What is the Mystery Experience? Embracing Paradox and Learning to Truly Enjoy Life.
We humans love our rational knowledge; painstakingly poking, prodding and measuring basically everything we can get our hands on for generations has brought us to some pretty concrete, indisputable truths about the way the world works. The rational human mind has cured diseases, coded the human genome and begun mapping the billions of neurons in our own brains. We have so much objective knowledge we forget that society is practically rotting under the weight of its own increasingly ill, obese, depressed mass.
Perhaps that’s because humanity’s quantifiable victories are rivaled only by the crushing defeat our subjective, inner-selves have suffered. We give little credence to our, unique experiences, yet it’s they that truly define and satisfy us. Indispensable, unquantifiable phenomena like our relationships with others, ourselves, and even the meaning we find in life itself are the things we will inevitably lay thinking about as we take our last breaths, still they take a backseat to mundane accomplishments we will one day find trivial.
If, however, we consider ourselves to be both objective and subjective beings, living in a world that is both objective and subjective, we encounter an interesting paradox. We find that each is necessary and useful for shaping a fully-realized life. Philosopher and author Tim Freke calls this “paralogical thinking.” If we embrace the paradoxes that surround us, he states, we’ll begin to find mystery, meaning, fulfillment and wonder.
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