Human cognition - the power of reason
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Many of us operate from day to day. We madly avoid a[Invalid video specified]ny sort of pain, and will go any length for one small, single morsel of gratification. Though that pleasure, that "richness" is what we feel is what qualifies our life as worth living, it is this very elusive pleasure that distracts us from the true riches of life. Some never experience what it is to be human, to be alive! Many are missing the joy of discovery, and the joy of living for principles they care about so much that they would die for them. We have the power to process a pile of information and translate it into the most logical action. To learn new concepts, then apply them to other situations. Humans can act upon the universe, rather than being a mere victim of their environment.
The next time you are at Starbucks, McDonalds or Walmart, perhaps you can take advantage of your power of reason and think about what the long term and long range effects of your actions are, on yourself and on the world. Supporting these globalist predators will lead to more (furhter?) injustice, as well as poorer products (products of inferior quality?) for yourself. Human cognition is in a class of its own when it comes to life on this planet; unfortunately most people seem to act more like apes than humans. Perhaps we've taken Darwin's theory of evolution too far. Immortality
You have the ability to develop ideas, and also to communicate them to others, who can in turn, improve them further. Some say that a part of you is immortalized through a contribution to the development of an idea. If you were searching for a magic potion of 'eternal life,' your efforts are misguided. Your only chance for an legacy is your everlasting contribution to the future, and it can either be a fading echo of wasted potential, or a permanent stamp of achievement. You have the power to choose which.
Have you ever seen 'The Matrix?' When Neo is standing in front of the architect, his advantage is that he has a choice. His will to save his people COULD override his love for Trinity, he is free to choose. The architect speaks of the problem of choice, which is that freedom of choice leaves the possibility that his system could be destroyed (quite easily too.) Today, we have the illusion of choice in government. Typically, you are only offered the two options of blue and red, but skin color aside (think Obama/Mccain) your choices are never black and white. Whichever side you choose, it is always a win for the plutocracy and a loss for you and I. Nevertheless, there is always the possibility that we as a society will take the third option and actually change the system to work FOR the people. You can overcome any circumstance without the use of drugs, gimmicks, god, or a 12-step program. The power is in you.
Your dream may be a vision of the future, an innovation that no one has yet thought of, or inspiring art that you may bring to life. Imagine having the power to create such a dream in your mind. Although it doesn't physically exist, you could bring it from your mind into reality, and thereby change the way the world, or even the universe works. I encourage everyone to dream up something beautiful, and do something to manifest it.
To see the future:
Not only can you have a future motivated action, but you can foresee the probable results of your actions. In star wars, the Jedi are known as 'the pre cogs', in the matrix, Neo could dodge bullets because of abilities he always had, but just discovered. In reality, it's a bit different, but not as much as you think. Our power of reason allows us to discover the principles that drive things, and predict the result of their workings, from there we can actually change how they work. Imagine how useful this skill could be after refinement and practice.
The power of good
Use the force! Every human being has the potential to recognize goodness, to become good, and to do good. Every human being has the potential to become make good choices and be a good person. Even once started down a bad path, anyone can excercize their human free will and go back up the path to find the right one. Good people who cooperate with other good people can become a very powerful force. The more you look at the 'Star Wars' analagy, the easier it is to see how a positive entity can utilize and collaborate with other good forces to achieve anything.
Beauty The power to intelligently create and appreciate beauty. Art is remarkable: you are translating something through your own eyes, and then transforming raw materials into something that is meant to make someone understand the beauty you saw. What you are actually doing, without even realizing it, is creating more beauty. Communication gives us the ability to appreciate, and learn. Communication is our innate connection to one another; we must keep our connection to each other and to the world as strong as possible. We need not live in such a bleak and emotionally vacant place.
To recognize that someone needs your help, and to give to them, knowing you won't get anything back except a good feeling is a great thing. Care and compassion are very underrated in our society. Instead replaced with ruthless greed and indifference. The world is a better place to live when you inject a bit of good will, and you will find that much more comes out of it than goes into it.
Possibly your most valuable attribute, creativity is what enables you to bring things into existence such as; life, beauty, ideas, goodness and other creative entities. Everything else is just recreating a slightly modified version of itself, or part thereof. This is your godly power to create something beautiful and good. Something that did not exist before, but which intelligently contributes to the increase of the living standard of humanity and all life. To utilize your own godly attributes, and relinquish the need to be overly dependant on any expert or deity.