Why didn’t the world end like the Mayan predicted?
The Universe is not exactly a cause and effect phenomenon, it is too complex to detect causality in it. From the limited perspective of the human mind, no causality can be detected… it looks random and capricious.
Human being always wanted to reduce the risk that Life is, always wanted to understand how it works, always wanted to reduce Life to a formula. This is what gave rise to religions.
Religion, organized religion, puts you in the cause and effect mindset. They are doing it to control you, to control your behavior. It puts you in a false sense of security: you are doing the right things, so only good things can come out of it…
In Kabbalah, I learned that the reason you can’t see this cause and effect thing, because G-d in his infinite wisdom, put time between the cause and effect, so you can exercise your free will, whether you are going to be a good boy/girl, or a bad boy/girl. So you just have to believe them.
In Christianity if you are bad you go to hell, and it’s a direct cause and effect. If you can come back from hell, you could tell all of us what it’s like, and then we would know. It would be as effective as burning the child’s hand on a hot stove while saying no. It would be clear to all of us not to be bad… whatever bad means.
For a child, everything happens because of them. A child cannot see the other side of things, cannot see the invisible. My mom left me in the street because there was something wrong with me. My sister died because I was angry… or heavy, or bad, or whatever… a lifetime of anguish and guilt, and trying to be different-than-I-am, trying-to-be-not-me results.
Parents, siblings, teachers, church people seem to be only there to make you feel guilty: it is all your fault.
So, on one hand it is not clear how you cause anything, because of time.
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