Before We begin, I would like to make a few things clear: I am NOT Religious in any capacity. I am, however, spiritual. and “believe” in things like subtle energy and “souls”. Have you noticed how people are feeling in general lately? Because a growing number of people, teenagers especially, feel that the world is empty, meaningless. It has no life to it. And People feel dead inside. Which, in my opinion, is a result of Materialistic Thinking and Atheism. C.s Lewis Has this gem on the subject:The Funniest thing about that quote is, that some people get stuck in that train of thought.
I’m been there (yes, really) although not like that. I just sat around being the most sarcastic thing. (yay for nihilism) . Anyway, that brings up an interesting question. Has Atheism hurt people just as religion has? How many suicides could one link it too? It certainly almost caused mine. But I couldn’t for the life of me figure out a good way of doing it. (and there was no good cliffs to jump off. so sad. ah, the joys of being young.
P.s, I just put that there as a joke. I’m hoping I can get you (if you feel empty, to find meaning) I still struggle with it. Sure I found meaning, But some days meaning can go take a hike! 🙂 Anyway, I have something to discuss. Having recently fished some rather old literature out of the rain (things like Greek Philosophy and poetry) you know, books can get very heavy when you have a backpack full of them. (like 10/15 kilos) Among all that, was Books entirely devoted to poetry. Beautiful prose, and plays and ploys and all the rest of it. Sorry, I have a poetic streak. It fascinated me. People actually valued such things. Oh, and the craftsmanship that went into every book! The Covers are made of leather (well, most of them), and many have lovely engravings on the front. I’l show you some pictures of some (they are still damp and grubby! and smell…) But they will dry. These are literally before computers. and TV! Do you how cool that is? It really was a different time. Because People put passion and life into creating these things. The “Divine Spark”, If you will. And Guess what? Machines make everything now. and you can sense it. It feels lifeless, dead. and it’s a pandemic. People Just don’t care. and they don’t care that they don’t care. That’s a bit of a mouthful, isn’t it. But honestly, It worries me greatly. Because people feel the world is so dead, they resort to drugs, Cutting into their arms, Drinking and all the rest of it. But now I sound terribly unoriginal. But you know what? that doesn’t make it any less true. I want to talk about god some more. Because it’s not about the bible, or Jesus, or some guy in the clouds. It’s about meaning. And whether or not we actually matter. As Friedrich Nietzsche said in one of his writings: (seriously, read it, it’s really good!)
The Parable of the Madman
Have you not heard of that madman who lit a lantern in the bright morning hours, ran to the market-place, and cried incessantly: “I am looking for God! I am looking for God!” As many of those who did not believe in God were standing together there, he excited considerable laughter. Have you lost him, then? said one. Did he lose his way like a child? said another. Or is he hiding? Is he afraid of us? Has he gone on a voyage? or emigrated? Thus they shouted and laughed.
The madman sprang into their midst and pierced them with his glances. “Where has God gone?” he cried. “I shall tell you. We have killed him – you and I. We are his murderers. But how have we done this? How were we able to drink up the sea? Who gave us the sponge to wipe away the entire horizon? What did we do when we unchained the earth from its sun? Whither is it moving now? Whither are we moving now? Away from all suns? Are we not perpetually falling? Backward, sideward, forward, in all directions? Is there any up or down left? Are we not straying as through an infinite nothing? Do we not feel the breath of empty space?
Has it not become colder? Is it not more and more night coming on all the time? Must not lanterns be lit in the morning? Do we not hear anything yet of the noise of the gravediggers who are burying God? Do we not smell anything yet of God’s decomposition? Gods too decompose. God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him. How shall we, murderers of all murderers, console ourselves? That which was the holiest and mightiest of all that the world has yet possessed has bled to death under our knives. Who will wipe this blood off us? With what water could we purify ourselves? What festivals of atonement, what sacred games shall we need to invent? Is not the greatness of this deed too great for us?
Must we not ourselves become gods simply to be worthy of it? There has never been a greater deed; and whosoever shall be born after us – for the sake of this deed he shall be part of a higher history than all history hitherto.” Here the madman fell silent and again regarded his listeners; and they too were silent and stared at him in astonishment. At last he threw his lantern to the ground, and it broke and went out.
“I have come too early,” he said then; “my time has not come yet. The tremendous event is still on its way, still travelling – it has not yet reached the ears of men. Lightning and thunder require time, the light of the stars requires time, deeds require time even after they are done, before they can be seen and heard. This deed is still more distant from them than the distant stars – and yet they have done it themselves.”
You know, before now, I’d never read that before. So that’s really cool. But that line: “God is dead, and we have killed him”
It’s chilling, isn’t it? Some celebrate such a thing. Finally, now we can all not be guilty about everything. and reason will not be suppressed as Heresy and blasphemy. Well, that’s all and good, but As I have said in previous posts
(which nobody has read) it’s gotten out of hand.) or rather, out of balance. Quite Badly. The Egyptians, for example, had a field in which science and religion were one. But people forget that they were not stupid (like, people assume that their “ascension pyramids” didn’t work!) how would you know that?). But that subject is a tired one.
I suppose Christians discuss this as well. Now, I must make this very clear: I think It’s a good thing that Christianity started dying out in that fashion. it’s good that people started thinking. But it has gone too far. Now people consider emotions just a bio-chemical state to manipulate. and you apparently just neurons in the brain. And you live on this big rock, a tiny speck of sand in a vast ocean of nothingness.
Or that’s what you were told. I may have said this before, but in my teenage years, I was desperately searching for meaning. But I actually found it! That’s the funny thing. Those who seek shall find. it is literally a promise from the divine, apparently.
Now, Let’s Talk about something very “Dumb”, shall we? Stuff like getting up early to watch the sun rise.
Beautiful, right? next question. How many reasons are you coming up with for why your sunset would suck, or it doesn’t matter? Or maybe why you can’t go and see one? Sleep too late, not disciplined enough? I know, don’t worry. It’s really easy to get inside other people’s heads when you know yourself. that’s all I’m doing here.
And If I’m getting under your skin, Good!
Why doesn’t it matter? Just a big ball of Hydrogen, right? Well, Honestly, I’m not even sure it is? that’s just what they told you. like they used to tell people the word was flat. but I’m not even sure if that is true or not either. So let it all go! Just Trust your own senses! If you want to smile at something that is supposedly valueless or meaningless, just it happen!
Oh dear. I’m getting teary writing this. It’s a strange thing, watching the sun rise and set. I’ve done both in the last 24 hours. Or picking up a strange stone that has no value, just because? doing nothing, just sitting in the grass, listening too the tree whisper to one another on the wind? If you feel empty, go to a quiet place. Filled with Vibrant Hues, Green, Blue, Brown, Yellow, and all the rest. Better than that
world of grey and black we always live in. I actually life there, I could walk to that spot in under an hour if I wanted too. (so yes, some places are really nice) And I sincerely hope that you can do the same. even if it’s just a nice park. Because, I promise you, that you will feel better. although probably not at first. So try and remember that. I have a really hard time getting out of the house. But when I do, I’m so glad I did.
You know, for some strange reason, I’m content to just sit and stare at the scenery sometimes. But that sounds dumb, doesn’t it? well, maybe it is. But sometimes we need to be dumb. Our intellect is only one side of the coin. But I guess that isn’t the only reason we(as a culture) feel that way. I suppose it is also the consumerist culture that doesn’t value much of anything. Just moving Currency. You know what, Have a look at this video. It’s probably more entertaining for someone else to explain it with the accompanying visuals.
I really like those, But sadly you can only watch something for the first time once. Or can you? *dramatic Music*. Okay, Thanks for reading, I really hope you enjoyed.