[W]hile a creed can rightly be a personal compass, it’s wrongly deployed as marching orders or a governing strategy.
The basic premise of my book is just as the title suggests: Life Will Answer. No matter what one’s goals or ambitions, whatever a person believes herself to be called to do—whatever the purpose one is certain he is here to fulfill—with enough passion, commitment, effort, and belief, success can be attained simply because Life Answers without judgment. [Of course, there are some understandable limitations; the basic laws of physics for one; and certain other realities one must accept … at least a decade or two past my prime, I’m not next year’s National Hockey League MVP no matter how fervent and dedicated my efforts.]
A GOD’s WILL?
As convenient and self-serving as it may be to the religious hierarchy with loyal and faithful followers clinging to her or his every word, the premise of the book is that there is no “God’s/Deity’s/Whatever’s Will” which we’re all commanded to obey, or else. Likewise, there are no designated “superiors” blessed with some special phone line directly to the Deity of Choice.
That’s not to declare or even suggest that one cannot harbor that belief, and passionately so at that. The point is that we’re each and all free to develop whatever beliefs [or nonbeliefs] we desire. Evidence is all around us that this is precisely what’s done. But there is no independent Entity issuing commands, and/or sending the disobedient off to eternal damnation.
Not only is that an incredibly silly concept, one must wonder what kind of Supreme Anything would presumably grant each of us so many opportunities provided that we are doing so to honor and obey this Unknown, Charitable Person-like Deity. If It’s Magnificent Enough to be the Creator of Everything, it’s rather small-minded of It to demand all that groveling and thanks. Wouldn’t It be just a bit above such trifling needs? If It created everything, then how can It have needs to begin with? And if It is that magnificent, why on earth [or elsewhere] would It depend on such inferior, occasionally paranoid, too often mean-spirited, hostile, bigoted, judgmental “servants” to do Its bidding?
Talk about setting Oneself up for failure!
FREEDOM TO BELIEVE
Given these—among many other—inquiries, while we’re each nonetheless free to adopt beliefs founded on those questionable premises, those manufactured edicts should and must remain personal. There is no obligation to proactively persuade/insist that others must then accept those same tenets in their own lives. If one is so certain of their beliefs in a Deity and rewards in the afterlife, shouldn’t that be enough?
More to the point, given the hollowness of behaviors by public personalities and politicians presumably being guided by such glorious mandates, how they treat others gives lie to their professed devotions to a Deity. Manufactured as they are [which is, as my book suggest, precisely what we are free and ought to be doing, so that every possible experience is given a chance to in fact be experienced] not only is there no obligation to impose beliefs on others—given how flimsy is any supporting evidence—there is instead a greater obligation to serve the best interests of all who enable leaders in the first place. There’s little or no room for personal creeds to serve as guiding principles when there are so many other, different, and contested beliefs, values, and principles among the electorate.
Insisting on one’s own convictions as the basis for all guidance for everyone else regardless of their own convictions—arrogance aside—is a guarantee of conflict and little else. With opposing beliefs every bit as firm, there will be no prevailing by either side in the endless skirmishes.
The point being?
Perhaps another way or two … or ten, might be worth considering? Unless of course, endless skirmishes are what we’re all here to engage in, but that begs several more questions….
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In 2014, I published an eBook entitled Life Will Answer. It’s an exploration of life, religion, and the tenuous connection one has with the other—at least as has been defined to date by the various theologies of past and present-day believers.
I don’t pretend to be a religious scholar. I am at best a casual observer of some religion-based behaviors, but given that I have also authored a book discussing those matters, perhaps that makes me more than a casual observer.
A fundamental point of the book is that Life has been established to honor and answer the choices each and all of us make—whatever they are and however they may be judged by the standards and guidelines we as a society have established. I do not accept the notion that there is a God or another Deity of choice offering wildly arbitrary thumbs-ups and thumbs-downs, or that this Deity has edicts we’re free to abide by or not (although if we don’t there will be hell to pay).
I wrote that book on the premise that there is more to this life than the narrow-minded, conflicting, and occasionally dangerous notions various religions offer. Given the large number of them each claiming passionate followers, it’s absurd for any collection of humans to insist that their Deity assures them It is the One and Only. Countless Peers and their own loyal adherents take issue with that.
Every day we are witness to the absurdities—and too often, the atrocities—committed in the name of some Deity or another by adherents convinced that they and they alone are privy to the guidance and dictates of that One and Only. There is little room, if any, for reason, logic, or rational thought. The absence of an intelligent component guiding their beliefs and conduct—replaced as it as by fears and justifications untethered from reality—carries its own set of consequences.
Are we really to believe that we’re all commanded or obliged to above all else obey and honor and worship one Supreme Being [among many]? How stultifying! This Magnificence is so needy and weak that It needs us to do things to satisfy It? Hello!? How did It manage to survive all those billions of years without us?!
Magical thinking is not a shield to the inevitable harm which results when irrational and mindless behaviors collide with reason and fact. We have some choices to make, and a future to concern ourselves with.
Re-establishing this blog is my own contribution to wiser problem-solving than what seems to be the norm. Too many are in position where their delusions carry heavy and needless consequences to all of us.