Maybe one day we humans will be able to actually communicate with some other species, perhaps primates, or whales; or what about ravens, or octopuses, highly intelligent creatures themselves? If I had the chance, one question I would want to ask any of these is “Do you feel complete?”
One unique thing that we humans universally carry, regardless of who or where we are, is a sense that there is something missing in our lives. Our very existence needs more – and that more is not to be found materially, or in our relationships or environs. Of course such a thought or inner voice may not arise until one is mature, or should I say, one’s consciousness is mature…..it’s not an age thing necessarily. But eventually, I would think we each, who ever we are on the Earth, have at least a fleeting question, “Isn’t there more?”
Likely each person of sufficient intelligence will have their personal speculative answer to that question. When one considers how many belief systems there are in the world, and then considers the diversity of interpretations of even recognized religions and paths, why the number of different beliefs must approach the same number of people alive at any one time. Is is assured that if we ask anyone of we humans about her or his beliefs about matters pertaining to spirituality and religion, inclusive of those who are agnostic or atheist, each will have a unique answer to the question “Why do you believe that?” although the question may need repeating a few times to reach the essence of their sense of awareness of more.
Our consciousness ask, “Is this all I am?” Deep within us all is the awareness, embedded within our self-awareness, this wondering, a pondering of how did we and all this come to be. Since this question has been with us since early humankind began to develop consciousness, we can assume it is innate, not phenomenal. Was the “apple” Eve offered Adam as told in the Bible possibly a metaphor for consciousness? With a bite from the apple Adam became aware, and with that awareness surely came the question that we humans have borne through the ages, “Is there more?” Of course in the Bible then God was pretty straight forward with the answer, which makes for a great story for believers of the Judeo-Christian faiths.
Within each of us is this question, in many it is perhaps latent, but it is there. It may be the one thing that makes us unique here on Earth.
What do you believe, and why? If you believe within some major religion, why? Do you just accept that answer as a given? Why? What is your basis of such acceptance, blind allegiance called “faith,” or historical/scientific proof? If you opt for a humanist perspective, how do you explain this position to yourself? I mean, don’t we owe it to ourselves to understand what we say we believe?
Personally, my belief is in continuing to search for the ground of being where my consciousness is one with the perceived and hidden universe. To accept a finite answer to the question I have posed today would be an attempt to circumscribe the infinite. Therefore, I choose to continue my Tao, where ever it may lead.