Empty Days

Sunday, February 15, 2004



I love Jesus - pass the ice-cream

I do wonder sometimes what it is people mean when they say things like "I love God", "I love Jesus" etc. And they're not faking it - they really seem to mean exactly what they're saying (I only mean those who come across as such: skip the hypocrite thing).

From an outside perspective this is incomprehensible. In wondering about this, I am not concerned with religious dogmata and various a la philosophical or pseudo-psychological explications that are supposed to describe this - both from religious and atheist perspectives.

In other words - I couldn't give a flying fuck about why it should or should not be.

***

The problem is obviously this - who do you mean? God is a word - to most people. Jesus might be a historical character. These two overlap somehow. I strongly suspect that in the present case "Jesus" turns out even more abstract than "God".

***

The people I trust the least are those who come up with explanations as to why "God" should be loved. That would be most of the religious advocates. It's very entertaining to listen to them debate their reasons, but in the end it's like saying: "I am in love with George, therefore you should be too".

That's natural in a way, but in another way it's not really how this happens. Sure, you can advertise things you love - but the problem here is always the same: it's entirely unclear what that "thing" is.

The "who" of the story remains evasive. Those that say otherwise overstate themselves - which is a form of lying. The "what" is another matter altogether.

***

I am looking at this from my own corner - where "God" is only a word, a nebulous concept. On the other hand I've experienced things in my life that do indeed show the possibility of incomprehensible things being entirely real. Which doesn't make them any less incomprehensible - no explanations attached.

There should be a footnote here. Incomprehensible realities induce fear. To stave off fear there is a tendency to invent laws that are supposedly based on these realities. These laws are fake, because the underlying realities remain incomprehensible. Most of the religious dogmas are of this kind.

***

But realities themselves are not fake. Somebody who's never known anything beyond the very obvious cannot really accept this as a possibility. What's more - personal experience of *some* of these realities does not make one any more accepting of other possibilities. There's no unifying "body of knowledge" in these matters - there can't be any.

Strife between various religions is the grossest example of this - but very often religion has little to do with the realities it purports to promote, so it's not a good example really.

***

So far my closest approximation of what is meant by "I love God" is my personal experience with inner life. There are times where reason suddenly gives way and certain "unreasonable" realizations come up to the surface - those are the times when I truly understand the strange (and not at all well-founded) appeal to love one's neighbour and forgive against all odds. It is not a diktat and it actually feels entirely counter-intuitive. There is no way in the world I could convince myself (let alone someone else) to act and feel this way through reason only.

Like I said - it doesn't make sense.

Humanism, and its latter-day bastard - political correctness - is a pale shadow of that strange impulse and, to be entirely frank, I don't think it does a very good job of mimicking it. Basically I discover two measures of good: one is reasonable and essentially utilitarian (a la Kant), and then there is this other visceral one, which makes no sense at all.

Whether Jesus was what he was or something else still - I can't say. But he spoke of things that are hard to come by, today or yesterday, nothing has ever changed in that respect (despite 2k years of Christianity, which very early on evolved into something like a giant hoax).

***

It is never clear what God people are talking about. Who it is. Most have no clue what they're talking about and are all the more ready to offer their views. Others - far fewer - really know but can't explain. The blathering goes on without end, in all the corners of the earth, in all times - incessant blathering, blathering about the Unknown. Mountains upon mountains of fake laws - claiming the Unknown as their foundation. While all the true laws are already hidden inside yourself, the visceral laws that need no explanations.

***

Is God possible without religion? Absolutely.

Do we have anything to say as to what is understood by that word? Nops. Nothing at all - except a lot of awkward trash.

What do they mean when they say "I love God"? Who knows.

Should I argue the existence of God if I know for sure it's not just a word? No, not really. In any case you don't even understand what you know, let alone be able to explain.

Should we get rid of religions? Sure not! Try to get rid of all the fools - that's 3/4 of humanity.

What then? Listen to all you can hear.





/ 10/19/2003 - 10/26/2003 / / 10/26/2003 - 11/02/2003 / / 11/02/2003 - 11/09/2003 / / 11/09/2003 - 11/16/2003 / / 11/16/2003 - 11/23/2003 / / 11/23/2003 - 11/30/2003 / / 11/30/2003 - 12/07/2003 / / 12/07/2003 - 12/14/2003 / / 12/14/2003 - 12/21/2003 / / 12/21/2003 - 12/28/2003 / / 12/28/2003 - 01/04/2004 / / 01/04/2004 - 01/11/2004 / / 01/11/2004 - 01/18/2004 / / 01/18/2004 - 01/25/2004 / / 01/25/2004 - 02/01/2004 / / 02/01/2004 - 02/08/2004 / / 02/08/2004 - 02/15/2004 / / 02/15/2004 - 02/22/2004 / / 02/22/2004 - 02/29/2004 / / 02/29/2004 - 03/07/2004 / / 03/07/2004 - 03/14/2004 / / 03/14/2004 - 03/21/2004 / / 03/21/2004 - 03/28/2004 / / 03/28/2004 - 04/04/2004 / / 04/04/2004 - 04/11/2004 / / 04/11/2004 - 04/18/2004 / / 04/18/2004 - 04/25/2004 / / 04/25/2004 - 05/02/2004 / / 05/02/2004 - 05/09/2004 / / 05/09/2004 - 05/16/2004 / / 05/16/2004 - 05/23/2004 / / 05/23/2004 - 05/30/2004 / / 05/30/2004 - 06/06/2004 / / 06/06/2004 - 06/13/2004 / / 06/13/2004 - 06/20/2004 / / 06/20/2004 - 06/27/2004 / / 06/27/2004 - 07/04/2004 / / 07/04/2004 - 07/11/2004 / / 07/11/2004 - 07/18/2004 / / 07/18/2004 - 07/25/2004 / / 07/25/2004 - 08/01/2004 / / 08/01/2004 - 08/08/2004 / / 08/08/2004 - 08/15/2004 / / 08/15/2004 - 08/22/2004 / / 08/22/2004 - 08/29/2004 / / 08/29/2004 - 09/05/2004 / / 09/05/2004 - 09/12/2004 / / 09/12/2004 - 09/19/2004 / / 09/19/2004 - 09/26/2004 / / 09/26/2004 - 10/03/2004 / / 10/03/2004 - 10/10/2004 / / 10/10/2004 - 10/17/2004 / / 10/17/2004 - 10/24/2004 / / 10/24/2004 - 10/31/2004 / / 10/31/2004 - 11/07/2004 / / 02/20/2005 - 02/27/2005 / / 02/27/2005 - 03/06/2005 / / 03/13/2005 - 03/20/2005 / / 03/20/2005 - 03/27/2005 / / 03/27/2005 - 04/03/2005 / / 04/03/2005 - 04/10/2005 / / 04/10/2005 - 04/17/2005 / / 04/17/2005 - 04/24/2005 / / 04/24/2005 - 05/01/2005 / / 05/01/2005 - 05/08/2005 / / 05/08/2005 - 05/15/2005 / / 05/15/2005 - 05/22/2005 / / 05/22/2005 - 05/29/2005 / / 05/29/2005 - 06/05/2005 / / 06/05/2005 - 06/12/2005 / / 06/12/2005 - 06/19/2005 / / 07/03/2005 - 07/10/2005 / / 09/04/2005 - 09/11/2005 / / 09/11/2005 - 09/18/2005 / / 09/18/2005 - 09/25/2005 / / 09/25/2005 - 10/02/2005 / / 10/02/2005 - 10/09/2005 / / 10/16/2005 - 10/23/2005 / / 11/13/2005 - 11/20/2005 / / 11/27/2005 - 12/04/2005 /