Considering the questions which first prompted my book Life Will Answer, and the related ones which daily living raises—notably those concerning the conflicts resulting from the irreconcilable, unprovable beliefs which have guided mankind for ages—I eventually circled around this most basic question: What if Life was more?
If there is an “Infinite Consciousness/God/Allah/Supreme Being/Whatever/Whoever” of some unquantifiable, undefinable measure which stood outside the realms of time and space to originate the Universe from the Big Bang, deciding what the “more” might be leaves us a fairly wide-open field. Surely it must all be about so much more than we’ve demonstrated to date!
It is almost impossible for us to wrap our minds around the notion that our all-but-(or literally) infinite Universe just started up on its own. Our understandings and capabilities do not allow for the possibility that Nothing then caused Something/Everything. So of course we have to assume there is/was some kind of Magnificence which serves as The Source. The key issue is how to define that; what might “It” be; and Why?
Once we step beyond the limits of the time, space, matter, and energy which would be needed to actually figure that out—to calculate and discover what the Source of that Singularity was (the Nothing which in a micro-gazillionth of a second became the beginnings of this ever-expanding Universe)—we’re tasked with first identifying the methods of discovering and then calculating … Nothing. That, dear readers, will take some serious effort on the computer. We will definitely be working through lunch.
“God” or “Allah” (and various off-shoots) are popular Answers. What Life Will Answer suggests is that the Source is deserving of a different definition and understanding—something even Grander and Greater than we’ve imagined. This will be true both for those who choose to believe there is such an Entity, and for those others (like me) who either deny or doubt such an Existence—or choose to define and understand It differently.
On the other hand, to just accept that science and pre-science alone created the Universe leaves us with a great deal of randomness and an apparent absence of purpose and meaning. That’s a state of affairs which will pretty much leave all of us free to do, think, and believe whatever we want. So perhaps that doesn’t necessarily work, either.
Life Will Answer is about going above and beyond the systems of varying beliefs and governing behaviors. The book and this related blog aims to develop and envision a greater unifying theme about Life [and/or “God/Allah/Whatever” if that terminology is a comforting necessity.]
What Life Will Answer suggests is that this “Source” [as I have chosen to name and define “It”] works for and with us in a vastly different, freer, and more unconditional way than we have ever conceived of. Call It God/Allah if you wish, but it’s time we consider the possibility that this concept of the Creative Source of Everything is so much more than we have ever allowed ourselves to believe.
Reflecting on the observations offered is simply an opportunity to consider an alternate perspective about Life, premised on a more considered appreciation of how Life actually works. You are then free to reevaluate some of your beliefs and adopt more expansive ones, or you can remain comfortable with those you brought to this exercise. There is no independent right or wrong here.
Life will be as you choose, as it always has been. It’s the fundamental premise of Life Will Answer.
~ 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.
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Looking Left and Right: Thought-provoking inquiries & observations about the conflicts arising from, and bolstered by, our increasingly polarized nation.
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The Middle Age Follies: An occasional column offering a slightly skewed look at life for those of us on the north side of 50 … far north, actually.