FOOD FOR THOUGHT

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Francis (Frank) T. Sganga

The first key to wisdom
is constant and frequent questioning,
for by doubting
we are led to questions
and by questioning
we arrive at the truth.
Peter Abelard

We are the only creatures on earth that ask questions of ourselves and others. Even at age 96,
there are some that still challenge my mysterious mind that yearns for definitive answers that
have eluded it for most of those years and still do. For example:

How did life begin? Was a Supernatural Force involved or was it a “mechanical” process? Did an
opportune mixture of the nitrogen, carbon, hydrogen, oxygen and other elemental molecules necessary
for life to exist “accidentally and mechanically” become a miniscule globule of moist matter that
mysteriously became enclosed in a membranous cell wall, similar to the skin of a grape surrounding
a grape’s innards, after which, it was spontaneously imbued with the Spark of Life?

Is not this scenario analogous to saying that it is possible for a candle to light itself? Then too,
how does something create itself?
To be alive all cells must contain functioning “systems,” like a digestive system (eating) and execratory
system (waste removal). How did the cell create such systems on its own?
Once created, how did that first cell imbedded with that mysterious Spark of Life, manage to find a way
to replicate itself, which is a required precursor to eventually evolving into all of the zillions of
plants and animals containing zillions of different cells, such as heart cells, skin cells, brain cells
and multiple kinds of plant cells that exist today?
The bottom line: Where did that Spark of Life come from? The molecular chemical elements the cell was
made of? From thin air?
on planet Earth some 4 billion years ago. How does something make itself? If it can’t, could it be,
therefore, that it was an Outside Source (God) that must have done it?

Why were we created?
I wonder: Why do I exist?
Does space go on unbelievably forever? If not, how does it end?
What was there before the Birth of the Universe (the “Big Bang”)?
Where did the energy come from that produced the Big Bang and the billions of stars in the billions
of galaxies in our Universe? Why is there something instead of nothing?
How can something come from nothing?
Where did the information in the blueprints that cells use to make the thousands of body parts we’re
made of come from? Is it not credible that the intricate design of an eye presupposes the existence

If Minds came from somewhere, does it not follow that they will return to whence they came after death?
Does a fetus have a Mind?
When is a Mind “born” in a brain? After a fetus becomes an embryo? After the embryo becomes a baby?
Where do thoughts come from?
Where did the ability to think come from?
It makes sense that only minds can generate information. Can the source of the information in our genes
be the Mind of God?
When we see ourselves in a mirror, what actually does the seeing? Is it the neuron cells our brains are
made of that do the seeing, or is it our consciousness that does the seeing?
Why are we blessed with the ability to see colors rather than just black and white and shades of gray?
Who or what do we thank for that incredible ability?
Where did our sense of consciousness come from that enables us to be aware of ourselves and everything
else in the world we temporarily live in.?
When I close my eyes and image my mother’s face, what does the seeing? Can it be that we have the uncanny
ability to see images with what is sometimes referred to as the mind’s eye?
Mozart composed music when he was a child. Where did the music come from? The molecules he was made of?
Was Beethoven correct when he said music is the Language of God?
Where did our Sense of Beauty come from? Cows don’t marvel at the beauty of flowers, rainbows and sunsets,
why do we?
Our five senses were originally designed and used for survival. Why did all five of them become sources
of pleasure?
Who taught spiders how to build their intricate webs?
Why do babies smile, laugh and giggle soon after birth?
Why is sex so pleasurable?
Where do our creative instincts for art and music come from? Why do we have them?
Where did our unique feeling of love come from as occurs when we experience love at first sight?
Electricity, along with heat light and sound, is a form of energy. In a sense, since it has no weight,
and takes up no space, it’s in the supernatural world of non-things, where feelings exist. Even so,
we all know the zillions of things electricity can do. Can it be similar to “God” as indicated in
this quotation?

For what can be known about God is plain to them,
because God has shown it to them.
Ever since the creation of the world
His invisible nature, namely
His eternal power, has clearly been perceived
in the things that have been made.
Romans 1

Much of Geometry is based upon three undefined words: point, line and plane Can God be viewed as an undefined
term upon which all of creation is based?
Why did a woman’s clitoris, which is not necessary for reproduction, and is the only organ designed for pleasure,
evolve?
Why did warm-blooded mammals, like humans, birds and dogs, evolve from cold-blooded animals like turtles, snakes
and alligators?
Why did warm-blooded birds evolve from cold-blooded reptilian dinosaurs? (Google: Birds are dinosaurs.)
Isn’t it interesting that Gravity, the mysterious force that keeps our feet attached to the ground, cannot be
definitively explained by our most intelligent scientists?
Similarly, what causes magnetism? Why is there a magnetic north pole and an opposite south pole? What exactly
is electricity? Why does electricity running through a copper wire produce magnetism? Why do magnets spinning
inside coils of wire in an electric motor produce electricity?
The million dollar question: Is God the Architect and Evolution the Contractor?
There are occasions when I stare at beautiful sunset or listen to stirring music like Beethoven’s Ode to Joy
that I am suddenly struck by the fact that I am alive.
Why do people, who are supposedly civilized, kill fellow human beings without just cause?

Albert Einstein
The most beautiful emotion we can experience is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion
that stands at the cradle of all true art and science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger,
who can no longer wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead, a snuffed-out candle.
To sense that behind anything that can be experienced there is something that our minds
cannot grasp, whose beauty and sublimity reaches us only indirectly: this is religiousness.

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