Franciszek Bartnik

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Franciszek Bartnik
Posted 6 months ago
Why we do not accept our mistakes?
I must say Mary's has pretty much in a way answered your question already. that talk was great. But i still wanted to post something from myself, even if you might read it somewhere else. Mistakes are good for us in the long run. The reason is, because they are what connects us back to reality. We imagine things, have opinions etc. which might end up being wrong. At the beginning, noticing a mistake generally means life is going to be harder than we at first imagined(but not always:). We do accept our mistakes, but only in a certain time perspective. It is most important to remember than it is not that there is something wrong with us or our methods. There is no way avoiding mistakes. We need to try to stay humble and anticipate mistakes. Accept that there are things which are bigger than us, and that not WE decide what is right and wrong. Life is the search for truth. When we possess the truth, that's when we are wrong.
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Franciszek Bartnik
Posted 6 months ago
How is it possible that God is 'Love'?
You are very observant. There are two examples of love or something of that kind in the animal(actually insect) world which I can give you: 1. Spiders- after copulating, the female spider(which is bigger than the male) eats the male. Why? There multiple hypothesis, but it is mostly considered as a sort of self-sacrifice in order to ensure his offspring is born and can survive. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spider_cannibalism 2. Bees- to sting someone, a bee needs to sacrifice its own life. As a result, it dies for the sake of the beehive and bee-community. Both of these are clear signs, that the organism does not consider itself as an individual to be the most important, but exhibits a consciousness that it is a part of a bigger "organism"/community. In similar ways, humans by "sacrificing" their lives (loving others) become a part of something bigger than themselves.
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Franciszek Bartnik
Posted 6 months ago
How is it possible that God is 'Love'?
I must certainly say I agree with Mary M. Can you not enjoy life? Is your life a constant struggle for superiority? Each day there are thousands of things one can enjoy, just like Mary says. It can be the starry skies, but also the everyday activities. Do you not feel good after doing something? That's a mark that if someone/thing created this universe it must have had at least a bit of compassion for us. Let's just consider humans. If no one would love anyone else, we would have soon died out. Have you ever heard of the Maslow's hierarchy of needs? He recognized, that after fulfilling his own basic needs a human experiences a need for sharing with others to be happy. You may see a wolf that kills other animals to survive. You do not see that in today's human world, one can achieve far more by giving and being given, than on his own. One takes everything to survive alone, then one is left alone. If one collects a treasure for oneself, earlier or later one will lose it, and there will be nothing left. It is true we do not love everybody. Most often we prefer to love the people who can love us. But humanity achieves more together than individually.
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Franciszek Bartnik
Posted 6 months ago
To what extent do the ends justify the means?
One more possibility which has not been yet mentioned by anybody is to consider past examples. We often forget to investigate the past and try solving our problems using abstract ideas which are independent of time, such as giving examples of things that hypothetically could happen, but did not actually take place. However, when looking through history, we can see exactly what the consequences of such experiment where. In the case of the Milgram experiment I do not know how exactly did anyone profit from the information gained, or what exactly happened to the participants. Nevertheless, investigating this could lead to finding out whether it had really paid off. Armed with this knowledge one would have potential arguments on whether he/she can justify the means on an experiments he/she wants to conduct. I would also like to add, that whatever the ends are, the humans should be respected at most. After all, the purpose of the experiment is most probably to improve the human condition. So generally, I do not support experiments such as the Milgram experiment.