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Fear and Trembling

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There is no Heaven on Earth, and there never will be. Every action we perform hurts someone or something else. Every moment spent alive marks a moment in which an individual harms another being. Even death does not provide a way out of this: your loved ones will be heartbroken; you will have harmed yourself, and the emotional pain caused to others by suicide is incalculable, meaning that it absolutely cannot be measured or quantified. All attempts to minimize the suffering one causes, while “noble” and “well-intentioned,” are never enough.

This world is fundamentally flawed and must have been created by an inferior being. Is this being worthy of worship? Perhaps for utilitarian purposes. However, this being created the cruelty we see in the world. Violent forces propel evolution. Innocent fawns die in forest fires. While there may be a God behind the god who created us (and who we have likewise created in our hearts), this God cannot be known as this God caused what it means “to know” and lies “above” understanding.

This is not a very “Catholic” post. My apologies to orthodox-leaning readers. I still believe in the Church and Jesus, but these are my doubts about life and everything. Perhaps someday we will dream poppy dreams together in unity and glide right between the man and the beast. However, why should this be hoped for? A finite, non-cyclical universe is one of perpetual slavery to time and decay. If the Forms do not appear again and again, there is no immortality, no freedom, no life everlasting because no one or thing will exist to experience knowledge of the forms through observations of the Forms’ particular manifestations. If “I” could find salvation, it would not last. And if it did, it would be even more of a prison than this wretched, awful, shameful life we all share.

Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. – Philippians 2:12

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Written by KarlH

August 7, 2013 at 4:14 am

Plato on Evil Men

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“Those who are unversed in wisdom and virtue and spend all their days in feastings and the like, are borne downwards, and wander so through life. They never yet raised their eyes to the true world above them, nor were lifted up, nor tasted of solid or pure pleasure; but, like cattle, looking down, and bowed to earth and to the table, they feed and fill themselves and gender; and in the greediness of these desires they kick and butt one another with horns and hoofs of iron, and kill because they cannot be satisfied.”

– Plato, Republic

Written by KarlH

February 3, 2011 at 4:07 am

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