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Raymond Blais

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Why are we not putting all of our efforts into discovering our universe and our place in it?

Most of us have what we need, so why are we so absorbed with things that lose value quickly and in our mortality which can best be understood with discoveries that have yet to be made.


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    Aug 11 2013: Too few people are aware what makes them happy and even fewer have the courage to take the necessary actions to walk that path.

    On a macro-level, our societal system (mainly financial) isn't geared towards maximizing knowledge: if you don't have research funds, you cannot proceed your research. Today funds for fundamental research are scarce as they do not offer the perspective of a short term monetary benefit.

    Finally, I have a different view on your statement that 'most of us have what we need'. From my perspective, many people still experience a lot of lack in their lives: whether it's money and 'stuff', time, friendship, love, security or self-acceptance.

    I believe that is exactly what stands in the way of discovering the universe and and who we are in that equation. So first we need to look to solve that experience of 'lack', before we can move forward.
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      Aug 11 2013: Bruno,
      I agree that it takes awareness and courage to walk a certain path in the life experience. I also agree that our societal systems are not geared toward maximizing knowledge, and I agree that many people lack basic needs, all of which stands in the way of discovering the universe and who we are in that equation.

      The cycle keeps humanity in a cycle of dependence on certain people and societal systems, which oppress and control, which causes people to be less aware and courageous with less knowledge, lacking basic needs, so they become more dependent on societal systems, which continue to oppress and control, causing lack of basic needs, awareness and courage, which could help move people out of the cycle.

      I believe awareness is the first step toward change, so it helps to be aware of the cycles, which may keep us from exploring our universe and our place in it. When we are told what our place is, those who are telling us believe they have the power to control. It is when we have the courage to step out of that control, that we can fully explore and discover.....in my humble perception and experience.
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        Aug 13 2013: isnt it funny how obtaining and passing on knowledge is one thing we do so much better than other animals, yet we could do better.

        i guess some scientific knowledge clashes with religious beliefs.

        also science doesnt seem to be a big voter issue unless it involves xonflict with religion or financial returns for business.
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          Aug 14 2013: We are very good at passing on information Obey. Perhaps now we need to learn how to apply all that information to life:>)
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      Aug 12 2013: Exploring the universe is not to make people happy but to make them aware. Each person would have to decide for themselves if this is the road to their happiness.

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