what is god for you?
mig. in the video you were asked what god is for you. is there something you wish to add?
eb. i would like to add that using god as a coping mechanism doesn't make it positive or negative. every coping mechanism serves as an important means of dealing with the hardships of life. that is until it loses its relevance and a new coping mechanism proves itself to be more useful. using god as a coping mechanism is still serving its purpose is debatable. but personally i sense something new and exciting on the horizon.
mig. is the word god controversial for you? if yes why?
eb. in judaism there are certain names of god that we can not even say as a human being. thus disenfranchising humans and their ego, but with the intent to create a sense of mortality and fallibility. the word god however, is only controversial when people place preconceived notions on what they want god be, and that other people should accept their view without question. in denying that god can be interpreted and manifested in various ways for different individuals as a coping mechanism. denying that interpreting god is a very personal experience is denying the reality, thus creating an internal conflict.
mig. do you think of religion when you hear the word god? if yes, why?
eb. no not necessarily, because i think god can be a very vague indiscreet term. it certainly has ties to religion, but it could just be an omnipresent being or the inner connectivity that connects us all. m-theory for example states that every organism and every piece of matter is united and interconnected like a blanket. is that blanket of matter god? which begs the question, has science taken over as the new god?
mig. do you believe everything happens for a reason, or are we the reason why things happen?
eb. free will, what an interesting concept. for me free choice is making the subconscious part of the mind become conscious. a lot of people just react, for example when you forget your keys. why have you forgotten your keys that day? maybe the reason why you forgot your keys is because you are anxious about returning to your home due to recent arguments with your spouse. is this really coincidence, or a subconscious act causing a lack of free will?
mig. define love. what does love mean for you?
eb. love for me is the ability to have no guards. no presumptions, no insecurities. it's the interaction between two individuals that has no judgement. the ability to be open and free.
mig. do you think love is something all life forms share?
eb. no absolutely not. i think certain species are able to show compassion, certain species are able to exhibit emotional ties to memory. for example elephants have funerals, which clearly shows grief and mourning the lost relationship. but i think people would be very naive to say how similar they are to chimpanzees. i'm sure they have very similar emotions, but i don't think it's universal. certain species are driven more by sense, or by instincts. i think it has to do with the environment that a species lives in. if a species finds time in between hunting for food or fighting, there comes a greater chance of them exhibiting these signs of emotion.
mig. what in your opinion can make a relationship last a whole lifetime?
eb. to me the truest thing that can make a relationship last is honesty and truth. but it's mostly about accepting the reality. to not due so would only be seeking conflict.
mig. what have you learned about life so far?
eb. the most important thing that i've learned so far is that every action has meaning, whether or not we are conscious of that. sometimes the most important actions seem to have the most vague meanings.
mig. how would you describe us/humanity today?
eb. well, this is a very good question. i would say conflicted. i think it's important to think of sustainability, and how can we create resources that are sustainable for our future. the heart of it is that people are sleepwalking, and pacified in life, whether it be through god, sporting events, or the internet. if we don't wake up soon, we won't be dreaming for much longer.
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