Integral aperspectival cognition
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Integral aperspectival cognition
Each moment, each world divides into an infinite number of worlds. Each decision you make is important and creates a new quantum mechanical universe. Sure, some versions of the new worlds may contain versions of you that chose differently.
But when you stand back and look at all of the multiplying worlds from a non-temporal vantage point, I believe that certain symmetries emerge. Patterns of informational consonance, morale awareness, and circumstantial similarities and structures radiate before us like stars radiating light in an infinite number of directions from fixed points.
So, when a conscious individual human dies, he ceases to exist in his own temporal world (which is only one of the infinitely graded versions of himself across worlds) and from a temporal, linear point of view, his brain is gone and no thinking across time continues to exist.
But from a non-temporal vantage point, the structure of his choices and those of the many versions of himself not only exist, but they radiate outwards from each decision point in a complex crystal-like structure of immense significance.
So, we have before us a complex symphony of resonant structures. While we can not fully understand these non-temporal structures, we can certainly not say that they donít exist. Therefore, conscious life is, in important ways, non-temporal and eternal.
When Prophecy Fails...
St. Paul, I Corinthians 13:8,9
"Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
"For we know in part, and we prophesy in part."
Indeed, it is only when prophecy fails, that true spirituality begins. Most prophecies eventually fail, when taken in a strictly literal sense.
The early Christians considered it clear that Christ literally prophesied that He would return again before one generation completely passed away, as it seems to say in the Gospels; that the end times would come while some of those present in Jesusí lifetime were still living.
How could it be different? There are, always, an infinity of real futures; different quantum outcomes from the same starting point. In some of those real futures, Christ may have actually returned in the clouds during what we call the first century A.D.
But when prophecy fails, then a religious group can turn from literal, physical, dogmatic interpretations and understandings of their Faith, to spiritual, symbolic, real and ultimately more meaningful understandings and interpretations. By spiritualizing apparent failure, growth occurs.
Although the literal, physical understandings of ancient Jewish prophecy concerning the Messiah were not literally fulfilled, Jesus of Nazareth was able to spiritualize, re-interpret, and infinitely enhance those very same prophecies. Similar examples can be found in the other Great Faiths of the world.
Perhaps this same principle can be applied to other human endeavors besides religion. When humans strive mightily to build a meaningful and important outcome, failure should not be the end; rather, failure must, and can be, transformed into a higher level success.
From a higher level point of view, the real significance of prophecy is in that it expresses the essential structures of spacetimes, the underlying hidden tendencies, similarities, and meanings behind the scenes which make history meaningful. Thus can otherwise failed prophecies be sublimated into symbolic systems of far greater value; for, after all, a literally fulfilled prophecy in one spacetime is of only limited, contingent value.
Whereas, a sublimated prophecy can become a transcendant symbolic system f or future generations and a transmitted meme for future, even higher level sublimation.
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