Introspective Thinking

Have you ever stopped to think about how you are thinking?  It is really quite unique.  Your senses detect everything going on outside you and bring it back inside you for evaluation.  For example your eyes view the world like you are watching a movie.  Your seat in the theatre is somewhere inside your body as you watch the events play out on the big screen.

Your thinking is also somewhere inside you.  It is not surprising that we are focused on ourselves.  Everybody else is outside our movie.  They are actors, and we are the primary customer.  The price of the movie ticket is our life, so we expect to receive the rewards and benefits from that payment.  Other people don’t view life from our perspective, so we are more important, of course, from our standpoint.

When we look in a mirror, we see ourselves more as an actor than as a paying customer, but our thinking is still generally focused on us as an individual, who is more important than the rest of the world.  But what is the reason behind this introspective thinking?  Some people may ask why do we even exist?  It seems that nobody has an answer, but logic tells us that free will is given to us as part of our internal perspective on life.

We make choices every day.  Many of our choices are made to improve our quality of life.  Some of our choices are very poor and lead to consequences during our lives.  Others are bad selections that will have to be dealt with after our lives are over.  Many hope that there will be no afterlife since they don’t want the consequences.

However, it is more likely than not, that there will be something waiting to judge us since otherwise, free will and introspective thinking are quite absurd.  There would be no reason for them.  Otherwise, we would simply react instinctively like others in the animal kingdom.  If our universe has design, free will has to have some reason in the grand design or it makes no sense.  Why are we the only animal with introspective thinking?  Why are we given the freedom to make decisions if there are no evaluations of those selections?  There is no logic for free will without consequences.

Even though quantum mechanics centers on chance activities, our visible world that tests our free will is based on measured decisions with consequences.  For every action or choice, there is an equal and opposite reaction or consequence.  This does not appear to be the case in the quantum world, which provides many opportunities in its game of chance.  But quantum mechanics does not negate God and consequences.  In fact, God could have created the quantum world to keep our universe recycling for eternity, which could be a punishment, in and of itself.

How do I know that afterlife exists at all?  In other words, how do I know what happens when the movie of our life is over?  Will I still be sitting in the seats in a darkened theatre?  Or will the projectionist start another movie?  Or will I walk outside into another world?

Quite frankly I don’t know, but I am reasonably certain that if our thoughts do not end with the movie of our life, then there will be consequences.  How will the consequences play out?  Again, I don’t know.  We may be thinking in a dark, empty theatre, punishing ourselves for all the bad choices we made in life.  Or we may be starring in a new movie, being punished through a process of reincarnation.  Or we may meet the Projectionist or the Creator, who has consequences awaiting us.  But as long as there is any chance at all for their being consequences, then we should work harder on making good decisions.

What Are the Odds There Isn’t a God?

Many people claim to be atheists or agnostics.  They either don’t believe in God or don’t know if there is a God.  Of the two, the agnostic has a more credible argument.  The ultimate creation is probably unknowable since more than likely the Creator is outside our universe.

The atheists go out on a limb when they claim that they know for certain that there is no God.  That seems rather unlikely since mankind knows very little about the universe.  Only about 3% of the universe is visible and our telescopes only pick up a small percentage of that amount.  In other words, we don’t have enough information to prove that there is a God or there is not a God.  Either statement is rather ambitious with the scintilla of evidence that we can view.

Assuming that there is or is not a God, what are the odds for either being the case?  You might argue that the odds are 50/50, but it really does not matter.  The most important thing is the consequence if you are wrong.

If you do not believe in God, you have to be right to avoid consequences.  If you believe in God, you do not have to be right in order to avoid consequences.  If you believe in God and there is a God, you can avoid serious consequences.  But also if you believe in God and there is no God, you still avoid serious consequences.  You simply die and there is nothing more.

So even if the odds are only 50% that there is a God, why in the universe would you choose to believe that God does not exist?  There certainly is no guarantee that there is no God any more than there is a guarantee that there is a God.  If you are not 100% certain that there is no God, then it would be foolish to invest your future as an atheist.

And even though it is logical that we will never know for certain about God’s existence until death, it makes sense to place your bet on God.  Even if you are an agnostic, your chances improve in any judgment day scenario if you recognize that there could be a God and prepare for this contingency.  Agnostics must ask themselves if they can say with certainty that there is no God.  Even though the same holds true for saying with certainty that there is a God, it does not matter because the consequences are dire if there is a God.

What are the odds there isn’t a God?  Perhaps the odds are 50%, but I would want the odds to be 100% before I bet my afterlife on there being no God.  If I went through life doing anything I wanted, satisfying my carnal needs, completely ignoring any moral code, it would be a sad day indeed if I faced a God on judgment day after my demise.  What would I say:  “Oops!” or “Omigod!” ?