If you were cast away on a mental desert island and could only bring one spiritual sentence along, what would it be?
I like words. I read a lot. I write a lot. I enjoy pondering what lies beyond the ponderable. My shelves are filled with many favorite books, each containing favorite lines.
In the end, though, I'd have to stick with what I've called the best one-sentence metaphysics ever written (by Philip K. Dick):
Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.
Now, I'm not saying that I believe this sentence. What I like about it is how some great questions are raised in its confident simplicity. That's more important than any answer.
It might be that when belief stops, so does reality – if "belief" is taken to be subjective consciousness, the whole kit and caboodle of thoughts, feelings, sensations, imaginings, and such.
Thus maybe reality amounts to nothing in the absence of belief.
However, experience argues otherwise. The universe seemed to do just fine on its own for the 13+ billion years humans weren't around to believe anything (of course, I wasn't around back then, so can't say for sure).
Anyway, I'd like to know other peoples' favorite spiritual sentence. I use "spiritual" in a broad sense, as encompassing philosophy, religion, metaphysics, mysticism, and meaning of life musings in general.
Comment away, if you like.
Just before I wrote this, I read a comment from Rain on another post. Sounds like her sentence might be, "It's all about love."
Interesting thoughts. It reminds me of many years ago sitting in a Christian church and listening to the pastor say it's all about love. I thought that's too simple. It can't just be that simple. Now, many years later, I would say the same thing. It's all about love. Learning to love in the truest sense, learning what love is, experiencing it and letting it experience me. Understanding that love isn't always giving someone else what they want. It's not ignoring justice but it's loving through it all. Truly learning and experiencing real love is the simplest and hardest thing anyone will ever do.