Musings

If there is an all-powerful, all-knowing force that comprises all of existence, I don’t believe we reach It through deep meditation or a powerful “trip.”  We don’t need to—It’s always there and we can’t help but be It, and we certainly can’t escape It.  If It exists, I believe It’s indulging in a fantasy where It’s composed of separate parts, so that It may appreciate Its own benevolence through every conceivable perspective, and that “we” are simply It’s dreams.

If there is a God, I don’t trip that I’m It, (S)He’s tripping that (S)He’s Kent.

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12 thoughts on “Musings

  1. Interesting perspective on the existence of a higher power. I’m not sure I agree, but that is most likely because I’m still trying to figure it out for myself and haven’t reached the same belief as you, or something different, just yet.
    I’ve always favored the idea that all myth and/or religion has some sort of truth at its base. With that in mind, humanity has, throughout history, recorded and passed along the notion that there is, in fact, a higher power. This higher power has been given many names (even a group of names i.e. Greek and Roman mythology), but the bottom line is that humans have believed that there is something/someone greater than us… a creator, mentor, teacher, whatever. We (humans, in general) seem to carry within us this “seed” of spirituality that typically acknowledges the possibility, at least, of a being that is beyond us and that when our body dies, our spirit/soul/what-have-you transcends to be with that which is beyond.
    Are we just a dream in someone else’s head? Interesting possibility…
    Some of my favorite questions…
    Does Christianity have it right? What if we’re all wrong? What if we’re all right?
    Things that make you go hmmm…

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    • I was listening to a lecture that Jordan Peterson did on the Bible stories. I don’t always agree with him, but what he said about the gods of the Romans and Greeks made sense and was something I hadn’t thought of. They represented aspects of existence which could have power over someone’s thinking and behaviour in much the same way as if they had been external autonomous personalities. When a war comes along, the people are in the grip of a god-like force which propels them to aggression and self-sacrifice. Ares/Mars has them under his influence. The same may be true for the love of learning which unites a school of philosophy (Athena/Minerva) (actually its confusing that she is also the goddess of war and everything else under the sun) , or the sexual love (Aphrodite/Venus) which inflames each generation and leads to the next generation.

      When I read the Bible a couple of years ago, it seemed to me that it reads coherently if, in the Old Testament, you replace the word “God” with the word “integrity”. (Unfortunately accommodating to prevalent prejudices regarding women, gays and people with skin blemishes, etc., is seen as part of maintaining the integrity of society.) In the New Testament, it makes sense if you replace “God” with “nature” or “love” depending on the context. And love is, arguably, a more effective way of promoting social cohesion than the strict laws of the Old Testament. Once again, it requires personal integrity, because honesty (in its kindest form) is crucial to loving behaviour, and we are unlikely to be consistently honest with others if we are not honest with ourselves. And lack of integrity (in the sense of being divided against ourselves) saps the generosity which is the essence of love.

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      • In general I agree with him (I don’t believe political correctness should be equated to the Gulag Archipelago, but maybe unfair fines). In some of his lectures, he says God represents the idea of a future. So you bargain with the future by sacrificing immediate gratification. I believe that’s a sound way of looking at it.

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    • I think you can’t go wrong with the basics: be nice to people, be smart and capable, be disciplined, etc. etc. I think regardless of whether God exists, there’s a reason those basic qualities are echoed throughout myths, parables, and scriptures.

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