The Paradox of Existence

We are always being torn in two. We live within the tension between opposing forces. Life involves both the processes of living and dying happening simultaneously: Some live to die, and others die to live.

We live a paradox and we are one. We both desperately want to be free but are paralyzed by the true totality of what freedom means. We want to find love but find it terrifying once we are actually truly in love with someone whose well-being directly dictates our own. We seek truth at all cost, except when the truth is far more unbearable than the majesty of our fantasies.

We live this way because existence comes with the knowledge of knowing that we may someday not exist (or, at least, exist in an entirely different form). In the forefront of our minds, we live; but, in the background, we know that we may cease to exist someday. To some this may scare, while others don’t care; but, nonetheless, the thought is ever presently there.

Missing The Point

If religious laws and piety produce nothing more than judgement and elitism, then they are not from the spirit but rather the ego. They are societal parameters to regulate appropriate decorum determined by individuals crudely attempting to construct their ideal reality.

Aspects of the true spirit will produce fruit that manifests in forms of love, freedom and peace, not judgement, rigidity and angst. No man made laws, institutions or religious righteousness will bring you to God, but they certainly can distance you.

When you find your religious perspective is one from a high vantage, you should reevaluate what it is that you believe and what it is that you want from others. We are all equal in the eyes of God. We are all imperfect in our own ways, and to judge others for their specific imperfections, only deepens our own. And, deepening our own imperfections, deepens the chasm that divides us from God’s absolute perfection.

We should shift our eyes from societal things and the eqoic mind which feeds off of comparison and judgement, and instead turn inwards to gaze upon ourselves. Not from the point of view of judgement, but simply from the perspective of an impassive observer.

We should focus more on who we are and what we are becoming in relation to the absolute source that is God, and less about the faults of others in an attempt to falsely build ourselves up.

Forgetting Freedom

We are bound by and enslaved to the societal doctrines, dogmas and institutions that constitute the context of our lives. We the people are at the whim of our government and freedom is a personal liberty that only has merit within the limitations imposed by those in power.

Information is scrubbed, redacted and processed, forming minds that help to continue the status quo – or make slight alterations that make people feel they are moving forward. Instead, we are mistaking motion for progress. We are merely tipping the scale towards a side. Change gives the illusion of progress. We feel that we are moving linearly, when we are in fact moving, at best, in a see-saw motion, and, at worst, a circular one.

People will never be entirely free so long as we keep believing in our freedom without ever examining the restrictions to it. And, until we rise to this reality, we will continue to fight one another on issue after issue perpetuating hatred and a societal ‘us-them’ mindset; thus, continuing a cycle of vengeance that feeds the egoic mind and continues us to further entrap ourselves into this world run on binary code and dualism.

Individual’s can find their way out from the imposed constraints of society, and that certainly is laudable. But, that is not where it should end. We should not stop because we ourselves feel that we understand the invisible hand pulling the strings of society, or be anesthetized by relativistic thinking, comparing ourselves to those of the past or those still disenfranchised today.

If we the people feel that our right to freedom has been, is, or will be infringed upon, it is our right as citizens of a nation that is founded on freedom to utilize that tool and examine the components that comprise the system that provide the infrastructure of our lives. We should examine what purpose they serve and what beliefs they are founded upon.

Freedom shouldn’t be some stale assumed quality that we believe we possess, but rather a tool that allows the masses to prune government to better serve them – the people. This does not simply mean voting. Freedom is not something that should be limited to a single idea or action no matter how significant. Freedom is, by its very nature, without limits. Freedom needs to be an integral tool that is engaged in all the aspects of our lives: Our speech, our writings, our schools, our churches, our workplace, and, most importantly, our minds.

 

Proof of Life

Have you ever had a moment where you questioned your own life – no, I don’t mean like existentially question your life, but rather experience something that makes you question whether you’re alive or not?

If you have, then think back to that moment (or a similar one), and, if you haven’t, try and imagine.

So, you have this thought of uncertainty about whether you’re alive or dead, nothing too strange with this experience. What is strange is that we determine that we are indeed alive. You might say, “Why is this strange?” Well, it is strange because what is it that caused you to quell the idea that you are dead? What signs did you look for? What evidence did you need to verify that you were in fact not dead, but alive?

I don’t know the answer to this. My answer is simply that I know, which sounds tautological (and is), but it’s the best explanation I have.

What are your thoughts?

Leap of Faith

We seperate ourselves from Christ by emphasizing his divinity and undermining his humanity. Instead of seeking to imitate him, we are actually avoiding him by alienating ourselves from him.

We choose this because it is easier than wrestling with the paradox that is Jesus: man and God, meek carpenter and savior of the world, blameless but convicted. We struggle with gray areas, and we are hardwired for dualistic – black and white – thinking.

We logic our way into believing in God instead of surrendering our way to having faith in God. The former is a test of memory, facts, evidence and proofs, while the latter is one of pure inituion – fear and trembling in the face of the reality of what existence is truly about.

 

Standard Form

How does believing in multiple realities and multiple perspectives automatically justifies the idea that there can be no absolute as well? I feel these ideas are not in contradiction. A simple maxim for summarizing the postmodern viewpoint is that “the only absolute truth is there are no absolute truths.” However, this statement in and of itself demonstrates that an absolute truth can exist within the same system as that which believes all truths are relative. This very maxim uses the word ‘only’ which signifies that this can apply in every case, except this one. This maxim shows that at least a single absolute truth can exist within a reality ruled by no absolute truths. And a rule with one exception does not look the same as a rule with no exceptions.
If my assertion above is true, all I am really saying is that there are rules that can exist that appear paradoxical when looking through the lens of a two-value truth system (true/false). However, if when looked at through a three-value truth system (true, undetermined/unknown, false), then there exists no opposition between the fundamental assumptions put forth by modernism and postmodernism.