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The Unbroken Thread

I believe in destiny of a sort. Not the destiny of the Calvinists where an omniscient God writes the script and pulls the strings. But the destiny of Einstein where each physical state of the universe, including the brain of each living organism, necessarily leads to the next state in a dynamic kaleidoscope of interactions. Yes there is beauty, yes there is wonder, yes there is color, music, excitement and despair. But each state of this wonderful world merges necessarily into the next, in an unbroken thread. We are observers of the life we act out. This is how I see it in my moments of quiet reflection. But when the moment comes when I need to make a decision and to act, I become an independent agent taking the reins of my own future. An unmoved mover, an existentialist. Until my next period of quiet reflection when I can once again feel life’s progressive unfolding.

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  1. There's a lot there in those moments of quiet reflection, isn't there? The awareness and belonging is uncanny, and there's nothing quite like it. I believe that it is those moments that we understand where we fit in, and become one with, the unfolding.

    Beautifully written.

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    1. Thanks Somerempress.

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  2. You have a philosophical and more scientific view of what you feel destiny is than I do, Jon, as I would expect you to have. I don't believe there is aN omniscient Being that pulls ALL the strings but I do believe we are put where we are to act out our destiny for reasons I can't explain, just feel when I reflect on where I've been and where I'm at.

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    1. It's interesting, Anna, how, over time, we come to anticipate each others' perspectives.

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  3. I believe convictions such as these come from the same well that faith does...that is why religion will never die...even if organized religion does. It's most likely inexorably intertwined with being human

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  4. Yes, I guess you're right that some of our ideas about destiny are tied in with being human and the way that human brains react to the human condition.

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  5. and this way is/was either advantageous to the individual or society...or tied to something that was; otherwise it wouldn't have been so preserved across cultures and throughout the course of human evolution.

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  6. Very nice, Jon.

    -Att

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