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Old 02-15-2007, 07:26 AM   #1
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Greetings to all: I am an 87 year-old Canadian whose has long been interested in the purpose of life and human mind. I have never studied aikido but was fortunate to meet a philosopher 60 years ago who taught us what he had learned about the basic laws governing the creation of human mind and how it should be developed to fulfill life's purpose. My goal has been to contact anyone who wishes to discuss life and exchange thoughts.
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Old 02-15-2007, 07:47 AM   #2
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Re: Human mind and life's purpose

Greetings,
IMHO, the human mind is with us where ever we go and we can find life's purpose in what ever we do. We just need to be mindful and disciplined.

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Old 02-15-2007, 08:41 AM   #3
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Hi Croft,

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Old 02-15-2007, 11:56 AM   #4
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Welcome. I look forward to discussing such issues with you!

What are your thoughts?
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Old 02-16-2007, 01:36 AM   #5
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Re: Human mind and life's purpose

I too am very interested in the philosophy of the human mind. I am 18 years old, and have been studying aikido for roughly 9 months. I read alot of material about the mind, and it's power. In aikido we call it ki, but there are obviously many other names for the same thing. Croft, what are your thoughts on the purpose of human life? What basic laws that govern the human mind did this philosopher speak of?

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Old 02-16-2007, 11:23 AM   #6
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Hello Croft,

Yes, please enlighten us with your summation of the subject. I have found out as one gets older, the mind grows stronger and things become clearer; at your age with an interest in Mind, you must have formulated some very good conclusions - please share them with us.

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Old 02-17-2007, 06:33 PM   #7
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Dear Greg: Every aspect of life has a purpose that the lower forms of life fulfill through the natural, instinctive laws governing each species. Humans, with conscious minds and free wills, must seek for their purpose for living. The Supreme Power (God, Universal Intelligence or other references to the same power) "speaks" through all the laws of being which humanity must understand and obey to progress or disobey and suffer. Human mind is the creative power here in life and "God" cannot interefere. It is humanity's duty to refine human minds to give expression to the wisdom of "Universal Consciousness" (or God, etc) through thought and deed. It awaits human understanding, development and expression. That is not an option, humans must fulfill their purpose and thereby enjoy a happy, healthy, successful and useful life leading eventually to universal love and understanding towards all people, a virtual "Heaven" here on earth or ignore it and suffer. We create our own problems regardless of what they may be.
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Old 02-18-2007, 11:59 AM   #8
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Dear Greg: Every aspect of life has a purpose that the lower forms of life fulfill through the natural, instinctive laws governing each species. Humans, with conscious minds and free wills, must seek for their purpose for living............. We create our own problems regardless of what they may be.
Thank you for your response -- your statements ring true with the clarity of your insight. Perhaps if humans did less ‘seeking' and more ‘natural living' like the lower species, there would be less ‘created' problems….

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Old 02-19-2007, 04:05 AM   #9
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Perhaps if humans did less ‘seeking' and more ‘natural living' like the lower species, there would be less ‘created' problems….
there's a famous quote by Blaise Pascal: "All men's miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone". Does that mean we should sit in a quiet room, alone?
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Old 02-19-2007, 06:42 AM   #10
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Croft Stanfield wrote:
Greetings to all: I am an 87 year-old Canadian whose has long been interested in the purpose of life and human mind. I have never studied aikido but was fortunate to meet a philosopher 60 years ago who taught us what he had learned about the basic laws governing the creation of human mind and how it should be developed to fulfill life's purpose. My goal has been to contact anyone who wishes to discuss life and exchange thoughts.
Hello Mr Stanfield,

Welcome to Aikiweb.

I am your junior by about 25 years, but I have trained in aikido for nearly 40 and have learned much from this training. I have studied philosophy since I was 20 and so I suppose that I am a philosopher (though I am not really sure whether the two can really be equated). I would be interested to know who the philosopher was whom you met 60 years ago?

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Old 02-20-2007, 09:41 AM   #11
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there's a famous quote by Blaise Pascal: "All men's miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone". Does that mean we should sit in a quiet room, alone?
Short answer: Yes!

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