In our relationships, we take it for granted that the people we are around know the difference between right and wrong. We understand that when our companions behave in ways that we do not understand or sometimes like, that they are acting according to an inner compass that we must respect. For us to begin condemning a person for behaving in a way that we do not understand although they offer no harm to our surroundings, we are infringing on their right to be.
Perhaps for all of us, the most intimate relationship we have is with God. Even if we do not realise it, the creator of the universe, consciousness and all energy is present and allowing the laws of the universe to remain in place. God is connected to every aspect of our lives and being. However, it is often the case that we are left confused, lonely and without a guide in this large ocean of life. It can feel that the wrongs of the world are so great, and the suffering is so profound that God doesn’t care. It can seem, from our individual perspectives, that God doesn’t know the difference between right and wrong. In this essay, I will discuss some of the underpinning principles that for me have shown me to remain faithful and humble in the understanding that the omniscient creative force of all things is working for a good cause.
When we consider what the conscience actually is, the question may seem quite complicated. However, the answer is fairly simple; it is an innate knowing within, according to what we have learned about life and how we feel about it and in perspective to ourselves that promotes through a sensation of gratifying inner completion the thoughts which will result in the most potential to thrive. To thrive, we must fulfil the criteria of being emotionally balanced, on the path to personal and social growth and continuing to learn how our actions and behaviour affects the world around us and take responsibility for this accordingly. The universe in its existence is a realm of experience, everything we do here is experienced somehow and so to thrive in this universe would be to have the most potential for experience over time..
As God is often referred to as a Father, in my many hours of musing this particular topic before writing I decided to take my own fatherhood, parenthood, as a muse and archetype for the building of inner wisdom concerning this subject. Although I cannot claim to know the mind of God, I do know the mind of a parent, a father and a loving person who wants my children to be their best possible selves. It is from this standpoint that I began the journey of thought that is described in the following words and pages.
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An essay of philosophy and theology by Rowan Blair Colver
by Jack Perkins (Author)
Ranging the world, Perkins explores nature not as a naturalist but as a seeker. Seeking understanding, seeking greater meaning . . . Ultimately, always, seeking God. Come with him to a small island to consider the value of living small lives. Or, partake in a modern day search for Moby Dick. Watch a brutal seal slaughter and force yourself to understand why it had to be. Pet a whale, coddle a trembling dolphin, bury your face in the only flowers that have a color named after them. Agree with or argue an impassioned rant against big cities. Debate Thoreau; realize that what he said was often not at all what he did. Perch atop a glacial erratic and confess that you too are one. Puzzle why a priest would be in the business of selling animal penis bones. Remember the man whose award-winning, audience-winning TV show was nothing but him before a blackboard talking God.