- Religion and Philosophy
THE BIG ONE! 1.0
THE BIG ONE! 1.0
I realize the unlikelihood of this study reaching an indisputable conclusion regarding a subject which has challenged the logic, beliefs, faith, and lack thereof, of the world's brightest minds throughout the ages: “Can our Existence be boiled down to a “tragic pantomime” between Good and Evil?” However, while I feel well grounded in my beliefs, I’m at a very introspective point in my life where I feel it important and healthy to question everything- whether to make adjustments or to learn more about myself and what I believe. So this is a huge issue to me and one that I just felt compelled to write out the other day: My initial response to the Good vs. Evil question is that “Yes, I believe that is the core of our existence”, but there are several factors to look at before I can say this with certainty. BIG factors!
Journalism 101 says that one must always ask “Who, What, When, and Where”, but I feel this study will be long enough by the time I feel solid about the 5th “W”, my “Why”. And until then, the other questions are quite irrelevant. Agreed?
So firstly, “Why” has been a key question I ask for many aspects of my personal life. I feel much better about investing my time and energy (and sometimes even to press forward) if I have a reason. I can’t even imagine going through life without a reason. In fact, I wouldn’t- even be here today. Strangely, the inspiration for this study of the overriding question of, “WHY?” is the question that is worded oh, so eloquently- by Agent Smith- in the movie, The Matrix: “Why, Mr. Anderson? Why do you do it? Why get up? Why keep fighting? Do you believe you're fighting for something? For more than your survival? Can you tell me what it is? Do you even know? Is it freedom? Or truth? Perhaps peace? Could it be for love? Illusions, Mr. Anderson. Vagaries of perception. The temporary constructs of a feeble human intellect trying desperately to justify an existence that is without meaning or purpose!”……. “Because I CHOOSE to!” is Neo’s noble, cheesy, and yet very though provoking reply. This Freewill will tie in later in this thesis, but for now it only muddies the waters of the question of “Why?” If there is something bigger than ourselves, a destination to prepare for at the end of our journey, then that is the clear reason we “do it”. But if our existence is not composed of Good and Evil- if nothing is right and nothing is wrong- and we simply exist in a Grey tundra- and especially if the Grey tundra SUCKS- then WHY indeed?
Ok. Now, it is not my goal of this study to cast despair, make light of, or shame anyone for their viewpoints or beliefs. I haven’t lived your lives and I don’t know your circumstances, and Lord knows, I’ve been to the point of confusion and desperation, and even of just giving up! (And the more we want to find an answer and a meaning, the more guarded we become and the harder it is to fully embrace something….anything). I also know that many feel a need to “see it to believe it” or to have measurable “proof”, but I have learned and now believe that the most important issues in our existences need to be “believed to be seen”, and the PROOF touches you and speaks to you in a way that you don’t need to believe- because now you KNOW! So I certainly don’t mean to make an indictment of any individual or group that disagrees with me regarding my beliefs and my Knowledge of these issues. After all, it’s not my place to issue judgment or blame in any way. I believe that each of us make choices as our own free will dictates, formed by the eye-opening experiences we’ve had (or haven’t- yet) and the core values that we cling to. Ultimately, I’m not trying to change anyone else’s mind more than I am to equip myself in preparation for imminent future discussions in which I will be bombarded with so-called proof, and forced to explain myself. But more importantly, this is my self- study of an issue that is important to me and writing down my findings should “stake claim” for a better understanding of my Life for myself. After all, can we REALLY say we believe something that we don’t understand in the least, or even make an attempt at grasping? This is my attempt!! :………………………………
As I begin my study, let me establish where it is that I'm coming from and where my understanding lies: A core conviction, which I am proud of and of which I will never waver, is that I am a follower of Jesus Christ, purified by His blood, and made joint-heirs of the Kingdom of God!! I believe that God the Father spoke a perfect Creation into existence; the Devil (one of God’s Angels, fallen by Pride) contaminated the Purity of the World, infecting us all with Sin and Death. God sent His only Son, Jesus, who, being both God and Man, died in my place that I may be judged as Pure for eternity! I believe that the Bible is the very Word of God Himself, written by humans who were under the guidance and inspiration of the Holy Spirit. I believe that as a creation of God, my mind, comprehension, and logic are contained by simple human characteristics and limitations which would clearly not apply to an infinite, all-knowing, all-powerful, omnipresent GOD who created every atom and molecule by speaking. (I’ll grant others the notion that the mind is the most powerful tool known to man, and is capable of producing amazing things, both tangible and intangible. But then at least acknowledge my stance that there is far more unknown, unseen, and incomprehensible- a belief born of both Faith and experience. I understand that it makes life far more “controllable” to live by the “I have to see it to believe it” stance, but at the core of every self help book, walking on coals experience, and champion athlete there is even far more validity to my “I have to believe it to see it” realization. But don’t believe me-I’m a simple minded idiot- but there is only one true way to prove me “wrong” (…. You won’t regret it!). I believe that it would be absolute arrogance and utter ignorance for me to maintain that anything which I can’t comprehend or “prove” by the “Laws” of Science (such as the very origin of these “Laws”) must in fact not exist or be true at all……. But I digress:
I believe in Good and Evil. Yes, even so naïve as in God and the Devil! I choose to follow God, whose main desire from Man (me) is for me to bring Him Praise. Now there are many things that I can do which bring God praise. In fact, I can do MOST things in a manner which Praises Him. These are Right. However, my apparent downfall is that I believe that the things that don’t bring Him praise- DON’T. And this is everything else. These are Wrong. Right and Wrong. Good and Evil. Black and White. I hope that this simple understanding of my purpose in life helps you see why I question the presence of, and a consuming desire for there to be, an arrogant and adversarial “grey area” for each and every aspect of our existence.
It is the common stance amongst members of the media, those who believe themselves more intelligent and better educated, and of the mouths that bark loudest that it is an awful trait for an individual to live their lives “too Black and White”. They like to assign intelligent sounding labels such as “false dichotomy” and “logical fallacy” to support these “obvious” truths which are far above the naïve, Lay-folk. Case in point, search “false dilemma” (another term often used) on Wikipedia, and you will find the weakest, most unconvincing description EVER- one that does no more than repeat its own name over and over, in different ways. It would, in fact, appear that these folks who are the naïve, small minded individuals, who, despite the overwhelming amount of occurrences which are out of their control, still maintain that there can be no Power greater than their own mind. It would be an unfair characterization for anyone to call them crazy- more… Lazy- displayed by clinging onto the easiest (yes, if we can grasp it- easiest) possible solution. This definitive….(definitively lacking) summary is a perfect case-in-point of how the notion that it is O.K. to believe in Nothing greater than oneself and stand for Nothing at all (except for the infallible wisdom of standing for Nothing), is founded solely on Nothing more than Pride and Greed. And, although it is basic human nature, this corruption spreading to the top of our socio-economic system to be preached to our youth as truth, is relatively new in the grand scheme of (American) culture. Wow!… *Breathe…
Ultimately, what this “Ali Stance” (I am the greatest!) really does is assign indistinguishable essences to People, Actions, and Nature/Creation alike. In doing so, this excuses us, as “Dust in the Wind”, of every obligation in Life, as well as any accountabilityto act appropriately and conform to the laws which govern our times. It also gives the Secular World, as the majority, the platform to judge anyone who believes- or doesn’t believe- differently than they do -or don’t- , and conveniently pigeon-hole these people as the judgmental ones!
((Can you sense my frustration?))
There!! That’s out of my system now, so let’s do this:........
(See: “The BIG ONE! 2.0”)