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Truth of nature, truth of action and truth of experience are incomplete by themselves since inherent truth is delineated by forms that are changeable.

Two atoms of oxygen combine to form water and it acquires form of the vessel it carries. Form is not in itself. Water can be liquid, gas or solid. Truth cannot be changeable.

Humans have fought wars for great many reasons but truth of any can only be shown as constant in the effect it has left. Loss or success in war sets the ground for yet another as we see in the WWII. Truth of experience of wars is inadequate; so is truth of action, which for an example caused over many reasons. Germany in waging a war to address dishonor of the loss in the previous war establishes perceived honor, glory and wants are man made and as such do not meet the criteria of Truth.

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Soundings:1.7

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Life has its push and pull which our experience of living does not adequately address since we are finite beings, meaning that how we think is limited by nature of life forms. Truth of living and death consequently are limited by the limit of understanding.

 

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Our imagination holds a centre of which we are conscious of and each species shall hold one that does not however show uniform results. Dogs make sense of their world by smell that differs from a bird of prey that hunts by sight. Fishes that once walked on land taking to marine living is the result of understanding the relative advantages taken on the basis of experience.

 

 

 

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Man makes law and when it has a backing it becomes law of the land. Man feels a need to pursue a course of action in which his strength derives from numbers. Has truth anything to do with it?

A US Senator has blocked a resolution to formally recognise the mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks during World War One as genocide. It passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 405 to 11 in October 2019. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said lawmakers should not “sugar-coat history or try to rewrite it”.

The resolution needed to be approved by both houses of Congress and then be signed by the president in order to be a law. Law can ignore the past as in the above case. But is it the truth?

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A salt crystal has a form. It has its character or function. Taste of salt is different from sweetness of sugar.

In its make up of sodium and chlorine atoms it carries collective experience of these atoms; there exists a certain force acting between these two sets to hold a precise order,- it is what gives table salt its integrity. Think of this crystal as a system held together by facets each working towards a single purpose. It is truth.

When a man can recall its taste without recourse to senses we have an idea of consciousness. Form of table salt is what body of man would indicate. Spirit denotes consciousness while its character represents soul.

Benny

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Living among other species of life forms does give us certain clues but truth of living is not necessarily same as truth of death.

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Procreation of species by two individuals presupposes a want, a sense of incompleteness in either. Man and woman know truth of living, truth of which when applied to death shows how inadequate it is because no one has experienced and come back to tell us. Truth of experience.

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Truth of living is inadequate as truth of non-being. Life forms live and die; but some life forms do not die in the sense we speak of humans. A tree lives long and in its fossilized state it still exists where it sprung from. It is however incomplete representation of the former.

Geologists have found that some of the larger upright fossil trees (found within Carboniferous coal-bearing strata) showing evidence of regeneration after being partially buried by sediments.

Living for a life form signifies its growth in stages or dissolution as part of a process we call as death. It cannot be true and false at the same time. Both must bear some relation to an Absolute- Truth.

Benny

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Owls are nocturnal birds for their far vision, particularly in low light, is exceptionally good. So it makes sense if they hunt by night. Nature has fitted them out to make best use of what in their anatomy has given an edge over many other species. Logic is in their finding what suited their purpose best.  If the birds make meal of rodents and what could be carriers of plagues they do create a certain balance it its environment. Their service is however lost on them. Logic did not prepare them see it as such.

Let me cite a feature of Nature: nature doesn’t put all eggs in one basket.

Nature therefore works with multiple agencies, of which we can only assume carries a purpose. It must endow some good to some species that may enlarge upon opportunities that blow in their way. We say some cosmic impacted on the earth 65 million years ago wiped out dinosaurs. It allowed mammals that were precariously holding on to take the centre stage. We are recipients of an opportunity arising from such a disaster. We are not far from wrong if we say we fulfill a purpose to which we are equipped. But if we cause massive scale of extinctions thereby logic on which we relied on is neither here nor there.

We failed because our foresight and hindsight are not perfectly matched. We imagined certain results beforehand but on hindsight we are at a loss to explain where we went wrong. Logic did not create this split but be that as it may, we have ushered in an age called anthropocene.

Logic did  not prepare us for such a conclusion as sequences of steps in mathematics move with inexorable logic to its conclusion. We may therefore say imagination is logic plus .

In the analogy of owl we saw how the species render some palpable service to other species on which they have neither knowledge nor control over. Yet they serve Nature partly because in pursuing their own place under the sun they are spreading Nature’s goodness intuitively. But man with rational mind and as with the plasticity inherent in the brain has the faculty of imagination.

What is imagination? Imagination is  to think as Nature does think.

Nature thinks with 360 degree vision. Man who thinks about his own conveniences and works in order to achieve is like an owl that follows logic for a purpose. Propagation, procreation and pleasure are all Nature’s way for equipping each life to fulfill its basic expectations.

God has no need for imagination since he is omnipotent and omniscient. Consequently I see Nature as manifestation of divine Wisdom and Power.     In thinking like Nature man exercises imagination but it is imperfect. Thus for me as a Christian, merely fulfilling my own selfish needs need break its hold and think beyond logic to its ultimate conclusion. Imagination must allow me to see past Nature of this visible universe, the very nature of God his providence and ultimate goodness.

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Moths have memories, they can also remember things from their former lives as caterpillars, despite the fact that they partially disintegrate in the chrysalis
The metamorphosis involves the breakdown of most of the caterpillar’s tissues before reassembling to form a butterfly. It therefore seems unlikely that butterflies or moths would remember experiences from their caterpillar days. However, scientists have now established that not only can a moth retain memories formed while it was a caterpillar, but that experiences gained during these early stages can have drastic impacts on adult life.

Basic misconception is that we act and our actions change the world. It is more a case for wooly headed optimism than what facts would suggest.We act generally speaking we accept memory of Life intuitively that we may do no wrong. Power of memory is so strong our actions are always under its cloud. What is evolution? Is it merely survival of the fittest which Adolf Hitler tried it by sheer duplicity and audacity? Evolution must imply much more than a single individual setting a new order by force of his will? In order to understand what he was up again we shall understand from the example of dinosaurs.
Dinosaurs as we know crashed out the face of earth some 65 million years ago due to a cosmic impact. It can be proven. Beyond dispute I would add.
But here are more dinosaurs alive today than mammals or reptiles? Birds, it has been revealed, are the result of 50 million years worth of shrinking on the part of the T-rex and Triceratops. Memory of life is such that species are not merely victims of some chance. Dinosaurs have merely learned to get under the skin of chickens. When we say chickens come home to roost it means your actions have come home to haunt you. An evil ideology say such as one Nazism represented was up against memory of life which is neither yours or mine but that of collective memory that makes life sparkle and achieve some positive ends. Thus if mankind has incinerated the earth life shall begin to put out shoots elsewhere say in an exoplanet and our memories shall find home there just as dinosaurs can live as birds.
Tailspin: In context of evil regimes for those who wonder what the new mantra of ‘Caliphate’ would mean it is a big zero for the reasons I covered in this short essay.
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“A fast moving hurricane will have scant rainfall but its speed would be very high. A slow moving hurricane will have less wind speed but a heavy rainfall.” Strength of a man is in numbers. More the numbers are, his strength shall be bound by some rules so the weaker may get a little stronger. Success of Nations is in determining how much.

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The life of Dr. Albert Schweitzer bears out the surge of power by which consciousness and memory can make a sea-change in life of one and serve as a key to many others.
The young Albert once got into a fight and knocked down his opponent. The boy told Albert that it would have ended differently had he been as well nourished as he was. It evidently affected him. During supper that evening, he left his soup untouched.
It marked a definite break with his past and so did his sense of values. He became a caring person.
Even where he excelled in his intellectual achievements they were to be used in service of others. At 26 he had a triple Ph.D.
Whenever Dr. Schweitzer needed money during his stint in Africa he went on tour and gave concerts and talks. But what connects the son of a Lutheran pastor in upper Alsace to Congo?
As a child Albert had often wondered at a statue of a Negro, strong in body but head bowed and in chains. It made an impact on him. Of course the fight was the catalyst. It brought memory and impressions that he merely had guessed but not digested.

Of course one cannot discount the role of chance. What made Albert decide to become a medical Missionary was due to a Paris Missionary society report, which he came across as if by chance. Thereupon he settled for Lambarene, in the heart of Africa. Where mind of man is colored by collective memory, and his own experience, chance must, so it seems to me, lose some of its mystery.
In the italics I have referred to the impact of experience that keeps repeating or recycled each to his own time and place.
Quatrain #198
From first lump of the earth what was formed,
Man to his last in his kind did intend.

Angels that of the creation did sing
With the end of it in harmony bring.( Selected-The Illustrated Omar Khayyam)
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