Sunday, August 7, 2016

the truth shall set you free

This slogan popped into Lohbado's mind. He sat down to contemplate  the statement. The first question: what does it mean? Lohbado thought of truth in the sense of absolute or ultimate truth, as opposed to relative truth of statements such as 2 + 2 = 4, or Lohbado is wearing a baseball cap. The truth that could set one free suggests an ultimate truth, that has power to affect one's sense of reality. At the Tabernacle, Lohbado learned ultimate truth is perfect, infinite, luminous and inexpressible. Whatever one might try to say or think about ultimate truth would fall short of stating what it is. Contemplating this question could open one's mind a little.

A negative statement is when one says what is not and in saying what is not, one points to what is, without exactly being able to point to it or say what it is. It's not possible to say as a matter of fact what happens after one dies. One forms an idea of death, of what might happen when one is a corpse. One can look at pictures of dead bodies, skulls, all sorts of grim images. Once you're dead, you're not likely to jump up and talk about the experience. If you could do so, you would not be dead. You would still be alive. One might imagine being alive in another form. Whatever the form, there's no such thing as a dead form, if death is defined as absence of life, or dissolving of a form. Do you think if you poked a needle into the arm of a corpse, it would feel pain? If it felt pain, it wouldn't be a corpse, it would be alive.

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