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The Nature of Thought – Part VIII
by Mr. Iain Kirkaldy-Willis,
Canary Islands, Spain
There is a reason for what each of us does. Some feel they are following a calling; maybe it is even a mission. Some have fallen into what they are doing, without ever having given it much thought. Some have been inspired, or are simply following in someone else´s footsteps. Some feel they never had any choice, while others have made a break with the circumstances they were in, in order to have a life. Even not having any reason, is itself a reason. How each person may explain any of this is a philosophical matter, for it is their attempt to define the world they find themselves in; to describe their place therein, and to express how they feel about that.
However, each of us faces a challenge, if this is to be genuine, as opposed to simply being a self-centred critique concerning ourselves and our reactions to people and circumstances in the world around us. As a philosopher, I am presenting you with this article to make that challenge. With regard to inviting you to formulate a profounder standpoint, there are 3 image/text presentations to illustrate what it is to be human (Opening Up to Love); how fraught with misunderstanding our circumstances are (Enculturation), and how ignorance and misconception take an ever greater tally (Life´s Potential).
You see, in the context of the present planet-wide upheaval, we are witnessing a mass-extinction event in real time, as it is taking place, at our hands, right now! Yet, our sole reaction is to simply try harder than ever to have a normal life – the life we see as normal being what has brought about this planet-wide upheaval, in the first place! What is happening is inevitable. The process is inexorable. It is an endgame.
Yes, there have been earlier extinction events that have wiped out enormous proportions of life on Earth. Yet, far from being the end of things, they were the precursors to extraordinary bursts of new life, life that would not have burgeoned those ways without such events. So, as we face what biologists are calling the 6th great extinction event, though it is playing out as an endgame, it is necessary to recognise that it is far from being a dead end. We need, therefore, to pursue our lives according to different criteria. In order to achieve this other perspective, we have to look at things in a lot broader terms, as befits our presence in a universe that deals in multitudes of galaxies and microbes, equally. The following presentations are designed to be inspiring and provocative, towards that end.
The material for these presentations comes from a wide variety of sources. That they do not necessarily agree with one another is one aspect of what is provocative. My contribution rests in having designed these image/text presentations as they are.
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