Monthly Archives: June 2019
“Life begins on the other side of despair.” Sartre…
The problem of evil in a Godless universe shouldn’t be as difficult as it turned out to be. I offer pragmatic solutions that don’t entail a violent revolution in my Four Pillars of A New Earth Commons and explore ways to mitigate human to human evil in my Winter Solstice Golden Rule Series. Funnily enough, some of my socio-economic ideas are similar to those held by Bertrand Russell–go figure…I’d also add (and agree) from that wonderfully imaginative work of religious fiction–The Urantia Book, that natural/nature suffering can be mitigated to almost no consequence by honest intelligent cultures.
In the meantime, humanity hasn’t been able to solve the issue of psychopathy and sociopaths rise to most of the positions of power within civilization–this is no small group as it’s estimated that this demographic exceeds 10% and rises to as high as 20% of the population. Concomitant with this issue is humanity still hasn’t figured out how to test for who is telling the truth and who is lying and this combined with political systems whose foundations are modeled on this very thorny aspect of human existence. ! It’s no wonder we are in the predicaments we’re in. I’ve covered ground on this point, also, and have suggested one 7-year term limit for all politicians. That’s it and you’re out of public life after that. This would end the lifelong bureaucratic pig trough and all the nepotism and lobbying that comes with it. Not that the casino-loving billionaire oligarchs are ever going to allow anything to happen that would change the very systems which allowed them to become so enormously (and unmeritedly) wealthy. So our future lies with toxic billionaires who will implement a technocracy of TOTAL CONTROL…Unless they can be stopped! But how to stop them using non-violence and when they now control all the algorithms of who gets heard and who gets silenced?
Of course, the problem of evil may not, in the end, be entirely material. I’ll cover Vedic and Buddhist territory on this topic as I continue with this series and I’ll finish up with the Christian Gnostic view of the problem of evil: that the God of this earth (Yahweh) is evil…
Shookum offered up The Parable of The Fallen Leaf and as a Gnostic, I don’t think this can be reduced to the human ego. I think it’s our very bodies (and minds) that are the property of the Archons who created us (or manipulated us/or both), and one would have to watch HBO’s Westworld to get a sense of what I mean by this. This goes to Holographic and Simulation theories about our existence and our place within it–which is ultimately deceptive from the Gnostic worldview.
Original sin is surely one of the most bizarre (and false) ideologies ever dreamt up by man; although, as a Gnostic, I’m not so sure it was man who came up with this very distorted idea which is, in my opinion, right out of the archon playbook whose modus-operandi is endless bull-shit defined here as a total disregard for truth, and in that regard– the Kristos was right when he called the Demiurge the Father of Lies, but B.S. will suffice just fine, too!
It was good to be on the river camping for the Solstice and the skies even cleared in the evening and I got to see Jupiter shining so brightly in the southern skies. I even found a healer there who did some massage work on my neck!
A rare selfie:
I was able to get up to the hot-springs after I finished my Whistler contract. There was lot’s of time for musing and I’ll post the series here as city work time allows.
I’m going to fuse theodicy within this series of posts. In general, I think there are four avenues of exploration here: western theism predicated on original sin; evolutionary materialism; Vedic thought on the problem of evil; and Buddhist ideas within this field of inquiry and thought.
As a Christian Gnostic, I take issue with aspects of all of them and I’ll flesh out my objections as this series of posts moves along.
The camping was excellent even though this part of the woods does what it usually does in June and that is it gets chilly and rainy. It was an anti-fragile experiment on my neck injury, too, as I’ve been bound to HBO for about 30-months so it was finally good to get out and do something. Overall I was pleased with how the injury reacted to the stresses which was decent over-all. My MRI results came back and there isn’t serious damage to the nerves and spine but that leaves me begging the question of how to classify about 30-months of pain and discomfort? If that isn’t serious, then…well, I don’t know.
Here are some initial pics: