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  I find that Perspective and Attitude have to do with, everything
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 "Truth is something so noble that if God could turn aside from it,  I could keep the truth and let  
  God go." Meister Eckhart (c. 12601328)  theologian of the Catholic Church, German philosopher and mystic.
 "My reverence is for and my complete trust is in The Truth.  Without reason or need to seek or create
                                           a religion from it. . or for it." (Joseph Holbrook)
        I wrote a short page ten years back called  Fun with the Afterlife.  It begins by stating: "During the entire life span of the planet earth, it’s estimated that about 110 billion human beings have had the opportunity to ponder the question of life after death."   I go on to have some fun with the proposition, not because I'm certain there isn't such a thing as an afterlife, only that after over two hundred millennia, there's no evidence at all one way or the other.  
	  People proclaim 'faith' in certain afterlife doctrines or interpretations from their religion of choice, but claiming complete 'Faith' in a 'Belief' has always struck me as one blind jump too many.  So many people believe in so many different beliefs that I've found the words rarely serve as effective introductions to any precepts.  So, starting about 7 years ago, when talking about such personal non-evidential conclusions, I eliminated the 'belief' and 'believe' words from my lexicon altogether.  
	 The word 'Faith' as well, means so many different things to so many, . .clinging to preconceptions and beliefs, among them.  In fact, the dictionary proclaims one of the definitions of Faith as: A system of religious belief.  Whereas the word should be represented as:  Being without preconceptions and Completely open to The Truth, whatever it is.  Because of it's many interpretations, I try my best to avoid that word in conversation as well.  I do, however, readily use the word, Trust.  
	 I should say here that I find many things within Religion to be beautiful and spiritually moving.  However, I'm not a dedicated member of any sort of 'Flock'. A term that has always sounded rather insubstantial to me as a description for serious religious followers or adherents.FUN%20WITH%20THE%20AFTERLIFE.htmlshapeimage_5_link_0
      I'll expound further on personal philosophy this year, but for now, with regard to Mortality:  I completely accept Death for what it appears to be and if it turns out to be different, I’ll accept that as well.  Simply speaking I TRUST that the entire Universe functions exactly as it's supposed to and I'm humbled to have the opportunity to be a conscious aspect of it.  No matter how long that might last.  
    Most people don't like to think they might loose their individuality, their ‘ME”.  It just wouldn't seem fair after the lifetime they've just spent trying to figure out who the hell they are. I’m comfortable with the unknown and unknowable, but I’ve never found ancient dogma to be a justification for ‘Belief Entitlements’, or a refuge from narcissistic fears. (JH)
"What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the will to find out, which is the exact opposite."
(Bertrand Russell)
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