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"I would rather have questions that can't be answered rather
than answers that can't be questioned."
~ Richard Feynman

Critical Issues
A structured outline of the ultimate issues
04/20/2021

There are categories of ultimate issues.  The first relates to personally external issues and is sometimes thought to be primary. But the second relates to personally internal issues and may be just as important if not more so.

Generally, issues always revolve around the five short "W" questions below

Who?  -  Why?  -  What?  -  When?  -  Where?

I  Who?

1.  Who should be in control?

  1. Of the universe?

  2. Of the galaxy?

  3. Of the world?

  4. Of you?

  5. Of the environment?

  6. Of your life?

  7. Of your future?

  8. Of your destiny?

2.   Who should benefit?

  1. Primarily the Creator?

  2. Primarily the human race?

  3. Every individual equally?

  4. The righteous?

3.  Who should be in charge of your belief system?

  1. God?

  2. The church?

  3. You?

Who is currently in charge of my belief system? Me or some other agency?

4.  Who should I listen to?

  1. Religious leaders? If so, which religion and which leaders? The world is fractured into approximately 100,000 different religions?

  2. Philosophers? If so, which ones? There are significantly different paradigms and approaches?

  3. Scientists? If so, which ones? There are raging controversies in every discipline and over almost every issue?

  4. Mystics? If so, which ones? They love to be enigmatic and are all over the map in their thinking?

  5. Ancient “sacred writings”? Which ones? They are each in major internal consistency and external disagreement with each other over the paradigm of God and reality

  6. Scholars? Which ones? The ones that are most vocal? The ones that are the most popular? Why do I listen to them and not to the others?

  7. Self-help gurus? Which ones?

II  Why?

No answers to "Why" questions can be formulated without appeal to purpose, values and plan?

A  Purpose? Who has purpose? Don't we all? Is there a common purpose that we can all honor and support?

B  Values? Are there values that transcend human values? If not, why not?

C  Plan? Is there a plan? Is that plan one that we can all be enthusiastic about and support?

III  What?

A. What about truth issues?

a. Is there truth independent of perspective?

b. Is there pertinent truth independent of the human condition?

What would be the reason for me to look for this truth if it is not?

a. Is the truth good and suitable for me?
b. Is it available for me to find or discover?
c. Is it recognizable by me? How can I recognize it?

B  What is the deal available to us in the universe?

a. What is being offered?
b. How do I qualify? Do I have to give up anything of value to participate in the resolution or reward?

IV  When?

A  What is the timetable for the plan or agenda?

a. Is the agenda and its unfolding set in concrete?
b. Is it imminent, i.e., dependent upon me/us and what we believe and do?

Where?

A  Where and how will we then live?

a. Will the human family live in different physical realms? Or in different regions? In a common "heaven"?
b. Will we have our own personal home? Our own territory? Our own planet? Our own galaxy?
c. Will we have the run of the universe to visit upon invitation all other dwelling places?

 

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