in our quest for personal significance, have we opted rather for insignificance?
a year ago an article was published by “The Onion”
“Man On Verge Of Self-Realization Instead Turns To God”
AUSTIN, TX—A major existential breakthrough was averted Friday when, moments before he had a realization of monumental personal significance, 29-year-old local resident Darrell Gatsas instead turned to God. “He was so, so close to discovering something truly fundamental about himself and his place in the universe, but nope—he went with God,” close friend Peter Rankin, 27, said. “For a second there it seemed like he was going to seriously consider the cause-and-effect relationship of his own actions and elevate himself to a new level of compassion and understanding, but then he suddenly changed course and asked God to swoop in and fix everything.” Reached for comment, God chuckled to reporters that Gatsas is, indeed, a real piece of work.
the Onion (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Onion) is hilarious. … a satirical, often tongue-in-cheek, irreverent, often mocking, yet cutting commentary on politics, news and society in general.
I can’t help but wonder how much relevance, accuracy and truth is veiled in the humour in this article?
What do you think?
I’ve begun to think that maybe we desperately need to have an idol? … and a ‘physical’ one at that
… that maybe we’ve created “God” in our own image to substantiate and justify our very subjective world views … that we participate in institutionalized religious activities primarily to abate our own insecurities? … to try shift our shaky and subjective views as far away from their desperate subjectivity as possible by joining together with others who seem to share our beliefs … or at least a fairly similar perspective? …joining together with others who seem to affirm the views and values we hope are true, … those who encourage us and make us feel good about ourselves and our frail choices… the ones we really never chose for ourselves, but that which we picked up from our own social and cultural contexts?
… and that maybe we are indeed profoundly frail … and that possibly we know deep down that our perspective is merely guess work at best
… but this is so extremely frightening for us, … some unmentionable
so we flock together…
just in case?
… and that it’s not really worship of God we seek to participate in and be part of, … but rather a grasping to hopefully obtain a sense our own ‘worth-ship’? .. as we stumble about, trying to make sense of our existence and the meaning of it all
… but maybe it’s all ok?
maybe God’s not so upset about this?
maybe God really is omniscient?
who amongst us would have guessed that?
and maybe God’s okay with it because at least we are searching … and hopefully asking questions?
and hopefully this is true?
… can I get an ‘amen’?
if we are free…
if we are autonomous…
if we are self determining…
if we are a supreme species…
if we are the noblest of all creatures…
if we are the reality of what is real…
if we are all we think we are…
if we are intelligent…
if we are …
why are we not?
we hear so much about the inalienable constitutional right of individuals to RECEIVE respect, honour, fairness, dignity, equity, etc.
… yet I very seldom if ever seem to hear of the responsibility of individuals to GIVE rights, to extend these rights to others…
it is said that it is more blessed to give than to receive, … but it seems that these days to receive is everything
so what’s your take on giving?