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God Is Not Another

Our senses, guided by reason, tell us that any meaning we impute to existence is projection, wishful thinking. We are alone in a sterile universe, product of chance, with our mortality and our thoughts. This is a bitter freedom, a freedom that promises nothing.

Yet who is doing the thinking? Who is thinking us? In this flash of insight, this assertion of our worth, we deepen the mystery and leap into the unknown. For we are the mystery, and also the key to the mystery. The fact that thought exists, that subjectivity exists, gives a reflexive feature to the universe that proves it is not sterile.

We are the mystery, and we are the proof.

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Comment from tsedek
Time: July 8, 2007, 16:02

we are we, nothing more, nothing less. We most certainly are NOT the key to the mystery :D if anything at all, we deepen the mystery with explanations that we can understand. anything we cannot understand………. we say it doesn’t exist ;-)

Comment from amre El-abyad
Time: July 9, 2007, 06:25

It seems that you have come back from your vacation in a philospohical mood :)

“The fact that thought exists, that subjectivity exists, gives a reflexive feature to the universe that proves it is not sterile”

To follow up on your lines, I would say that intersubjective reflection and the continous sutainable increase in our collective and individual levels of knowledge, both shield subjectivity from relativism and illusions, and reinforce the argument on the reflexive nature of universe.

Comment from eatbees
Time: July 9, 2007, 19:23

@tsedek — I think most of us feel, as a kind of instinct, that the universe would be meaningless if there was no intelligence in it—but there IS an intelligence, ours!—and since intelligence is a reflection of something (we use “reflection” as a synonym for thought) could we be reflecting a larger intelligence? We can’t prove that, but we know that intelligence exists, which makes it easy to imagine levels of intelligence beyond our own. Where reason leaves off, imagination begins—and our experience gives clues to where that imagination might lead.

@amre—”Philosophical mood” indeed! I brought back 10 cartons of books from California, and I’ve just started to read them! I can’t explain why, but my books about spirituality (Kabbalah, Sufism, mythology and existential philosophy) are the first ones I picked off the shelf. The fruit of that thinking shows up here :D

When you talk about the “continous sutainable increase in our collective and individual levels of knowledge,” does this mean that you believe the universe is intelligent, that this intelligence is evolving, and that the evolution of this intelligence is the purpose of existence? If so, you are my kindred spirit! (But really, calm down when you talk to my friends.) It’s funny, but I have equal difficulty explaining this idea to atheists and orthodox Muslims. To the atheists it is heresy because I’m talking about a “higher power,” and to Muslims it is heresy because I’m saying we are part of that power, which needs us to perfect itself….

Comment from amre El-abyad
Time: July 10, 2007, 05:39

“does this mean that you believe the universe is intelligent, that this intelligence is evolving, and that the evolution of this intelligence is the purpose of existence? If so, you are my kindred spirit!”

Exactly!

“part of that power, which needs us to perfect itself”

well, that sounds to me like which is first the egg or the chicken.

I think that the apparent contradiction pertains to our limited conception of time with its consequances of the necessity of cause and effect. Perhaps, we only imperefect in our “current” state.

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