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Answer for question 4563.

If you could ask God any one question, what would it be? (If you don't believe in a higher deity of any kind, just assume one existed for the purposes of this question.) What would you hope to receive as an answer to that question?
Will science eventually be able to explain everything; or will it continue to produce increasingly complicated and expensive "solutions" to the growing number of problems that it and other institutions cause without answering any of the questions that we really want answers to?


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Dec. 4th, 2015 11:40 am (UTC)
What do you think about the mind-body problem?
Dec. 4th, 2015 10:32 pm (UTC)
The tiny bit of thought that i have given it suggests that it is still a mystery. I continue to view the body as a thing (though one that changes over time). Mind is a process. The brain is hardware (though it softens over time). The mind is software (though it may harden over time). Brain science will resolve some, but far from all, of the issues. I think that Buddhist "mind training" is possible, though i have not made bAby steps in that direction. Mental exercises have temporarily altered my state of awareness.
Dec. 4th, 2015 10:47 pm (UTC)
I had given so little thought to this that i had to look it up to see just what the "problem" is. I guess i am a "neutral monist"
Dec. 4th, 2015 01:21 pm (UTC)
I thought at first that "are you there, God?" was your question. But on reflection, I think you know it doesn't matter, according to the poem you posted about praying to one who is not. (I mean, it matters to me -- I like to believe that this relationship I am in is with Someone who actually exists.)

I can't think of anything to ask except what I always do: How do I become a better person, more free of the stuff that distracts me from God, less stuck in the same old stuff, more peaceful. That is self-centered, I guess, but muddy water refreshes no one ... "secure your own oxygen mask before helping others with theirs." I think the 12th step flows right out of the 11th, naturally.

Dec. 4th, 2015 10:19 pm (UTC)
The question: "How do i become a better person?" is a great question; but a related question: "What should i do?' has been well answered for me several, if not many, times. The sermon on the mount, the eight-fold path and other sharings of perennial wisdom are very specific guides that i feel less and less able to ignore.
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