We’re constantly barraged with rhetorical statements – concepts it seems, that we are supposed to just accept at face value, to believe, have faith – – and this is supposed to be good enough and therefore, required of us to accept without question? On the other hand, we are equally promoted with the notion that we ought to ask the right questions. So, should we question the most rhetorical and unchallenged statement of all time, the question being, “Is Life Really Worth Living”?
Okay, now it’s asked. Let’s explore it.
It may be a matter of pure philosophy, or a mere personal opinion, or a firm belief.
“Be curious”, “ask the right and unasked questions”, “be open-minded”, “You never know where the next big idea will come from”, “keep your eyes and ears alert”, etc. That’s what they say, “they” being the leaders, scholars and masters of the universe. But do they really live up to practicing what they preach? Do they keep the lines of communication open? Do they shut down when it comes down to exchanging conversations with the common folk of society? Why is twitter designed to be a one-sided conversation?
Scientists especially love to tell us to question everything – – does everything include life and death? It’s a delicate topic, but whatever topic we do decide to engage in, guess what? – we need our brains to do it ! ~ WHICH brings us to the true nature of THIS conversation. because as much as it seems controversial, i’ts nothing of the sort. The real sentimental debate here is that the topic of pure brain potential is nothing short of provocative, even more so than the topic of death itself.
Somewhere within the happily contagious plethora of J.K. Rowlings literature, there is the statement: “To the well-organized mind, death is but the next adventure” . Although these tales are fictional, this particular statement stands in truth, because death comes to us all, and a well organized logical intelligent mind ought to contemplate its arrival at some point in the timeline of life.
“Is life worth living” is as identically profound as asking the question “What is our PURPOSE in Life”? That consummate question, that at some point, most of us ask either in our moments of silent despair, or most adverse challenges, or even when the excitement of something grand has taken place. ‘Is life worth living’ & ‘what is the purpose of life’ go hand-in-hand – and its time we put our heads together to challenge its singular answer. The current narratives, trends and therapeutic philosophies of life are dominated by the headline of mindfulness — a quaint and comfortable approach to dealing with “life” and “consciousness”, “balance” and “harmony”, a combination of heart-mind-body-spirit, heart and emotions — all wrapped together in a tender and promising recipe. [At a most recent presentation that I attended, I asked where was the ‘brain’ in this scenario, to which I received the answer, ‘well, we have the mind listed here’ — to which I said, ‘please, allow me to ask my question a different way; Which of those traits, including the mind can be exercised and applied without the use of the brain’? For this I received a blank look and shrugged shoulders].
If ‘mindfulness’ and all the other pop-trends of life were so solidly substantial, fit and impervious, they would be capable of addressing and answering the dualistic questions of “how do we achieve full brain potential” and “what is the purpose of life” — Mindfulness will only last as long as, or until the next pop-trend comes along. the question of full brain potential and purpose of life can only be answered by each other.
The purpose of our lives, at least in the most essential, fundamental and primordial sense is to fulfill the full cognitive potential of our brains. It is within this context that we’ll discover any additional reason and purposes for living and the life giving element that authentically define “living life to the fullest”. We have yet to achieve tapping into the human brain’s fullest potential. We utilize only a mere 10-20% of our multi-sensory-intuitive-cognitive potential (give or take some numerical percentage, but still very far off from the 100% potential we ought to use in the same ways that we naturally expect to use 100% potential and purpose of all of our other bodily organs). [ And yes, although our brains ‘power system’ is 100% switched on, the switched on system includes the ability to perform wireless communication, the ability to access unlimited knowledge and information from all dimensions of the universe, behave 100% of the time in accordance with the human brain’s hard-wired predilection to operate all of our intelligence capabilities with the cerebral hardware values and algorithms of Compassion and Optimism, intuitively understanding and practicing reasoning and computational thinking skills and the most basics of common sense, judgment and critical thinking — all so we can put our heads together, be on the same page and do what humans really do best of all ~ Collaborate! ]
Altogether, these descriptions define the exact reason for describing the brain as the most complex entity in the universe, and more succinctly why the human brain is a microcosmic version of the universe, capable of understanding and deciphering the knowledge and information of the universe. Furthermore, it is a realization that the knowledge of the universe is a requisite set of ingredients for the full potential development of the human brain, and a set of configurations that begins with “Emotional Cognition” which has now also been fully and rigorously defined, even while experts in the field of Psychology and Neuroscience are still scratching their heads over it . . .
So to finalize and conclude the consummate question — Is Life Worth Living? That is to say, is life worth living without the access and ability to the unlimited usefulness of our full cognitive potential – so that we can surmise and reason all the other worthwhile, creative and unlimited purposes for living that we have yet to discover, because for those that feel that life is disdainfully unworthy of living, they may be feeling ahead of discoveries yet to come. And while we are at that juncture of thinking, there’s value in believing and living by the philosophy that the cup is half full, but our cups should be full so that we have plenty to share, give and collaborate with others.
Perhaps those that crave the end of life have the right idea, perhaps intuitively or deep down inside they are asking the right questions and the rest of us have it all wrong and are acting blissfully ignorant, either consciously or unconsciously. Without the full operational potential of our cognitive abilities, how can we honestly say that we are fulfilling the purpose of our lives, how can we genuinely propose to be “living life to the fullest”?
So, does this mean we ought to be a justification bulletin for those that want to get out of dodge, or say “goodbye cruel world”, when they may be the most qualified to understand how to make life, and the world, more manageable and worth living in? Is death meaningful if the life lived preceding it, was also meaningful? There are those who love life and fear death, and there are those that fear life and love death. Together and collaboratively, we are called to face the most provocative concept of fulfilling brain potential — a mental and emotional task that is even more frightening that death itself.
. . . Oh, and by the way, if you are actually curious enough to want to know the fundamentals of full human brain potential, or essentially what the undeniable definition of what EMOTIONAL COGNITION is, then YES, we CAN provide it for you. Be courageous and simply ask, we will reply!!!
Until next time… Cheers, Carla