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Thread #109167   Message #2282695
Posted By: Little Hawk
08-Mar-08 - 12:26 AM
Thread Name: BS: I'd like to believe that there is a God
Subject: RE: BS: I'd like to believe that there is a God
There will always be things that appear "bad" from anyone's particular point of view, Bert.

What if you've already lived 5,000 lives and seen about 4,752 of your mothers in those lives die? (in some of them you died first)

Then what?

What kind of overview would it be in the light of all that?

Just a possibility to consider.

Whatever seems "bad" in this life...and there will always be things that seem that way...there's also "good" in this life. Without both of them being here, you couldn't know the difference...like day and night.

So the question is, what do we focus on? The bad things or the good things? Or both? Well, and to what extent then?

I've noticed that some people focus mainly on the "bad" things...and I've been in that state of mind a lot myself. It makes for a rough journey. I've noticed that the ones who focus mainly on the "good" things have a smoother and more joyous journey and they bounce back quicker when things don't "work out".

Still, you can't take someone else's decision to focus on something away. If he wants to believe he's living in misery, he will, regardless of how someone else might see it. That's up to him, right?

So we all get the life that we believe we're getting...as it unfolds and we observe it through the frame we have decided to put around it.

"It's a tragedy." "It's an adventure." "It's a misery." "It's a challenge." "It's a joke." "It's boring." "It's tedious." "It's great!" "It's a living hell!"

All of those things could be said by one person about one life, depending how he chose to look at it at any given time.

To ask "where was God?" when a tragedy occured misses the point. God didn't go away, because what is omnipresent CAN'T go away. God isn't there to hand out just the candies and treats and save you from your problems and pain, God is the entire field of being upon and in which the "good" and "bad" things all happen. It's like a fish asking "Where did the world go?" when he gets caught on a hook. The world didn't go anywhere. It's still there, and the fish is part of it.

But if you don't believe that, then you won't experience it, and that's okay. Everyone is free to experience exactly what they believe.

I've been complaining about various "bad" stuff that happened in my life since ever... ;-) I'm a bit immature in that respect. Yet the fact is, I've been pretty darned lucky compared to a lot of people in this world.