My belief system
The beliefs you have asserted in the beginning have actual evidence that shows you're wrong.
The belief in ghosts doesn't have evidence that they do not exist.
The absence of evidence, is not evidence.
It's not that there is no evidence to support your theory, it's that the evidence which is present demonstrates you are wrong in these beliefs. Facing such evidence, you are forced to either stand up and admit you were wrong...or you could continue living in the state of personal ego that wishes to be right just so you don't have to face you are wrong.
I've faced that many times with my beliefs. And I will continue to do so as I press forward despite the heart-wrenching truths I have to face. Will you be able to do the same- not publicly, but with yourself? With the Force? (that's meant for you to answer to yourself, I don't intend to see you post an answer publicly)
If you are uncomfortable with hearing or knowing that what you believe is nonsense, that is your struggle to face and deal with as you can. I am uncomfortable with that, too. And I notice it happens more often in areas I know less about than in those where I know more. Hence I endure that discomfort, hoping for an opportunity to learn more and to correct previously held false ideas.
"Who are you to tell someone they're wrong?"
Well, I'm just another human being wrong almost all of the time like the rest of us mortals are. We may be all sorts of special in all of our individual ways, but this is one thing we have all in common and I'd for one find it a greater injustice if we didn't treat all of each other in recognition of that. This means nothing should get a free pass, no matter how many things do or how many more things you think do.
So what tales have I told. Your saying magic is fiction, but as a member pointed out earlier on the ghost phenomenon, you can’t proof magic is fiction nor fact. many people believe in magic, I’m not making false stories. Talk about jump on the bandwagon. I did not write anything to do with the article on djedi. In fact I may check but I don’t claim the djedi article as fact ,i claim its the closest article to what I believe about the force.
Ok what I believe truth. When I was young I was all into magic. I got my first set of runes when I was 17. I became mentally unstable when I was 19 but then started to use rune magic and my belief in the force (starwars) As I progressed through the years doing magic ,I realised what I was doing wasn’t really magic at all , but a way of convincing my mind to believe in what Magic I was writing down. Up until recently, I had a revaluation So instead
of just believing in the force and using magic to turn myself into having medichlorians. I would use my magic to create my own personal force only I could use. After I did that I did some research and found articles on djedi which did similar things to me. Right Now after all I have done with magic, is
more rather a way of convincing myself, like the either real or fantasy djedi did. So that’s why I believe in djedi.
Interesting enough this Westcar papyrus seems to talk about a similar issue of true and false, beliefing or not.
Am quoting Wikipedia: "According to the Westcar Papyrus, prince Djedefhor brings up the story of Djedi. He stands before his father, king Khufu, and says: “There is only speaking of miracles which happened a long time ago, something known by past generations only. Truth and falsehood cannot be distinguished here. But there is someone under thy majesty´s own lifetime who is not known, someone who is able to make an ignoramus become wise." Khufu asks: “What's the meaning of this, Djedefhor, my son?” Djedefhor answers: “There's a commoner named Djedi, living in Djed-Sneferu. He's a simple citizen, but 110 years old, eats 500 loaves of bread, a shoulder of beef and drinks 100 jars of beer every day.” ... And Khufu orders: “You thyself, Djedefhor, my son, may bring him to me!” ...He finds Djedi and invites the old man to the king's palace with the words: "I have come to summon you in order of my father, justified, that you may eat from the delicacies my father gives, the food of his followers. And then he may guide you to the ancestors which are in the necropolis now." ... The Pharaoh receives Djedi with the words: “What is it, Djedi, this denying to have seen you ever before?” Djedi answers: “Oh sovereign, my lord! Only the one who is summoned is one who will come. I was summoned, and now see, oh sovereign, my lord, I have come.”.
So, what to do with that story, that seems so far fetched to our quick and shallow understanding? What is it's meaning? For whom? Whatever the meaning is, it is interesting enough to meditate, think, or pray, about this for a while.
This is one thought, one way of understanding this, as it came to my mind: So there is a person, who is not known to the pharao, out of the pharao's regular perception or focus that is said to be able to bring wisdom about the mircacles of the past. The pharao hears from someone else (his son) about it and asks to bring it closer to him, so he could get to know it and learn the truth of it. Once it's been summoned in his order, it may eat of his delicacies, the food of his followers - possibly meaning that the person, or learned truth, will take on the pharao's way of understanding, and fit in his belief system. Then it will die, and the pharao will naturally guide him to the ancestors, which are in the necropolis now.
So how could the pharao ever know this unknown person (or his insight), and become wise, if it takes on and shares in his favourite flavours through his summoning of them? Is this process we are looking at here a truth itself? One that we are unable to see, because it is hidden behind the tons of delicacies (beliefs) we have aquired according to our own taste, and of those we are lliaising with? As the papyrus implies, there is no way how what is unknown about the miracles of the past could be proven, or shared without a doubt - as it is naturally always summoned, and flavoured, by the one receiving knowledge of it.
Since today is Holy Saturday, similarities to the story of our beloved Jesus come to my mind, who eats and drinks with the followers of his Father, before he inevitably dies. Far from any possible proof, I can imagine that the Djedji story even inspired the later story of Jesus. But I am well aware that this similarity and imagination is my own, temporary understanding, influenced by the fact that I have eaten from his bread, the food of his followers, and have heard and seen his story celebrated so many times.
We might find this delusional or unscientific, or a lonely spark of insight in the face of an eternal universe - but how could we be truly human and alive, making sense of the world around us without the delicacies of our imaginations, dreams and aspirations? And without sharing them with our fellow contemporaries?
However you may celebrate it, may you have Happy Easter days and enjoy the blessed food and delicacies of being alive with your friends and family!
Lenny C wrote: You say my belief is wrong because of no factual evidence. That is your individual opinion and I take on board what you say. Would you say to a spiritual medium your belief in communication with dead is wrong because you can’t see the dead.
Would you say some African faiths with God’s that have no books or scrolls saying this is 100% fact because it’s taught generation to next generation and there is no evidence saying it is fact.
Would you say the bible is fact when it has been translated from Hebrew to Greek and then to other languages in which some key points of Christianity could have gotten lost in translation. With every bit of fiction there has to some sort of truth. If you look at most movies. Let’s say you watched lord of the rings, would come out of cinema and say that film was crap non of it was true, or would you come out of cinema saying Gandalf magic against that evil wizard was cool and enjoyed the film.
Yes I would say to a spiritual medium that her communication with the dead is either wrong and based in delusion or trickery, partially because I cant see the dead but particularly because they remain incapable of producing any actual evidence that are talking to the dead.
As for African oral traditions, they are myths and legends passed down through generations and have the potential for great wisdom woven within them, but to treat them as actual truthful beings and events takes it a step to far.
As for the bible it is rife with inconsistencies, unfounded claims and even outright lies, not to mention atrocious acts, beliefs, decrees and behaviours. There is little to no evidence that jesus was even real as depicted in its ancient tales. So no, I reject that as well as reasonable belief. It was just mentioned here that today is holy Saturday, the day before the claim of resurrection. But this is a claim of the highest arrogance for it is not a universal claim and to assume we all celebrate this day is just egotistical. I do not follow Christian teachings and so this day is just saturday for me. Others can have fun celebrating the rise of their zombie holy man, but for me I find the entire concept ridiculous.
The difference between these and lord of the rings is that lotr is actually presented as fantasy, not a belief system.
Adder wrote: There is a difference between having a belief and asserting it as a truth. It would be wrong IMO to conflate the two...
Some interesting PM conversations to come out of this thread but I think this statement here is the defining quality that defines the true Jedi from the role player. As a Ranger it seems obvious to me that having a belief is asserting it as a truth, but many here seem to be able to divorce these two concepts. This allows them to exist in a fantasy existence and ignore the reality of their situation. Its a dangerous place to dwell because it encourages delusion and abandons the paramount skill of critical thinking that I feel all true jedi should embrace as thee highest form of interaction with our reality in a never ending search for truth.