Striving for Potential
Binary sees meaning in the universe’s constant change. It seems that every part of the universe is striving to become something more than it is. From gas condensing into stars, to people challenging themselves to grow; everything is reaching towards it potential. It is important to note that everything in the universe is connected. So, every small step forward in any corner of the universe helps each of us too. The goal of every life is to seek its potential. We must follow the flow of the Tao, the rhythms of grace, or if you prefer, the guidance of the holy ghost. Help and comfort towards this goal seems to flow from the transcendent. Peace and contentment are found in the journey towards one’s own potential as long as we realize when we help other reach their potential, we are helping ourselves too.
Christianity views the problem of potential from the viewpoint of the self. A person is created in the image of God therefore has great potential to do good. Individuals are held back from their potential by their past failings. Offenses (sin) against themselves and others hold them back. The bible offers forgiveness as a solution to free oneself from the mental bonds of these offenses. It also seeks to help one reach their potential by seeking a connection with the transcendent. Additionally, it seeks to foster reaching one’s potential through synergy with others. Compassion and charity help lift others up who can then help lift you as well. Through mutual networks of support, we all benefit.
Taoism assumes that people are rational and focus on the self. It proposes setting both the self and reasoning aside to experience a fuller life by living in the eternal now. In doing so, you remain connected to everything and everyone around you. This allows you to avoid becoming lost in your thoughts. You avoid living within your own head. You avoid sleepwalking through life as a half-hearted participant. It allows you to be fully engaged in each moment and feel fully alive, content and at peace.