Spencer Ferri

Just a thinker, and a talker!

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Are we limited or limitless?

I've lived my life believing that we are all limitless. What do I mean by limitless? I mean that, with regards to what we can be and what we can accomplish, we are limitless.

My Bonma believes there are definitely limits to what we can know. Despite all our advancements, she believes that (as a species) will definitely one day hit a wall where we can't increase our knowledge. In her opinion, then, the scientific pursuit is only relevant to a point. We'll never fully understand the brain, nor the cosmos.

Some people I've met believe that by analyzing the worlds current power struggles, and by criticizing the actions of our elites, we are wasting time. There will -always- be an elite. There will always be conflict. Humans have natures which cannot be transcended, limitations which will always manifest as a dominating relationship between followers and leaders, and that the leaders will always take more than followers. Rich/poor is a constant human limitation.

Some apathetic people go so far as to believe we are so limited by our natures that most efforts to improve the world through enthusiastic communication and education are wasteful. Most people are so limited by what they are that they cannot change.

Some people I know believe we are limited by a moral/experiential relativity. While most of my friends who've believed this are just lazy and chose to believe this because it is easy and not because they've given it any thought, some have made good cases for this belief, that we are limited in discovering morality or establishing a 'better world' because 'good' is relative to an individual and we cannot transcend personal relativity.

Some people think we are limited by fate and/or divine authority.

Some think we're limited by clockwork genetics.

What's your opinion? Are we limited? Am I too optimistic? Are some too pessimistic? Why are we limited in any way (besides being limited by physical law)?

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    Mar 28 2012: Those that feel that they believe in limits are those who end up with limited perspective.

    Those that feel that they believe in the limitless end up with a limitless perspective.

    This may sound entirely elementary, but the question at the base level answers itself.
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    Mar 28 2012: I suspect if I were to posit a limit it would be disallowed by your caveat "besides being limited by physical law."
    But let's try one and see. I say man is unable to live a completely pure and altruistic life completely free of impure thoughts and deeds. Such a life is impossible because man is limited by his/her spiritual nature, not by genetics. If we were free of all limits we could spend our entire life without one, single impure (evil, mean,hurtful, harmful) thought or deed. But we cannot, so we must be limited. This premise would be falsified if one man/woman ever lived a perfect life.
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    Apr 1 2012: We will get limited the day we decode the very processor 'brain' in our heads and till then we are and will continue helping the theory of evolution. Till then, what Maryanne Williamson said is what I believe in.

    'Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.' Maryanne Williamson
  • Mar 31 2012: limitless
  • Mar 28 2012: I think we are limited in the sense that we don't allow ourselves to be limitless.
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    Mar 28 2012: whatever a person believes about his or herself is absolutely true for that person. You are a limitless person and your Bonma is limited.
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    Mar 28 2012: I personally wonder on the same thought many times, Do we have limits? When I see world around us, everybody is chasing something small, for their own gains, for the better life, for the monetary rewards, for better materialistic comforts and so on. When we chase small things,we automatically limit ourselves and feel bad at times, in case we fail to achieve them them.

    Answer to limits lies in only thing, "We are blessed with only ONE LIFE." If we have more options, We should go and chase small dreams, but unfortunately its one. And in case reincarnation exists, it also mean next time we again have to start from scratch.
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    Mar 27 2012: You can never be to optimistic. I believe that the only limits you have is the limits you make for yourself. There is always a way to advance in everything.