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Light-Headed Visions of the Universe
An essay by Henry Nicolle
- September 2010
People are weird. Since I'm no
shrinking violet when it comes to unsolicited opinion, I hear lots of
questions. Many of these are not questions at all, but unconcealed
challenges. Lately, people demand I obey "God". I object,
at least until the unlikely moment that we agree on the definition
Assertions of "God's Supreme
Authority" invite my personal comment to stitch a border around
common wisdom and presumptions of "God", gods" and the
Universe and Everything. (credit loosely owed to The Hitchhiker's
Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.) Euthanasia, Pro-Life,
Reproductive Rights, Gay Rights, Gay Marriage, Prayer in School,
Blessings on our every war, tax and conquest, Who Owns My Body? Civil
Rights, Just Wars, Taxes, Obedience and Servitude to Authority . . .
the boring list goes on . . I left out the quotation marks because
they are boring, too.
The common value of all that is their
Legal Argument is based upon their anchor in the subjective
recreations of religion and a view of morality established by a God
or gods. (God and gods being some supreme or at least mildly superior
semi-conscious intellect(s) capable of creating what is from what is
not and of shuttling those of us who are unfortunate to achieve the
notice and irredeemable ire of that intellect to some form of
indescribable agony for ever and ever amen.)
Why is this stupid thing the law? or
Why should this stupid thing be the law? "Because God Said So.",
it is pronounced.
It seems to me that the argument and
question presented may each rest upon a fallacy. The fallacy is the
presumption is that there is "God" or even "gods"
inherent in the nature of the Universe such as "She Who Must Be
Obeyed!" (She, A History of Adventure, by Henry Rider Haggard.
With faulty premises, conclusions are
difficult. With false premises, valid conclusions are essentially
impossible and confusion reigns supreme. Belief is the art of
abandoning reason, proof, examination and conclusion. Is it any
wonder that so many of us are confused by treasonous Representatives,
pedophile priests, boy-love Senators, amoral businessmen,
hypocritical Christians, faithless clergy and policies and laws
which emanate from their jowly collusions? Ah, but we must believe
what is not. It is inherent of the brain to know what is not and to
show us the fantasy. (That is true and another essay at some other
Suffice to say, never jump out of a
perfectly good airplane with a back pack that you "believe"
holds a "parachute" unless you are only a step from the
ground and the plane is not moving. The passage from altitude to
earth under the influence of gravity is the wrong time to exercise
prudence and intelligence in the examination of your
Part of the problem of the universe is
that it is too much to comprehend. Hence, confusion reigns the
attempt to understand it all. The experts know nothing that they
claim to know.
Submission = Islam.
Submission to belief and faith =
Christianity and most others.
Show me a religion which does not in
the most basic form, preach submission.
If you get serious about "God",
the Universe and Everything, you find that what humanity's
philosophers are saying has nothing to do with God, the universe and
everything. They are saying it is all too much to grasp and
understand without personification. They say submit to that reality.
Since total reality it is unknowable, give it a name and try, but do
not be dismayed at the impossibility of understanding it. In the
ideal, accept it for what it is, if you can, without complicating
things by personifying the inexplicable.
If "God" is what it is often
said to be, it is All, for all time, space and probability and of all
things improbable and impossible. That being the case, God includes
us and we are part of God and therefore to submit is to be satisfied
that we are part of God, incapable of being anything other than that
piece of God that we are. Regardless of what we do and what is done
to us, we are and cannot alter fact. Does it matter then, if one
views the Universe as God or God's creation, or as a huge blunder of
impossible outline? I think not.
If God is, then God is and it is the
same for any who might argue for or against the fact. It is a done
deal. Good and evil may exist, but they are internal, temporal and
relational elements of the same compound.
If God is not, the Universe is
regardless of no God, no amount of belief, logic, argument or
discovery will change the fact. Again, we must submit to what is,
because it is and cannot be changed. God, good and evil are
irrelevant, temporal and relational concepts absent "God".
God or no God. We are a part of the
Universe. We submit willingly or by default. Before we were born,
while we live and after we die, we exist in different form,
organization and manifestation but share the same energy and matter
of the Universe. Are we truly alive in this iteration? Are we merely
another transformation in the infinite of possibility/impossibility
of God/the Universe? Does it make any difference what we think or if
we even care?
If God is, there is no limit to what
God may think or do or how many times or when it may change
perspective and make evil good and good evil and swap the players in
time and geography at random. Who can know. No human can know. Submit
to not knowing.
Why would any of it matter, except as a
mental exercise to keep God occupied in an otherwise infinitely
If there is only the Universe and God
is a human invention to explain submission, then life is simple.
Treat with others as you would have them treat with you, keep your
promise, do not harm, repair your errors and mistakes, defend your
neighbor's liberty as your own.
Life is probably even more simple than
that. Live and let live. Hold the mysteries in your box of secrets,
to examine from time to time and to wonder over them. But live while
you have life. Live honorably and fruitfully . . . whatever that may
mean in your particular geography and time.
Liberty is never Easy, Safe or totally Free!
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