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Detour from the Path to Perdition

In Christian theology, perdition is defined as a state of eternal punishment experienced after death, if a sinner does not repent to God. An example of perdition is hell.

In biocognitive theory, perdition is a psychological path of victimhood leading to addictions, compulsions, obsessions, and other dysfunctional strategies to avoid inevitable pain, when confronted with foreboding life challenges. An example of biocognitive perdition is any hedonistic behavior to avoid the existential pain of becomingness. Internal hell.

If we conceptualize theology as an expansion of our consciousness, metaphysics is our way of bringing human qualities to deities in a realm we cannot confirm with our physicality. An act of faith - belief without evidence from the empirical dimension. The Judeo-Christian cosmology brings human jurisprudence of punishment for misdeeds (sins) and promise of salvation through repentance, whereas Buddhism proposes religion without god - more a philosophy of existence and beyond.

In biocognition, I look at theologies as constructs to explore the horizons of consciousness. In the Christian tradition, sins committed in a physical world are punished in a metaphysical hell. This model of jurisprudence is replicated with our socio-cultural creation of prisons and other forms of punishment. But if we extend our humanizing tendencies in theological and social constructs to our biocognitive phenomenology (mind-body-culture), we can see how we internalize the same conditions in our private journey of selfhood.

Now we can look at biocognitive perdition as an internalized cosmology to create our own mindbody hell from the socio-cultural and metaphysical jurisprudence constructs we learned. Fortunately, our humanizing cosmology also includes redemption to liberate us from our internal hell and detour us from the path to perdition. But since we have a brain designed to avoid pain and seek pleasure, how we deal with foreboding challenges causing existential suffering, determines our choice for existential elegance or path to perdition.

I argue that failing to confront the pain inherent in our foreboding challenges, leads to addictions, compulsions, obsessions and other dysfunctional distractions. Existential elegance is the terrain to cultivate self-significance, courage, and trust in our journey needed to transubstantiate perdition to redemption and beyond. Such is the way of the Drift...

Rise of Elements by Carlos Quevedo

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