Fido, I see all matter as Mind in motion. I (God) center that motion, I AM not that motion. All the material world is created in MY image. Those things I don't like are reflected back to me, for they are what I have created while separate from God. To heal that separation - I must give no more thought to what is reflected back to me, effect and motion are the same thing. An image is the opposite of a reflection. So much of my awakening has come from the study of Walter and Lao Russell's philosophy.
. . . how you can create the notion of God as a cause ...
Easy enough. Those things that happen by something other than mechanical cause are by divine cause.
Got to get out my mechanics book, . . . ???
. . . words as true???
The translation of Greek esti :bigsmile:.
But seriously, I would say that "being" is, by and large, what underlies our ordinary experience. Being could be defined by a soul (Hindu atman) or it could not (Buddhist anatman). It could be our ordinary experiences define what is real, as per Semitic tradition, or it could be the truth underlying experiential normality, as per Manichean or Indian thought.
Personally, at this point, I'm not sure "being" is even definable.
The difference between mechanical and divine is temporal. Not in the common sense that time can run forwards or backwards as appears permitted by many fomulas in physics, but in the sense that something happens temporally if it is predictable and non-temporally if it is organic, which idea appears in one small previously unnoticed paragraph in one thick philosophy book in the dangerously huge stack of philosophy books by my study desk. Those who speed-read philosophy would have missed it and I might never find it again.
In the greater meaning of 'mechanical' include everything that physics and chemistry predicts with its powerful math. Nowhere in physics or math is either the civil state, this post, or the Internet predicted. Nor even why a bee would choose a particular flower to light upon.
The complexity of limitless variables steal the strength out of math... Science predicts in isolation and in gross speaks truth...
Define "being"? Who are you...Bill Clinton? You gotta know what the word "is" means.
Sartre says existence precedes essence, Descartes says I think therefore I am, Nietzsche says I am therefore I think! Nietzsche,the great life affirmer, says "life is the will to power and nothing more". Deleuze says " desiring machines that is all there is". Homer has Thetis say "the most tragic thing on earth is man, his life is but a day".
Nietzsche was pissed at Socrates because he let the cat out of the bag. The dying words of that great "pied piper" of Athens: "O Crito we owe a rooster to Asclepius",in other words, life is a disease. Nietzsche wished Socrates would of kept this terrifying secret to himself. In the words of Bertram, "Was his (Nietzsche) extreme, Dionysiac paen to life, and to life alone, only a kind of silence, beneath which a great educator for life did not believe in life?". And so the saga goes from Hamlet to Unamuno: life sucks and then you die! So what will it be guys and girls, The red pill or the blue pill?
Or shall we take our artist brush and paint our own picture of the "House of Being"?
From dictionary of philosophy:ontology:The study of the essential characteristics of being.....
Ontology (existential):The study of the inescapable psychic features of life such as death,fear,dread,suffering,responsibility,anguish,alienation.
Yea, like we can some how get out of being and have a Gods eye view, or better known as the view from nowhere. The experience of being is epistemic in nature. Depends on what form of life is experiencing. Judgements about life are purely interpretive. So What is it like "to be" a bat.
I would say, being is any sort of awareness.
If an individual has any sort of awareness it has being, if it were to lose all awareness it would cease to be an individual and become a object and thous have no being.
I would say your definition excludes rocks and includes Jellyfish... That does not mean it is wrong, and it is nice to feel included...