Friday, October 21, 2005

The Truth / Something totally out there

The truth is a conspiracy that we are all part of. All belief is deception.

It is in this that we are culpable, our crime a betrayal of the self. If there is a reason for our guilt, it is that we have taken the easy way out - that we have chosen to believe in the one Right Answer, the one Proper Way, the one True God. To demand certainty in everything is to become mortal.

There is no forgiveness for this. There is only creation as mutiny, the pitched battle of the imagination, mustering its guerilla squadrons in defense of the soul's country. Our punishment for failing is the discovery that the truth is unalterable; that the truth is actually true.

10 comments:

Heh Heh said...

I know we have our differences, but there is literally NOTHING in this post that I agree with. Then again, its question of differing axioms.

Curiously enough, examining your axioms using mine as a base leads me to conclude that mine are correct (and hence the situation is consistent with my axioms). At the same time, examining my axioms using yours as a starting point would lead you to conclude that the situation is consistent with yours.
Nice logical quandry.

Accidental Fame Junkie said...

It might be a coincidence but pretty much all that you say would sit nicely with the crux of a novel called "Ishmael" By Daniel Quin. But of course he is looking at it from a purely evolutionary angle not only a philosophical one.

...our crime a betrayal of the self.

According to Quinn, we have become a danger to our planet thanks to the way we live. All technological, scientific development can be traced to the agricultural revolution when humankind parted ways with its hunting-gathering brethren. We stand to kill ourselves and others (is this the "truth" you talk about?) from the ball that started rolling then.

...we have chosen to believe in the one Right Answer, the one Proper Way, the one True God. To demand certainty in everything is to become mortal.

Quinn adds that we have chosen a way where earning by the sweat of one's brow is the ONE RIGHT WAY to live. That is not true. There are other more satisfying less taxing ways to live a wholesome life minus the angst and ennui of civilization as we know it.

There is no forgiveness for this.

Absouletly! Because we have the blood of other beings/species who were wiped out in the process of humankind's evolution, there is no forgiveness for this.

ozymandiaz said...

I have to go with hwsnbf on this one. There is a dichotomy to you diatribe here. You talk of the betrayal of the self for, shall we say, settling on a singular truth, or God if you will, then elicit forgiveness? We have discussed the "objective view" before (I think in relation to art and bloging) which you seem to believe in. Isn't that the same thing. An objective view is nothing more than a collective bottom line. It is a chosen truth.
And junkie, all life consumes. All life exists by the "betrayal of the self" as a detriment to it's very environment. I'm sure you can find examples of perfectly symbiotic life forms in eco systems that have never changed since life began on Earth...
It is also Monday morning and my grey matter is like a viscous goo with no coherent reasoning...

Falstaff said...

All: Err...I wish I could offer some deeply philosophical, logical argument for this, but it was literally just lack of caffeine in my system and typing the first thing that came into my head and sounded nice. So please not to take quite so seriously.

HWSNBF: You do realise of course, that you can't really call these axioms because my whole point is that axioms per se are failures of the imagination.

Oz: I agree that giving in to that shared bottomline makes life easier (and in some ways even possible - the alternative would be a Hobbesian world) but that doesn't mean I have to like it. I'm not suggesting that there's any correlation between imagination and happiness - I suspect they're actually negatively related - if you had absolutely no imagination you would always be satisfied. The choice, therefore, may well be between being miserable and creative and being content and soulless.

Junkie: Hmmm...and I haven't even read the book. I'd like to say something about how all great minds think alike. Only I suspect this is more about giving a monkey a keyboard and a blog to post on and having him ultimately come up with something that makes sense. Hey, if I keep at this long enough maybe I could write the sequel to Hamlet and sell it to Mel Gibson so he could make a movie version in Ancient Danish!

Accidental Fame Junkie said...

Hmm... I'm not saying that you have read the book. I'm saying that what you typed in that caffeinated haze makes sense as seen from this angle: I know it's a coincidence and all conincidences make sense! On an analogical note, it's like that game played in "The Foucault's Pendulum" by Umberto Eco...what is real and what is play is confused to the point of unrecognition!

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