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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.

Benny

 

 

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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.

Benny

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