When we are individually healthy and feeling better, perhaps, our world view is improved…positive. I feel good–so things must be good. (I am feeling/getting better–so things are getting better?) I feel bad so the world’s (or at the least my personal world/universe) coming to an end.
Do we trust our own feelings as fact? As honest/real reality? Or “trusting” our current individual circumstances as fact? And can our moods/health: emotional, physical, mental, spiritual, psychological or lack thereof impact our lenses/perceptions through which we perceive/view current societal/world/global events? Or our so-called progress as so-called civilized humans?
From my, albeit limited, perspective as a flawed human: (1) We need emotional neutrality to carefully (aka logically) examine both the positives (in detail/micro-macro) and the negatives (in detail/micro-macro) with same clear/unbiased scrutiny. (2) Are we even capable, individually, of that level of pristine simultaneous analyses?!
Has science increased suffering? more or less?
Has spirituality decreased suffering? more or less?
Has spirituality increased suffering? more or less?
Has science decreased suffering? more or less?
What progress have we made with pain?
To focus only on positives or to focus only on negatives…is that a balanced view of things?? What about false positives? What about false negatives? Both pros and cons must undergo intense analyses to garner a balanced view.
How do we define “progress”…scientifically or spiritually? both? Abundance/affluence or poverty/bankruptcy?
If so-called “good” aka “positive” “progress” can be defined let’s say within the parameters of more people are rich: aka indicative of (easy or easier accessibility to) i.e., good housing, lights on, plentiful food, clean water, latest technology, longevity of living…and there is (supposedly) less violence…hmmmm, my immediate observation/objection: how do we account for the increase and frequency of school shootings (here in US) in more affluent areas?! e. g., Parkland, Newtown, Columbine. The shooters were (relatively speaking) well-off or better-off may be materially than others (living in other places). Scientifically speaking…the lights were on in their homes, but spiritually speaking: no lights were on in their hearts.:(
HIGHLIGHTS a “value” “values” distinction regarding “progress”…(low) lights were on, but nobody compassionate (HIGHlight) at home. Which contributes more to suffering…spiritual poverty? material poverty? both? Valuing possessions over people?
Is so-called scientific progress actually decreasing suffering overall? and by how much? difficult to measure?
Yes, what a scientific/technological accomplishment…we can walk on the moon–“that’s one small step for a man and one giant leap for mankind.” What a feat? What feet?! How big of a leap for mankind really when a lot of us cannot walk around our own block without getting shot (or feeling threatened or without fear)? Kids still walk to school—sadly, some never walk home alive again!:( (School shootings have increased. Kids’ safety—increased now that school’s out for the Summer?!) We can walk on the moon, but NOT around the Earth hand-in-hand unitedly and peacefully as a loving-global-brotherhood-of fellow-fragile-life!:(
Yep, an Incredible feat IF all feet could unitedly/peacefully walk hand-in-hand globally!!:) It’s gonna take more than success in science to accomplish that “ideal”…
Neil Armstrong…An amazing accomplishment for the individual…moon walking!! Where did it get him really??…He’s dead. And, unless we humans can walk together unitedly by getting along…we have the same eventuality: death…sooner or later!
Progress? Many families have incredible knowledge and communication capabilities at their fingertips…An amazing accomplishment and for say the individual Steve Jobs…”I want to put a ding in the Universe.”…to some of us our families are our universe. (Dinging families or is it digging families?) So, how many engage in meaningful, honest, heart-felt, face-to-face, eye-contact conversation at the dinner table fully engaged in breaking bread together?? Cell usage…has people addicted and/or locked in mind cells (prisons)…the ding: families are fragmented. Where has Steve Jobs’ technological genius gotten him? He’s dead. If individuals and families cannot learn to cooperate and lovingly engage/communicate…families die. 🙁
Science has its limitations…it hasn’t been able to out talk or out walk death! Such a “simple” statement lol:) “LIFE NEEDED TO ENJOY ANY SCIENTIFIC ACHIEVEMENT”…Generally speaking and genuinely asking: Has scientific progress been quite significant enough??…to stall death for long?…er?…indefinitely?!
Sad Fact: Death is on our back…hunting us down collectively and individually.
i am not trying to be depressing…just realistic. Read this before:
Norwegian poet Arne Garborg said that with money “you can buy food, but not appetite; medicine, but not health; soft beds, but not sleep; knowledge, but not wisdom; glitter, but not beauty; splendor, but not warmth; fun, but not joy; acquaintances, but not friends; servants, but not faithfulness.”
Cannot help but be slightly skeptical regarding any money messiahs as to motives…who seem to get their self-congratulatory kicks and big-pats on their backs…from throwing dirty? money to clean? up water/world or some pressing situation for the/us poor unfortunates who have no alternative but to happily guzzle down big-braggarts’ agendas of ‘Let Me Save the World through my Big-Brain Problem Solving Strategies–IF i can run/manage a billion dollar business, certainly, i can run/manage the uncertain world of billions’…Yes, there are legitimately kind/generous ones (in business and out) who set a fine example of willingly sharing practical assistance in monetary support, etc. in times of crises, disasters, etc…behind the scenes who are not seeking self-glory and not blowing a trumpet as they go. Thank You to the Genuinely Generous Ones both Rich & Poor!!:)
Quantity v. Quality
Yes, i am grateful for modern conveniences and scientific progress that make my life easier; (Thank You to those who have contributed to this!!:)…and has improved things for my fellow-fragile-life here and abroad.
Yeah, it’s comfortable to have the lights on, heat on, plenty of food on…the table…but what’s off the table IF there is no spirituality?? What “truly” raises the standard(s) of living?!
Better is a dish of vegetables where there is love Than a fattened*(lit. manger-fed) bull where there is hatred. (Pro Verb 15:17)
To solely-narrowly attribute human’s so-called “successful” “progress” to science-technology only…seems an error in perhaps, arrogant judgment. And to predict an overly optimistic future for humanity based on historicity of past scientific advancements alone…is like placing confidence in a phony-fortune-teller!
James Chiles says in his book Inviting Disaster—Lessons From the Edge of Technology: “In our new world, surrounded by machines occasionally gone savage, we need to acknowledge the extraordinary damage that ordinary mistakes can now cause.” In a review of Chiles’ book, the journal Science says: “The extraordinary, accelerating advance of science and technology over the past few hundred years has been intoxicating. It fills us with a sense of nearly unlimited possibility for understanding and manipulating the physical world. [But] there is no reason to suspect that we are now any less fallible than before.”
Regarding the more dangerous technologies, Science states: “Even a tiny risk [of error] is intolerably high. For those technologies, we must insist on perfection.” But does mankind’s track record indicate that perfection is attainable? Hardly! So error-related disasters of one kind or another will no doubt continue.
But they will not continue indefinitely. God-fearing people can look forward to a future when life will not be tragically cut short because of human failure or limitations. Why? Because God, by means of his heavenly Kingdom government, will eliminate all causes of death, sorrow, and pain.—Matthew 6:9, 10; Revelation 21:3, 4.
Does the hasty-competitive-pursuit-of-scientific-progress (and at all costs) help us develop contentment?
“Keep your eyes open and guard against every sort of covetousness, because even when a person has an abundance his life does not result from the things he possesses.” (Luke 12:15) According to this passage and Jesus’ subsequent illustration, greed is based on the foolish belief that what matters in life is how much one has. It may be money, status, power, or related things. It is possible to be greedy for anything that can be acquired. The idea is that having that thing will make us content. But according to the Bible and human experience, only God can—and will—satisfy our real needs, as Jesus reasoned with his followers.—Luke 12:22-31.
Today’s consumer-oriented culture excels at kindling the fires of greed. Influenced in subtle yet powerful ways, many come to believe that whatever they have is not enough. They need more, bigger, and better things. While we cannot hope to change the world around us, how can we personally resist this trend? [article excerpt: “When Small Failures become Disasters” Awake! ’02]
This blog topic is far from complete…”hoping” to explore further aspects of “spirituality” and IF there is a God…as some of us non-blind believers…Investigators of Accuracy and Seekers of Truth may wonder:
Why does God allow Suffering?
When will it end?
Is Divine Wisdom or Divine Intervention a necessary?
6/8/18 @ 10:03 p.m.