she created to be a nice place allowing all people to live together with respect, dignity and some degree of comfort.

I think God would be an equal opportunity love giver and expect those with power and influence to be the same. He may be watching to see how those at the top (in earthly terms) use their power for good – the benefit of mankind – rather than for selfish gain.

Expanding on that thought, I doubt if God is a big supporter of “trickle-down” love. The concept that God should bestow most love and benefit on the powerful ones, confident that they will know how to best pass it on equitably to less lovable mortals.

So, God is watching and hoping people are nice and share the love. What does God think about efficiency? If there are 100 people performing a task on an ongoing basis and some smart person finds a way to cut 20 people and still achieve the same, would God be impressed? Would God award a medal to the person who cut out twenty people or be more concerned about the fate of those cast out people? Does God praise the company for being so smart, or reproach them for their indifference to human suffering?

Does God like government? Probably “like” is the wrong word, but maybe God accepts that responsible government is necessary, particularly if most business is driven only by making money, by any means available. If business does not care about people then the government has to step in. If the poor, the sick and the “different” are persecuted, the government can help correct that situation. If millions of people have been rejected and alienated from the good life, then maybe the government can give some support. Should it be “big” government or “small” government? Presumably it should be the right size to offset the negative actions, towards people, of those consumed by greed.

Does God get angry about the separation of Church and State? Does God feel slighted and unfairly excluded? I am sure not. How does the God of one religion feel about all the other Gods? If there was no separation of Church and State, wouldn’t all the Gods claim equal rights to representation? Would they end up fighting amongst themselves, just like political candidates? What an awful thought. Maybe they are all the same God, but just wearing different earthly uniforms. What do I know?

Competition is a big thing on Earth and also for God in the fight against evil – I believe the outcome is predetermined (good wins out) which helps. Does God like competition? Does that promote free choice? If competition results in masses of people unemployed and unemployable, what free choice is there for the discarded – starve or steal? If the anticipated reward is in heaven, does that make it feel better for them? What do they do in the meantime – look at their watches (if any) counting the hours?

I respect all Gods. I respect all people, but pity those whose target in life is personal gain, regardless of the pain it may inflict on others. I am saddened also when such people attribute noble values to their greed and as politicians seek even more power. I feel sorry for the trusting people who believe them and vote for them and just inherit more of the same and continue to be kept in their place.

I cannot pretend to know God, but I am sure any God would want the wonders and beauty of life on our Earth, to be shared by all people, not just the greedy few.

Thank you for listening,

Ian

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The Big Bucket! – How We Can Live Forever!

22 Jul

My simple view is that we will all live forever, but not be aware of it.  Our body will die but our essential being will live on as part of the universal life force from which all life is drawn and imprints and configures every new life form.  A little like the concept of a soul, except there is no price to pay – no admission – it is just the way it is.   It is nice to think we will live forever, but not so nice, I agree, if we cannot experience it

You could imagine it as an infinite bucket of water – the essence of all life that has been and will ever be.  If you pour in a bottle of beer, the beer will always be there, but not in its original complete form – it has been added and becomes part of the total mixture.  We can live on as part of the total life mixture, but unlikely to retain the same distinct identity

Not that I know what I’m talking about, but it makes sense – I think.

Another equally logical thought is that if we are all driven by a universal life force, it is unlikely that our individuality, our personal entity, is retained exclusively and separately by us – that we are a self-contained  island!  I imagine free flow (under the waves) between people – not communication like speech, but at a different level we are and will always be linked.  I imagine there may be some human formulations that are more compatible together than others, so we fall in love or strongly bond in some other way. 

Because the living and the dead are part of the same life force totality, our ongoing below the surface communication could well include the influence of those we have been close to while they were alive – plus any others, of course.

Somewhat less logical, but a nice thought is if, in certain circumstances, the totality of a previous life can be restored intact (I cannot imagine what would trigger it) it could explain ghosts and reincarnation and even dreams when we seem to be living different lives.

At the start of this blog, I thought I should share some thoughts, rather than let you form the wrong impression.  If you have similar beliefs, that would be very exciting.

If we have similar beliefs, possibly we are already significantly linked and this is just another step.

Thanks, I hope you all had a great weekend.

Ian

 

Has Civilization Dulled Our Senses?

22 Jul

Can we really claim our civilization is advanced? Technologically it may be, our achievements are incredible including space travel and DNA mapping, but has human potential – except to live longer – really advanced?

Our senses, particularly sense of smell, have been assigned very routine functions. For city folk, we hear more than we want to hear and need to keep music up high to mask background noise. When we are not looking at city sights – other buildings – we are frequently viewing things at close range on screens rather than seeing the real things. Our sense of smell has been pushed into the background with more emphasis on what we don’t want to smell than what we do want to smell.

It is not, I must admit, my dream to be in wide open spaces using our human senses to their fullest capability, but that may not be a bad idea. Our senses function in conjunction with our brain and if they are allowed or encouraged to function at high sensitivity, it may correspondingly open our minds and heighten our ability to experience – possibly make us wiser and understanding more.

That would be a form of enlightenment and, of course, enlightenment in earlier generations was associated with drugs. That is convenient because our world today is obsessed by drugs. In the attempt to prolong living, it is now possible to detect thousands of things (including dangerous foods) that need to be treated with medication.

So, most of the population are on drugs (legal or illegal) of one kind or another. They obviously alter our senses, particularly as the function of many is to lessen pain and anxiety. They are used for understandable reasons, but the downside is that they must, to some extent, also be dulling our natural senses.

In addition to medication, exercise programs are followed by many people. There are logical reasons, but in many ways they are responding to the body as though it were a machine. The moving parts are particularly well maintained, but not necessarily the control panel – the brain. If the brain controls the moving parts, could exercising the brain deal with aches and pains and other problems better than forcing movement of the body to try to overcome the programming of the mind?

Are we truly evolving as increasingly enlightened human beings or has our environment and social focus put us in a holding pattern? Are we, in effect, trading some higher values to achieve longevity and more physical (superficial?) goals? In many ways our lives seem more adapted to receiving facts, dealing with physical issues and living longer than to experiencing at the highest level possible and harnessing the potential power of our minds.

What do you think? Are we advancing solidly ahead, or at most, standing still?

I was attempting to learn from from a film about the Chauvet Cave in France, filled with ancient art from more than 20,000 years ago. I expected to be struck by the contrast between that time and now, but instead I learned that the apparent closeness of our ancestors to their environment and use of subtle symbolism was at a very advanced level. I learned to be more humble and to suspect that our ability to experience our environment and relationships may have diminished rather than heightened over the years! A sad thought in spite of all our technological advances.

Thank you for your interest. I look forward to any thoughts and comments you may have.

Ian

p.s. This post is adapted from an earlier post (November 2011) on Toolbox for HR, but it seemed appropriate to use as an introductory post on my new blog.

Welcome!

22 Jul

Welcome to my new blog.  I have been writing a Human Resources blog for more than three years (400+ posts) and plan to dedicate this blog to some of the subjects that may not fit well in a business blog but have great significance when considering our life and our existence.

In Human Resources, because of the intense focus on people, the subject extends into sensitive areas including religion, sexuality and particularly personal relationships.

With the current political activity (GOP v. Democrats) I wonder how civilized we have actually come.  How much further we are ahead – in sensitivity and breadth of thought – than our ancestors 5000 years ago.  If personal fulfillment is the purpose of life, are we today desensitized to many potential aspects of satisfaction and enjoyment?

I intend to cover such topics.  Many I have referred to glancingly in my HR blog, but they merit more attention and I look forward to sharing with you.

Thanks – I hope you will join me!

Ian

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