Questions and Answers
'I never learn anything talking. I only learn things when I ask questions.'
Lou Holtz (American football coach and writer)
'There are no foolish questions and no man becomes
a fool until he has stopped asking questions.'
Saul Steinberg 1914 - 1999 (American artist)
"If we are thoughtful enough to ask a serious question then we deserve to get a serious answer. If the person you ask doesn’t know, or can’t give you a satisfactory answer, then move
on and ask someone else who can – being wary of flippant answers that can sometimes mask ignorance.
When setting out on the quest for Truth I questioned everything, almost to the point of being a pest, and was never satisfied until the answers were confirmed by at least three independent sources, that it made sense and intuitively felt right. There are four principle ways of gaining this knowledge and, that is, by reading books, attending lectures, asking questions and having direct personal experiences.
If we don’t read books or ask questions then we will remain ignorant and, as previously stated, criticism without investigation is the highest form of ignorance. As humans, we are unique in having the ability to question, so if we don’t, then we are no better than the plants and animals. For almost every question the human mind can ask there is always an answer – somehow, somewhere. Quite often, a question answered can invite even more questions.
So bearing that in mind, I have compiled a list of typical and often asked questions. No doubt you will find many more to ask. Some have been covered in previous chapters, but you may find it helpful to have them in this format.
Q: Why isn’t everyone interested in the philosophy of life?
A: Many people are simply not interested or don’t have the awareness to question such things. There are also those who think it’s mumbo jumbo, evil, dabbling with the occult or only for weird people – that is, until tragedy strikes in their life. We should also respect that many have very restrictive comfort zones and prefer the ‘ignorance is bliss’ philosophy, particularly if they are frightened of such subjects. Nature is still the best teacher and she will, sooner or later, cause every one of us to question life – even if it’s on our deathbed.
Q: Why isn’t this knowledge taught in schools?
A: A question many ask. If this knowledge was understood at an early age and put into practice in everyday life. We would certainly have a much happier and peaceful world, with less violence, selfishness and greed. It would also enable many to understand life’s purpose and perhaps save some from taking their own lives when life feels unbearable.
Q: Is this philosophy called New Age Teachings?
A: Some might call it that, but such knowledge is ages-old and hasn’t changed for thousands of years. How can it if it’s the Truth? It was better known as the Ancient Wisdom Teachings in the East and Orient and was taught and practised by the Chinese, Egyptians, Tibetans, Native American Indians and the Greek philosophers as well as dozens of other ancient races and cultures. Some of the early religions picked up on the spiritual and mystical aspects but, down the centuries, what truths they contained became virtually lost due to misinterpretations, mistranslations and interpolations. In reality, we are dealing with the fundamental laws of life that govern the Universe. It is simply the science of mathematics and physics that the Greek mathematician and philosopher Pythagoras taught 2,500 years ago – known today as quantum physics.
Q: How can we have a better and more caring world?
A: By becoming better and more caring people. We have tried violence for thousands of years and proved it doesn’t work. Unfortunately, many amongst us haven’t learned that lesson yet. If we make an effort to change ourselves for the better and see that our children are brought up with love, affection and security, then within a few generations we will have a less violent, less corrupt, less greedy and more caring world. Study Native American Indian philosophy – it worked for thousands of years.
Q: Why is there so much sickness and disease if there is a God of love?
A: Harbouring negative emotions such as anger, fear, worry and anxiety, and generally abusing our bodies has lowered our immunity to disease and altered our genetic structure. The problem is now amplified by all the junk food and drink on the market, much of which is a lethal cocktail of chemical additives. Add to this, drugs and large doses of alcohol and we have a recipe for disaster.
Our health is our own personal responsibility - not an ......"