End of Ramadan comment:
If every individual in the world was to fast for a period of 29/30 days in a year, and take out five, five-minute slots a day to genuinely reflect on what the purpose of life was, would the world become a better place? Could wars and social injustice be defeated? Would the waste that humanity produces be reduced? Would anything really negative transpire? Whilst we continue to create our new ‘imagined needs’ to forever become our focus of operandi and convince ourselves that we are the kings of our destiny and that destiny, time and world resources are in fact slaves to our desires, are we leading ourselves to a self-belief that we can conquer and overcome ‘mother-nature’? If we can defeat death, then indeed we may well profess that we are Gods, but until we can do so, then we are mortals. There is an end….but is this end potentially the beginning to an even better ‘life’? Now ask yourself this question. Are you genuinely open-minded and going to challenge your assumptions about life (meaning you need to put to one side all preconceived ideas) with the possibility of opening up a new positive paradigm, or are you going to be closed-minded and let things just take their course?
“Are you genuinely open-minded and going to challenge your assumptions about life (meaning you need to put to one side all preconceived ideas) with the possibility of opening up a new positive paradigm, or are you going to be closed-minded and let things just take their course?”
An interesting question. There are some things I am closed minded about. But others I am open about. But open-mindedness is a two way street. Religon is about focusing on one explanation for why we are here and what our purpose is.
I hear what you say Tim. I’m not a preacher or anything like that, so I can’t wow you with something that’ll blow you away in admiration or suddenly transfix you with reflections on life and the hereafter. I just teach English. I was narrating my feelings about a particular way of life that I feel confident in. Of course, we all look at concepts and ideas based on our own life experiences and frames of reference. Sometimes, our frames of reference act as the guide for our thoughts – for me too! But sometimes these just block us from taking in new ideas. Look at the internet, so many sources of information and news. Re: the news, which news item do you trust? Who do you believe? Often we go for the one that agrees with our ideas and beliefs. I believe very much in self-discovery. That was my experience. If someone told me to turn left, I would turn right, and vice versa. It was knowledge I was craving. Without knowledge, it’s not possible to make informed decisions. I hope you enjoyed the photos.