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Ramiro Benavides

Teacher - AP Calculus, Universidad Central del Ecuador

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Do you think that there is a revelation for everyone, a sort of a guideline for (re)designing our lives?

Sometimes, individuals feel that they need some kind of guidelines for continuing with their lives. Several reasons establish an stagnation-like way of living. Maybe you and I were in this situation in any time. It were hard to find a person who really understands our feelings and thoughts about a certain matter. So, we were forced to take crucial decisions by ourselves. But, in some cases, we realized that decisions taken this way were not the ones we should take. Then, we ask to ourselves: "Could we get some kind of revelation in order to feel we are doing 'the right thing' from now on?" What is the nature of this source of revelation? Can we trust this source of revelation? How can we be sure of the value and scope of revelations given? Are revelations only possible inside a theological framework?


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      Aug 2 2012: Perfect! You are giving to all of us a true revelation, and I really thank you for that support. Here, the key is how to charge oneself with the vast amount of pain when one knows the decision around will be painful for me and others. Another question here is "reversibility" of actions. One can learn of mistakes as long as the effects provoked by my previous actions have not destroyed the environment which was the object of those mistakes. But if the environment was affected or even destroyed, it is not possible to come back again. Anyway, the virtue of living "in error" is rescued when you were trying to say that living in an "earthly form" is what we have to do. Again, this sounds to me like a real revelation. Thanks again.

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