The Descent of Man
Thank you for restacking my essay.
Thanks, Peter. Excellent loose-end tying!
Hi, really appreciate this. Your writing and your movement are highly admirable and timely.
When asked, I describe myself as a post-Christian non-theist. Non-theist, because atheism connotes a stridency I neither feel nor approve.
I would like to assure you and your readership, several of whom I am accustomed to read with pleasure, that lacking a personified god in no way hampers a life of reverence and gratitude, or a strong feeling of fellowship with those who adhere to traditional creeds. Whether the universe was spoken into being or not, existence is a miracle, and deserving of our awe and devotion.
And just to tie up the loose ends, (I.N.H.O.) freedom requires courage, true courage requires faith, and fear is the absence of faith.
Saw an Ayn Rand quote this AM... "You can avoid reality, but you can't avoid the consequences of avoiding reality".
The postmodern denial of the meta-narrative is coming back to bite the deniers in the fanny.
Humans are positioned (the child-like ones stay this way) to see the phenomenological aspects of life, and think that those phenomena/stories represent all of life, with no thought given to any principles behind the details of whatever phenomenon/story is being experienced.
But behind each little story is a larger story. Myriad descriptions of the larger stories exist, (sadly) most popular among them... agnosticism, atheism, evolutionism, existentialism, nihilism, etc, etc, etc, and they all have a common thread. Do they not?
They all deny the meta-narrative as noted in our founding documents; as observed by the adults in the room who've not gotten stuck in perpetual adolescence.
O for the societally wholesale guts to shout it from rooftops.
O for the illumination necessary that it be heard.
Hmm...hope I don't sound too nihilistic...
Many "leaders" become such by promoting their sometimes Utopian, sometimes Dystopian, sometimes Idealist, sometimes Populist 30,000 foot view.
They usually don't see the 100,000 foot view, much less the heavenly view: the meta-narrative.
They, the self-proclaimed adults in the room, are nothing of the sort; are they?