I like this, particularly the part about cognition deriving of some phylogenetic need to "talk" to a parent - perhaps to find new and better ways to express our needs to the parent so that the parent can respond better to our needs?
I suspect Chester and I share our own points of view - great minds, after all --
That's "bargaining," one of the stages of grief and unless the doctor is open to a bribe, valueless, and can make you dizzy if you get up too fast.
Sorry John, but to me, I AM my higher power, but if I can get away with walking around, mumbling, by calling it praying to myself, sure, I'll give that a try --
Actually, yes, John, I believe it can.
We evolved an appendix, that at the time had a value, but no longer does; it's gradually fading away, as has, some biologists say, our vestigial tail, though thankfully, I've managed to retain most of mine.
Further, some things we do, aren't necessarily what we evolved to do. Various features that have evolved for other purposes, can be used to watch TV, but one can't honestly say that we've evolved into couch potatoes, except for my Uncle Fred. All we can say with certainty, is that what we've evolved, ALSO permits such activity, to say otherwise, would leave the door open to admit we're evolved to misuse alcohol or narcotics - because we can do it, doesn't mean we're evolved to do it.
Feet that evolved from hand-like appendages, used for grasping branches, into flatter, sturdier vehicles for propelling ourselves across solid ground, could never - literally in a million years - have been envisioned by our ancestors to be instrumental to the performance of a Prima Ballerina in her breathtaking pas de deux of Swan Lake, but we're all the richer because she discovered another use for that which she evolved, to get from Point A to Point B.
We Humans are resourceful animals - we find many uses for the features we evolve - in the case of prayer, I can't say that we've evolved to do it, so much as we've evolved a brain capable of learning to do it, in which case, yes, it could well be valueless, unless we impart value to it.
I recently read a religiously-slanted article that maintained that prayer was scientifically shown to have beneficial health effects to the one praying - not from a supernatural source necessarily, but from releasing beneficial endorphins that benefit he who prays - buried near the bottom, was a tiny, two-sentence paragraph casually mentioning that meditation was found to have the same effect. Can't have information like THAT getting out, can we?
This Beautiful Post, Arch, this Beautiful Post ^
I'm not proud of having screamed to infinity for my partner being dragged away. At no stage can I say I actually thought anyone was listening. I just had nobody else to scream to, and I really needed someone, anyone, to help me. But look, I survived, and learned to love again too, so I'm the fortunate one.
I tried meditation - actually because my deceased partner would meditate daily and felt it was a wonderful thing. So I tried. Empty your mind, they say. Fat chance.
I've actually considered trying it from a different angle. I need to try to empty my mind of opinions on stuff. But then again, I'm in a different place now, in a different time, and I seem to have a large chunk of natural happiness, so not being in need of support, I don't have the drive to meditate any more.