How to explore?

24 Jan

explore – “travel in or through (an unfamiliar country or area) in order to learn about or familiarize oneself with it.” [1]

Exploring

  1. What different methods can we use to explore our lives?
  2. What different methods can we use to decide which different methods we can use to explore our lives?
  3. What different methods can we use to decide on which different methods we can use to decide which different methods we can use to explore our lives?

method – “a particular form of procedure for accomplishing or approaching something, esp. a systematic or established one” [1]

Descartes started his procedure with ‘I’ and ‘think’. This is human-centered and based on human-reason. Whereas for Lao Tzu, Confucius, or Buddha, it could be said that they would take exception to having any established method or even any goal to explore in the first place. This is non-centered and based on non-reason. Then there was Solomon who started with ‘fear’ and ‘LORD’. (Proverbs 1:7) This is God-centered and based on God-reason.

Now for question 2, how do we choose? But first, can we even choose at all? In these very questions aren’t I already starting first as a natural person using my human-reason? It seems already decided then. Isn’t my mind the only access point I have? What else is there? I don’t want to start with my mind which is tainted by sin (noetic effects), so could someone else come in and give me their mind instead?

The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one. “For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.
(1 Corinthians 2:14-16)

As a follower of Christ, I can use his mind to explore life. I can use his mind to decide that I can use his mind to explore life. And I can even use his mind to decide that I can use his mind to decide that I can use his mind to explore life. This would seem to expedite things bypassing a lot of philosophical epistemology.

How do I access this mind of Christ? I could talk directly to it. Also It is something ‘we’ have, so I could seek out others that share in this unity of mind. I could look at history to the human person of Christ. I could check what he said and look further into what he considered divine revelation (special and general). In other words, this gets to a life of prayer, church, Bible and science as the ultimate method of exploration (not to be compartmentalized as separate methods, but treated holistically).

This makes things a bit more complicated. Wouldn’t it be easier to just sit and either think (human-centered) or avoid thinking (non-centered)? But now we get to develop a personal relationship with a divine being, love other people, study Scripture, look back at history which has already past, look out at and deep into a vast nature. This forms a connection to other human experiences that we may have less authority and power over like love. This surely complicates our exploration, but at least we have access to the creator of this “unfamiliar country or area” as a guide.

Next to explore: What is divine revelation?

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[1] New Oxford American Dictionary

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