Monday, January 18, 2010

Chocolate Wisdom

If you are a religious person you regard and believe the religious texts as a true representation of the real world.
Same thing if you are a scientist; you believe the scientific texts are the representation of reality.
So naturally we believe there is a conflict between spirituality and science.
If one is right the other one has to be wrong and vice versa.

But let’s look at religion and science from another angle.
Let’s consider religion and science as not being a reflection of reality but rather a reflection of the people that wrote them – a reflection of their capacity of understanding and expressing reality.
Then religion and science are just two different points of view rather than right and wrong.

The world we live in is the result of our collective actions.
(I think both scientists and religious people would agree.)
Our actions are determined by our thoughts and our thoughts are determined by our belief system.
The fact that one believes in a spiritual, ideal, world or a material, scientific world, it is not purely academic.
What we believe determine our actions and ultimately our life experience.

This is why it is important to look at our beliefs.
This is what these posts are about.
Not about who is right and who is wrong but rather about understanding how our beliefs determine our behaviors.

Here is a story I read on the internet and I would like to share it with you.
And once again, this is not about being right or wrong but about opening your mind to new points of view and new possibilities.

Chocolate Wisdom

Once upon a time a group of former classmates, well established in their careers, got together during a class reunion.
They decided to go and visit an old college professor who was a source of inspiration for all of them.
During the visit the conversation devolved into a series of personal complaints about their lives, careers and relationships and how stressful things were.

While listening to their complaints the professor decided to offer everyone a cup of hot chocolate.
Coming back from the kitchen the professor brought a pitcher of hot chocolate and an assortment of cups and mugs.
Each of the cups was made of different materials. Some were of clay, metal, glass, crystal and porcelain. Some were very simple and others were very ornate. Some were very cheap and some were very expensive.
The old professor invited everyone to serve themselves.
When everybody had their cup in hand the professor shared his thoughts about the chocolate.

- Did you notice that all the fancy cups were chosen and only the modest ones were left at the table?
Even it might seem to you natural to choose the very best in life; this might be the source of all your problems and stress.
The quality of the cups you choose does not change the quality of the chocolate you drink.
What you really need is the pleasure and nutrition of the drink not the cup, but subconsciously you choose the fancy cups.
Life is the hot chocolate. The careers, jobs, and relationships, money and social status are just the cups.
The quality of your cups will never determine the quality of your lives.
The gift of life is free it is up to you to choose the cup you will receive it in.


Quantum_Flux said...

Mmmmm, Hot Chocolate :>

Ian Peatey / Quantum Learning said...

Great chocolate story and makes the point very well.

The first part I find very frustrating .. this polarisation between science and religion. I guess it's part of a long, long battle for supremacy. Religion treated science as heresy in the old times ... now science is trying to get its revenge. I find it encouraging though to find many people starting to put the two together with the realisation that it may not be either/or ... but both.

The trick is to find the best parts of both and see them as different elements of how we experience the universe. Neither science nor religion is 100% 'right'. Or 100%wrong!

Zeenat{Positive Provocations} said...

I love this analogy of the chocolate filled cups. Makes perfect sense int he real world too.
We are all so caught up in the external superficiality ...that we tend to completely ignore what is most important and well Nutritious to our soul.
Beautiful post :)
Much Love,

Poetic Shutterbug said...

Love the story and your sentence "Then religion and science are just two different points of view rather than right and wrong" no truer words ever spoken.

Buddha of Hollywood said...

I love the way people participate in this little discussion and I just want to say thank you to all of you that have taken the time to share your opinion.

Ted Bagley said...

We make might make right at our house. Chocolate bombs on our ice cream!