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Zhenren and Selene Explained

Zhenren and Selene Explained

This post is an attempt to explain the reasoning behind the conversations between Zhenren and Selene.  Zhenren represents an individual looking for enlightenment.   Selene represents Zhenren’s personal god.

Our family likes from time to time to go out to Sunday brunch.  One Sunday, we chose to go to El Torito Restaurant.  When we entered the restaurant close to our house, I noticed something different going on inside the restaurant.  Very close to where the omelets are prepared was a layout of clothing, looked like shirts in piles and some product information on the same table.  As we were seated in a separate room, I noticed that behind my wife was a family seated in a booth that seemed to know what was going on as people would come up and chat.  I decided to walk over and ask if my suspicions were true or not.  A women that looked like your typical soccer mom, the apparent mother to a number of children at the table, told me that indeed the restaurant had agreed to host the event.  It seems that their daughter had committed suicide a few years earlier.  As a tribute to their daughter, to keep her memory alive, they decided to form their own teen suicide prevention organization called Hope.  The mother told me how their daughter’s suicide had totally shocked them and led to their realizing that this is a more common problem than most people realize.  Their efforts were to make families with children aware of this in an effort to save lives.  I agreed to put their web site as a link to this one.  When I got home I did some research and found out that indeed this is a serious problem.  I just could not get it out of my mind as to why some young person would end their life.

The conversations between Zhenren and Selene is my extremely  small attempt to contribute to aiding in preventing teen suicide.

I some times kid around by saying that I sort of have given up on helping adults because they had their chance at life, old enough to have enjoyed all this for a while, made their choices, and now must live the choices they made out as results or outcomes.  Poor choices naturally and typically result in poor outcomes.  Adults become set in their ways and typically chose not to be open minded to new ideas and new information which stops mid course adjustments and even realization that former assumptions about life were wrong.  So, the dialogues between Zhenren and Selene are my attempt to provide a new philosophy for young people.  It just might be too late for adults to come to enlightenment if they have not yet attained it.  The conversations try to bring truth rather than authority for your consideration.  All the posts here try to reveal, examine and share truth elements.

Zhenren represents a person looking for answers, looking for enlightenment which might also be a teenager somewhere.  Selene is that person’s personal god.  What is ironic is that Selene does not exist.   Selene tells Zhenren what I want her to say.  That does not make me god, I just take what I have learned and put them out for Zhenren and others to accept or deny.

This embedded philosophy is an attempt to base this belief upon truth and not existing authority or any type of authority.  This philosophy tries hard to start with a clean slate of logic, if that is possible, look for the truth elements and come up with answers that work for now and into the future.

What is most disappointing to me is to study other religions and find that they are based upon a foundation that just does not hold up to the truth.  There is no reason for a philosophy to be complex beyond anyone’s everyday complete comprehension and many religions seem overly complex probably because they are founded upon evolution of thought and principles by many people who did not share the same ideals but had a hand in the outcome.  There is no reason for a belief system to require a priest to read a thick book that is difficult to comprehend by the masses and open to interpretation and manipulation by the priest.  There is no reason that a belief system needs to be based upon paying others money to subscribe.  There is no reason why a belief system requires attendance at certain functions.  There is no reason why a belief system requires a person to show homage to any person living or dead, icon, or imaginary figure.  A religion’s sole reason for existing is to give comfort to the individual, not a tool for manipulation.  I encourage you to find your own enlightenment based upon science and not suspicions or authority.

Contrived or Continuum?

Contrived or Continuum?

Zhenren: I have at times a feeling that all of this is a dream. Some times I feel I am at the center of the universe and this is a contrivance for some purpose. I feel at times that this is all a put up play for my benefit. Out of all the strange thoughts, I feel, at times, that I am destined to achieve great things just because I am at the center of all that is going on. It is this center viewpoint that is naturally so important to me. I feel cursed some times that because I see myself at the center people are looking at me, expecting me to become something special.  At other times I think all this is a huge accident, I came through the wrong door and entered a place I do not want to be in.  I wonder if this world will continue after I die. Is what I am seeing every day, what I experience every day, some god play thing?  Am I just a sophisticated toy for some giant being and this world is just a sophisticated game? At times I am very much alone with these thoughts. All these ideas run in my mind and I can not set straight what is going on, what to do.  I can not tell anyone about this or they will think I am insane.

Selene: A child in some far off land who has barely enough to eat or lost one or both parents, or is in the middle of a war will not have time for such thoughts. That child’s existence is so close to death that their only thoughts are of hunger and sorrow. The purpose of life is to survive for that child any you. You have been suddenly thrust into an utterly brief absurd existence full of sensory overload of sound, sights, touch, emotion, and thoughts. You are different from that child barely clinging to life because you have the time to reflect, think about a much better future for yourself. Reflection opens up possibilities and you can, at times, see yourself alone within this huge stage play we call life. You do have a degree of freedom to write your own lines in this play, set a course for yourself in the play, to gain some reward for your efforts. This is not a game contrived by a giant. You are not an ant inside some sophisticated ant farm. You have been dropped into an utterly fantastic evolution continuum for no purpose at all except what you can make out of all this. Out of this evolution continuum a species of animal evolved to such a high degree that it can understand its own existence. It can see itself separate from everything surrounding it, blades of grass, clouds, air, water, other animals. That ability to reflect is both a gift and a curse. Sit back and be stupefied by being suddenly dropped into this life theater or move forward, become a principal actor in this utterly fantastic absurd life you now lead.  The choice is yours.  The choice you should not make is to not finish this out.

Sabri Bogday

Sabri Bogday

Zhenren: It seems a Turkish barber working in Jidda, Saudi Arabia, has been convicted of uttering a phrase against you and his punishment might be death under a strict brand of Islamic law.

Selene: Your description is absurd in many different ways. How can an utterance from an angry man against a concept that he created lead to his death? You fashioned me out of your own need to give you comfort. Why then use me as a justification for harming others? You live in an absurd world. Why do you create more absurd conditions than what you have to face by evolution and nature?

Best to Follow Truth.

Best to Follow Truth.

Zhenren: You use the words “live direction”. What exactly do you mean by that?

Selene: You are living in a vast environment with natural forces swirling about you. The swirling is not the vortex of a wind force but a linear path you see is a perfect evolution process. You have also created your own constructed world in parallel, be it very small, that too evolves. When making decisions, you would be wise to look at the compass, the direction that truth points you toward. Those who do not measure truth will eventually be brought back sometimes with pain and lost time.

Purpose of Life

Purpose of Life

Zhenren: Why do we exist?

Selene:  The process of evolution has evolved for you, to the point, that you realize your own existence and future death.  You can accept this brief wonderful travel with no care or you can try to find some purpose.  There is no purpose except what you determine.  It is a wise person who fits their purpose into the truth of life direction.