A question that cannot be answered

Yet the idea of leaving the past and our old selves behind, of living in the moment where life is fresh and new and original, is one that won’t go away. This becomes like a question that cannot be answered. Such questions disturb and unbalance the brain because they perpetuate thought – thought that without a greater intelligence cannot answer the question because they are just memories. They never have quite enough information until after the event. To solve the problem the brain must be able to dismiss such thoughts until at last a thought occurs that can advance things by allowing a new question to be formed.

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Karen Kubicko
    Jan 27, 2013 @ 09:03:15

    Yet, our old selves and our selves yet to be will always be with us.


    • mbwilliams
      Jan 29, 2013 @ 18:56:02

      Thanks for commenting Karen. In answer to your question, I suppose this depends on our definition of self. Is it the collection of memories and unconscious habit, our personality in other words. Or is it something else entirely, a self that observes all this but is not the content it observes? In the case of the first we cannot escape the past, ever, and the future is largely written. In the case of the second there is no past to consider, for what we are never changes!


      • Karen Kubicko
        Jan 29, 2013 @ 19:27:05

        Hello Mark. My definition of self is the spirit part of me. I have seen my own past lives – they are my past selves. What I have done in those lives affects my future ones including this time and thusly a future life.
        But ultimately, there is no time. It is all relative, even according to Einstein. Past, Present and Future are all in one, happening at the same time.
        Life is what we are currently focused upon… the living in the now.

      • mbwilliams
        Jan 30, 2013 @ 09:08:12

        It often seems that all we have done in the past weighs on us and controls our future, but recently I have come to realize that this is no more than memories being projected into the future. We have become too accustomed to thinking and reliant on it to solve all of our problems, when in fact it is how you say: all now, and also all totally free.

  2. Karen Kubicko
    Jan 30, 2013 @ 14:40:28

    Mark, I like that you said, “memories being projected into the future.” That is a great way to put it. If that memory comes up, you recognize it, learn from it and move on …. that is healing.


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