The well-known comedian Jim Carrey is out from the screens since about six years and there is a reason, besides healing his broken heart. He embarked on a process that we all should do…soul searching. Watch by yourself and… learn with him. “Your vocation chooses you”…
The book of the Dead (c. 4000-1500 B.C.) was in general use before the rule of the first pharaohs of the First Dynasty (c. 3200-300 B.C.) and it is probably older than the historical period of the Ancient Egypt. The Book of the Dead combines a diversified selection from a large assembly of religious texts, hymns, litanies, poems, and songs. This collection is a dedicated attempt from Egyptians to avoid oblivion, to them the worst of all fates. So, their religious doctrines were all centered in the resurrection of the physical bodies and the continuation of their old lives. Because for them, life is too short, and the real life is after death, and for that purpose, we all should be ready for the life beyond. The collection of prayers and incantations and magic spells, provide guidance for the deceased, when he finds himself in the other world, full of dangers, to find food and water until he finds himself in front of Osiris and the forty-two judges.
The most famous scene, the formal judgment, as described in Number 125 (see video below). Osiris, the king of the death, weigh the heart of the dead in a balance against an ostrich feather, the symbol of Maat, goddess of right and truth. After the judgment, the good one spends immortality in feasting, conversation, games, singing, while the bad one, the evildoer, is immediately devoured by a monster with the body of a hippopotamus and the head and jaws of a crocodile, opening its mouse incommensurably wide.
SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence), now a privately funded company, is pointing its antennas to the sky for half a century, but so far the only excited moment (on Aug. 15, 1977) Jerry Ehman, SETI scientist working with Ohio State University’s radio telescope, registered a signal 30 times as strong as the background noise of deep space during an interval of 72 seconds and with a frequency compatible with spectral line of hydrogen. And, then he wrote the word “Wow!” on the printout of the radio telescope signal… Never again a similar result was produced.
Frank Drake, astronomer and SETI founder wrote a mathematical equation giving the likelihood to find “intelligent life” in the universe. According to Drake, the number of civilizations in the Milky Way capable of producing detectable radio signals is given by the cold mathematical formula:
N = R* • fp • ne • fl • fi • fc • L
(see the meaning of factors in Ref.) Filling the equation with highly conjectured information, Drake obtained 10,000 and Carl Sagan, 1 million intelligent civilization, only in the Milky Way… The beauty of mathematics!…
Paul Davies, the author of the acclaimed book Eerie Silence, professor and cosmologist at Arizona State University, can’t find any rational on an intelligent-life argument. In particular, Paul Davies finds an exaggeration on the factor involving the subset of planets that could support life. There is only one planet, ours!, where we know life has existed; all the rest is guesswork. That’s enough to replace the factor with a zero, and the entire equation reduces to zero too as well… After all, we are sending radio and TV messages that straight 100 light-years in a sphere, while the universe spans along 13.8 billion light-years. We are a local broadcast civilization!… Besides all these mathematical considerations, what we got until now is an “eerie silence”…
Another source good for meditation is Hugh Ross, Christian astronomer. In his book Creator and the Cosmos , Ross makes a detailed study of the universe and 66 characteristics of our galaxy, solar system, and the planet that are finely-tuned for life to exist. Among factors that contribute to the existence of biological beings are the size, temperature, and brightness of our sun, the size, chemical composition, and stable orbit of Earth, the presence of one moon instead of two or three, the distance of the Earth from the sun, the tilt of the earth’s axis, the speed of the earth’s rotation, the time it takes Earth to orbit the sun. It would be enough that one of these referred factors diverge from the actual values by a few percent, and planet Earth would be unable to sustain life. Moreover, and interestingly, it was recently discovered that Jupiter and Saturn help to stabilize the orbit of Earth. Their absence at exactly their location, would impart to Earth a different orbital energy and, instead of its present near circular orbit, our planet would acquire an elliptical orbit that would heat the planet too much between seasons and augment the probability of meteoric bombardment. Considering all these decisive factors, Hugh Ross estimated the probabilities of life and he got the number 1 x 10-166 !
An estimation of 1022 (10 billion trillion) planets in the universe, which is one for every star, and combining the probabilities, the number obtained is 10-144 planets in the entire universe that could support life! By all the odds, we, humans, we shouldn’t even be here!… But unless the universe is different on the other corners of the universe, and the universe is not spherical as cosmologist used to assume, and there exist privileged points of observation (the Cosmological Principle), the Bible was right, we are alone, the Creator (God, Shiva, Allah, Kami, The Architect, Nature, Intelligent Design, if any…) created life only on this planet, and this frightening thought should be enough for our “scientists”, politicians and global leaders, to cherish, respect, and protect life on our gifted, magic, unique, planet.
 Paul Davies, Eerie Silence, link here: http://bookzz.org/book/1207242/4cc0e8
 Hugh Ross, The Creator and the Cosmos: How the Greatest Scientific Discoveries of the Century Reveal God, see also here: http://www.reasons.org/articles/strengthening-the-case-for-a-cosmic-creator-part-1-of-2
When you see the world around you falling apart, you may turn to God, you may start praying. I start praying a few days ago, with my own invented rite. Because the pain is so intense. When you reach a certain age, you are no more young as you used to be ten years ago, you see the silliness in society, in social conventions. The lack of purpose in everything you do, or are obliged to do (unless making a few richer). Your friends and relative are dying, one by one. The continuous wars everywhere… Then you turn to God and ask (in a blend of fear and rage): “God! Where are you?! Give me a sign, please! Everybody before me told you are powerful, but nevertheless, I am here, alone, with so much pain, watching sufferance everywhere and you do nothing”. Attentive to any sign, then I turn and see around me the sunshine, the flowers, the trees, the hummingbirds, it is beautiful, no doubt, but you want more, much more, and you ask: “Is that all?” Then I remember Prometheus, the Greek Titan, the one that according to the mythology taught us the art of civilization. But for nothing… Maybe he was a perverse god, after all, because to give fire to humankind is not a wise gift, because now what we witness is the world in flames… Maybe we should act as the “primitive” people and turn to pleasure, visiting whores, living among them, and drinking, and playing music, singing, and dancing. Carelessly. Then, to die young…Now I understand why Jesus was called “the friend of sinners”. And he died young. This world is full of nothing, apparently. But I suspect that there is much more. I still remember well that day when I had a strange feeling that an accident would happen the way I imagined a few seconds before. And it did happen! How was that possible?… Some claim that life without God is absurd, but the children in Syria killed by poisonous gases in vain waited for God, in all their innocence. What I see now reminds me Titanic, the movie. We are the poor guys in the lower compartments and running way to save their lives while the rich are still listening the violins, unaware of the incoming tragedy. “So, God! Where are you? What can reassure us, me, that You are not just an invention of ours?!…” Is it true? Is God just another invention of ours?!… Please, don’t make me die expecting to see Your face.
The darkest night is the night empty of love. The darkest moment happens when you die on the shore. The darkest revelation happens when you discover that there is no love inside the heart of those you love. But the darkest nights let you see the brightest stars.
Humans dream about to be civilized, pretending to build socio-political structures that potentiate their outstanding qualities, their propensity to create poetry, writing, machinery, their propensity to travel and feel fulfilled. After all, they call themselves Homo sapiens, Men the Wise… Instead, they have built a fake, heinous, despicable civilization, that is out there, based on enslaved populations obliged to do hard work to survive, with wages barely enough to pay their own food, and altogether persecuted by wars, terror, constant exploitation, fake religions, and with the illusion of “careers” in the job market where people are treated as merchandise, financing science and technology that aim to destruction and permanent state of war, forced by governments to work insanely until their very last days, treated as a surplus by cold blood Malthusianism. Frankly, I don’t understand why academicians and the public believe we live in a “civilization” if instead what we witness in our lives and in the world is unrestrained barbarism?
Now, a scientific study conducted by NASA shows the reasons why ancient advanced civilizations had collapsed: the insane rate of depletion of nature and resources not distributed equitably.
REF: Safa Motesharrei, Jorge Rivas, Eugenia Kalnay, “Human and nature dynamics (HANDY): Modeling inequality and use of resources in the collapse or sustainability of societies“, Ecological Economics 101 (2014) 90–102
It is clear that we all work too much, much more than necessary. For the wise Aristotle, happiness depended on leisure, i.e., the activity that was undertaken purely for its own sake rather than as a means to something else. This old question haunts us since the dawn of time… As we are confused about it, the “smart” guys and psychopaths take profit from all the others.
With the Industrial Revolution, “work” became the synonym of wage labor, i.e., time that we spend obeying somebody else’s orders in exchange for money. Across the history of capitalism, workers have fought in an attempt to reduce working hours to leave more time for leisure, while employers denied it. Since the late 19th and early 20th centuries, workers won the battle and got the 10-hour day, and after that, they had rights to the eight-hour day. But, unfortunately, progress has stalled, and now it is clear that only with strong political organizations worldwide and legislative reforms, humankind will get back their human rights.
John Maynard Keynes wrote an essay entitled “Economic Possibilities for Our Grandchildren”, contemplating the reduced number of daily working hours, and imagining what people would do with the leisure time. With the Great Depression, this healthy trend stopped. Since 1970 productivity improved, but wages remained stagnant… there is always the possibility to replace someone at work, the workaholics…
With higher minimum wages, people could work less… In France, some politicians ask for the “universal basic income”. Money should be a public asset, to serve people, and free as the air and water. But what we witness is money become a private asset, countries are suffocated by debt, there is no resolution on the horizon, and there is this pain, this over exaggeration of working hours, our kids working in school too much, in a way that at the end they don’t know how to repair a car, how to play music and develop other hidden talents that each one of us have their assets and life destiny. Will we die before retirement?…
If life has no meaning, he decided to give to life his own meaning.
Dancing, we may find God…
Turning, deviating, bypassing obstacles, that’s how nature find its way. The straight line is the way of the walking dead.
«Men at some time are masters of their fates:
The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,
But in ourselves, that we are underlings.» – (Julius Caesar, 1.2.146), Cassius to Brutus
When we look around us and meditate about ourselves we realize how much life can be deceptive. Our lives are played in a (God or virtual)-given background that seems like a blank page, a white sheet. But that possibly doesn’t matter…provide we savor the sweetness of the All. There are the minimum ornaments, the rest is upon us. That’s why literature is not about reality; it creates a new reality. A new reality where we can live in. After reading a poem, which is not about reality, at the end we have our lives and, in addition, a new poem.