monkeys in the snow actions as experiments and questions

Actions as Experiments and Questions ― Life’s Questions and Experiments

“A thinker sees his own actions as experiments and questions ― as attempts to find out something. Success and failure are for him answers above all.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche

To begin with, I think you’d agree this quote prompts several comparisons and questions.  Nietzsche’s concept of our actions being like questions and experiments seems similar to the concept of detachment in Buddhism.

Is there any advantage to viewing life as a series of experiments and questions?  If there is an advantage, does it distance you from ownership of things and ideas?  We’d have to say yes.  This way of thinking keeps you from taking a position.  When you “take a position” you automatically feel the need to defend it.  Thus, you are more judgmental, less open-minded.

Also, doesn’t the thinker approach have similarities to the scientific approach? Here, the researcher conducts tests.  Then formulates conclusions based on the results of the experiments?  This is in contrast to cherry-picking data to fit a pre-conceived conclusion? What do you think?  Again, we’d have to agree.

Actions as Experiments and Questions

Attempting to find out something is the essence of what we call spiritual exploration.  So, the above quote aligns nicely with our philosophy.  Spiritual exploration is the action of investigating higher states of consciousness and exploring the boundaries of awareness.   

Questions and experiments is essentially what we do when we engage in meditation.  When we use methods to change awareness or explore other states of consciousness.  When we meditate, it is a way of asking questions about the boundaries of awareness.  When we meditate, we are experimenting with consciousness.  There are several types of seated and moving meditation that accomplish these changes.

Life's Questions and Experiments

Actions as experiments and questions also include the effects of several critical thinking tools.  Comparative analysis is an example.  This is a scientific approach to comparative religious study.  This process enables participants to confront the boundaries of their own beliefs by comparing them with the components of other systems.   The study of logic and mathematics also expands our awareness.  

Overall, actions as experiments and questions is a good way of describing the processes within the scope of spiritual exploration.  

Spiritual Technologies

Spiritual technologies are tools for exploring consciousness.  They are a means of posing questions and experiments to our awareness.  They result from generations of research by cultures around the world. These processes stand up to the test of science. They are repeatable and measurable. They do not require belief in religious doctrine.  So, everyone who can follow a process can use them. We call the practice of these processes spiritual exploration.

You can list these tools in several ways. Some fall into more than one group.   We like this simple method.

Life’s Questions and Experiments

If we think about life as an experiment of consciousness it gives us a unique perspective.

If this article resonates, there are more on our blog. To find out more about our organization, see our page FAQ.

Interested in spiritual exploration?  Check out the blended learning process at the core of our teaching process. It reflects what Joseph Campbell called the Hero’s Journey.  Our learning options include both face-to-face and virtual learning sessions.  Please consider donating and supporting our mission. This helps others learn the knowledge for developing their own path.


Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s Book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia
Friedrich Nietzsche, Daybreak: Thoughts on the Prejudices of Morality

You Might Also Like

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *