MENTAL NOTE

"Though we cannot make our sun stand still, yet we will make him run."
Blue, resist the urge to use facebook. You can do it. Good luck.
Cats and dogs can be friends. So can cowboys and indians. So can we.
Why try to be the best when there's no hierarchy in heaven?

Saturday, December 27, 2014

The Ultimate Need

"He covets. That is his nature. And how do we begin to covet, Clarice? We begin by coveting what we see every day." So true, Dr. Lecter, and it's our incessant coveting that may give us the answer to the question I have so often asked myself: do we really want this world to be a better place? Do we? The answer as I see it is "Yes, but not at the expense of our own happiness, because we're greedy."
 
We humans have made so much progress. We aren't entirely stupid. Our need for progress is, say, the positive flipside of our greed for shiny diamonds and pearls — or, to put it mildly, our need for more in terms of quantity and quality. We want the best for our children, we want the best for ourselves. We were built with this need to have more, to know more, to experience more. We call it 'more' in the positive sense of the word. Without this need, we would still be living in caves. I would be handsomely butt-naked playing with my pinky toe and you would only be able to understand this particular sentence because you're so good at decoding my elaborate smoke signals.

Your phone... it is the result of our need for more. Green cars are the result of our need for more. Gas guzzling cars are the result of our need for more. So is your need for a dental plan that doesn't rob you blind and a government that doesn't do the exact same thing. Thanksgiving is the result of our need for more, and so is my imaginary ticket to Bora Bora. We want to make this world a better place as long as better tallies with our definition of the word and makes us happy in the process. I would even go as far as to say that it is this unstoppable need why we invented the concept of heaven in the first place, that ultimate place made especially for us good folks. Do you see what I mean? Please don't shake your head just yet simply because you, too, have been properly brainwashed (with the best of intentions) into believing that religion and fact are pretty much synonyms.

To each their own, I know, but think about it. Are you greedy? Do you covet what you see every day or maybe only once in a while... in a magazine... on your tablet or when you close your eyes and make a wish? Are you greedy?

No? I see.

Now here is my problem: if you're not, and if I'm not, how come a whopping 85% of the world's population needs there to be a heaven, that ultimate destination, the holiest of holy places made especially for us humble people, where everything and everyone is beautiful and everything is perfect? I find it hard to reconcile humility with this particular need. This ultimate need. Unless, of course, we are its creator.

Do you see my point? 
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Those are elaborate smokesignals. Or so Pick "a Bone" Leope and Bryan the Caveman

89 comments:

  1. Bryan never looked better.
    We need Heaven because if life here on Earth is all there is, then that really sucks.

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    1. Amen. Yes, Bryan looks um... butch. Plus he has a big well.... you know what. It's really impressive.

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  2. I think exactly what Alex said. I don't know if it's heaven, but I think there's some other dimension/existence after this life. (Energy is neither created or destroyed.) It would definitely be a bummer if there wasn't!

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  3. hmm..interesting thoughts here of course. We all have needs? Yes? No? of course we all wish for things, but one should be careful for what and how they wish for things as you just might get what you asked for in a round about way. We need a heaven a place of refuge from all the earthly stuff that humans have created. What will heaven be like?..hmm..I guess we find out when we cross the other side, but I think we might be surprised who resides behind the gate. Heaven is about hope and love.

    Oh and Bryan makes a great caveman..haha..and those hills are alive with smoke signals..lol..now let me ponder on the message..

    How was your Christmas Blue? Did you enjoy it by your own Christmas Tree?

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    1. PS - I have no doubts there is something on the flip side..just sayin''

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    2. Those hills are very much alive. It's where you'd find my secret hideout spot... my blue cave. It's where I do most of my thinking. Not always a good thing, really. The message? Well, it's right there in today's collection of happy thoughts.

      Christmas was better than expected. Yes, I had dinner in the vicinity of my own little Christmas tree. This may have been the most relaxed Christmas yet. How about yourself?

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    3. P.S. I figured you had no doubts. So how come I'm the only one in my frigging family who does? Just asking.

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    4. Well, Blue nothing wrong with having doubts. It is better to question thing than just follow like a blinded sheep. You need to continue on with your thoughts as I always find them so intriguing and I do enjoy some great conversation pondering earth, heaven and yes even the hell.

      ps I am going to say it as the cat is not here but, it looks like an arse passing gas..lmao..ok..done with my blabber.

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    5. lol..even the hell place..which would most likely be earth in many ways.

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    6. I just told my cousin Azra that her best bleat wouldnt convince me that she's the real thing. I suppose the same goes for me. It's the story of my life, really, and I'm almost fine with it.

      There's something worse than hell in my book: unimaginable nothingness.
      It looks like a what passing what? Something tells me that's exactly what it is. It's me flaunting my elaborate smoke signals.

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    7. lol - Blue let's have a talk what is the story of your life? Well, rest your voluptuous rear you have nothing to fear there is more than meets the eye would I lie to you about that? You know I wouldn't dear..

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    8. ok, I wasn't done blabbering..so what? I have something to say and haven't slept in two days..

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    9. I love it when you're not done blabbering.

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    10. Lol - I do love to blabber always a thought roaming around my head. I guess this all goes back to what I said on another post. Enjoy the moments of life and there are some beautiful moments. I could sit outside and take in nature and feel so alive watching birds or squirrels. Enjoy the journey bask in the special moments and even the not so special. Walk to the beat of your drum as you hum a new song in a new day.

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  4. I don't need more, but I know I'm going to Heaven when I die. That doesn't make me better than other people. You will be there, too.

    Love,
    Janie

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  5. The two of us shall most definitely go to heaven, because we've already seen and lived through hell here :))

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    1. amen Dez..I have been to hell and back..

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    2. Ah... the rationalist approach. It's the human thing to do, of course. That doesn't mean I haven't been to hell and back, though. Then again, it may have been a preview. I know, the cup's half empty again.

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    3. perhaps, you need to look again the cup could be half full..just sayin'

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    4. It might be my blurred and shaky vision...

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    5. but then again, with our luck, we might get into an even bigger hell over at the other side... it wouldn't surprise me at all... not that I'm a pessimist...

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    6. Good point. Very good point. The joke would be on us. I'm known to be a pessimist on most days though I vehemently oppose such an unfounded allegation. Of course.

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    7. on the bright side, maybe we're experiencing such hell here because they're preparing us to rule Hades one day :)))

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    8. shhhsshh.... we must not talk about 'them'..... 'they're' watching us.....

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  6. Well, I guess I should just come out and say it since the picture confirmed it. I AM Brandon. In a twist that Fight Club called 15 years ago, Brandon is merely my dangerous subconscious that I manifest when I'm angry (which is often). Cavebook really set me off. Also, I'm Keyser Soze.

    I'm with the others here. Now, I don't need religion to justify being a good person. I try to be a good person because I want to be a good person. I want to live in a world of good, and I try to lead by example as much as I can. I'm not good because of some promise of eternal paradise. However, I do believe that there's something after we die, and I've seen plenty of evidence from loved ones that passed on to support that, evidence that goes far beyond the coincidental 'oh my grandpa liked feeding pigeons and a day after he died I saw a pigeon in my yard.' Things that are no tiny coincidence. Things that even include my childhood cat, meaning Pope Francis seems to be right - animals go with us.

    I get that there's a lot of ridiculous aspects in religion, but to me, the most ridiculous thing is hearing people say that the universe exploded for no reason, we mutated into what we are as humans just because, and now we're all stuck here because f*** it, whatever. There's no point to life because there's nothing after you die, and souls are just made up, and we're nothing more than a bunch of meat robots carrying out animal desires because the chemicals in our brains command us to do so. That, to me, is the most ridiculous "why we're here and where we go" explanation of them all.

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    1. Not.. Keyser SOZE!!!!! KEYSER SOZE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      The most ridiculous thing I find is that we need to explain everything while, clearly, our minds are unimpressive. Well, you know me...

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  7. Why do we crave for more
    Why is there a need to
    Why should hunger
    Make us blue

    No reason
    Just
    Often

    Nature’s way
    For might is right
    to survive with dismay
    leading to conflicts and fights

    but goading healthy competition
    and with positive elements
    even some connivance
    benefits mankind
    Amen!

    Hank

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  8. Oh yeah there are many blind sheep that buy into the whole bs religion spouts out. Religion and greed have caused more death that any plague or any disease or any other thing on the planet. Religion was born through a believe or die mentality. The only difference between the popular religions of today and say greek mythology. The greeks never killed you if you didn't believe their stories. The others did. And everyone prays to god before they do something as every side thinks they are in the right. Pffft a human concept to try and blind the masses. Do I think there is something after death? Yep. Do I believe in the concept of heaven or hell? Not likely, possible, but not likely. Energy has to go somewhere and besides I've been to hell, so if it exists and if I go, no biggie, at least I'll be warm. lol

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    1. What if hell turns out to be cold or a sea of gluten? Thanks for sharing that, Pat. People have always been and will always be intolerant in the name of their religion or a lack thereof. (Hey, I sound like a lawyer... katsching!!!) Everyone wants to be right without even considering other points of view. In the end, no one really knows so let's just lead peaceful lives. Anyway, that's how I see it. Sure, there may be life after death or at least something, but the idea of heaven, a beautiful place that is our ultimate reward... that's so in line with our way of thinking: good-bad, dark-light, warm-cold... We're so limited that way.

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    2. Yeah everyone just needs to remember they may be wrong. Not be blinded by religious nut balls who spout out how everything is a sin every ten seconds. Great to have belief but belief and religion are two separate things. And if that heaven exists and is oh so great, why isn't everyone just offing themselves to get there faster? lol oh wait, that's a sin, whoops. Limited we are. If hell is cold or a sea of gluten I'll be damn sure to find the door out.

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    3. That's some reminder, Pat. Hell may be another word for bill.

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    4. Hell and bill
      Both make on ill
      Drive one to pop a pill
      And roll down a hill

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    5. Or write your own will
      When there's nothing to give
      So you might as well live.

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    6. Then you'll get a lawyer bill
      For the will

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    7. Shit you're right!
      Don't need no lawyer bill tonight!

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  9. I am greedy, though I threw religion out the window years ago. "What guides your moral compass if you have no God to believe in?" I am asked by my bible thumping friends and family. Well, I don't need to believe in an ultimate creator to do what is good and right. My moral compass is just fine, thank you very much. Some of the meanest, most hypocritical people I know have their butts parked in the front pew at church every Sunday, and some of the nicest and giving people I know follow no God or religion. I figure that if murderers and child molesters can be forgiven and accepted into the Kingdom of Heaven just for asking for forgiveness, then if my only offense is not believing in a God doesn't get those gates open for me too, then it's probably not a place I want to be anyway.

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    1. Thank you for sharing that with us, Theresa. You never cease to amaze me, really. All I can say is I agree 100%.

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  10. You know this is a dangerous theme but well...is not the heaven Grumpy.
    When you believe you only hope to know This person you loved all your life really!
    And I can say many thi gs but this is the most important.

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    1. It isn't dangerous. We have brains to think about all the possibilities that spring to mind. It's what makes us human. All I can say is I hope you are right, Gloria Dear. :)

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    2. Yes I know I love Jesus/God and I can't believe without him:)
      Is simple!
      And is not for heaven, :)

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    3. I know, Gloria :)) And I love the way you are.

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    4. Danger? Pffft no danger, throw in some zombie feet and then you might have danger lol

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    5. I'm not a fan... of zombie feet but maybe Gloria is.

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  11. The need for heaven reflects the need for humans to have a point to their existence and to keep people in line with society. It's the biggest, "Wait until your father gets home" in history. Fear = Obedience. As others have mentioned here, I do not need religion to make me a better person.

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    1. I love that first sentence. All I can do is nod. My moral compass has nothing to do with religion.

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  12. Hey blueman
    I see your point but there are other sides to my many sided coins. Ha.....barely enough for pocket jingling. Since my late teens I've followed western astrology which is so-so but can often hit the nail square on, too. Then when living in Florida, I fell in with a group of Vedic astrologers and walla.... there-in lies the truth, well, for me, at least. But it's a life-time study and at the time I was already past 50. So I studied it for 3 years but I felt I never even cracked the surface so I now take advice from my Sanskrit teacher. (Sorry to bore you with this long intro). I am just recovering and moving on from a 17 year passage of my afflicted Mercury. That could have been a beautiful experience but it turned out to be just another hard learning program. Now I am moving into 7 years of Ketu and I think it's an appropriate path on which to say "adios." It's a letting go and entering my own personal divinity. I did start weeding out and letting go when I sold 2 properties (the best) and moved into the worst house (actually, I'd call it a dump) but I love the yard and the neighbors and it gives me peace. This feeling is such a "wonder." There were times in my youth I could have been called, "a little money-grabbing bitch," but that brought no lasting peace. I now understand how simplicity is bringing me into a vista I've never experienced before. Now I truly understand how our wants and selfishness correspond to the dasa we are experiencing. It's an interesting ride, kiddo. Love it.

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    1. If I were to tell you how much I love your comment, I would run the risk of being called not a bluenose but a brownnose. But since I don't give a rat's ass and this is my home, let me just say that you're in my top 2. There, I said it. So what? Anyhohoho, it sounds like more than just an interesting ride. I'm always surprised that people don't even want to consider what I'm asking them to consider simply because that's a no-go area. I don't get that, really. I'm not saying there's no life after death - how would I know or anyone else for that matter? I'm just saying it makes perfect sense to me why people would want there to be a heaven, the ultimate reward, say.I think we're the victim of our own awareness, is all. A money-grabbing bitch... you?

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  13. We are all greedy, to some degree or other. And greed is ruling the world at large. And like you said, the big guys certainly are not ready to give it up at their expense... Just as much as we are...

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  14. And here I was hoping that, in celebration of my newly christened blog, you would have forgone the loin cloth and had your little drawing lay bare to the world, truly, strangely naked (.com, people. It's fun, you'll like it.)
    It makes me sad to read things like this and people's comments who would be really sad if this life is all there is. This life is really beautiful. Go outside, people, it's amazing out there. There is truly a heaven all around, in the trees, in the shapes of a lonely cumulus cloud in an otherwise bare-blue sky, the babbling of a brook, the smile of a person you love who returns that love, connecting with the disparate ideas of others over the interweb, this world is magic. The majesty of the universe is awe-inspiring. From the microscopic to the macroscopic, there is heaven all around, and I wish people would see what heaven is at hand, appreciating it, treasuring it, before trying to jump to the next Act.

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    1. Exactly. Go outside and take a real good look. And I don't mean the mall. Thanks for your wonderful comment, Pickleope Von Pickleopeland.

      Yes, strangelynaked.com is fun. Did I mention it was strangelynaked.com and that it is FUN?

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  15. I hate to call it greed, but I understand completely what you are saying and unfortunately there's too much truth there. Some of it too, is a matter of self preservation. I believe in buying American made products whenever possible, but if there's a huge difference in price and the product is the same, I'll go where I can get the best deal. Sometimes we have the luxury of standing up for or values and sometimes we don't.
    When do you have to go back to work. I trust you are enjoying every minute at home.

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    1. Oops, pretend that or is an our, okay? grin.

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    2. Will do, Sandra. Thank you for stopping by. :)

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  16. Green cars are the result of our guilt.

    And I'd choose hell any day over this mess.

    Sorry to be blue, Blue.

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    1. What mess would that be, Wendy? Don't you know the planet we live on in one in a billion? :) Never say sorry to a guy who is blue.

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  17. I guess no-one wants it to be over.............everyone wants more...............a chance for life to be perfect???

    I'm hoping to be reincarnated into a cat myself.............9 more lives :-)

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  18. I think if we could get rid of greed we'd solve 99% of the world's problems.

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  19. As you have highlighted clearly here *more" is a double-edged concept. If not for wanting more, we'd still be living in caves. If not for wanting more, we'd be more generous with our neighbor. (Of course, there are some folks who manage both...)

    As for heaven... Bryan said it as well (or better) than I could have. I know there is something beyond this place, because I've had too many conversations with dead relatives to not know it. BUT, I think we have no real concept of what heaven is like. I don't think it's gold roads. I think it's probably more like full access to God. When we are "plugged" into God, we know and understand the things that were mysteries here. And that brings peace.

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    1. And if you turn out to be right, I'll buy you a beer. (No, not for the shower, Bryan). If you allow me and if I'm there, too.

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  20. I always thought the concept of Heaven came about because of our fear of immortality. Hadn't thought of it as greed, but I guess it's something to ponder.

    I can tell you that I felt the least greedy when I had the least and lived most simply. Back here in the United States, I have a house full of stuff and am always on the lookout for more stuff, even though I try not to want more stuff!

    I've been purging stuff lately, with the focus on doing my best to live more simply, right here in the United States. A challenge, for sure, but it's doable. I miss that kind of happy.

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    1. Hi Kianwi. You know as much as I do. All I know for a fact is people need a lot. They want a lot. I understand that. I'm not any different. Could it be that the concept of heaven is a human construct, our ultimate need?

      Thanks for stopping by. I want you to be happy - you know that.

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  21. BLUE! I'm back! And all because of YOU! Because YOU, make this world a better place. :)
    Anyway, let me tell you that I have a constant war with myself on this matter. Am I greedy? I like to think not but in reality I am. I sit here typing on my Macbook Pro that I simply HAD to have in order to write more freely...cos yeah...I've been doing a lot of that lately...and I just HAD to have that coat from Mango because it (doesn't keep me warm) makes me look like a vogue contender. We all covet, we all desire: it is both nature and to some extent ,nurture. "My Mummy said that lipstick and high heels make Princes come and fetch you on white horses."
    But take all that man owns and that gives him (a modern day sense of) power away and sit him butt naked in a sauna and lets see what he really has of any worth. That's all that really matters but we lose sight of it whilst keeping our ankles warm with our endless shopping bags as we dine al fresco on lobster claws whilst the other half of the world starves. But it's ok, we will all go to Heaven (man vain insect) because deep down we truly care.
    By the way, anyone who has any nounce, knows that Heaven is Bora Bora :)

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    1. THERE she is. Been that busy, have you? Tell me you've been enjoying the holidays. What I love about you, Jules, is you don't mind taking a good look in the mirror. My Momma said that lipstick and high heels are a trap, but what did she know, right?

      Bora... I rest my case.

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    2. There I am! Been on an emotional roller coaster. I didn't like it and I would certainly not recommend it in high heels. Nor lippy.

      Your Momma is wise :)

      Lets get to Bora before we all die....please?

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    3. Sounds like a plan to me. An emotional roller coaster... is that a fact? I'm sorry to hear that. Where you wearing special seatbelts?

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  22. I agree wholeheartedly with the notion that we all want a better world, but not at the cost of our own comforts... humans are naturally selfish like that...

    But I have to say Blue, you're still looking for the tangible. And Faith is the exact opposite of that - it's intangible. In most religions, Heaven exists as an incentive - basically, don't be an asshole and you'll be rewarded for it. I don't believe the Earth and Sun created themselves. And Whoever created these, is surely not incapable of creating a Heaven ;)

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    1. Tangible or intangible... we always want more. It's in our DNA. It's the way we think. We talk about the sun and the moon, dark and light and... good and bad. It's our tunnel vision, and that's fine. It's who we are. No use beating up a horse for hating it's got for legs. All I'm saying is maybe our need for a heaven is that we feel so special there must be something more for us people, who are always on the hunt for more. Sometimes we need to learn to accept that what we have is what we have, and what we have is the thing which we need to appreciate instead of telling ourselves there most be more. We, humans... always... want... more.

      But I love you cous for the way you think. Hell, I'm even jealous of you. See... there it is again: I'm jealous. I want what you've got in your brain. That's intangible, alright. ;)

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    2. Maybe you should redefine Heaven Blue... God spoke about Heaven in a way that appealed to a specific people in a specific time. I truely believe that if He spoke to us now, Heaven would be the elusive Bora Bora on a 7 star yacht ;)

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    3. Yes we're greedy bastards. All of us.

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    4. I'm not interested in what heaven's like to us or to the people who tried to imagine its beauty 2000 years ago. The fact that we want there to be a heaven or an afterlife tells me all I need to know, which is it's never enough.

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  23. I believe the need for heaven is made from fear. Personally, I am afraid to die and for my life to die with me. Heaven means that my body my die, but I will continue to live in a different form. I find this comforting, but I don't consider it as a need for more.

    Now, I am depressed. Haha

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    1. You don't want everything to end when you die, and you don't call that wanting more? Now I'm depressed too haha.

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    1. You see, Blue, she came to say Hi to you, and haven't visited lil' Dezzy in like days....

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    2. Ah... so basically what you're saying is... you miss me. Well, Lil' Dezzman is in for a surprise when I post this year's final message from my blue cave.

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    3. so very true, Linda, but Blue has always been a mastermind in spinning :PPP

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