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The Elephant In the Room

Some things are just plain obvious. Our denial of them is simply ludicrous, and this ludicrousness  is the hint that we must examine our belief.

Nothing in the Universe, so far discovered, does not have a source.

Why then do we insist on denying that there is a source from which we have originated – an ultimate source? Is it because we cannot explain it with our intellect? Can the clay understand the potter whose hands form it into a vase? Do we really expect that our limited, conditioned intellects will be able to grasp and describe that from which it has sprung? This surely is hubris at its best!

We may HAVE a form – we call it body. We may have IDENTITY – we call it me. But life is experienced by us by virtue of our being conscious. We are not our forms – we EXPERIENCE our forms. We cannot testify to the independent existence of any thing. We can only testify that we are CONSCIOUS of it. So, in the final analysis, all we can truly, reliably affirm is that we are conscious – nothing else can be independently proven. But that we are conscious does not have to be proven. It is self-evident, by definition. Hence “I AM” is the only reliably true statement that can be made. All other presumed truths rely on this as their foundation. All other truths can be contested, but not the fact of our own individual consciousness.

But what is the source of this consciousness? Surely, we will not continue to deny that the one thing that is incontrovertibly true also has a source. Everything our consciousness observes has proven to have some source. What evidence do we have upon which to base an assumption that our consciousness, then, does not also spring from a source?

A clay pot is made of clay. A river is made of water. A flower comes from a seed which came from a flower. A lemon comes from a lemon tree, not from an apple tree. There is a self-similarity between the thing and its source. So what is the substance that underlies the source from which individual consciousness springs?

The answer is the elephant in the room.

Whatever it is, it must be primal, elementary, self-sustaining and creative. It must also have the characteristics of intelligence, energy and will. There is no point in naming it – that will distort, limit and condition its essential nature. To name something, we must define it. To name something, we must limit it. To name something, we must be saying, “It is this, and not more.” We can name ourselves, but how can we name our source?

The elephant is in the room. Let’s at least acknowledge it is.


Fear of Truth

It should be apparent that there is a fundamental truth in relation to Being.

Existence exists. Being is. Consciousness is conscious. These are the essential verities that underlie the field of ontology. All knowledge must eventually come back to these truths about being.

Yet we mostly do not ask ourselves what these truths mean with respect to our lives – how we should live, why we exist, who we are. There is a fear built into man that causes us to avoid such questions until the need to know is so great, the pain of existence is so extreme, that we demand answers lest we give up the struggle.

The very wise and erudite philosopher, Eponymous, once remarked:

“It is a strange fact about human beings that we are not more astonished and amazed by the fact of our own existence.”

Humans generally lack the ability to feel their own existence, their “beingness”. We are insensitive to the thrill of our own consciousness. It takes aeons of pain and suffering, it seems, to bring us from the thrall of the senses to the thrill of life itself. When it happens, I am told, the senses no longer play a significant part in our existence, and life itself takes over, invisibly and internally.

Mostly, we deny that there is any fundamental Truth with respect to existence – a source of Being and its manifestation in consciousness. We do not study experience – what it is, what it means, why it is as it is. We just feel the impacts of life rather than Life itself.

Eventually, I am also told, we will all come to the questions of life – who am I, why am I, where am I? I am also told that these questions do have answers. Surely, these are the questions that should occupy our time in this life.

Without asking these questions and dedicating our lives to the answers, we have no context or criteria for the mode in which we lead our lives. Then we are repeating the lives of others, as we have been told life is. But should not each of us find out for ourselves, first hand, what life is, who we are, and what is actually going on? Who are you to believe? Who found out, and why is their answer correct?

If we accept this, the story as told to us by another human that was here before us or claims a higher authority, we are the victims of sacerdotalism. Organised religions depend on our willingness to accept this. But why accept this? We must investigate our own stories. We must become interested in our own lives. We must become acutely aware of our existence – we are here, we are now, we are.

Time is a measure of opportunity. The opportunity is a life span. Time measures its passing. Surely, we can see that marching towards death with no purpose greater than this brief span is ludicrous. The very ridiculousness of such a proposition is the strongest argument for Truth. We must be able to see that the underlying fundamental of existence must be uncovered – else death is all we look forward to and daily life is just repetition and chaos.

Humans are given the ability to recognise the ludicrous and inane so that we might challenge our own assumptions. When challenged we will find that our assumptions collapse under the weight of their own improbability. Then we are free to explore and discover – to find out for ourselves. Then we begin to live our lives. We start to become conscious beings.