We Maintain Power by Finding the Answer to Existence

Existence © Erik Back 2012

We all seek the meaning of life and it is becoming more popular to find an answer or at least some kind of explanation to our existence.

Some people prefer the world to be a logical and rational place to be. They don’t like to question whether a certain tree exists or not. They can see the tree and that’s all they need to know.

But my experience is that most people today are curious to know why that tree exists and what makes us believe that it does.

For hundreds of years science has tried to explain every physical thing into details. Science has been zooming in on everything in such details that it sometimes looses the sense of perspective.

Laypersons are increasingly interested in the whole. Society has experienced a boom in literature and television programs about existence.

People are fascinated by the mysterious energies of the universe that we cannot explain. They seem to influence the whole existence of material things and we want to know why.

We seek knowledge in Buddhism, the law of attraction, synchronicity, television programs, spirituality, yoga, meditation, therapists, life coaches, self-development etc.

We want to know what we don’t know.

We hunger for knowledge about existence more than ever.

What consequences will that have to science?

We have advanced to a level of living standards where survival is not our primary concern. It is a natural instinct but we have time and energy to explore the unknown to advance even further in existence.

We know so much about the details that we realise that everything is interconnected and we want to know more about that interconnectedness.

Power is our motive for looking for answers

I think it is because we want control. We want power. We need physical and mental power to secure our own existence and the existence of the world around us that makes us happy i.e. family, friends, job, network etc.

We have advanced from a stage of life where we could maintain power by using our fists or a club. We can all maintain physical power today and it is not a major threat to us. We need something more advanced. We have all the physical power we can possible have and now we search for power in a metaphysical sense.

What do you think?

Do you seek answers to existence?

Do you think it all crap or are you open to the unexplainable?

My Worldview and Science

Metaphysics © Erik Back 2012

My worldview changes all the time. One of my passions is knowledge; consequently my worldview is bound to change.

I am fascinated by the thought that I can change the world by changing my attitude and perception of the world. I believe that it is necessary to acknowledge that reality and the existence of things depend on the person who sees, i.e. my worldview is subjective.

I am also fascinated by science, but I cannot ignore the fact that there are things that cannot be explained by science. Therefore, I believe that science represents a good guess on the truth, but it will almost always be estimation.

Hundreds of years ago science claimed that the earth was flat; that fact was based on experience and belief – not actual knowledge. Though, it remained the truth until science found it more reasonable to believe that the earth is round.

I don’t like to dismiss the fact that unexplainable things do happen. It is difficult for me to ignore that there are events that fall out of statistical probability e.g. Jung’s synchronicity concept.

We have to keep in mind that science does not represent the truth; science is the pursuit of knowledge. Science used to be the same as philosophy but today they are two different things; science has been divided into two branches:

Formal science is based on formal systems and rules like statistics, mathematics etc. Formal science is not based on observations i.e. there is only one perception of reality.

Empirical science is the pursuit of knowledge about how things work and how people think. Empirical science is based on observations and experience i.e. there are many perceptions of reality.

The interesting thing is that the only way that society will accept a field, as being scientific is if it can be explained by formal science. If you cannot account for an event by using formal science, then the event will be dismissed and categorised pseudo science or metaphysics.

My field of study or operation is not formal science; my field is philosophy and metaphysics. Does that make me a metaphysician? I guess it does.

What are you? Can your world be explained by formal science?