Look, I consider myself to be a spiritual person. Formalized religion is a subject I wish to tackle another time, when I am stoked full of Wheaties, warmed up and better rested. But there are a number of long cons being run under the many banners of mysticism, and I hate to see ignorant or desperate people taken advantage of because they need or want to believe. And by the way, I do believe that there is much in this world that is unseen and inexplicable. But for Chrissakes, some people will believe anything. Literally, anything.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
What is the crowning achievement of humankind thus far in our existence? Some would say it is higher thought and the ability to reason. Many believe it is our capacity to love. Other contenders might include the discovery of Mathematics, the creation of Art, the legacy of Architecture or the fractal, ever-nesting theories of Physics. (I have personally met two different Turks who would have told you it is the Interstate Highway system and its attendant Scenic Rest Areas.) Wrongo. It is my sincere belief that the absolute zenith of human invention, creativity and applied intellect is the Pop Tart™. Frosted, of course. I doubt that most people will require much of a justification for this opinion, as upon reflection it seems quite self-explanatory, perhaps even facile. However, I would just like to tick off a few of the finer qualities of these delightful anytime snacks (No Virginia, they’re NOT just for breakfast anymore!)
The big questions . Who Am I? Why Am I Here? What is the Meaning of Life? Why are we born only to suffer and die? Who or what is God and why can’t I ever get him on the phone? And what has he done for me - lately? These are the questions which have occupied the thoughts and energies of the greatest intellects who ever lived. I, on the other hand, haven’t the faintest clue as to the answers to ANY of that crap.
Rather, I am devoting my energies to trying to figure out that which I can actually touch, taste, hear, see and/or smell. I am an Empiricist and a Skeptic by nature. After a little more than half a century of looking around and trying to discern what the hell is really going on around me I have come to two rather unsettling conclusions; 1.) There is a whole bunch of stuff going on that is absolutely effing random. And, 2.) Our Culture is seriously screwed up. Life is seriously screwed up. People are seriously screwed up. Feel free to include yourself in that group, or if you prefer you can pretend that this is a little inside joke between you and I. But it isn’t. Because I happen to know that I am seriously screwed up, too.
(And P.S. You don’t look so good yourself.)
© Copyright 11/09/2009 by James Clifford Dobbs