Imagine for a moment all magic is real. You have been given the ability to cast any two different spells on two separate individuals meaning each individual receives their own unique spell. What sort of spell would you cast on them. Describe the individuals, the corresponding spell and your motivations behind this.
I’ve recently deactivated my facebook and I would like to try and make tumblr my home again. The problem is many of the people I really care for will never have a tumblr page but that’s alright. I don’t really need to substitute real life interaction with a screen anymore. It’s been three days since I deactivated and as silly as it sounds I feel pretty liberated by the whole endeavor. God, first world problems!
It’s all so stupid to me anymore. The fact that no matter what I chose to like on that site it will always find a way to share pointless pictures and memes that are entirely irrelevant and unwaveringly annoying. I find it comical and sad that now that it is November many people of the facebook community have decided to devote each day to the things they are thankful for. “30 days of thanks.” It seems ridiculous because for the vast majority of the time all that is on there is complaints.
And I am not complaining that they have things to be thankful for. Maybe I just hate trends. I’m sure that is the case. I’ve always been that way. Call me a hipster. I don’t give a fuck.
In fact I don’t give a fuck about much of anything anymore. I’ve been really struggling emotionally, dealing with being alone and lonely all the time in a new town. Worried about my future. Telling myself not to and just enjoy the moment.
I am always trying to convince myself of something. Always trying to find the pattern or the trail behind the lines. What lies beneath. What have you. Always seeking the truth.
Over the past year I let go of a lot of people and for a while I regretted that fact but now I see that it was for the best. Every person comes into our lives for a reason. Maybe. Truthfully we cannot say whether this a fact or not. Either everything happens for a reason or nothing does.
And yes, it must be that black and white. Truth is that black and white.
I can’t seem to keep my mind straight lately though. My mind wanders all over the place. It is almost as if my mind itself is pacing. I’m chasing it like a kid trying to keep up with a kite or a dog on a leech.
I’ll tell you something though even with all these disturbances within my own personal psyche I would still gladly be alone than with many of the people I have met in my life.
As I have grown older I have steadily become more an introvert and even more so a loner. Sometimes I relapse into my extroversion and in those moments I realize why I do not engage with people as often as I once did. They tire me and make me feel all the more lonely.
I don’t know who said it and I would venture to say a lot of people have that “there is nothing worst than being alone in a crowd.” I’m not sure if that is true, I’m sure there are worst things that could happen, there always seems to be.
The funny thing about life in all it’s grossness and magnificence is that no matter what we go through no matter how terrible, devastating, heartbreaking, or even wonderful a thing is we always get through it. No matter what the experience is we always transcend.
I like that very much about life. And when I think about what it means to really be alive I think it means excepting the temporal nature of our existence and our experiences. I think it requires a certain level of attachment as well as detachment. And to be honest I could go on forever about the importance of duality and balance and believe you me I have.
I’m not even sure what my intentions are with this post. Frankly I have no intentions. No expectations therefore, I cannot be disappointed.
Shakespeare said that the best way to avoid disappointment was to avoid expectations and I quite agree. This speaks to me so deeply because I have been consistently bothered (to say the very least) by my expectations of others and theirs of me.
So I am trying not to have anything and I am trying to accept the temporal nature of life. To simply be.
But I get antsy and I think and I pace and I worry and I wonder. And I have run on sentences. These are not my best qualities nor are they my worst. I will never be perfect even though I strive to be knowing it is impossible and ridiculous. I don’t mean perfect in the sense without flaw but I want to be perfect in my acceptance of my flaws and those of others.
This is one of the many reasons I deactivated my facebook.I was tired of my hypocrisy and of theirs. I was tired of constant stream of stupidity and even more so I was tired of my reactions to these things. I began to realize that logging in had become such a habit for me that I was losing myself in the newsfeed and becoming enraged by it and angered even more so by my own rage. I’m either psychotic or complicated either are plausible.
But truly when I get down to the real nitty gritty of it all I hate facebook for what it has taken away from the human race that uses it so prevalently. I hate facebook because people are becoming lonelier as a result. We are connected but truly incredibly disconnected to our true selves, to one another, to our reality. We are consistently bombarded by the virtual nonsense that is merely an illusion.
And most of what you are told to think is an illusion or a lie which are pretty synonymous. It’s kind of like when you’re growing up and you have all these big dreams about who or what you want to be when you get older and adulthood just seems all the more magical than childhood and you grow up one day and realize what a load of bullshit that was and you become cynical from it all.
I try not to be cynical but a good part of me is but not without reason. I think about all the prevailing ideas that surround our culture and the way woman are projected as damsels in distress and men are warriors. But really what are they getting at?
They are setting a premise for your life. It is the same way that everyone no matter how much they suck at something are getting some sort of reward for mere participation. And if you wanna know the truth I am against equality if it doesn’t equal justice.
In fact I would take truth, justice, liberty, and joy over political correctness, equality, freedom, and the pursuit of happiness. If you don’t believe there is a difference you need to study your etymology. There is more truth in the origin of language than in our history. I will tell you that much.
I don’t really know much of anything except that there are eternal truths that we must face. There are highs and lows we must face but without either we could enjoy neither. There I go with the duality again.
But it’s true. This is why pleasure for the sake of pleasure does nothing but leave you high and dry. Morality exists not because we need it to. It exists because its truths are just as real as the air you are breathing and if you feel the breath of truth in your lungs then you must at least know something is there.
It is the old Cartesian dialog of whether or not we actually exist. There is no way of knowing except for the fact that we think, so we are.
And life is more than simple subjective choses but those subjective choses are the most important because of the universe existing as a whole. So maybe all of this is some mass illusion and none of it is real. Than what is real?
We cannot say what is and what isn’t unequivocally. We cannot use merely the material because we do not grant consciousness it’s proper place and meaning. If we are conscious and we are part of this whole than the whole must also be conscious at some level.
The mass majority would have you just exist for consumption, procreation, and death. They tell you it is good to be in the belly of the beast.
But I say no way. I see absolutes and I see truths. They are of such depth they are almost unspeakable and truly may be for they may be subconscious.
Human beings are complex. We are full of emotions but also of intellect. We are capable of the most heinous and debauched behaviors but also the most beautiful and giving behaviors. We are empathetic.
And empathy at it’s heart must mean something deeper than words could ever express. Or are we to believe that all martyrs die for pride?
For every vice there is a stronger virtue. For every pain there is not only an equal pleasure but a lasting lesson.
We must understand that each and every moment in our own individual lives are far more important than the projections or ideas of ourselves that the celebrities, politicians, and the media impose on us.
The saddest facts of this era are the following:
1) We are educated to be indoctrinated into a system that is made to fail.
2) We have been trained to compare ourselves with others.
3) We have been taught to be so completely tolerant that we have lost sight of ourselves and the truth.
And the saddest of all
3) We believe some lives are of more value than others.
All of these are tools of manipulation. Leading ultimately to our society’s demise. And a great many of us won’t see it coming and won’t know how to fight back anymore.
I won’t stand back and watch our beautiful world go up in flames without a fight. I am a lover but I will fight to the death for what I believe in. And you should too.
You should never let anyone devalue you in any way and you should never be afraid to speak your mind.
Stop worrying about hurting someone’s feelings and tell them the truth. Lies bring bondage. The truth will set you free. It always has and it always will.
I have been all out of sorts lately. Unable to really eat. Forcing myself to sleep by doing nothing but lying in silence with my eyes closed and more than enough melatonin for someone at least twice my size. Sometimes the sleep just comes, other times I just lie and cry.
All of this is because I’m so lonely especially in crowds. When all the faces as nice as they are only make me wish you were here.
I feel abandoned and I just cannot figure out whether I should try and move on or let the missing and my love for you wait this out. Whatever all this is. I’m confused and conflicted. I feel so broken.
Then I listen to this song. When I hear it my mind is flooded with a very precious memory. A memory I never knew would mean anything at all to me. Yet, looking back now this memory has a tremendous affect on the love that I desire. Desire for the same love I saw in my mother and stepfather eyes as they sang this to each other and danced with one other in the middle of my living room. They did this a lot, the dancing and singing to one another around the house. It’s a simple but profound display.
My stepfather is a very intense person and as a teenager I thought he was a terrible person. In many ways he only made me stronger. The truth of the matter is that the love he has for my mother and the love that my mother has for him is stronger than any love I’ve ever been witness to. Those lyrics: “there’s no one else above you” was literal for them.
Now with all my sadness I still believe in us. I won’t settle for anything less than what they have. It’s true love and it’s real. I’ve seen in with my own eyes. The way he catered specifically to my mother. The way my mother doesn’t want to do a single thing without letting him know isn’t because he is controlling her it is because truly they wish to be there and to share each moment with one another. I believe everyone deserves that kind of love but not everyone wants it.
Everything that Madonna says in this interview is nothing short of phenomenal. She expresses so much truth and everyone should watch both this interview and her short film.
And most definitely watch this! Her short film secretprojectrevolution.
It made me cry for every reason one can fathom, this is what true art does. It has it’s own voice and it isn’t afraid it is proud and it stands up for the oppressed. It stands for truth! It stand for love which is the ultimate truth.
Yesterday someone told me that I should stop being so emotional and at first the comment just slide right through me like water turned vapor. Yet, the more I thought about it the more disgusted with it I became. Yeah, I could be less emotional. I could care less and feel less but why should that be? Why should I calm any part of passion in me for anyone else?
I’m really tired of trying to justify myself. I’m tired of trying to clarify misunderstandings. I’m absolutely sickeningly nauseated by explaining myself to those that won’t, don’t and cannot ever truly comprehend who I am or what motivates me.
The truth is I don’t need to. I don’t need to have any sort of explanation or reasoning or justification for my emotions. They are how I feel. The ones being touched upon in that certain instance were emotions of a deep purple passion with hues of red. And I’m not going to let them go.
I will not sacrifice who I am or how I feel for anyone. I shouldn’t. Neither should you.
The truth is I have but one life to live. Maybe. Hopefully.
In this life we know nothing. We can never truly know anything except for that which we know based upon experience.
My experience is my life, it is who I am. My emotions are a part of that experience. They are a part of who I am. I will not sacrifice the way that I feel to make you more comfortable.
Being uncomfortable is how you gain understanding. I’m passionate about people. I’m passionate about philosophy. Truth! Beauty! Art! I’m passionate about communication, relationships, and expression.
I am passionate about life.
I will not apologize for who I am anymore.
“I am who I am and that is all I can be”. To ask anything more or anything less of me is a terrible joke. And “that joke isn’t funny anymore”. Truth be told it never was.
A great deal of the human race spends their entire existence attempting to be something they are not.They build an entire persona around the ideas other have about them, never really digging deep enough within themselves to find out who they truly are or what they truly need or want.
You are what you are and that is all you can be.
There is no shame in it. In fact you should take pride in who you are because no one is exactly the same. Everyone is unique. Maybe not in every sense but you have unique traits and characteristics that are melded together just so to become the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual entity that is you.
You are a spark, a light, a fire, a flame, a star in the cosmos. You are both a part of the universe and the universe itself. You are experiencing a portion and a perspective of the universe that no one else truly grasps as well as you.
So don’t apologize ever for what you feel or what you think. This is who you are. Be who you are. Do not look outside yourself for answers or guidance. The best answers and guidance are within you. Only you truly know and understand your needs and desires, your weakness and strengths.
People are individual perspective masks of the universe, actors playing a part in a play. Shakespeare was right the world is a stage. We are all in a state of constant becoming. We exist in a reality of duality where the ups and downs appear as quick as a breath enters and exists our lungs. You can choose to hold onto that breath for a longer time, be it a breath or sorrow or be it a breath of joy, nevertheless the length that you hold the breath it will eventually leave you.
It has etched itself on your tissue and you’re forever altered by the scars it created but you are forever becoming. It is a lie that we are to obtain any sort of reward or punishment after this death. This is the life. This is the reality. Heaven, purgatory, and hell all exist in the now.
There is no reason to focus any or your energy on the idea of an afterlife. Regardless of whether or not it exists is not the question. The question is where do you want to be right now?
Do you want to live in bliss or do you want to suffer? Are you sure of anything?
Life is about becoming.
Perhaps once we die we finally become.
I like to think.
My perception of reality is different from yours and our differences are to be celebrated. It is only through coming into contact with the strange, the uncomfortable, the peculiar, the scary, the lonesome, the sad, the hateful, the judgmental, the irritating, that we come to learn and to grow.
Every moment is special and should be treated as the most spectacular instance thus far in your existence because at that very moment it is. Now is the time to cease the day. Now is the time to live. Now!
Things are finally looking up. A true direction north. I feel like I can finally breathe again. I feel at ease. I have a job that is relaxed. One that I can remain independent and manage myself. And the pay is good too.
Not only that I work a mon-fri 9-4 work week. This leaves me several hours a day for myself. It leaves me the weekend to think and create.
I’m excited. I’m getting ready to move into a new apartment. Looking for a bed. My birthday is coming up. I’m just so happy right now.
The current state of my life is the best it has been since I got out of high school. It is as if all the mistakes have finally been realized as the stumbling blocks they were and I am on my road to true success.
I’m truly ecstatic to be alive again. It feels like fresh air.
I had to get out of that town. I had to let go of those people. I simply had to move on. I had to lose myself to find myself.
John Lennox provides a fascinating talk about the universe and it’s origins with respect to biblical literature and the naturalistic worldview.
This talk is excellently titled the seven days that divide the world. This is in reference to the six day creation. There is always more to discover in the text than you think upon face value and those willing to give it true time and reflection can see a whole new world opening up to them especially if they can understand the Hebrew and the Greek. It is simply a myth that science and religion cannot coexist. It’s unfair and dogmatic on both sides to say this. Science cannot teach us the why answers. We have spirituality and religion for the why answers or we have no reason at all. To put it simply naturalism is in contrast with free will and ultimate purpose. It is a denial of absolute truths yet it pleads itself as one. It’s contradictory in nature. I think logically Atheism is contradictory as well.
Why no one believes in naturalism:
The ontological argument for god:
Logically agnosticism is the best stance to take upon first reexamination. Yet, I dare say when Lennox brings up the fact that we could see a word written in the sand and think it is a sign of intelligent life why than would we look at the human genome with it’s now 3 billion letters and somehow we don’t see intelligent life there? There are enough letters spread out through the dna to write War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy 300,000 times!
Check out the first 1000 letters on the first chromosome here.
To me it is necessary to have a healthy reexamination of my thought constructs, presuppositions, beliefs etc…
Where do they come from? Do I still agree? How do they make me feel? Are they really logical? Why?
I watched this debate and Richard Dawkins quotes Peter Atkins with regard to the fact that science cannot answer the why question saying, “the why question is just a silly question.”
I cannot wrap my head around that myself. It seems people are always wanting to know why with regard to nearly every aspect of their lives and somehow the question of ‘why we are here’ is a silly question!?!
I find that to be an absolutely horrible and dehumanizing statement. Which is to say if one really looks at all the underlying ‘data’ of the materialist/naturalist movement it’s statement of reason is that there is none. This is an entirely illogical construct as how could we reason at all if life itself had none? What would make something reasonable? All things become neutral ground. I recommend you watch this debate it has multiple proponents for both sides of the argument it is rather lengthy but I love a good debate and this one is awesome.
I think a foundation in philosophy is invaluable. I agree with Socrates that the unexamined life is not one worth living. Not that the life itself is worthless but it one I would not want to live.
Individual Importance: How True Subjectivity Creates and How Collectivism Destroys
I’m just gonna say something that been bothering me. All this talk of unity and oneness is great and all but let’s really think about something. If we all do opt to become so one with each other during this lifetime we will lose a lot of richness that diversity has to offer. As variety is the spice of life I think it is wonderful that we have different ideals and I think the very notion to want to stomp anyone’s believes out or to quiet them is a form of fascism.
In American we have a lot of idiots but we have a lot of smart people too. Part of the awesomeness of American is the fact that we have so much variety. Yes, it’s annoying sometimes to listen to people whine but think for a second wouldn’t you rather hear someone arguing a point and having a healthy debate on any number of topics than everyone having a singular view? I mean what good really is a singular view? How does anyone come to progress? It is always the hermit that brings forth great progress. “Insecure societies are the most intolerant of hermits.”-Alan Watts
“Hermits have no peer pressure.”-Steven Wright
Differences of culture, languages, history, philosophy, art, and so on are what make life so sublime. It’s better to be different and have respect and love for the differences than to be one with a stale familiarity that just won’t go away. One the topic of whining I think this is an issue all its own. People are so afraid of being offended or being offensive they rarely speak what they truly mean.
Political correctness is a control mechanism. I think it does more harm than good. I think people learn from true opposition and the mistakes they make. People now are so afraid of making mistakes. I say get out there. Get your feed dirty.
“Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than exposure.” – Helen Keller
Don’t do what everyone else tells you to do, forget what is fashionable, politically correct, intellectual, and forget labels all together. “Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.” - Anonymous
We’ve got Atheist complaining religion is the problem when historically both have presented us with serious issues. I think that collectivism is the most dangerous of things when it decides that it’s view is the right view. No one knows without a shadow of a doubt what the right view is. There is far more beauty and sublimity in the experience and in the struggle than in merely following the ideals of some crowd or culture you don’t truly understand.
Out of all the literary movements the Romantics had it right. Life is about the experience, the ride. There are moments of despair and excruciating pain but there are also moments of absolute ecstasy and joy. “You take the good, you take the bad, you take them both and then you have the facts of life!” Modernity and post-modernity in its most current form are stupid.
Here is true immorality: ignorance and stupidity; the devil is nothing but this. His name is Legion.-Gustave Flaubert.
One man alone can be pretty dumb sometimes, but for real bona fide stupidity, there ain’t nothin’ can beat teamwork.
Neither allow the individual any means by which to justify himself for there are no solid foundations.
Modernity says there is no ideal. Yet there remains an ideal within each individual and the individuals needs and desires he has a right to understand and peruse regardless of how it may make others feel. As long as violence or oppression isn’t used the view is perfectly solid and true for each individual.
Post-modernism is simply too young and too stupid to define itself right now and perhaps it could become intelligent if it would manifest itself in such a way that recognizes the importance of the individual and that the ultimate truth both lives within the individual and beyond the individual beyond what is conceivable completely that absolute connected nothingness that contains everything that abstract concept of the highest consciousness.
But screw pop culture, it raises up people to the likes of idolization with nothing to offer other than the clothes they wear or the songs someone else wrote for them to sing or what they ate for dinner. Why do we care?
“Why compare yourself with others? No one in the entire world can do a better job of being you than you.” -Unknown
“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”-Dr. Seuss
“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.”-Audrey Hepburn
“If I wasn’t Bob Dylan, I’d probably think that Bob Dylan has a lot of answers myself.”—Bob Dylan
Now true talent that is something to admire especially those that aren’t afraid to show the struggle they had to overcome to get there. Yet, today our heroes are not great for the most part they are people whom rarely posses any actual talent whom just present themselves well.
Screw public relations with their constant propaganda and ridiculous slogans trying to distance us farther from the real issues at hand. Screw the mainstream media, the federal government, and the federal banking systems, screw the war on drugs!
Anyway, no drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we’re looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn’t test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power.-P. J. O’Rourke
These systems don’t represent us. They are not for us. They are not by us!
"You seek escape from pain. We seek the achievement of happiness. You exist for the sake of avoiding punishment. We exist for the sake of earning rewards. Threats will not make us function; fear is not our incentive. It is not death that we wish to avoid, but life that we wish to live. You, who have lost the concept of the difference, you who claim that fear and joy are incentives of equal power—and secretly add that fear is the more ‘practical’—you do not wish to live, and only fear of death still holds you to the existence you have damned."-Ayn Rand
Why is America great? We freely express my thoughts. Why is American getting worse? Because no one cares anymore. People are too wrapped up in their own lives or the lives of those on television. The real world is out there and the real person is you and those sitting next to you. Everyone on this earth is special in their own way. Everyone has something to offer the world. “One person with a belief is equal to a force of 99 who have only interests.” – John Stuart Mill
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most importantly, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” - Steve Jobs
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” – Albert Einstein
“We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all of the power we need inside ourselves already.” ~J.K. Rowling
“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first."– Mark Twain
“If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put foundations under them.” – Henry David Thoreau
“We are what we repeatedly do; excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.”-Aristotle
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.
DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE
This independence was important because it was the freedom from political and religious oppression. The individual, each individual, is the most important aspect of the universe. It’s a paradox but it is true much as faith in itself is a paradox. The universe comes to understand itself wholly through the subjective expression and subjective experience of the individual. The people have given there minds to a few men thinking they know better than us. No one knows what is better for you but you and perhaps your god.
But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.
A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.-Jesus Christ
The artist must be in his work as God is in creation, invisible and all-powerful; one must sense him everywhere but never see him.
"Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards."-Soren Kierkegaard.
"Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated."-Confucius
Post Modernity: Thinking Yourself to Death or Not Thinking at All!
"The present age is one of understanding, of reflection, devoid of passion, an age which flies into enthusiasm for a momentonly to decline back into indolence. Not even a suicide does away with himself out of desperation, he considers the act so long and so deliberately, that he kills himself with thinking—one could barely call it suicide since it is thinking which takes his life. He does not kill himself with deliberation but rather kills himself because of deliberation. Therefore, one can not really prosecute this generation, for its art, its understanding, its virtuosity and good sense lies in reaching a judgement or a decision, not in taking action."
-Read the rest here http://cliffarnold.com/thepresentage.pdf
The above was written by Soren Kierkegaard in the 19th century and sadly this is becoming even more true today. There are still two types of intellectuals:those that go along with the herd and those that digress. It has always been this way. Noam Chomsky talked about how in America we tend to side with the digressers when they are in another culture and within our own country we tend to side with the main argument. This is quite absolutely true of mainstream society in American.
It is the fact that the majority of American’s have a true forgetting of their past, no memory of their history, not for that of all mankind, not for their country, and not for themselves. Everything is fly by night reflection and yet never actually addresses the real, important, and underlying issues. People today are trained to think in a certain fashion. What Chomsky has stated the public relations committee refer to as ‘manufacturing consent’.
It’s a terrible fact that no one truly seems to take a stand for anything anymore. Everyone just merely talks about it. Even I don’t know what a person can really do anymore. If a person does try and get something done that may oppose the current system, they are either hushed or their credibility is tarnished. This is happening in almost every institution. Yet, the common mass does not know, nor do they care, their minds are filled with popular culture; which has no importance or barring within the realm of reality, not even in the physical, whatsoever. The contradiction between the materialist worldview and the virtual reality within the television and video games is hilarious to say the least.
“A man who as a physical being is always turned toward the outside, thinking that his happiness lies outside him, finally turns inward and discovers that the source is within him.”-Soren Kierkegaard
I’m truly fascinated with the prophetic messages and warnings that many great minds gave centuries ago and you can find them all throughout history. Once again at their time they are seen as ridiculous and then later people realize their importance and their truth. It’s also funny to note that even “Jesus himself had testified that a prophet has no honor in his own hometown.” Chomsky also says that historically the digressing intellectual was the prophet of old.
I feel like the debate has always been what is truly good and what is truly bad for man. Men come and go with different ideologies. The best of them I have found is existentialism because it understands that the sole purpose of existence is up to the individual. Within existentialism you have the theological in Kierkegaard and the atheist in Nietzsche to very different viewpoint but both understanding the necessity of the individual and the subjective experience.
Kierkegaard said that you cannot have faith without doubt because if you did not have down one would have solid evidence and thus it could no longer be faith. He argued the dangerous of blind faith. He would be the utmost interesting person to debate the new atheist today.
Nietzsche exclaimed that, “God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him. Yet his shadow still looms. How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers? What was holiest and mightiest of all that the world has yet owned has bled to death under our knives: who will wipe this blood off us? What water is there for us to clean ourselves? What festivals of atonement, what sacred games shall we have to invent? Is not the greatness of this deed too great for us? Must we ourselves not become gods simply to appear worthy of it?”
Killing all the ideals. Those words resulting in the very culture we have today. One running rapid with people whom have ideals but cannot express for which they really come. They deny the supernatural even though the very denial of the supernatural renders every bit of their life meaningless and their very thought constructs and emotions being nothing more than biologically and chemical reactions adapted byproducts of an evolutionary process that one man Charles Darwin postulated.
Yet, his theory makes absolutely no sense of the true origin of that first single celled organism and in fact has no idea how it could have become manifest out of the inorganic material.
The Atheist Scientist of today assert two different explanations for how that inorganic material created the first organic single celled organism. 1) We were seeded here by some other highly evolved species, Aliens. or 2) The cell piggybacked on crystals. I have no idea how the second even counts as a hypothesis because the chances of that are very very slim. Even still the very fact that they are happier to give the creation of earth’s creatures up to some aliens or some crystals is quite humorous but they sure won’t give it to a God that just doesn’t coincide with their agenda.
And Flaubert warned of the stupidity of modernity and by God was he right!
And Post modernity is far stranger and maybe stupider than even modernity as it refuses any solidify position as to what it is to be a post modernist because to define it would be to defile it.
It seems to me to be more and more ridiculous circular logic that gives no grounds for truly settling on a position or coming to a solid understanding of anyone else. No one can come to a proper conclusion. There is no longer a proper way to determine if any work or deed is good or bad because they cannot tell you by which means to arrive at its definition.
To me the simple truth is this: if you get rid of the idea of supernaturalism and only adhere to naturalism you are limiting your ability towards any ultimate understanding. You are rendering your even your strongest emotions nothing more than biological and chemical reactions and thus feeling extremely happy or extremely sad aren’t really here nor there. No life or death matters. However, if you can keep the idea of supernaturalism there begins to be a much bigger picture of which to look at and much more details to pick through. Consciousness first and foremost to be studied can open a whole new world of dialog.
And see that in naturalism things like love would not exist.
This last two are lengthy but all of the videos within this post are very important because there is a certain, if researched undeniable leadership propagating certain thought patterns and belief systems. They intend have intended throughout history to try and halt a true progress of all mankind and manifest a faulty one that falls in the leadership of a few and allows for great loss and suffering for many whether that loss be a life, a job, true education, or simply a hushed voice. The truly intellectual - those who can think for themselves and are willing to hear and learn the voice of others, have a great responsibility to keep the dialog open for progress for the world over.