Purely for example’s sake, let’s take the question, ‘Is there a God?’ A question that apparently has no proven answer.
When asked, nearly everyone will reply in the same manner as they have done before. God has been an ‘implant’ into our psyche since we were children. The implant (not just God, but all implants) becomes an unquestioned – and usually unquestionable – part of who we are. They remain hidden in a deep recess of our mind, locked, with an abstruse combination and for the most part it is just too inconvenient to address them in any way.
For a moment, let’s assume they are accessible and they are easily dismissed, forgotten. We then reflect on the question, ‘Is there a God?’ And perhaps for the first time we look deep into this important query – by ourselves. This time we don’t arrive at an answer by quoting what someone else has said. We cease to be actors with a memorized script and actually dig into the multi-faceted question, relying only on our own reasoning.
Few do this, about anything.
I can not imagine a more pleasant, interesting and revelatory time discussing any subject with a friend where all answers emanate from the heart and not someone else’s teachings.