In relation: EdgarCayce reading 244-2, October 18, 1926 ~^~
“Man” (humans) did live much longer, previously (BC), of course. For [extremely] serious (spiritual/virtuous/cumulative) reasons, many tides, rhythms, and (formerly) set seasons were changed – that “what needed to happen” would be fulfilled.
And then, through following centuries (previous, and AD), there were declines – before new increments, allowed/opened by progress began taking place.
Now, (after having witnessed exponential risings over two hundred years) in this place (and span of time), there are returning possibilities – for refreshing awakenings.
Matters (simply) of science and medicine (earthly/etc.) (still) do not answer, fully.
Now (as in far-distant pasts), minds and spirits may embrace (once again) hidden, yet there to be found, areas of growth – where, though (in this realm) we are not presently immortal, our ages may reflect/mirror what, for thousands of years, seemed impossible.
[Coda] Re: “Right About Atheists”: Your teaching along these lines (chaplains, atheists, and so much more) was wonderful to read (experience). How often are possibilities for advancement (growth) shunned – in/from the face of unwavering rigidity? “And for those of us who choose to believe, the energy was the Presence of God.” A percentage of atheists refuse to even consider this core question: is there the slightest chance of being wrong? Moreover, among the most (seemingly) unlikely (to them), could another consideration have a “mere” moment? : is there a great chance? In either extreme, or, through a centered balance, “a flight from the freedom that is waiting” does not have to be continuous (to shocking realization – once in the afterlife). From earthly groundings, where their present wings are illusionary (though that is unbeknownst), an opportunity still exists for winged journeys – beyond the figurative.
In further relation, Robert Wright’s “Why ‘New Atheists’ are Right-Wing on Foreign Policy” (from 2009) came to mind. Confronting a particular stance (“People are survival machines built by natural selection”), there was a conclusion: “Most important, there is considerable doubt that the experience, by way of an atheist (then or now), would leave him/her denying God’s (‘Higher Power’) Existence.”
The latter and former is not intended to extol in any negative senses. Instead, this comment/reflective summary, overall, is meant to represent a level in which your collective effort inspired.
09/04: “Sweet Lorraine” & “Carefree Highway” [In Love )))>