Authenticity

What does it mean to be authentic in a world lacking in meaning and purpose?

To feel wounded suggests that there’s still a remnant of meaning, otherwise, pain would have no meaning, serve no purpose and not be distinguishable from other feelings. If nothing else, pain is a reminder that one is still alive, still breathing, still bleeding blood or meaning.

Where to turn when meaning and purpose is undermined and even lost?

The religions of the world made little sense to me when the world was full of promise and meaning and purpose – religions seem more of a cosmic joke with an unfunny punch line. The worst part of religion is that you aren’t able to ask questions or ponder the consequences of what religion claims and what religion really means. Especially Abrahamic ones – for if there were a god, it is a god in hell – for what can be worse than seeing the universe play out, as you know it would and without the ability to impact or change anything – because you knew you’d tweak this or that with the same end result – because knowing all means you can never be surprised or have novel experiences, only watch the universe unfold day by day, moment by moment with full awareness of the past moments and future moments and every unrealized possibility that could have arisen but did not.

Free will for humans means no interference from deities and life has no meaning without at least the appearance of free will if not actual free will, making any deity bound to a non-interference policy and reliant on fickle faith for worship – and what need does an omnipotent being have of worship, unless all creatures crave unconditional love? In which case, are dogs to humans as humans are to deities? But a dog’s love is limited in scope and by lifespan – although there is no upper limit to the quality of doggie love.

In which case, is god like the Star Trek Borg, adding each of our individual distinctiveness back into the hive whole with Death being merely the collecting mechanism?

If the universe be hell for deities, then what hope can there be for mere humans? Unless our limited understanding of the universe ensures novel experiences and it is the path to understanding that is the meaning, with sweet oblivion the reward? After all, an eternity in any single state would, given enough time, become painful until the pain became sweet bliss and back to pain – is true pleasure just that moment when pain and pleasure are balanced and any imbalance in either direction the torturous motivator to return to the harmonic balance?

8 thoughts on “Authenticity

  1. I’m sorry and I apologize if I seemed to be criticizing you by saying that you are going in circles. I didn’t mean it as a criticism but as a warning for you that you may be wasting your time and energy looking for answers in that way.
    And you are quite correct in pointing out that you have actually shifted from atheist to naturalist, that’s already quite a step indeed, congratulations for this considerable first progress!…
    While in this current process of shifting, perhaps you could examine quite seriously the answer I just tried to give you regarding your question about the possibly ‘Borg-like’ nature and motivation of ‘God’. Please don’t just brush it aside without really considering it.
    The reality of ‘God’ is definitely NOT Borg-like, I can assure you gladly from my own personal experience.
    After reading carefully again the description I have given you above, of the real nature and motivation of that all-encompassing Presence of Love we can instead find and relate to if we are interested, please tell me if that description starts to make sense for you too… or at least to make a dent somewhere in your presently rather gloomy outlook on everything!… 🙂

    • Oops!!! The above reply belongs down below, where i have copied it in the proper place. I hit the wrong ‘Reply’ button… Please delete it from here…

  2. You are quite right to point out that such a God as the ‘God in hell’ that you describe would be a total absurdity, and the deities you describe would be too. So obviously What is actually there is NOT that kind of God or deities, but a kind of divinity altogether different than what you describe, and operating in a different way too.
    Please try to just get out of that usual framework of thought where you still are presently, turning and turning in circles probably since long and coming to the conclusion that nothing makes sense.
    If you keep starting again and again from this same wrong basis, you will never get anywhere. So please just forget about all your suppositions and reasonings. As long as you stay inside that box of your own making, you cannot see the different reality that is outside of it and is the true reality, the one that makes sense.
    I’m so glad you mention the Borg of Star Trek (in the series ‘The Next Generation’, then, of which I am a complete fan, except only two-three dark episodes). Yes, the Borg do start out on the principle of growth that you describe. But if you have looked at the entire TNG series (Warning to any reader: Spoilers ahead!!!), you will remember how they too will start finally to evolve towards individualization and personal free will, thanks precisely to their contact with the ‘Enterprise’ team around Captain Jean-Luc Picard, all embodying one way or the other the inner qualities developed by humans and at least some individuals of the other species in their further evolution after our times.
    It is the genuine love and compassion spontaneously felt and expressed by Geordi for the captured lone surviving Borg (from a crashed small ship), a young fellow, that makes this Borg experience for the first time friendship, that is, love from someone else for himself as an individual person and the reciprocal feeling from himself. Then to have a name of his own, to be trusted and to have crucial choices to make by himself will help him wake up even more to what it means to have free will, and to love. This fundamental change in him will become contagious to his whole mother-ship when he returns to it.
    In the last ‘Borg’ episode (more Spoilers ahead!…), the ‘Enterprise’ crew is faced with all those changed Borgs now needing a leader and having found one, alas, in the devious and cruel liar Lore, the only brother Data has, but perverted by the additional capacity of emotion (including jealousy and ambition…) without the central propensity towards goodness and actual love that Data unwittingly does have. It is the friendship between the young Borg they had saved, and Geordi, which will in the end save them all, through the irresistible re-emergence of that temporarily zapped fundamental inner quality in Data, enabling him to finally resist his cruel brother’s confusing influence, and to turn him off once and for all, ending at last the constant deadly threat Lore had become not only to Data himself and his ‘Enterprise’ friends, but to the whole galactic area they were exploring.
    And the individualized Borgs?… Understanding now the dangers of wrong leadership, they have chosen to trust and follow the most truly advanced of them all, the one already awakened to Love… They can henceforth continue to evolve on their own, from that healthy and promising new basis.
    This entire story I find absolutely great and totally inspiring.
    And in this ‘Star Trek: TNG’ in general, you will notice that there is no ‘God’ mentioned anywhere, except in the beliefs of some of the cultures they visit on other planets, who are still primitive enough to adore whatever more powerful and mysterious beings not living on their planet, that they imagine to be supreme deities.
    What comes on the contrary quite strongly out of the whole series is the need for all beings to love, not some hypothetical external ‘God’, but themselves and each other, so as to learn to live and work together in spite of the differences between all of us. Even those few very advanced beings who may be seen as somehow adoring Something, adore simply this very Presence of Love that can be felt everywhere as the universal background and actual Reality of everything there is.
    If that all-encompassing, ‘divine’ Love that is the origin of the very same Love latent in ourselves, is indeed watching all of us grow more and more in our own capacity to love, it is not because It has any need of that Love for Itself, but because, like any truly loving parent, It finds its joy in witnessing the constantly changing and surprising steps in the growth of its innumerable offspring towards their own more and more divine fulfilment of mutual and playful Love in that Oneness.
    We all learn and grow through our eternal Play together within that infinite All That Is of Love which contains all the nuances of Love – and even its opposite, the other extreme at the other end of the spectrum: the (almost) total absence of that Love – so that we can choose, each of us, with our unpredictable free will, what we want to experience and radiate moment after moment in our various Bubbles of specific Space-Time conditions here and there in all the Universes, the many Playgrounds provided for our growth…
    This comment of mine on your post has become quite long; ‘Star Trek: The New Generation’ has helped me to explain the central Truth of our existence in a way that I hope will make everything as wonderfully clear and simple to you as it really is.
    I guess this explanation will become also (anonymously of course) on my own blog a new post that can help other people as well…!

    • Yes, i found the episode where they figure out a geometric math problem that they could infect the Borg with and in effect, engage in genocide with the Borg was interesting – because they had a means of the borg’s destruction and did not use it – however, ultimately their contact with the Borg resulted in the Borg evolving away from the hive and into individuals – which was a symbolic genocide, but actual transformation of the borg civilization./society.

      The new battlestar galactica also had an episode where they were going to effect the genocide of the cylons, and had decided to do so, but were thwarted by a senior officer,.

      Science Fiction often allows us to deal with the big existential issues.

      You are right that I am going in circles and arriving at the same conclusions, partly to re-affirm, but also to try to bring others along for the ride.

      But I think I am shifting, I no longer identify as an atheist, because the rejection was done and complete, and have moved to naturalist as an identifier

      • I’m sorry and I apologize if I seemed to be criticizing you by saying that you are going in circles. I didn’t mean it as a criticism but as a warning for you that you may be wasting your time and energy looking for answers in that way.
        And you are quite correct in pointing out that you have actually shifted from atheist to naturalist, that’s already quite a step indeed, congratulations for this considerable first progress!…
        While in this current process of shifting, perhaps you could examine quite seriously the answer I just tried to give you regarding your question about the possibly ‘Borg-like’ nature and motivation of ‘God’. Please don’t just brush it aside without really considering it.
        The reality of ‘God’ is definitely NOT Borg-like, I can assure you gladly from my own personal experience.
        After reading carefully again the description I have given you above, of the real nature and motivation of that all-encompassing Presence of Love we can instead find and relate to if we are interested, please tell me if that description starts to make sense for you too… or at least to make a dent somewhere in your presently rather gloomy outlook on everything!… 🙂

          • Good that you don’t mind my comment!
            By the way, my answer using Star Trek TNG and the way it brings out what God really is, has now become my newest post, if you like to have a look… I found all the pictures I wanted for illustrating those two specific episodes, so I’m quite happy about that too!

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