seeds wrote: HI Dam,
DL asked all of us to tell him what we see when we look around and whether or not it is the “...best that can possibly be...” or whether it is something that is “...ugly and imperfect...”
But I am guessing that the child in the photograph may have had one or two moments in his short existence where he wasn’t experiencing the intense agony of hunger, and not covered in hundreds of nasty flies.
So at least there would be that particular reference point of “opposite thoughts” to compare with.
I think that the implicit meaning of the word “hell” makes itself quite explicit to any person caught in the throes of some form of physical or mental agony, regardless of whether or not they have a specific name for it.
Wouldn’t you agree?
I think you are right about that, Dam.
And I suggest that it has something to do with the assumption that the lower animals are not conscious enough to get mired down in a state of constant reflection of the events occurring in their lives.
I think they simply move from moment to moment in a state of mind that’s similar to us in our semi-conscious dream state where we confront the conditions of a particular dream – experience it – and then move on to the next one.
However, unlike humans who can awaken into a higher level of consciousness – above and outside of the dream, the animals simply continue to reside within that twilight level of consciousness where they possess no means of being able to truly evaluate their situation in a self-reflective manner.
And of course there is no literal “Hell” (as in a place of eternal torment). However, don’t be so quick to dismiss the existence of heaven.
And I’m not talking about the nonsense handed down to us from the world’s religions. I am speaking of a transcendent level of reality that exists above and outside of the corporeal bounds of this universe – a literal “higher” level of consciousness.
That’s why heaven is always depicted as being “upwards.”
And what I mean is that just as the human level of consciousness is clearly “upwards” from the perspective of an ant's level of consciosness, or even that of a dog's level of consciousness, likewise, the level of consciousness of the inhabitants of heaven is “upwards” from the perspective of the human level of consciousness.
Humans need to realize that we do not represent the “top rung” on the ascending ladder of consciousness.
(Continued in next post)