Friday, October 12, 2012


Ultimately, all fear comes from the fear of existence and its duality, non-existence.  But beneath that lies the most basic element of humanity, the refusal to deal with the meaningless of life.

Humans are terrified of acknowledging this point.  Virtually no religion will even dip its toe therein.  Buddhism, and to some extent Quakerism and some Shamanistic religions come closest and that is probably why many who find themselves confronted with this may be drawn towards these schools of thought.  If one does a search on virtually anything on the internet, millions of hits come up.  A search of what people think about the inherit meaningless of life takes you to the wikipedia entry and very few other entries that provide much of any insight.

There is a famous story by Hans Christian Andersen called The Emperor's New Clothes, which is often received as a sort of fun story about monarchs and nudity.  But I believe that what it really is about is that very thing that we all refuse to talk about.

None of this makes any sense.  Why won't anyone acknowledge this?  Why is it so painful?

Wouldn't life be better for us all if at least we made reference to the elephant in the room?

I often wonder if the individuals who commit suicide who seem eminently lucid, actually do it because they are eminently lucid.  None of this makes any sense.  Shouldn't that be the first thing we think about when we wake up in the morning?  Shouldn't that be the last thing we acknowledge when we go to bed at night?

None of this makes any sense.  It doesn't, and acknowledging that may be the first step towards.... acknowledging that none of this makes any sense.

None of us asked for this.  Existence was imposed upon us.  I never wanted this.  I never asked for this.  It was imposed upon me.  And yet, it can be pretty damn good.  I like it.  Perhaps I will become bored with it at some point, but so far, I like it.

And so, short as this post is, it devolves to something unoriginal.


Why Not?


Kirk River Mud said...

Existence is a gift, and I'm shocked to hear a Christian call it anything but that. Yes, a gift of being lucid in a fast, violent, tough world. A gift that resembles falling down a mountain.

In the end, we go back to where we started, which is infinite and infinitely small. It is eternity. From a spiritual or simply a chemical and energy standpoint, eternity is our home. Enjoy your time away. Enjoy life. Make it count. One of the greatest wastes of this life is complaining about life.

William O. Douglas Loeffler said...

I don't think that our viewpoints diverge more than an iota. I thank you for you lucid input.

I probably identify more as a follower of Quaker thought than as a Christian or a Quaker, but I feel no need to necessarily identify myself.

Many Quakers were intimately identified with abolition and pacifism, which are two things that I esteem above almost everything. On the other hand, many Quakers intimately identified with prohibitionism, which is something that i disdain with every ounce of my being. Support for prohibition of alcohol and/or drugs is the great shame of the Quaker movement and may have undermined some of the great good done by Quakers throughout their existence.

The notion of the very people who claimed that all were supposed to listen to the small voice within, lobbying to prevent other beings from listening to their own inner voices was a contradiction that is all but incomprehensible.