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Old 04-05-2016, 10:24 PM
 
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Some of the thinkers you mention accept that "the quest" is a rather pointless exercise as it is described above.

But as you point out, it seems that for many (most?) there is the insistence that this "quest" MUST!!!! have an end and that it will be a neatly tied package with a big bow.

I am inclined to feel that people look for answers to questions that aren't questions.
I found this quite helpful tonight. I'm wrestling with some unexpected gaps between what I think I am, and what another person sees. If I look at what we've been framing as questions to each other, then we find ourselves to be mysteries to each other, not discoveries were trying to make about ourselves because we know each other. If there isn't a right or wrong answer, then the issue it's about what we are assuming and expecting of each other.

We seek answers, because we are trying to hold each other accountable, and in ways that aren't actually reasonable. No one can be the completely consistent when we are both subject to the skins and arrows off outrageous fortune, and also changing ourselves.
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Old 10-09-2016, 06:30 PM
 
Location: Costa Rica
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Descartes would have made it easier, for himself & his followers, if he would have, instead of "I think therefore I am", said: "I think that I am", and thus encourage the speculation that "I am what i think" - which is definitely much more fun than chewing the intellectual cud of the prior.
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Old 10-09-2016, 06:41 PM
 
Location: Costa Rica
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Some of the thinkers you mention accept that "the quest" is a rather pointless exercise as it is described above.

But as you point out, it seems that for many (most?) there is the insistence that this "quest" MUST!!!! have an end and that it will be a neatly tied package with a big bow.

I am inclined to feel that people look for answers to questions that aren't questions.
"Don´t ask questions if you don´t know the answer" (Zen quote)
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Old 10-11-2016, 11:05 AM
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It seems that since we are aware of ourselves we have been trying to find out who, why & where we are and that many of our religions, cosmologies, philosophies and sciences developed around this quest.

The answers differ widely, see for example neurologists, Buddha, Hegel, astrophysicists, Lao Tse or Christian fundamentalists - yet each insists to have the right answer, which is understandable, after all, it is not easy to admit that the quest has been in vain and increases our confusion.

What went wrong?
How do astrophysicists "insist" they have the right answer as to why we are here. At most they give their understanding of how we are here. What are you talking about?
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Old 10-13-2016, 02:06 PM
 
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How do astrophysicists "insist" they have the right answer as to why we are here. At most they give their understanding of how we are here. What are you talking about?
I guess astrophysicists try to figure out WHERE we are.
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