Those little unkowns (a little long)

I generally consider myself a skeptic. I´m not religious, though I do have respect for religion(s). I recognize that religion can add many aspects to a culture and hence make it more interesting.

I don´t believe in ghosts, fate, destiny or karma, among other things.

However, I do have a spiritual side. It´s difficult to explain, but there are moments, like listening to a song I love or seeing a bright blue sky that spark an inner warmth that reinforces the statement (paraphrasing) “the more I know, the more I know nothing”.

I´ve also expirienced moments difficult to explain by logic, or science, or maybe even psychology.

There are times, for example, that I´ve felt that I´ve been there and done that, and yet at the same time knowing that this expirience is new. You can call it deja-vu if you´d like, but I wouldn´t be quick to dismiss it as a simialar situation in the past that my mind is confusing with the present, type of thing.

There are also times in which I´ve had friends remind me of goodm times we´ve had in the past, obviously being important to them, but things I´ve completly forgotten, that I shouldn´t have.

I also feel this spiritual side when I read about astronomy and how little we are compared to the size of the universe. I mean, DAMN, we are smaller than a grain of sand in 12 mile beach, to put it in such a way.

I suppose I really don´t have a direct theme here, but these spiritual or mystifying moments certainly “humble me” and make me look at day to day life as being anything but routine or normal.

It´s as if many of us forget the long way we´ve come to reach the point we are now. Roads, buildings, airconditioners, computers, televisions, cars have all evolved so recently, and we take them and use them as way of habit. It wasn´t too long ago that we used a hole in the ground as the bathroom, or relied the stars to guide our way.

I hope I havent lost any of you. :slight_smile:

Do any of you have any times or thoughts in which you´ve geniunly have felt “those little unkowns” that make you pause and think?

Sometimes I’ll experience moments of awe-stricken realization, completely out of the blue. I’ll walk by a park block downtown, eye a tree, and I’m suddenly fascinated by the mindboggling complexity of the organism - the millions of years to perfect just the right balance.

I have a dinky little telescope (although my apartment has so much light pollution that it’s often a moot point) that I use to stargaze. Carl Sagan’s “pale blue dot” speech frequently flicks through my mind and leaves me flabbergasted (in a manly way.) While some people may find it despairing that we’re such an insignificant blip of a spec of a grain of dust clinging to a grain of sand on a beach, I find it absolutely fascinating. Life, in a sea of entropic, featureless hydrogen - amazing.

The seemingly irreducible maze of our consciousness, the internal worlds it can create, the way it defines our existence, often has a similar effect.

So, do I find the natural world beautiful, perhaps even “spiritual” in a much-bigger-than-myself sort of way? Sure.

Ghosts, gods, and gremlins? Bunch of nonsense.

I’m pretty sure there’s an active thread on this subject already.

Nah, that´s super-natural stuff, this thread Isn´t aimed at discussing that.