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by Richardmc
Tue Jul 28, 2020 7:32 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Past, PRESENT--future?
Replies: 126
Views: 13116

Re: Past, PRESENT--future?

-Perhaps the present could be better described as' an endless flow of now, where real time begins and reality happens.'
by Richardmc
Thu Jul 09, 2020 11:41 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Past, PRESENT--future?
Replies: 126
Views: 13116

Re: Past, PRESENT--future?

Thanks for your posting, RCSaunders. It refers to a posting I made on Sept. 10, 2019- did you just send it? In any event, to me the present is always ever-changing moments of now, now, now. I recently heard of an old Buddhist sect, the Santrantika. They affirm that all phenomena and events exist onl...
by Richardmc
Thu Jul 09, 2020 7:07 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Past, PRESENT--future?
Replies: 126
Views: 13116

Re: Past, PRESENT--future?

'It is not necessary to seek truth, only cease to cherish opinions.' Opinion is defined as 'A belief stronger than impression and less strong than positive knowledge.' Its synonyms are belief, conviction, persuasion and sentiment. They have one thing in common- they are not known to the thinker to b...
by Richardmc
Tue Jun 09, 2020 5:56 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Past, PRESENT--future?
Replies: 126
Views: 13116

Re: Past, PRESENT--future?

Honesty is a vital survival skill. It enables us to distinguish truth from bullshit, which is the essence of intelligence. Let us respect and nurture our honesty, thus becoming more conscious and alive. 'It is not necessary to seek truth, only cease to cherish opinions.'-Hsin Hsin Ming.
by Richardmc
Fri May 22, 2020 7:43 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Past, PRESENT--future?
Replies: 126
Views: 13116

Re: Past, PRESENT--future?

Some of you have been following my line of thought on the future. There is an interesting article in today's (May 22) New York Times entitled "No One Knows What's Going To Happen" that may be of interest.
by Richardmc
Sat May 09, 2020 12:27 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Past, PRESENT--future?
Replies: 126
Views: 13116

Re: Past, PRESENT--future?

Although most of us know that becoming more honest brings many benefits, it is still difficult to achieve and it may be painful at first. The good news is that even a small improvement benefits our quality of life immediately. We are all human, and thus fallible. It is unrealistic to aspire to being...
by Richardmc
Sun Apr 19, 2020 6:31 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Past, PRESENT--future?
Replies: 126
Views: 13116

Re: Past, PRESENT--future?

Honesty can be a powerful healer. By being as honest as one can, we become more present and conscious. This also improves your reasoning ability.
by Richardmc
Thu Apr 02, 2020 7:18 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Past, PRESENT--future?
Replies: 126
Views: 13116

Re: Past, PRESENT--future?

Thank you for your query, Bahman. My concept of time is explained best by perusing my comments throughout the "Past, PRESENT--future?" postings. I have striven to comment simply and rationally within a logical framework. Whether you find these ideas useful is for you to decide. I hope that some of y...
by Richardmc
Mon Mar 30, 2020 7:54 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Past, PRESENT--future?
Replies: 126
Views: 13116

Re: Past, PRESENT--future?

This is in response to Age's questions. I am assuming that he(she) is serious in his(her) questioning. "Be conscious of 'what' exactly?" Pandemic. "'Who' is being conscious and fearful?" A human. "And, 'what' are they anxious and fearful of exactly?" Anything a human is anxious and fearful about. At...
by Richardmc
Sun Mar 29, 2020 12:28 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Past, PRESENT--future?
Replies: 126
Views: 13116

Re: Past, PRESENT--future?

Humans function best when we are as present and conscious as possible, especially in a situation like we have now. Anxiety and fear are future oriented. They drain energy from our presence without benefiting anything. Realizing this may help us to reduce such activities. "Be here now" is practical a...
by Richardmc
Mon Feb 24, 2020 6:32 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Past, PRESENT--future?
Replies: 126
Views: 13116

Re: Past, PRESENT--future?

'Future' is not real until it becomes present. We can enhance our chances of a good future by living in a good way now. This is called karma, or 'As you sow, so shall you reap.' You have free will and are the boss of your destiny, if you choose to take control and to accept responsibility for your b...
by Richardmc
Mon Jan 06, 2020 6:25 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Past, PRESENT--future?
Replies: 126
Views: 13116

Re: Past, PRESENT--future?

This posting is again open for responses, thanks to a clearing of a computer glitch. Pertinent and thoughtful replies are welcome!
by Richardmc
Sat Nov 16, 2019 5:29 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Past, PRESENT--future?
Replies: 126
Views: 13116

Re: Past, PRESENT--future?

If God does not have knowledge of the future, then humans would be capable of free will. Otherwise, we are all slaves to our predetermined existences. Can we reshape the image and perception of God? After all, it was humans who initially dreamed up his characteristics, which included omniscience. We...
by Richardmc
Tue Nov 12, 2019 11:17 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Past, PRESENT--future?
Replies: 126
Views: 13116

Re: Past, PRESENT--future?

'Commonsense' and others talk about "future reality", while I have maintained that reality occurs only in the present or has occurred in the past."Real" is defined as "occurring or existing in actuality", and "actual" as "existing or occurring at the time." Time always starts now and does not yet e...
by Richardmc
Sun Oct 13, 2019 12:25 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Past, PRESENT--future?
Replies: 126
Views: 13116

Re: Past, PRESENT--future?

p.s. by saying 'timeless truths', I mean knowledge.