Are we humans simply some computer like programme destined to perform as instructed? If so, can we break free from this control, and acceptance, and go on to live physically - if we choose - forever?
To illustrate what I'm on about, here are a couple of short extracts I read in a magazine today about health:
"In your 50s, the natural loss of muscle mass and tone really begins to show and, as a result, your shoulders can appear hunched or slumped over."
"In your 60s you may start to feel some aches and pains in your body."
So what this publication - and the media and world in general - are saying is that at a certain age we begin to deteriorate in specific ways. And most of the population appear to accept this as being normal and acceptable. In other words this belief is programmed into us.
Another example. A friend's mother died and he kept her wheelchair in his garage. "Why?" I asked. "For when either my wife or I need it," he answered.
He's really saying that as the years move on, he or his wife, will become disabled and will no longer be able to walk properly.
Why are we like this?
Why do we believe we will deteriorate at a specific age? Why do we accept our lives as being limited?
Surely we should be re-programming ourselves away from these set, accepted standards. Some people do this to a degree. There are men and women who have taken up, say, hang-gliding in their 80s or have started a university course.
Now, you might say, "I don't want to live forever." Absolutely fine, we are, or at least should be, free to do as we please.
If asked about living forever most people add that they would only want to do so if their nearest and dearest did so as well. But why do we think that they wouldn't be able to do so - even if we could?
We are programmed to accept that there are stages in life and we have to conform to them.
You might believe that we are eternal but move on to a spirit world, heaven, or return to earth in a different body. Great, but we should, surely, be able to move on from this life when we choose and when we are ready to do so. Maybe even travelling between different dimensions as and when we please. It's what freedom is all about.
"Ah, but it's all karma," some will say.
Yes, there is cause and effect but why would any of us want to build up any bad karma? Many seem to forget that there is also good karma. If we live right, harm no one and so on we should be able to live happy, productive lives for, well, forever.
I won't go on about this any longer, but it concerns me how many of us limit our lives and potential because of our in-built programming. Here's another example. I was talking to a healthy, active man in his mid sixties. He told me he was definitely going to give up driving when he was seventy. "Why?" I asked. "Because I wouldn't want to risk driving a car at such an old age," he said.
How does he know that? Why does he think that? Advance programming, that's why.
Whether we are 20, 30, 40, 50, 60 or whatever we should be able to tweak our programmes for the better. Or, instead, we can accept things like 'in our 50s, the natural loss of muscle mass and tone will really begin to show and ...'