This work is not intended to take the place usually reserved for theological beliefs, and no argument is made against them. No religious system is excluded. This has been written from the standpoint of philosophy, science, and mysticism, yet the Hindu or Buddhist should not find this inconsistent with their own beliefs. Mohammed speaks of the Allah of Islam and there is no contradiction. The “uncarved block” of the Chinese Tao remains as it has for generations without dispute. Christianity speaks of peace and brotherly love. If the Ten Commandments were heeded, the world would be a far better place. With only slight modification every culture and religion can adapt to the ideas stated here without losing anything. If nothing else, there is an ontological ground upon which all religious ideals can stand.

         As human beings we have an innate tendency to anthropomorphize everything, that is, to make things understandable on human terms. In the West, people like to think of God as the wise old bearded man in heaven as depicted in Michelangelo’s work in the Sistine Chapel. This image is easy to prey to, and probably much more effective than seeking consolation from a giant gas fireball in the sky. Yet logic insists that life and soul have a cause, and reason, and power that makes it all possible.

         Critics will likely say that we, as modern scientifically enlightened men and women, should not let ourselves be drawn back to the age of ignorance and superstition, an age that deified the forces of nature to explain our relationship to the world around us. In the view presented here, life, mind, soul, and spirit are terms that describe the human entity, and it is not likely that humanity will ever be content until knowledge of our ultimate source and meaning finally comes to rest.

         It is with an open mind that inquiry leads to discovery. The ideas presented herein are merely a framework, an outline, of what actually might be true. We all need to believe in something; whether these ideas work or not, until further consideration is left up to you, the reader.



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