|Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2008 - 09:04 am: ||
I intuitively grasp and intellectually appreciate the logic of the things you are saying. Nell mused as she selected garments from the closet. My education in the exercise of logic leads me to examine the premises upon which logic is founded before I accept the conclusions to which it leads.
And you find fault in the premises do you? Tess inquired.
Yes, Nell replied. There is a fundamental irrationality in considering an omnipotent, loving god who would create a dark side that torments creatures of the light. It seems trivial at first but pain and suffering and the evils of injustice and greed is so prevalent in the affairs of humans that it is really not a trivial matter.
Yes, Tess replied. That is a tough one. The resolution is even tougher. I don’t have a pat easy solution but if you want my opinion I will try to explain the manner in which I came to an uneasy resolution for me.
Yes, Nell replied. I would like that very much.
Analyzing and clarifying definitions was the most important part of my resolving the dichotomy. I had a lot of help from mother and Stan but in the end I had to sort it out for myself. You see? To me the word “god” and the word “CREATOR” are not the same. To me the word god refers to a created entity whose technology is so far advanced that it seems like magic. The word creator in the prime sense refers to the creative phenomena that brought about the reality in which we exist and are a part. That is part of a personal set of definitions in which I avoid using the word god except in conversations about the ancient gods of some culture or another. Stan and mother both insist that most of the ancient mythological gods were real entities that came here for their own purposes but served the grand purpose of kick starting modern humans toward cooperative civilization and the spiritual maturity that brings. I am convinced they are right.
There were many advanced entities that came here to exploit something valuable about our human predecessors. Probably it was different things for different entities. Some of them even used humans as livestock for a food source. Every form of exploitation known today, (some so malicious they have been relegated to the depths of our subconscious and some with such divine loving empathy the species memory motivates glorious works of art and endless loving acts of charity), was imposed on humans by some ancient god or another. The extreme survival pressure forced humans to accelerated adaptation until they crossed a spiritual threshold that forced the ancient gods to leave the earth or to go underground. Our ancient history from about ten or twelve thousand years ago up to little less then two thousand years ago when the last of the ancient gods were forced from the earth’s civilizations, is not myth. It is real history.
Whoa!---- Enough Nell begged. Give me a chance to assimilate.
Nell sat half dressed focused inward for long moments.
Tess begins selecting her clothing and dressing.
What did you say it was that forced the ancient gods to withdraw from earth civilizations? Nell asked.
I didn’t say Tess replied. I don’t know. It was prophesied that the end of days for the gods reign on earth would be marked by the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem. Josephus, the best of the Hebrew historians witnessed and wrote of the destruction of the temple and of a great battle in the skies above. On that day all of the ancient gods fled earth a second time, Venus burned, Mars froze and other unnamed planets exploded forming the asteroid belt. Civilization as it had been known for long epochs collapsed. We the meek had inherited the earth. We the meek are on our own and the dark ages of civilization begin again. The ancient gods have not returned this time to overtly exploit humans but humans have learned well how to exploit one another.
Nell sets contemplating Tess’ words for a while then says I see the patterns of the history you relate. I have to admit in general it makes more coherent sense then the nonsense taught as ancient history in the schools. However it leaves the original dichotomy unresolved. Why would an omnipotent CREATOR create evil? She asked again.
I really don’t know Tess answered. The only coherent speculation I can imagine is that evil is a byproduct of creating good. What is the point of light if darkness doesn’t exist? If reality were an eternal homogenous nothingness ---- she shuddered . Just the attempt to stretch my mind and comprehend such a concept is beyond horror. The dynamic that holds the horror of “nothingness” at bay is the tension of empathy; the intent toward affection or malevolence. To be omnipotent is to be divinely capable of infinite affection and infinite malevolence simultaneously and to have the infinite artistic/intellect required to apply either or both as needed in the creative intent.
I see us and all of reality as the creative art work of a divine CREATOR who loves us and all of reality with infinite passion. She finished and grew silent.
Nell was quiet until Tess begins to finish dressing her. Nell allows herself to be dressed and says in your point of view the Creator loves it all. The Creator loves the dark as well as the light. Do I have it right?
Remember the works of art you love Tess replied. If all the dark tones were removed only the streaked pastel canvass would remain. If all the low tones were removed from music there would be only an annoying constant high pitch. If all the deceit and conflict were removed from the drama presented on the stage or screen there would be no drama. If there is no struggle in a civilization she continued, the citizens grow dull fat and lazy. The barbarians overrun it or it just regresses to a point where struggle is again necessary.
Yeah, and in this model your omnipotent CREATOR created it that way. Nell exclaimed.
Of course Creator did just that Tess insisted. Are we not worthy of entertainment? She inquired.
Physical life is a blast Tess declared taking a hairbrush to brush Nell’s hair. That’s why we keep coming back to it. Wasn’t it immensely exciting and pleasureful to step out of the rules and (DELETED--- NOT APPROPIATE FOR A FAMILY SITE), just a little while ago? Wouldn’t it have been a thing of despair and animosity if the dark potential had materialized and your husband had reacted in a jealous rage?
So what is the point? Nell asked.
The point is to live Tess said intensely, to experience, to personally know joy and despair, pleasure and pain, to know love and hate, to know evil and divinity, until some when on the other side of eternity; to mature and create our own loving works of art.
That is kind of a nutshell overview of my resolution to the dichotomy Tess continued. All I have experienced and learned so far has served to reinforce and verify that resolution.
I intuitively like it Nell mused aloud as she took the brush and begins to brush Tess’ hair. I will need to worry it a bit intellectually before I fully accept it as a valid working resolution but my feeling is that it is valid.
Born with the gift of laughter, aware that the world is mad. -- Jimbo