This isn’t a complaint post about stupid or rude people. And, I’m not asking if people think about jobs, daily chores, or to set their DVR.
I mean, does anyone ever think deeply and wonder about their place in the world? Didn’t philosophers once ponder the meaning of life? Does anyone ever do that these days?
So, this is going to be one of my deeper thought blog posts.
One of the words on my blog’s subtitle is “inquire.” The context in which I mean that word is to inquire inward, or to introspect.
When there is a relationship problem between two people, do they introspect, or do they look outward to the other person and judge?
Going even deeper … does anyone ever challenge their own thoughts? More specifically, do they challenge their beliefs?
In observing the world today and all its many social issues, I can’t help but notice the stubborn close-mindedness. I’ve heard it said that we live in a “me” society, and from what I can tell, it seems that is true.
Back around the age of thirty, some things were going on in my life that made me question who I was in the grand scheme of things. That’s when I did it … I went on an inner quest and challenged my own belief system. It was scary, but I came out better for it.
I allowed myself to consider radical ideas. Some of those ideas literally made me nauseous. What if there was no God? What if I was a prude? What if everything I believed about who I was, wasn’t true?
I not only analyzed myself and my faith, but I questioned everything I was ever taught in school in all class subjects and also by my family environment. Did I believe these teachings because I was told to believe them, and if so, were they the truth? When I wanted to find something out about a topic, I researched it and found sources both pro and con.
I could write a series of novels about everything I learned from that process, but my personal growth is not the point of this post. To sum up my quest, I found new ways of looking at myself and the world. I learned that even my new perspective wasn’t absolute, because it could continue to change and grow.
I dare our entire society to challenge their own ideas and think critically.
Is there someone with whom you vehemently disagree? Challenge yourself to consider that they might be right. Research it if necessary. Really ponder their perspective.
Is your favorite political candidate telling the truth? How can you find out? Research it as if you’re investigating a crime. Make an informed decision.
Why watch only CNN, or only FOXnews? Why not try opening up to both perspectives? Shunning one for the other doesn’t stretch the thinking process.
Is there a God, and if so, why do you believe in one? Is it because you were told to, or have you had a profound experience to spark your faith? What if you considered inquiring about other religions to see if they held some truth?
These rhetorical questions don’t even cover half of the inner seeking I did in my thirties.
Every morning we wake up inside ourselves, which means that ultimately, it’s ourselves we have to face. Perhaps, if people stopped looking out and started looking in, they may just dig deep enough to find their soul where there is peace and compassion.
It’s just a thought.
Question with boldness [even] the existence of God; because if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear. ~ Jefferson