FEBRUARY 2012

 

 

Bernard Gaboraud – Montpellier / France

 

A person or a group’s identity is usually determined by their racial or cultural characteristics. How can we avoid racial prejudices because of these characteristics?

 

It’s rarely appropriate to judge anyone based on their race, culture or nationality. Rather, it is much more interesting to focus on their individual values. The only fundamental difference between human beings lies in their ambitions and the values used to bring these ambitions about. Everyone should be recognized solely for their unique Being, and not because of external factors.



 

Jenette Peterson – Dallas / Texas

 

What is the link between your philofictional writings and our everyday reality?


Philofiction is a genre of literature that through dialogue immerses readers in an immaterial world, allowing them to expand their way of thinking. While writing in this genre, I’m constantly attempting to create a balance between philosophy and spirituality, as well as rational thought and emotions. I tend to use and rely on my own observations and experiences, as opposed to rational thinking, becauseI feel that this encourages a way of learning that easily integrates with one’s own inner knowledge. When we accept a particular theory, concept or paradigm, we cease further search for knowledge, and halt further questioning, thus preventing us from being open to an alternate reality. Therefore, I prefer to observe reality as a whole, as opposed to its many fragments, which is a method of perception going beyond intellectual and theoretical categorizing of concepts.



 

Kelly Van Wert – Brisbane / Australia


In becoming detached is there not also a risk of becoming indifferent?


When we realize the transient nature of every situation, we also become aware of the impermanence of all matter- this is true for both pleasurable and painful situations. We become detached as a result of this realization. This does not mean that we enjoy life, and all it has to offer, any less. In fact, being aware of and accepting this fact, allows greater enjoyment of life because we are conscious of its impermanence.



 

Dhara Kothari – Mumbai / India


When considering the world’s major religions – Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism and Hinduism – which do you believe is the most spiritual?

 

Our collective thoughts form our beliefs, which are then considered as the absolute truth, whereas, constant innovation expands our inner power. Our beliefs, due to their permanent and inflexible nature, are unreliable sources of guidance in a world that is ever changing. Religions are merely an assortment of beliefs and practices which automatically become habits.  Habits are then repeated from generation to generation, limiting spiritual growth. Spirituality is not related to our beliefs, but rather to our consciousness. This means that the more we identify ourselves with our beliefs, the further we distance ourselves from the spiritual dimension and our inner selves. Spirituality is therefore a process of liberation from theories, beliefs and dogmas.