Kevin Solway wrote:Faust wrote:ok.. Then the universe is uncaused, and hence an exception to causality
No, for the reason that a "whole" is not an "exception" when compared to its parts.
what does that mean? How does it relate to what I said? I'm talking absolutely here, if the Totality exists, then it's an exception to causality.
A part of the whole, and the whole, are really different things, and have different properties.
they're not made of different things are they?
As I said earlier, I'm talking about the God that people commonly believe in, which is not the Totality.
many people believe in god as an infinite eternal being, I don't know where you got the idea that they believe God to be a finite being.
The ego is a deluded conception of the self which views the self as inherently existent.
and what is the benefit of knowing this? Nothing. Nothing happens after knowing this fact, nothing really changes in one's life in a significant way
You stop having deluded conceptions of self and all the nonesense that goes along with it. You might not think that is anything, but I think it is a lot.
well you have to provide reasonable explanations of why you think it's worth alot.
If I were forced to starve to death, I'd rather do it with a knowledge of truth rather than with a mind full of delusions. But when you have fewer delusions you behave more intelligently, and so there is less chance you will starve to death.
umm, I'm talking about the countless situations where you have no choice but to starve to death, or whatever squalor you're in
These emotions require a trigger for them to arise. In enlightened people the trigger does not exist, and so the emotions do not arise.
so that's why Dan still plays video games? And that's why you and David have emotional outburts at times on GF?