My observation—borne out in my own life as well—is that most people give up at the thought of even trying to figure anything out about how Life works. We tend to pick a path and hope for the best, understandably focusing on our own narrow range of interests, expertise, and experiences. There’s nothing wrong with that. But this approach narrows the scope of contributions offered and opportunities available.
In the context of my own ‘studies’ about life and science and religion and my observations about what we’re doing to one another in these times, what I discovered is that we have an abundance (and surely in some instances an over-abundance) of occasional pseudo- and mostly quite- legitimate experts putting forth a host of enlightening yet hopelessly confusing and competing theories and scenarios. When examined individually and with only a limited amount of working knowledge, most nonetheless seem perfectly reasonable and believable … at least until we consider the refutation of a particular argument or offering in the next chapter or article or book.
One can read the musings of an Intelligent Design proponent and agree that the viewpoint expressed is obviously the Answer, moments before you take time to understand Darwin’s theory of evolution or read Sam Harris and quickly agree that the theory of Intelligent Design or indeed any religion-based explanation of creation is utter nonsense; shortly before reading why Muslims believe as they do and understand; until of course you read the Bible and realize that that obviously holds THE one and only Truth, and on and on it goes. It quickly becomes obvious that there are Great Truths and Idiotic Fallacies in every strain of religious/spiritual belief.
[The comments above are from my book, Life Will Answer.]
So now what? Given the underlying truths [evidenced daily] supporting those observations, when do we begin reflecting upon so many competing beliefs—each held with the same levels of fervor and certainty as any other—and recognize the inherent dilemma? Who is right? What is right?
Is opposition to same-sex marriage an Absolute Command? Or is the killing of journalists Okay because one’s Deity of Choice is terribly sensitive about how It is depicted in cartoons? Are we obliged to give thanks to a Deity—allegedly In Charge of Everything—Who permits horrific tragedies of one sort or another, causing great injuries and even deaths, but for some odd reason decided that one or more should be spared?
Why not just decide not to have such tragedies in the first place, and then everyone will be okay? [Or are those children and elderly victims, or housewives, or other victims—each/all of whom just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time actually some variation of godless scum who deserved such a fate while those spared had a place in the Right Line?]
THE DRAWBACKS OF THE UNVERIFIABLE
How much unverifiable nonsense should we expect ourselves to abide by before it becomes clear that there might actually be a different path or two for each and all of us to travel during our time here on Earth? As my book suggests, what if the concept of a Supreme Being by whatever name or description one chooses is actually More? And by extension, what if the possibilities we own are likewise more than we allow ourselves to both believe and act upon?
What if never-ending opposition and conflict whose primary objectives seem to be the creation of even more never-ending opposition and conflict—all over irrational and unverifiable imaginings—were not actually the way we’re supposed to live [and also not what we’re obliged to coerce others into believing as well]?
What if we indeed actually had more, better, higher objectives to pursue, accompanied by full freedom and responsibility of doing so completely unencumbered by mandates which have to date required extraordinary amounts of denial and self-deceptions to sustain and justify?
What if Life was actually about so much more than we’ve collectively and individually decided up to this point? In the process of doing so, we would also be ridding ourselves of the useless baggage of fears and judgments and condemnations. What if we were free to choose … everything, knowing that Life Will Answer?
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~ My Photo: sunrise at Long Beach, Rockport, MA – 08.22.05
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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.