95 – A second attempt …

On Post 78, dated May 1, 2013, I published, for the first time, my ongoing attempt to answer the haunting and profound questions Paul Gauguin posited as the title of one of his most beautiful paintings: Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going?

I have since continued to look at the answers, and now, nine months later, it is interesting to see how they have changed as I have learned not only to write better, but more importantly, to understand them better.

Although the questions are, to say the least, not easy to answer, the last one is the most difficult because it is so mired in Fear, Doubt, Fantasy, Belief, Speculation and Ignorance. And although my answer to that question may seem improbable, observable evidence demonstrates more and more how, throughout our evolutionary History, the significance of the life, the ideas, the creations of a single or a group of individuals can continue to be physically or spiritually present, not only affecting how we are and behave, but also how we think and understand ourselves and our world.

Where do we come from?  

We emerge into Life out of the primordial, creative and unfolding Process some of us call Evolution, but Evolution is just the relentless unfolding of this ancient Process; some of us call it God, but we tend to call God what we cannot understand; some of us call it Nature, but what we call Nature are the manifold manifestations of the Process; some of us call it the Big Bang, but the Big Bang is merely our conception of the source of our Universe.

And even if this ancient Process is unfolding within us and all around us and beyond the reach of our limited organic senses (in the flow of our blood, in the increasing complexity of our brains, in the creativity of Life, in the changing cycles of the earth, in the birth of stars, in the majestic splendor of galaxies), we are not yet developed enough to comprehend it.

What are we?

I do not know. But I do know that we are born with the purpose of regenerating and perpetuating the unfolding of the ancient Process; that we emerge out of this ancient Process endowed with a relative degree of freedom to transform ourselves and our world; that out of an organized congregation of myriad elements working in symbiosis with the environment we originate the mystery and the power of the self-reflecting Mind; that from the dimension of the stars we are infinitesimally small and from the dimension of the atoms we are immensely immense and yet, like the stars and the atoms, we are sources of Transformation.

Where are we going?

Driven mostly by primal instincts and restricted by the constraints of our internal and external environments, we forge ahead, inexorably, pregnant with possibilities, transforming ourselves and transforming our world until we no longer can and dissolve back into the ancient ground from which we emerged.

But the dissolution of our physical body is not an End but a door to further Transformation, and what we have done, what we have imagined, what we have created, what we have destroyed, how we have changed ourselves and our world  … our Legacy – as we call it … will be the measure of our Transformation into higher realms of the unfolding Process that creates Life in order to create itself.

Imagine then how different our world would be if, unlike most teaching done under our economic, religious and scientific paradigms which see Death as the end to further transformation, we instead teach children all over the earth that we come into existence endowed with the potential … upon the dissolution of our physical body … to re-emerge as a transforming presence into a higher realm of the unfolding Process from which we initially emerged, but in equal measure to the significance of our lives.

“… Immortality exists in the eternal consequences of our acts …” Robert Ingersoll

“… I am confident that there truly is such a thing as living again …” Socrates

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