@Jear77 The root of the problem is perhaps that your “cutting out of the divine”, is just a re-defining into just a small finite model. It’s less that the Divine Transcendent NEEDS to be worshiped (Are you sure you’ve read the Bible??); but that it’s WORTHY of veneration. Let’s not forget just how well the past 190 million years have gone,…[Read more]
@Jear77 What about the positive aspects of the current system that we would have to tear apart to create that imagined new system? (Things like reducing global abject poverty by 50% between 2000 and 2013. Or raising the overall standard of living by magnitudes unimagined in just the past 100 years.)
When I’m not on top of my best game, I want to hear the things from others that indicate they’re paying attention to me. That’s why one phones up friends when things are not at their best (which is hopefully off-set by ringing them up when things are amazing and you want to share!) But all the rest of the time I want to hear the things from…[Read more]
As I said in the Amor Fati thread, the memory I would choose if I had to live it for all eternity, would be my entire journey up to this point. Most happy memories are just moments in time lasting moments, hours, days, or weeks if we’re lucky. If one is going to be trapped in a time-loop with just one, why not pick “the best” — and that would…[Read more]
“When you look back on your life, can you love every moment of it even the bad times?”
Yes. I agree with Nietzsche on this one, and see shades of it in the Native wisdom of “The Longer Now”. For those who don’t remember my past explanations of it, of course one can only live in the Now. But The Longer Now is a vision (usually accessed…[Read more]
@Jear77 It’s the equivalent of a gnat feeling it could design a better nuclear reactor.
Our feelings “not liking” manifest reality is a moot point. It will be what it will be — and fancying ourselves as being “a better God” is part of the same infection of thinking much more highly of our imagined abilities than (ahem!) manifest reality…[Read more]
@luftballooneyegouge Actually the genesis of both Nazi Germany and Marxist Russia are part of curriculum I’m studying.
It’s less trying to “keep shit 20th Century” as being mindful to the numerous examples of socialistic failure that peppered that Century. The absolute head-scratcher are the number of people who something “feel” that if…[Read more]
@Jear77 You’re still stuck in religious thinking. Did A Force (or Energy) create the universe, or not?
That we (science) can catch better glimpses and understandings of it doesn’t change that “something” both made it happen and seems to stand as A Force against entropy. Something we (science) cannot fully fathom back to its absolute…[Read more]
But we need to practice better precision in speech. The early church described in Acts was very communistic, with all things held in common and distributed according to need. The healthy extended and nuclear family is similarly communistic.
@Jear77 The only reason good art is “good”, is because through it most viewers find some perception of The Transcendent.
Or at least the hope that the quest for it is a worth-while thing. Even if they don’t understand the art, they recognize on some level that there is something there worthy of understanding. Otherwise they wouldn’t…[Read more]