OK. Before getting into the meat (or tofu) of this Moses-like blog post, let's break down the title.
Ten. Just seems the right number. The Ten Commandments should be cast aside in favor of my revelation. Plus, I haven't come up with my truths yet, but intuitively I'm pretty sure that, given the amount of red wine I just poured and my sipping speed, I can come up with ten before the glass is empty.
Undeniable. Yeah, I wish. None of the brilliant stuff I write on this blog has received the unquestioning acceptance that it deserves, so I've got no illusions about how this post will be received. I just mean that anyone with sound reason and clear perceptions of reality (namely, someone like me) won't be able to deny what I say.
Metaphysical. Not sure if this is the right word, but I don't feel like quibbling over it. What I'm expounding concerns the nature of what, if anything, lies beyond the physical. So, it's "meta."
Truths. Well, sure. What follows seems so obviously true to me, I can't understand why everybody in the world doesn't bow down before my deca-truthiosity and proclaim, "So utterly right you are, Brian!"
I keep repeating these truths in blog posts, in one form or another, as well as in comments to those who don't understand how correct I am. Maybe now I can simply point people to this post and say "#3 and #7," sort of like a Chinese menu of metaphysical correctness.
(1) Nobody on Earth knows what happens after death. Why? Because if you're still alive on this planet, you aren't dead yet. My logic is impeccable. Near death or mystical experiences don't count as pointers toward a possible afterlife, because they're experienced in this life.
(2) There's no solid proof for God or any other unearthly divinity. If there was, religious skeptics wouldn't have a doubting leg to stand on. Everybody would believe. Plus, whatever religion preached the gospel that matched the proof would overwhelm competing faiths lacking the support of that evidence.
(3) No religion has more validity than any other. This follows from (2). Given that there's no evidence of God, in the sense of a personal (or even impersonal) entity that consciously creates and/or sustains the physical universe, every religion rests on the same foundation: the shifting sand of human speculation.
(4) Miraculous powers are possessed by no one. Ever since cameras and other forms of objective documentation came into existence, miracles have taken a decided downturn. Jesus supposedly walked on water a couple of thousand years ago, but there's no scientifically defensible proof of a major (or even minor) miracle since. Likely reason: nobody can perform one.
(5) Mystical, religious, or spiritual experiences never can be corroborated. Claims abound of people who have seen God, angels, beings of light, or whatever; who have experienced enlightenment, satori, Buddha nature, or whatever; who have risen to heaven, astral planes, paradise, oneness, whatever. Fine. Good for them. Nobody can know whether this is fact or fantasy.
(6) Physical proof of a metaphysical reality belies the truth claim. This relates to (5). Any sort of metaphysical evidence that can be perceived by the bodily senses obviously is physical. So unless it falls in the realm of the miraculous, ruled out by (4), such evidence can be explained by the material laws of nature.
(7) Consciousness or awareness doesn't count as a divine revelation. Devotees of certain "Eastern" faiths, such as Vedanta or Zen Buddhism, basically look upon a higher state of consciousness – or pure awareness – as a manifestation of foundational reality. That may be. But a crystal clear mentality still is rooted in materiality, the physical brain, not metaphysics.
(8) If God is ineffable, a mystery, anyone who speaks about divinity is spouting falsehoods. More simply put, this truth says "If you know God, why the hell are you blabbing about him (or her)?" Prophets, mystics, saints, gurus, yogis, and so on often claim that God is beyond words. Then they blab on and on about this. What gives?
(9) Absolute unity doesn't permit anyone to know about it. Often ultimate reality, personal (God) or otherwise (the One), is considered to be an unbroken wholeness. Well, if there's (a) absolute unity and (b) someone aware of it, we've got two things. So consciousness of oneness belies the claim that such exists, in a sense similar to (6).
(10) Reality is marvelously beyond our understanding, just as we know it. My proof: I'm down to my last sip of wine, sitting outside on our deck on a warm Oregon summer night, watching a crescent moon through the branches of a three hundred year old oak tree, little me being part of a 14 billion year old universe whose beginning and end almost certainly will forever remain beyond the reach of human cognition.
Which means…the mysteries of this physical realm are plenty enough to grapple with. Who needs imaginary metaphysical enigmas?