Thursday 11 February 2016

Given that we don't understand what will happen - what should we do?

The Problem is by now so wide-spread and pervasive (i.e. almost-everyone is very thoroughly corrupted, and almost nobody is fully clear of this) that normal political solutions (e.g. relying on some power bloc) are sure to fail.

There must be a change of heart among masses of people almost simulaneously – yet the necessary change of heart cannot be forced, and has not happened so far despite many and severe warnings.

The causal mechanisms at work here are only very partly known and poorly understood – which means that many causes are invisible or unacknowledged. In fact, the most important causes are neither known nor understood. The situation is therefore un-predictable.

On the one hand, this unknown-unknowability gives hope if ever people do wish to change, but it will only accelerate the problem and lead to new problems if we continue on the present path.

In the end, therefore, there has been and is a choice – an individual choice, and a choice of individuals – and the consequences follow from that choice.

Because consequences of our choices follow by mechanisms that are poorly understood (or not understood at all) a coherent long-term plan or strategy is impossible –

the only thing we can do-right is to choose-right (because we have no idea what will be the outcome of anything)...

So that is what we should do.


Anonymous said...

Am I being stupid when I compare the spiritually important point that Dr Charlton is making here with the confirmation by scientists that gravitational waves exist, with a big 'SO WHAT' for gravitational waves?

Man can look at the universe in a new way now, and perhaps see a greater distance, may be back to the Big Bang itself (though some scientists doubt the BB theory). And if Man does confirm a a BB, again, so what?

Why should Man care about collections of rocks and gas 'out there', when he neglects his own soul?

I would prefer it if more, much more, was talked and discussed about how to make the interior journey in an attempt to talk to the inner spark, or speck of Holy Spirit in each of us.

This journey to the inner spark is well documented in all religions, albeit the higher teachings of those religions. If I could dictate the education system in this country, I would make it compulsory to teach the mystical process to every child. I would not insist that it was set within the Christian tradition, it could be accessed through any religion, although I am biased in favour of Christianity.

I would also place scientific discoveries in the context of religion, and show where the correspondences lies between them. The message would be - science and religion are not mutually exclusive, they go together like bread and cheese.

Bruce Charlton said...

Gravity waves 'discovered'?...

But they had supposedly already been 'discovered', two years ago

And everybody had known they were 'there' for decades (I wrote a pop science piece on the subject in 1990).

So they have not been discovered but just measured... again.

(BTW - please use a pseudonym.)

Anonymous said...

Sorry, I forgot.

So its a non-story! The media makes a fool of itself again. Good.


Andrew said...

Thanks! This actually helps a lot! I've felt a bit weighed down by this question, and the various worries of the world. I am lacking in faith, as Christ himself tells us not to worry about the future.

Nathaniel said...

Enemies of Christianity may have worldly power and money, but Christ came into the world in poverty and saved it to show us God's power.