- Almost all human problems have some existential conflict behind them. But what is an existential war?
- Why do I have to carry out a mission?
- What would be your answer?
- For an accident
- Misunderstanding is the inaccessibility to the mystery of life and existence.
Almost all human problems have some existential conflict behind them. But what is an existential war? It is a deeply rooted problem of misunderstanding that emerges to make us aware and realize existence without however fully understanding it. This misunderstanding, in turn, is linked to life, to ourselves, and to what happens to us. Misunderstanding is the inaccessibility to the mystery of life and existence.
Existential conflicts result from not entirely using our intelligence, a fundamental condition we suffer from. We use more or less 10% of it. Still, to understand existence, we would need access to 100% of our brain’s resources. Intelligence is an exquisite by-product of Consciousness. It is precisely in the limited use of intelligence that one of the leading human conditionings resides since we are aware of the limit of our abilities. This essentially makes us beings limited in the ability to understand. On the other hand, we are not allowed to access the memory saved in our atoms; we have forgotten almost everything, who we are and where we come from … that’s why we are lost.
So we have two fundamental problems: limited intelligence and blocked memory.
Who am I? Why do I exist? Where do I come from? Where am I going? What is its origin? How did it all come about? Why am I here? The absence of answers to these existential questions – or the fact that partial or superficial solutions emerge – creates a specific fund of uncertainty, doubts, and lack of meaning in us. Many people resolve by believing in something or someone, finding detailed answers, with ideologies, beliefs, or lucubration’s. In this way, they find inner peace and stop asking questions. Others prefer to live below the threshold of Consciousness, intimately and obsessively linked to the matter, alienated from things to do, and the more planned, the better. Whatever each individual’s reaction, this does not change that you are taking a confident attitude towards mystery.
On a practical level, existential conflicts tremendously affect people, their moods, and happiness. It is not the same thing to live knowing why you are here, rather than living without knowing it or being confused about it.
Why am I here? Why do I exist? Why am I as I am? Wondering why it means going into existential conflict. When a child asks, “Why are their signs on the streets?” you can answer, “Why do you avoid accidents?” The child will ask, “Why are their accidents?” to which anything can be such as: “Why do people do not respect the rules,” but the child will continue to ask “Why are their rules?” and one of the possible answers could be “Why do people like to disobey” … probably the next question would be “Why does disobedience exist?” so we could go back to the
moment when man decided, in Eden, respecting his right to exercise free will, to eat the fruit, disobeying divine orders. But you could go much further by continuing to ask, “Why?”
If we did an interview asking “Why do you exist?” there would be several groups of answers, some of these groups would refer to the mystery of existence by answering:
For an accident;
Other positivist groups would propose more practical answers:
Why do I have to carry out a mission?
Because it is a gift of existence;
Because creation, O God, has allowed us to rejoice;
Other more negative groups would answer:
Because someone made a mistake or was wrong;
Because the creator is an idiot
Other more imaginative groups would answer:
Because Consciousness wanted to experience matter;
Because we are playing, some intelligence has created this a virtual reality which we believe to be accurate, to see how we cope with it.
Because everything we live in has already happened, and we have to repeat it to correct mistakes.
What would be your answer?
Whatever the answer you choose or elaborate, it will not be enough to eliminate suffering because existential problems do not provoke it but accompany it.
Suffering is a choice, more or less conscious or unconscious, but it is a decision. At the same time, joy is something natural that needs no choice. Quite the opposite comes when you stop choosing and start flowing. Happiness is a right inherent in all human beings; in order not to be happy, we have to make decisions, we have to do things, we have to set goals, set stones along the way, take counterproductive attitudes, resist and fight, defend and attack … there are many things to do to be unhappy. But to be happy, there is no need to do anything. It is enough to observe as witnesses without concluding anything.