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3 phychological considerations

I just want to write a short summary of what I have been thinking for the past year. 

  1. Science has its scope and boundaries. We need to see that science measures and attempts to address the rules and regulations in the physical or tangible world, therefore science has its limitations. Sadly, with the aggressive progress on science and technology in recent centuries, many people would perceive science as the solution to everything. The fundamental assumption is that everything worth measuring is measurable, and anything not measurable is not worth measuring. The reality is far from so. We need to see that there are many valuable and real things that are not measurable or even explainable. Science needs to be humble at its limitations. 
  2. Just like we cannot say a person is not completely physically healthy, we cannot say a person is completely psychologically healthy. There are 2 psychological or mental sicknesses that fall at 2 ends of the scale: One extreme type thinks everything is his/her fault. Psychologists calls this type neurotic or neuroses. Another extreme type thinks everything is others’ fault. Psychologists calls this type character disorder. Most people fall between the ends. The healthy ones would be the well-balanced ones between the two cases. Corresponding to these 2 types, there are also 2 types of suffering: existential suffering or neurotic suffering. Existential sufferings are the proper and necessary suffering which may facilitate our spiritual or mental growth. These kind of suffering could be related to our work or marriage. Avoiding such suffering could lead to character disorder. Neurotic sufferings are tied with neurotic people who falsely attributes many misfortunes to themselves, which leads to unnecessary sufferings. A healthy person would correctly identify what is existential suffering or neurotic suffering. 
  3. There is another way of classifying people: Self-centered and God-centered. Most people living in this world is Self-center, thinking that the sun rotates around them. Although they think highly of themselves, they hardly feel satisfied or genuinely happy. There is another much smaller group of people who think they are not the center of the world, but God is. God operates and works according to His plan and purpose. Strangely, these group people often genuinely happy and often find the meaning and purpose of their existence. The transition from the first to the second is somehow mysterious, yet often irreversible. Once a person realizes the existence of God in a genuine way, He cannot never go back. His view and prospective on the world will be never the same. This is what the Christians call re-born or regeneration. 
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