About…   Doubts and Decisions for Living

                Volume II: The Sanctity of Human Spirit

 

Introduction

Each volume of this trilogy is largely about one of the three main functions of humans, i.e., thinking, feeling, and doing. Our lifelong, excruciating doubts and decisions arise from our thoughts, feelings and actions too. Volume I focuses on the ‘thinking’ function mostly by studying humans’ philosophical dilemmas and our motives and means for building the foundation of our thoughts. Volume III delineates the ‘doing’ function, as we traverse hesitantly within a preordained structure of life. We try to cope with the peculiarities of socioeconomic environment by doing the right things and making the best decisions.

This book (Volume II) focuses on the ‘feeling’ function mostly by reviewing the role and vigour of our spirits for surging our authentic urges and attaining sacred feelings that make living worthwhile. We need our free, nurtured spirits to find peace and happiness. Our spirit also gives us the energy and insight to withstand our erratic thoughts and stressful encounters. We feel lonely and helpless when life’s setbacks overwhelm us and our spirit sinks. Building and maintaining our spirit is, however, quite onerous nowadays for many reasons discussed in this volume. It is becoming more difficult every day to stay positive and keep our hopes high when we are bound to live in such substandard societies and must deal regularly with corrupt and egocentric individuals.

Nevertheless, understanding the realm of our spirit and learning how to invigorate it through a personally defined spirituality appears to be the only way to survive life’s hardships and perhaps find a relatively peaceful life too. As another natural wonder, fortunately, our urge for spirituality is deep within us like a conduit for appeasing our spirits. Though attaining this private sense of divinity is a personal challenge, which neither religions nor anybody else can explain to us or help us with. We must set out to grasp it on our own in a hard way. Then, we can draw on this natural source of inner power and intuition to establish our personal beliefs, build our identity, and keep our spirit intact. Otherwise, we would just stagger along with the corny crowd without knowing who we are and what the purpose of our living is.

An inherent link exists between our spirit and psyche, which we can reinforce through self-awareness and our unique sense of spirituality. It begins with exploring our urges, psyche, and needs and tuning them collectively in order to revamp our antiquated mentality about life and living. Through a soul-searching process, we must somehow come to terms with our neglected and painful existence and feel our connection to the universe. This self-awareness satiates our curiosities and doubts about living and reinforces our convictions. We learn to build a rather positive attitude about life and people, despite all the injustice and cruelties out there, and we become better and humbler human beings. Accordingly, our notion of spirituality develops naturally and independently, which feels authentic and sensible. At the same time, our invigorated spirituality bolsters both our psyche and spirit to redefine our lives, as explained in the following chapters.

Part I explores the psychological and spirituality dimensions of humans and attempts to explain the link between them. Chapter One explains how satisfying our varied needs can empower our spirit and sense of spirituality, or conversely disrupt even our basic touch with our psyche and the self. Chapter Two describes the task of learning who we are by exploring the seven elements of ‘self.’

Part II delves into topics of science and divinity in hopes of finding a rationale for our spirituality choices and means of developing it. Chapter Three discusses various concepts of spirituality and delineates the need for discovering our own sense of divinity independently away from religions and social influences. Chapter Four presents spirituality as a main pillar of human identity and within the foundation of our thoughts. Our search for the truth, mainly for managing our lives, requires both a solid foundation of thoughts and a strong spirit to withstand the pressures of living.

Part III discusses human potentialities and limitations as a platform for building both our careers and spirits. We must use our divine potentialities to understand our personal and social limitations and expand our self-awareness. Chapter Five explores the nature and purpose of our potentialities. Chapter Six discusses our career related potentialities as a means of making a living, with the risk of dampening our divine urges in the process though. Chapter Seven discusses the role of our potentialities in pursuing our interests, building our confidence, and facing social unfairness. Chapter Eight discusses both self-imposed and social limitations as obstacles for using our potentialities and building our spirits.

Part IV explains humans’ main struggles and ultimate victories despite all the setbacks and disappointments in everybody’s life. Chapter Nine explores the nature of life struggles and our victories. It discusses our quest for the truth as part of our attempt to strengthen our spirit. Conversely, our spirit drives our quest for the truth. This natural drive in humans for finding the truth and the ‘self’ by itself proves the existence of our spirit. Chapter Ten explains how our beliefs and convictions evolve and empower our spirits, which in turn reinforce our willpower and beliefs.

Part V discusses life’s major decisions and doubts for building our outlook on life and finding happiness. Chapter Eleven explains the hurdles, including the low quality of information, for decision making. Chapter Twelve studies the conflicting role of our positive and negative doubts.

Part VI discusses common sense and self-awareness as the main tools for managing our doubts and decisions effectively, and for keeping our spirit intact. Chapter Thirteen discusses the nature and types of our doubts and decisions. Chapters Fourteen and Fifteen explain our positive and negative doubts in some length respectively.

The quotes from various experts used in this trilogy are merely for reflecting other viewpoints on related topics without prejudice. They are plausible opinions expressed liberally in public domains on such philosophical topics and have thus become relevant for general review purposes. Although the author does not agree or disagree with them, he believes they are interesting points that readers might be interested to check in those books for further detail and reflection.

The brief discussions of spirituality in this volume reflect its importance for building our beliefs and spirits, and for satiating our curiosity about existence. Spirituality is also an important subject for developing the foundation of our thoughts and gauging the validity of our lifestyles. Yet the present state of spirituality and the approach it has taken so far would not help the public as expected. This point is clarified in Chapter Three. Thus, if a reader is interested to know the author’s position about spirituality in advance, s/he may read Chapter Three first. Nevertheless, this book does not get into the depth of spirituality, which is an enigmatic and sensitive topic. The author’s interpretations, based on personal experiences and feelings (as presented in Chapter Ten), are included merely as references for building his foundation of thoughts. In a sense, the spirituality topics and quotes in this book are only philosophical conjectures and nothing more. Obviously, many of the quotes offered by some authors sound quite attractive and they may be even useful for curbing people’s need for feeling and expressing divinity. A proper mode of spirituality can help us understand ‘who we are,’ and reach a relative sense of peace and freedom within our chaotic socioeconomic environment. In fact, a progressive type of spirituality, based on intelligence and scepticism, would probably be the best way to defeat the global gullibility that religions and rulers of the world have injected in the public’s minds. It is merely some spiritualists’ certitude and persistence about the absolute truthfulness of their ideologies that ruin the effect of their words and efforts. We should be careful not to get carried away by some illogical claims and certitude about the existence of God or another life form for humans beyond their earthly being. Some shallow spirituality claims should not misguide us again now in a different manner as religions have done for centuries.