I was reading about metaphysics this morning. It is quite a vast subject journeying into various topics. It is very interesting how words go through stages; how different or further meanings are derived as cultures change and ideas increase. Ideas arrive, evolve, are rejected or expanded. Yet, sometimes people have only built upon a larger base of words, building upon the ideas of others without 'new' discoveries. But every so often a clearer concept surfaces, possibly being labeled 'new.' However, if one keeps searching, researching and reading, the 'new' idea is found having been expressed elsewhere, perhaps simply explained differently.
When I arrived at the religion section of the metaphysics entry, I wasn't surprised to see the similarities eastern schools of thought have to western concepts. I was surprised to find the similarity of how life, self and purpose are conceptualized with both the inclusion and exclusion of God (or the idea of God). In the east, as in the west and elsewhere, agnostic and gnostic, theist and atheist thought has developed alongside each other, providing exclusive explanations.
Greek philosophy categorized almost every aspect of the exterior world and the ego's perception within the world through mythical gods, associating human emotions and natural occurrences with a verbalized meaning beyond the ability to conclude with providential answers. I don't think the philosophy was wrong in the aim to make sense of the world. As an individual human being is a constant work in progress, so has humanity throughout the ages been developing and reaching for eternal truth.
When human beings reflect on exterior happenings outside their control, perhaps introspective journeys bring answers. Answers which may render better choices in preparing for a 'new' idea, despite the many or few words used in deriving those answers.
Any new ideas to teach peace?