The answers to life's deepest and most meaningful questions

Peter Baksa attempts to answer the question, "What Happens To Us After We Die?" It's a little bit crafty because what people really want to know is, "What happens to me/my thoughts/my very being after I die? Will I still be conscious? Will I be aware?" and his article is not an attempt to answer that question. Everybody knows the answer to what they really mean by the question, "What happens when I die?" is, "Nobody knows."

Nobody knows the answers to life's deepest and most meaningful question. There are thousands of books and articles written, but none of them can present a conclusive answer. They are full of "perhaps", "maybe", and "could be". Ultimately, most things remain a mystery.

In order to find the answers to life's deepest and most meaningful questions, we have to turn inward. Start with a question you want to know the answer to. Once you have the question, ask yourself why you want to know the answer. Ask yourself what you want the answer to be, and then ask why that answer is important to you. We keep going with this "laddering" until we hit upon the root cause of our inquiry.

We need to uncover the source of our beliefs and world-view. It is all constructed out of our life's experiences. We have to have the courage to undergo a "life review", and find out how we came to be who we are. It doesn't work as a gentle stroll down memory lane. We only begin to discover the truth about ourselves when we hit upon something uncomfortable. We will know we have done so when we experience emotions anywhere on the spectrum between, "Oh, bloody hell!" and sheer unadulterated horror. We need to feel the blood draining, or goose-pimples, or an icy chill. Probably we will not be able to stop the tears from flowing. This is all a breakthrough. It is a light shining in the dark corners of our heart. The first time might be the worst, but once we know we can fully experience these emotions and live to tell the tale, it can give us the confidence to keep going. We might yet have to dislodge the key-stone, but the initial success will charge us with the resources and strength to endure. If we have not caught even a glimpse of our own misery, we are in no position to understand life.

You might ask what all this has to do with life's deepest and most meaningful questions. It has this to do with it: Those deep and meaningful questions are asked by our inauthentic self. It is our inauthentic self who frets and worries about the finality of death, the fear of what lies beyond. It is our inauthentic self who concerns themselves with whether or not God exists, and if so what needs to be done to win his favour? It is our inauthentic self who agonises over the meaning of life. What am I doing here? What is it all about?

This is not to say that it works the other way round. If we don't believe in life after death, or we have no time for God, this position still comes from our inauthentic self. In another article, Peter Baksa discusses the question, "How Thoughts Become Matter," using the Zero Point Field theory. I'm quite sure I can't summarise what this theory entails, although it does sound intriguing. However, what is astonishing is to see the vitriol and passive aggression rise to the surface in people when others attempt to use their imagination to answer these questions. Some people can't stand it. They don't know why they can't stand it, they just act on their first impulse which seems to be sneering sarcasm. Such a person might benefit from asking themselves the question, "Why are you hot with anger, and why has your countenance fallen?"

The answer is not, "Because it is not right to present theories which have not been scientifically proven, etc etc."

Why is it important to you to only present theories which have been scientifically proven?

We keep digging down this way until we discover the truth about ourselves.

There is an apocryphal story - perhaps even a joke - that when Michelangelo was asked how he could manage to fashion a work of art like David out of a block of marble, he answered, "It is easy. You just chip away the stone that doesn't look like David." We are uniform, unexciting blocks of marble. Angular. There is the real you under there somewhere, but you have been forced into conformity by life's experiences, by other people and their world-view. Use the question, "Why?" as a hammer and chisel to knock off everything that looks like someone else. "Why do I believe this? Why is it important to me?" Keep chiselling until you reveal the real you, the authentic self, underneath all that hard stone.

Our authentic self is not anxious about life's deepest and most meaningful questions. Such questions might serve as an interesting topic for discussion, but no conclusive answer can be found. We need to be able to face the answer, "I don't know," without any stress or anxiety. It's alright not to know the answer. It is far more important to know who we are, and what makes us who we are. We are at ease with the future being unknown and being free to concentrate on the here and now.