Some of us take our beliefs, feelings or doubts about matters like life, death, and the existence of a supreme being more deeply to heart than others.
Some of us worry about small and big things that may or may not be within our power to control while others are more carefree.
Some of us fret over the future of our planet, our people, our nations, our politics, and our faith while others just do our best with without much preoccupation.
It is hard to say that one attitude is better than another. If our concerns make us do better or become better, that is good. But if we believe that we cannot assume responsibility for things we are unable to change and remain more laid back about the fate of humanity, that is fine too. Either way, as long as we strive to be as kind and effective as we can and as long as we can be happy and have fun, we will be fine.
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While we all sense and see our future pushing us around, we cannot quite pinpoint where or what it is or means. We are experiencing it without fathoming it.
In recent living memory, the future had to do with flying and living under the sea. Then came waves that transmitted sound and light and photography over vast distances at great speeds. We foresaw robots that we used even as they used us and became increasingly humanized. More recently, even before our imagination could catch up, we have become confronted by the internet of everything. People are already tiring of surfaces, of androids, of iPhones and iPads and of whatever they have because everything is becoming accessible to everyone.
But does everyone have everything? Do we even understand what the future entails? Where is the future for the hungry, the cold, the weary or the wounded?
There was a time when future hope was for a better kinder world? Now we wonder. Will we on Earth even have a future?
Science, religion and politics make and break alliances and friendships. For better or for worse s humankind’s views on these things clash as often as they coalesce.
Some of us believe we have progressed whereas others like myself view human ideas and attitudes as cyclical rather than forward moving. I consider our humanity and intelligence to be independent of the improvements we have made in gadgetry, speed, communication and of our ability to interfere with nature.
I don’t believe human kind has become wiser or more enlightened over the millennia, centuries or decades. We just go round in circles. The more we know, the more we recognize how little we know about worlds and planes beyond our intellectual or physical reach or about our inner selves. We are not getting any kinder or gentler.
Nevertheless our beliefs matter because we matter. Human perceptions of worlds, universes and truth affect our behavior and interaction. They determine our values. They are the underpinnings of our beliefs, the foundation of our hypocrisies and the causes of our joys and sorrows.