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Tables and Charts ix
Map of the Scale of Consciousness xxvii
Note to the Reader xxix
Chapter 1 Overview 31
Chapter 2 The Human Dilemma 43
Chapter 3 Paradigms of Reality 59
Chapter 4 Is Reality Subjective or Objective? 71
Chapter 5 Science and Religion: Levels of Truth 85
Chapter 6 Social Reality and Levels of Truth 105
Chapter 7 What is 'Real'? 133
Chapter 8 Cultural Premises and Truth 151
Chapter 9 Faith 165
Chapter 10 Experiential versus Conceptual 181
Chapter 11 Belief, Trust, and Credibility 201
Chapter 12 God as Hypothesis 225
Chapter 13 Doubt, Skepticism, and Disbelief 255
Chapter 14 Spiritual Pathways 273
Chapter 15 Becoming the Prayer: Contemplation and Meditation 291
Chapter 16 Transcending the World 303
Chapter 17 Morality, Reason, and Faith 315
Chapter 18 Narcissism: Ego Worship 327
Chapter 19 Practicum 343
Appendix A Calibration of the Chapters 365
Appendix B Map of the Scale of Consciousness 367
Appendix C How to Calibrate the Levels 369
Appendix D References 381
About the Author 429
Posted May 16, 2009
It seems, that in this era, man has mastered the art of appearing intelligent. This and also convincing others that they are intelligent. All of this, without earning the internal merit of personal responsibility. That's the hallmark of the truly intelligent. Who would've guessed?
In the days of the Greeks they were called sophists. I'd been afflicted with this dysfunction - and indeed it is a dysfunction. The effect is the "king baby" who can so eloquently malign another person who disagrees with what they believe. Simultaneously, they gain favor from those who are in denial of similar short-comings. Cleverly, the insult may even infer, pointed at the person being scapegoated, as being immature and arrogant. The smug and snickering mob then concedes and basks in the instant gratification of their sedation. This is the socio-political climate of our times. Hate is in vogue, being honest is called arrogant and being humble is called idiocy.
This work, to me, has pointed out the self-serving motives underneath my own positions. The positions themselves have been nothing but hypnotic limitations; a fools' gold. Reflecting on the Truth, delivered as such is not always a walk in the park. And yet I am eternally grateful.
Reality, Spirituality and Modern Man is an invaluable tool for reflection and self-examination for those willing to be radically honest with themselves. It's also an invaluable tool for those who are curious about discerning essence from appearance. Curious, yes! Have the Truth revealed and see if you're really interested! Many will scurry from the work because...
"A good horse runs even from the shadow of the whip!"
A former slave to popular delusions with an opinionated defense-mechanism. Now, an ordinary man who knows that he does not know anything.
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