Thought - Ought - Naught

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This essay is from a collection of concepts put forward to prompt the reader to consider their perspective on a variety of subjects. There will be no quiz. There will be no report card. And no one can possibly be wrong in thier reaction to the material. It might be weighty subject matter but expanding one's self beyond where we are is a task, considered by many, worth engaging. In the essays to follow we will explore how many perceive, and our choices of response to, the concepts of; Life, God, Divine Judgment, Fate, our personal limited state, what we are told by the, "experts," and what we need to say in response. First some thoughts on the process.

The greatest personal endowment humanity has ever recognized is that of self-awareness. From where this gift came and to what advantages it leads is only fully discoverable through the engagement of this attribute. A curiosity without purpose is illogical. Self-doubt, so prevalent among humans, shows the roots of our perceived inherent flaws. Yet between our intellect and emotional states we evolve within our self-awareness.

How we respond to the "Questions of the Ages" is endlessly fascinating. One of these questions goes like this, "Why am I here?" This is the quest for the meaning of Life. Such a quest does not usually extend beyond the individual asking the question. Humankind ask this question for their own personal understanding - for the selfish purpose of getting them through this experience. "Why?" is meant to soothe all curiosities and bring light to a role that many think is likely beyond our current capacity to comprehend. And from this starting point the companion questions quickly join. "How does this life work?" "What happens after death?" "What if there is no meaning to this experience?" And, "What if I make a mistake?" Asking these questions reveals the individual's connection to the Infinite.

Here to follow we will explore some possibilities. And in doing so lay out concepts that are designed to stir the inner connection that is believed we each have to an infinite nature. A connection that was first recognized thousands of years ago by curious, expanded, and self-aware individuals. A connection that is confirmed by an overwhelming body of memories, traditions, and collective experiences which runs through humanity.

First let's consider, "Thought."
What mindset chooses to not wonder, "what if," "why," and "how"? Is there purpose in our caring as to the consequences of this experience we call Life? Where are the indications of value in the effort put toward gaining self-awareness and some reasonable understanding of our state? Is all of creation to be consider equal, and the same? Or is there something that separates humankind from the plethora of life forms and inanimate objects that surround us? Is it possible there are among us individuals who do not ponder upon even the most simplest of these questions? What is the purpose of this life if there is no thought given to the events, actions, and results? Indeed our thought process is extremely important in the understanding and creating of our life experience.

Next comes the idea of, "Ought."
As we gain understanding of our self, most of us develop a strategy to deal with our existence. Growing into young adulthood, and beyond, we discover things that make sense to us. Often we are compelled to prescribe what others, "ought," to do in a situation or with their life at large. Some figure, "this works for me, it should work for everyone." Where discerning for our self what works for us is acceptable, stepping into someone else's life and determining dos and don'ts can create counter-productive friction. (This concept does not acceptably extend to a parent/child relationship.) The parent/child relationship has Divine purpose beyond the obvious. Most parents do their best to guide their child. A child is a direct extension of the parent. Often children will carry on the good works of their parents. For the child there will be the freedom to find their own way upon entering adulthood. If they are open to the possibilities and are sufficiently self-aware they will discover for themselves what they ought to do.

And then there is, "Naught."
A concern many have is to what end and result will come to their life. How one approaches their daily efforts, and by association their life's pursuit, will render unto them the fruit of such engagements. Any movement forward will produce some outcome, however measured. A life spent lacking endeavor will result with a commensurate affect. The abstract nature of zero only touches upon the concept held within that representation of nothing. A hole is not empty it is full of emptiness. How a self-aware individual chooses to separate themselves into an emptiness that does not even include signs of potential once found in their former self is a fuller definition of naught, a complete and total being without promise of result or fruition; a state of nonexistence, nothingness, and insignificance that returns the same to the individual that is held within the field of this reality; a state that bears no hope, clarity, or association; a station which persistently dwells upon the sliver of remaining consciousness of a previously boundless fountain of human possibilities; a place lacking all perceivable qualities of value, acceptance, and Love.

By not thinking and not acting, naught is a predicable outcome. How does one who possesses some semblance of self-awareness choose this for themselves?

The ease by which one could mislead themselves into thinking naught was something, does exist within the human mindset. Through deep and thorough reflection one comes to know themselves and by that effort their life. Without such reflection the result may lead them to a state of naught. A state that with great difficulties may be returned from yet it is unfathomable as to why one would knowingly expose themselves to the conditions that persist therein.

The possibilities of this life are limitless. Where these limits are discovered, and by surrendering themselves to that which is beyond them, the self-aware individual does what they can to ponder concepts of this life. This is done in an attempt to uplift themselves, others, and the world around them. This notion of Thought, Ought, Naught shows the sides of our experience. From our fertile mind blossoms understanding of all that enters our life. What we choose to do, or to not do, marks a destination as we make our way through this life.

Please entertain the following essays as a point of departure into greater meaning for your self as defined by you.

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