"Is That All There Is?" Peggy Lee's Hit Song. From Atheism to Reincarnation. There's Joy Even In A Baby's First Cry!
There Is Something In Us That Seems To Require An Exit Line -- Either From Us, Or About Us
If That's All There Is, Then Let's Keep Dancing...
Peggy Lee ended this conversation before it started. How could a lonely strange bluesy song from the 50's say so much in a short space?
The atheist says: "That's all there is". And that's just fine. Indeed. The religious or spiritually active answers: "No, that's not all there is to a fire, or a circus, or love". There's so much more in our minds.
The Atheist just says, "Yes this is a complex and marvelous world, and it doesn't need a God!
"I remember when I was a very little girl, our house caught on fire.
I'll never forget the look on my father's face as he gathered me up
in his arms and raced through the burning building out to the pavement.
I stood there shivering in my pajamas and watched the whole world go up in Flames.
Then I fell in love, with the most wonderful boy in the world.
We would take long walks by the river or just sit for hours gazing into each other's eyes.
We were so very much in love.
Then one day, he went away. And I thought I'd die -- but I didn't.
And when I didn't I said to myself, "Is that all there is to love?"
Is that all there is, is that all there is
If that's all there is my friends, then let's keep dancing
Let's break out the booze and have a ball
If that's all there is
Many many Americans don't go to organized churches, do "believe" in a God, but also believe in some kind of after life; but also subscribe to a moral code that they might describe as "religious" or "spiritual". Also many hold what are really political beliefs with a vehemence or zeal that they feel gives them permission to break criminal codes. In this case morality, politics, crime all blend into a melange -- a state that gives them political grace that does not require God. In fact, if the word "GOD" is ever spoken, it is with an epithet.
The Supremacy of The Atheists Position.
Others don't know it, but they should envy the atheist. They SAY they never experience doubt or fear. This wonderful set of spiritual skills and states make them so secure that they do not need to ask myriads of questions. It is for this reason that I would like to commend atheists to a high pinnacle. It is just the sorry condition of the rest of the human race that we have not yet gathered unto ourselves the supremacy of an atheistic point of view.
I realize all of the previous paragraphs seem to be dripping with sarcasm, but read them and they are descriptions of my human state. The provoking question from the Atheist was "what are we lacking"?
My Lord, I feel that I am lacking in so many ways it would take a book to describe them. I do not feel lacking in skills or intelligence to live life at the physical level. My natural goals have to do with the myriads of issues above making a living, eating, and the whole array of human activities that we participate in. "Self Improvement" is a basket that we all carry around, probably too much for some, or not enough for many others
Maybe "Then Let's Keep Dancing" Is Transcendent And Simply Saying "I Have All I Need"
If it happens that atheists have much more complicated lives, then I would say that they have opted for simplicity. Simplicity of thought, and abandoning other modes of thought is not bad, its less confusing. I think Atheists are just efficient; and if that makes them happy, then more power to them.
To be Provocative - The Multiple Theoretical Placement of "Reincarnative" Activity. Maybe There Is Simplicity Underneath The Complexity
A belief in Reincarnation declares that all of us probably have been an atheist, Episcopalian, Hindu, Shaman or whatever in all of our lives. It is in the human spirit to feel self-contained, and then there are other experiences that people live that put them in other "life states".
To be an atheist in a reincarnative context is to force yourself into certain experiences and realizations. The atheist does not wipe himself out of existence, as many religious people would believe. They are just head strong and independent and don't feel a need for a religious life. That doesn't make them strong as much as it probably reveals a historic life which has not yet been tried in many ways. But it doesn't matter.
The "Hand of God" as an "Intervening Entity" Is Not Felt. It Is All So Complex and "Already Directed" That The "Awe of Birth" is Swallowed Up In The "First Consuming Cry"
They will be back. In this theoretical approach, we will ALL be back and therefore the Probably in some other culture, probably in a place of war, or privation or conflict; they will look up into the sky and wonder why the hell things turned out like they did. If they are still atheists, then they will simply go through another experience and return again into the Nameless--- only to prepare themselves for a new existence.
No Trouble ----- All Of Us Are "Precious Treasures"
No trouble, we are all "Precious Treasures". If in the end of scores of life times, they still think "This is all there is", then probably they will be granted their "non-wished for" state -- Certainly NOT oblivion. Too many places, too many Empathic States to take up residence in.
And with all the possible places and situations maybe, they might ask for one last dance with Peggy Lee.
© 2012 Christofer French