Saturday, September 13, 2014

No Brain, No Problem.... maybe


Something Ms. King said in class has stuck with me. She said that you are not thinking if you do not have a body. Literally having no body means that you do not have a brain, so not being able to think makes sense. But this brings up the question of what happens when we lose our bodies? When we ascend, and shed our corporal chrysalises to become spiritual butterflies, do we lose the ability to think? When we rise to heaven, to paradise, do we succumb to a certain way of thinking, which limits our thought? That sounded extremely sacrilegious and brings up another point, one that we have seen in One Hundred Years of Solitude. In the book, religion was, at first, disliked, because it seemed more controlling than necessary. I think that maybe this can be said about not just religion in general, but about the particular beliefs found in them. The main question I have about this topic is if there is a necessary trade off of free will for ascension and is it worth it? God did, after all, grant us free will on earth, the ability to make our own decisions and mistakes. This could mean that the “trade off” has already happened once, when we were put on earth, so maybe we trade back when we die.

This is just something that I found intriguing. It in no way reflects my beliefs; I am simply stating an idea that popped into my head at the time.

1 comment:

Tiffany Tavassoli said...

I think that Ross brings up a a really interesting point that was brought up in class about the mind be nothing without the body. What mostly stood out to me about Ross' post was the idea of what our mind becomes when we attain or reach something higher, whether it be "the Good" or heaven. I think that in regards to a person experiencing or having the capability to acknowledge The Good makes them lose a sense of their mind and thoughts to a certain extent. This kind of forms a contradiction though, for in order for a person to have an understanding got the Good, this understanding revolves around though and education to be able to even grasp a concept of what the Good really is and to recognize its power. I do believe that the absolute knowledge of the Good allows for a person to go beyond thought into an idea or concept that is unknown to humans. The Good, the force that holds together the universe, is only accessible to those who have ultimate enlightenment. I think it is difficult to say whether in a higher realm how one will think since it's beyond a person's capability to know. I think the same is true for Heaven; although, I think that are minds do, as Ross, mention succumb to some limitations in thought as we come to a high realm where thought becomes something potentially inferior to whatever it may be that exists in a higher realm.