A Welcoming Engagement


If you are not aware of the BIG HISTORY PROJECT, please go to the following links to learn more about it.



New York Times article on project’s formulation


It is time for all beings to catch up with the levels of knowledge, alleged justified true belief, and the like, to know what really matters.  Perhaps Big History will help us get there, because, if we are to learn anything from history, we do not want to lapse into another Dark Age in our history.  

Big History is an emerging academic discipline which examines history from the Big Bang to the present. It examines long time frames using a multidisciplinary approach based on combining numerous disciplines from science and the humanities, and explores human existence in the context of this bigger picture. It integrates studies of the cosmos, Earth, life, and humanity using empirical evidence to explore cause-and-effect relations, and is taught at universities and secondary schools often using web-based interactive presentations. It is a movement co-founded by Bill Gates, former executive of Microsoft and David Christian, historian at of Australia’s Macquarie University.  An “unusual coalition of scholars have gathered to bring viability to this emerging discipline that is making its way into institutions of higher learning and other institutions of learning..  The distractors, even among some historians, have expressed skepticism towards “scientific history” and argue that the claims of Big History are unoriginal.  Nonetheless, critical thinking is a guide to understanding where we are with our knowledge and belief systems.  Question everything, please.


Examining One’s Light to See How Little a Shadow is Cast on Others


An introspective consideration of one’s own thoughts or emotions is hard work.  There is subterfuge in play when not recognizing that we have ingrained habits causing us dissatisfaction and frustration.  In response, we lash out–the nearest person is self.  Self-hate is often engendered.  With that attitude, it is not hard to realize how we lash out even further–to those who are near us, to our friends, to society, and even to a God.

Our basic fault is often grounded in loss of freedom and this loss gives rise to anger.  It is sometimes beset by pride, jealousy, and envy.  At their core is fear because we are not happy.  Yet, we are beings of the light or light beings, according to quantum physicists.

Can we recognize our “pathology” (very small “p”) in order to side step not just once but often so that a new groove can be wedged into our consciousness that we all suffer and that we can only survive in the light by recognizing that we have inner compassion to forgive and forget ourselves and others….to cast as little a shadow because our view has become light and because that view is based on creative choices that resonate with what is beneficial to us–as per our experiences by employing useful and skillful means.  Can we identify them?  At what point do we begin to identify and question our patterns of belief, cognition, affect, and activity that bring about grief to you and to others?  Below are some ideas to start employing skillful means.t point do we

The idea that Prince Siddhartha Gautama, founder of Buddhism, was a skeptic may surprise many.  To attest to this, after being addressed as the Awakened One, i.e., Buddha, he said the following:

Do not go upon what has been acquired by repeated hearing; nor upon tradition; nor upon rumor; nor upon what is in a scripture; nor upon an axiom; nor upon specious reasoning; nor upon a bias towards a notion that has been pondered over; nor upon another’s seeming ability; nor upon the consideration, “The monk is our teacher.”…When you yourselves know:  “These things are good; these things are not blameable; these things are praised by the wise; undertaken and observed, these things lead to benefit and happiness,” enter on and abide in them.

The  path of least resistance and least trouble is a mental rut already made. It requires troublesome work to undertake the alternation of old beliefs. Self-conceit often regards it as a sign of weakness to admit that a belief to which we have once committed ourselves is wrong. We get so identified with an idea that it is literally a “pet” notion and we rise to its defense and stop our eyes and ears to anything different. John Dewey

Apostle Paul’s advice to the Philippians:

Fill your minds with everything that is true, everything that is noble, everything that is good and pure, everything that we love and honour, and everything that can be thought virtuous or worthy of praise.  Keep doing all the things.  (The Jerusalem Bible)

Whatever things are true, whatever things are honest, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report; if there be any virtue and if there be any praise, think on these things. (New Scofield Bible)

In other words, examine all things.  If it is beneficial to self and others, keep.  If it is not beneficial to self and others, drop it.