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There is NO God: Mankind yearn for the Absolute and Eternal

There is NO God: Every member of Mankind, with a minimum of functional brain, yearn for the Absolute and Eternal.  This is a healthy reaction for the Absolute evidence that we are absolutely dead people. And yet, we try our hardest to stay in denial, as long and as frequently as is necessary, to keep our morale up, going to any length of convincing our selves of a happy after-life…

In desperation, we kill other people based on our belief of a kind of after-life, and we call it “religious belief system”…Either you believe in an after-life or you are a confermed and convicted atheist…And the boson of Higgs was “proven” to exist, and the theory of the “creation of the universe is coherent” and we can now live happily ever after

There is NO God. No matter what we say or claim, we are reacting against platitude in the routine of the living, and the close control of institutions, traditions, ideologies, detailed administrative routines and procedures…

There is NO God. Beware of what you wish: the Absolute fact is that we are invariably reduced to dust. You may be eaten by fishes or blown up in fume…the end product is dust.  Walk softly: No need to disturb dust unnecessarily.

There is NO God.  The Absolute state of afterlife is the realm of the dangerously deranged and the terrorists of all kinds of religions and absolute ideologies, totalitarian regimes…

Mankind is the God and the Devil.

People who keep silent on acts of violence and systems of control of the human spirit are the angels of the Absolute devils, supporting tacitly and explicitly the pains, suffering, humiliations, and actions against human rights around the world and under all political systems

Saints, canonized or not, were the best example of people who constantly doubted the existence of a God.  All the pains and suffering they inflicted upon themselves were reactions to their Absolute doubt.  They either had to believe and forcefully claim to believe in The God, or they had to survive on their own, composing with the people, fighting to survive against all odds.

I think that who sincerely and totally believes in God cannot create anything of interest. Worse, whatever he produces is either tasteless or potentially destructive

We are seeking a risk-free and sick-free life. A healthy reaction to the realization that our motives and behaviors are unpredictable and emotionally driven.  The absolute abstract mathematical mind has no influence on our actions and desires…

As late Ernesto Sabato said: “the early unnecessary death of a child is ground enough to start doubting the existence of God…”

There is no such person as an optimist. Optimism is a non-medical term created to describing a damaged brain that has no power to reflect on his own…

You may say that there is a “happy pessimist”, a “gloomy pessimist”, an engaged pessimist, or a passive pessimist…That would be closer to the truth in characterizing the mood of a thinking person…

While we are among the living, can we at least respect the notion of a “soul” or “spirit” that keeps us living and kicking? Can we deny the trend of those technology-minded zealots and mechanical scientists of their furious attempts at codifying, digitizing, and structuring the human spirit?

Can we keep the spirit up and alive, and sustain the revolts against institutions meant to control and subjugate our yearning to feel free and sane in confronting all kinds of mind control?

Do you believe in premonitions? Why not? Isn’t why we occasionally feel compelled to write?

Suppose I am walking on an inclined path and cannot see far ahead of me. A carnivorous marauding beast, or a serpent… is in the environ and hiding or napping  a few feet off the bend. Someone uphill is seeing the entire scene and he can forecast one of the potential events in the near future that might befall me.

The uphill watcher is “seeing” the trend, if nothing disturb the current parameters of the real universe, I am in serious trouble…You may fall, break an ankle…before you reach the location of the potential danger. The watcher might act upon the pieces of intelligence and sound the alert one way or another to desist you from resuming your ascend, even starting a fire…

All that sciences can do is offering one of the potentialities in the future by studying the trends…For example, one of the thermonuclear bombs might go off, regardless of man-made tight security checks…The danger is there in power, and danger will be activated one way or another as long as it is there…

You certainly had an out-of-body experience during your dreams and you hovered freely in space. A few acquire the power of initiating an out-of-body experiment during their waking hours. The high vantage point of seeing what is happening does not have to by physical in nature. For example,

1. Favorable vantage points can be secured by scientists (natural and social) in restrictive fields of studies to predicting events…Only genuine scientists with great experimental minds and extensive comprehensive knowledge can have premonitions. The difference between predicting and having a premonition is based on sensitive comprehensive knowledge of mankind and the universe, a sort of holistic comprehension of the major trends, and daily engagement to changing the condition of mankind and preserving their rights and liberty of thinking and expressing…

Restrictive scientists (natural and social) can play a favorable role if they don’t fail to remind the audience of the essential parameters that are supposed not to deviate or change in order for the trend of a phenomena to hold ….The public need to be reminded frequently and educated to the various restrictions and constraints limiting any piece of knowledge or prediction…

2. Genuine sensitive poets and authors have potentials to sound the alert on afflictions and calamities in the making…

Describing “reality” such as basing a story on actual people and events is generally of no interest for “real people” to read.

1. The fast communication and dissemination of information and news does not catch our attention as a well researched and well written story undertaken in blood and nervous energy by the author…

2. The camera has freed the need for painting external scenes…And the voice recorder has freed culture and authors from focusing on the “real world”…

The genuine author and artist must bare his internal confusion and struggle to all to share…Let readers participate in whatever they also feel and experience internally…

We are all seeking a risk-free and sick-free life. This is a healthy reaction to our realization that mankind is unpredictable and emotionally driven…

Any story that avoid the inevitable dilemma of death, of “why I am living”, of “why I was born”, of “what’s the meaning of living”… is not worth writing.  Journalists and reporters can do far better jobs writing of the daily activities and events…

Psychanalysing every move, action, and responses of characters in the story sap the credibility of the author who meant to describe and bare feelings and emotions: Feelings and emotions should not be exposed as scientific and deterministic happenings.  Though occasional psychoanalysis sections does not rob the power of a story for the insensitive readers. 

Any story must involve communicating with at least another character: Otherwise, why publish anything that does not show what might be generated from a shared confused utterance to other people and the chain of reactions that sets in?

Writing for publishing is the labor of showing the wide gamut of potential reactions in our uncertain behaviors, maintaining the right of the free spirit to be exposed in the face of advancing deterministic, technology driven and robotic society, systems, and institutions…

Note: Post inspired by the interview (conversation) of Carlos Catania with late Ernesto Sabato, and conducted in July 1987, and published under “Between the word and the blood”. Sabato published three novels “The Tunnel”, “Heroes and Graves”, and “Abdon”

Are you talking of an individual or a person?

It is important to weight the innuendo of your terms in writing and in speaking.  It is good to start differentiating between an “individual” and a “person”: They project different meanings in the collective mind.

Confusing the individual (the Greek atom) of a living biological entity with passions, with the person endowed with spiritual and moral value system is very harmful in disseminating a line of thinking.

Confusing the individual (the subject in experiments) with the person leads to considering individuality as a mass of numbers to be used statistically for commercial and financial interests, projects, and material planning…

Confusing the individual with the person confound liberal capitalism with materialist communism, both of them viewing mankind as means for instituting absolute ideologies, based on abstract notions and fundamentally founded on the abstract individual that has no mind of his own and no will of his own…The individual is thus abstracted and good to be used and abused as any object (living or inanimate).

The more we tend to confuse the two terms, the more frequent is the habit of subjugating communities in the name of the power-to-be political system.

Becoming a “person” with a complex system of moral values, and positions on “what is life”, and “what is death”…is not an automatic transition from the state of individual with huge ego to a community member wishing the good entente and reconciliation among the “cluster” of individuals…

Becoming a person is a community undertaking, starting with the extended family, that nurture the basic individual into a responsible citizen, teaching him that he is entitled to freedom of expression, and questioning authority figures, and voting, and paying taxes…

Becoming a person is a community undertaking to learn to respect the living, their dignity, their spiritual needs, their customs, their opinions…

A dead individual is not the same as a dead person: The value added to mankind can be measured on a logarithmic scale of magnitude…

Life is series of contradictions and passions, evolving by the day…Life is not a philosophical or mathematical unifying structure in order to judge people on how they behaved long time ago: Stay attune and alert to time change, to the most current development, and base your opinion on the emerging changes in the “person”.

Note: The essay was inspired from a section of the interview that Carlos Catania conducted with late Ernesto Sabato and published in a book “Between the letter and the blood

Are you suffering and in pain? Great, you are now superior to God

I just finished reading “Before the End” by late Argentina author Ernesto Sabato. Sabato in his nineties in 1989, was asked to write an “inspirational” book for the youth who feel their walls nailed to the wall. Sabado had already experienced the loss of his elder son Jorge and his wife Mathilda, and he was feeling pretty down and helpless. What follows are a few quotes on pains and suffering from other authors that Ernesto referred to:

Simone Weil wrote: “Pain and suffering have elevated man to a rank superior to God. We needed to invent the notion of Reincarnation to tamper this scandalous realization of our superiority…”   (Advances in the medical field enhanced this feeling, until current technologies and liberal capitalism reversed the trend, making humanity feeling helpless, confronted with so many insurmountable global problems…)

Oscar Wilde wrote before dying: “Where there is pain, the location is sacred…”

Pavese wrote: “Suffering teaches an alchemy that transforms mud into gold, and miseries into privileges…”

Miguel Hernandez wrote from prison: “One of these days, we will celebrate and salute with raised glasses whatever we have lost and recovered: Liberty, chains, happiness, and that obscure tenderness which makes us search across the entire world…”  Hernandez died in prison.

Albert Camus wrote: “The only serious problem in philosophy is suicide: How we judge life? Is it worth living…?” or La vida vale nada?

Manrique wrote: “How life passes, how death approaches, so silently…”

Urs Von Balthasar wrote: “We landed on the sandy banks of rationalism: We keep taking a step back so that our feet may take a firm hold on the abrupt rock of mystery…”

Jasper said: “The origin of philosophy is getting conscious of my weakness and helplessness…”

Kierkegaard wrote: “Having faith is acquiring the courage to confronting the doubt…” (I guess, as long as we keep carrying on with our projects, after encountering so many road blocks and failures, we are mainly shouldered by our faith…This kind of faith has nothing to do with any religious belief)

Maria Zambrano wrote: “We don’t cross from the feasible to the real, but from what is impossible to the truth…”

Leon Felipe wrote: “The current world has become terribly and monstrously reasonable: There are no fools anymore. The extravagant man defying the desert spaces is dead…”

As Gandhi said:  “My windows are wide opened to all world culture and civilization: As long as they don’t threaten to uproot me from my land…” (I guess people resist occupying troops, simply because they tend to uproot customs, traditions, and original culture…)

Note: Ernesto Sabato (1911-2011?) turned down, at the age of 30, a very promising scientific career and teaching sciences and mathematics in universities. He published “The Tunnel”, “Heroes and Graves”, “The Angel of Darkness”…Sabato headed Argentina commission on the crimes of the previous military dictatorship period and issued the 5,000-page report “No mass”.  He painted late in life and was passionate for classical music…

Our yearning for The Absolute survived Temples and religions?

The French author Cioran said to late famous Argentine author Ernesto Sabato: “We can snuff out almost everything in mankind, except the yearning for The Absolute. This need in man will survive Temples and religions…”  I think that religions were instituted and their sort of temples were beautifully erected since time immemorial in order to respond to man’s yearning for The absolute. ” In sadness, anything is transformed into a soul”

The poet Cesar Vallejo wrote something to this effect: “Life is a series of cruel and harsh blows: God’ Hate striking again and again…”  I think this most determined power has learned from mankind’s behaviors and feedback that the only way to retain man’s attention is to reach him through personal calamities

The poet clergyman Hugo Mujica wrote: “In the deepest of our emotions there are no roots: Simply totally uprooted and torn off feelings…” I guess that’s the case of people verging into senility: They tend to return to locations where they first and sincerely asked themselves agonizing questions on the existence…

The painter Goya wrote: “The dreams of reason generate monsters…”  Our back to the wall in this difficult decade, where objective reasoning, sciences, (and technologies put on the market without prior evaluation and testing for the health, safety, and mental consequences to users) are unable to respond adequately to the growing stagnated decisions for resolving mankind and nature survival, we keep wondering: “How can we overcome those multiple problems that require international cooperation and serious communication of our anxieties?

The successive genocides perpetrated by almost every society in the last century, and still going on in many part around the world, confirm Elie Wisel claim: “Genocides do not just physical kill people, but mainly the Idea of Humanity…”  Perpetual genocide tendencies let us start doubting Goethe statement: “Humanity will finally triumph…” That was a plausibility in the 18th romantic century: Can it be believable in this totally materialistic, “just me”, liberal capitalism ideology and system?

In his book “Before the End”, Ernesto Sabato recounted this event: “I took the train, and a thin and frail woman sat and started playing a mournful melody on her accordion.  She was one of these Romanian refugees; she could be from Albania, Serbia…: No homeland, no family, no relatives…One of the millions in errancy around the world, kicked out of their lands, villages, culture, roots…These refugees know without any doubt that they are not counted in history, they are not even included in statistics or falling within an ideological slot…The skinny woman stepped down to hop into another train, and I noticed the baby-girl on her back, looking at me with the saddest of eyes…”

All these indigenous Indians in Latin America (Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Chile…), the outcast who had no other recourse but to flock to major cities, uprooted from their natural environment, living in favella and shanty-towns, victims of recurring genocides, epidemics…Those outcast of captives in cities, barely surviving, having lost their former dignity and rituals…The harmony between mankind and the cosmos has been broken down.  To be replaced by what?  Industrial agribusinesses? Technologies of the new barbarians?

Outcasts around the world who can no longer hope for protection in the justice systems: Police forces breaking sit-ins and dumping the workers’ hot soup in the street on cold nights…




June 2023

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