Long, long ago, when I was a superstitious, semi-spiritual, wishful thinker - in spite of an intense overwhelming fear of death - I used to imagine how at least in death, I would know the answers to everything. My spirit would ascend, and I would enter a realm where the answers would be revealed to me.

So eventually, I would find out what the spiritual entity behind the whole thing had planned for me. The answers would be my reward. The ultimate revelation. This notion can transcend any denomination. This imaginative and creative thinking, can comfort you because you only have to wait for death and then the answers will be bestowed upon you.

I spent many years with this fanciful notion at the heart of my faith in "something".

After my dawning enlightenment, using reality as my guide, I noticed that instead of waiting and having to physically die for these fabled answers to be gifted to me, most of them had already been given to me whilst I was alive! If only I'd used my mental faculties to seek the actual information out!

For many years, my terrified and fearful consciousness had postponed rational thought on the matter, and had sidelined the main questions for presumed/imagined answers after death!

How wonderful it is to have *some* of those big questions answered truthfully by human scientific endeavour during my lifetime!

I know my place in the bigger scheme of things. I see where I've come from, and ultimately where I'm going. My purpose on this planet is clear to me. To live. Here. Now. A biological machine, a genetic vehicle, to be a part of the story of life on this planet.

Not only can science reveal these truths about my immediate status - it can open my conscious mind (itself a product of evolutionary survival and refinement) up to truths that span many many lifetimes, and millions upon millions of years.

I am no longer willing to defer this knowledge to the vacuum of my death. I am using my biology, and our history of scientific discovery, to find the answers when I am in a state to comprehend them.

Bathe luxuriously in these truths now.

The story is so big, and we are so little, these answers are so precious to us.

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Comment by Luara on August 30, 2014 at 8:00am

Generalizing from "I" to "we" is a way of drawing the reader in, without the reader's consent.

You can always disagree with what the writer says. 

If someone says "we" this or that, it's a generalization.  A generalization might tend to be true for us, but not true for you in particular.

Or it might not be true about us.

People say many things that are factually wrong on A/N, without bad intent. 

Comment by Ian Bowes on August 29, 2014 at 1:11am

Thanks to everyone for the clarification.

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on August 28, 2014 at 8:06pm

Generalizing from "I" to "we" is a way of drawing the reader in, without the reader's consent.

It's also a way writers conceal themselves among their readers.

Comment by Luara on August 28, 2014 at 7:02am

Generalizing from "I" to "we" is a way of drawing the reader in.  Sometimes, if the reader feels it doesn't apply to them or is wrong about human beings, it can backfire. 

Comment by Ian Bowes on August 28, 2014 at 6:07am

I was using the we-speak as a generalism that was hopefully inclusive of Humankind. But the revelation in the original post itself was personal to me and I did use a fair bit of I-speak there.

I didn't really know there were such things as I-speak and We-speak to be honest, I guess when I make sweeping generalisations (for good or ill) that's when the We-speak comes out. It's interesting to think about how you use English to frame your comments though.

Comment by Luara on August 28, 2014 at 5:56am

I found more after I learned "I-speak". Three edits to your post will illustrate.

Your edits change the meaning of his post - so they are a way of speaking for someone else, contrary to the idea of "I-speak", which is speaking for oneself. 

There's nothing wrong about making general statements about the tendencies of human beings.  Human beings have a great many commonalities.

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on August 28, 2014 at 5:21am

Ian, freedom is indeed wonderful.

I found some after I quit Catholicism.

I found more after I learned "I-speak". Three edits to your post will illustrate.

Its amazing just how much we I sideline and defer to the unknown, without making any effort to find out about the truth and whats out there. Only when you I ditch the fables of afterlife and emotional eternity can you I really appreciate the here and now fully.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 26, 2014 at 4:31pm

Free at last, free of the puppet strings pulled by some imaginary guy in the sky. Free to be and see and hear and smell and taste, and feel with your heart and with your gut, free to question, explore, examine, experiment, and find the answer reside within.  

Comment by Ian Bowes on August 26, 2014 at 3:57pm

Its amazing just how much we sideline and defer to the unknown, without making any effort to find out about the truth and whats out there. Only when you can ditch the fables of afterlife and emotional eternity can you really appreciate the here and now fully.

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