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The Most Important Question

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For me the most important question is probably "How can I make things better?" I mean with what I have right now or what I can reasonably easily obtain. It's keeping it realistic yet positive and moving forward. Asking myself that helps keeping me on track in life and to not be too held back by past mistakes and what gets me down.

And also: "What truly matters?" to focus on what's actually important. Especially for making decisions of any kind.

A contemplative meditational question akin to a Koan. "If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?"


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 8)  ;) And best way to do that? Candide would say by "tending to one’s own garden"!
--- Quote ---         The enlightened playwright and social critic Voltaire (1694-1778) concluded his satirical tale Candide (1759) with the observation that the violence and plunder of kings could not compare with the productive and peaceful life of those who minded their own business, "cultivated their own garden," and traded the surpluses with their neighbors
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          As far as the bigger "how" and "why" questions go science has proved to be just as limiting as "religious" explanations  . . . poised as we are directly in between the infinitely Large and infinitely small? Think Francis Bacon said it best almost 500 years before Einstein:

"It's all relative" to the observer's point of view. Our "human condition" renders us inadequate!

           For man's sense is falsely asserted" (by Progagoras' "Man is the measure of all things") "to be the standard of things: on the contrary, all the perceptions, both of the senses and the mind, bear reference to man and not to the universe; and the human mind resembles those uneven mirrors which impart their own properties to different objects . . . and distort and disfigure them" <sup>Novum Organum,i,41.</sup> . . . "the human understanding, from its peculiar nature, easily supposes a greater degree of order and regularity in things than it really finds . . . Hence the fiction" <sup>Ibid,i,45</sup>
        . . . the human understanding, when any proposition has been once laid down (either from general admission and belief, or from the pleasure it affords), forces everything else to add fresh support and confirmation: and although most congent and abundant instances may exist to the contrary, yet either does not observe, or despises them, or it gets rid of and rejects them by some distinction, with violent and injurious prejudice, rather than sacrifice the authority of its first conclusion.

"Having first determined the question according to his will, man then resorts to experience; and bending her into conformity with his placets, leads her about like a captive in a procession." <sup>Ibid,i.63</sup>

<sup>Valerius Terminus</sup>


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