On God #9
June 2, 2011
Daniel Gould to Bob Wilson
"But perhaps age has taught me that the earth is still new, molten at the core and still forming, that black leaves in a winter forest will crawl with life in the spring, that our story is on going and it is indeed a crime to allow the heart's energies to dissipate with the fading of light on the horizon. I can't be sure. I brood upon it and sleep little. I wait like a denied lover for the blue glow of dawn." From "Heaven's Prisoners," by James Lee Burke. This was the closing paragraph of a book I finished only an hour ago. In some ways it sums up---if only indirectly---what you are trying to say.
As to your spiritual experiences, I will not doubt the events without more input of the circumstances surrounding them. I have had precognitive experiences and dreams myself. But they have been simple, innocent and uneventful. Again, I accept that there can be reasons that fall under the category as "scientific phenomena." Here is one that happened several months ago. I was riding my bike down a canal and the name and an image of a German lady, I knew from the book trade, popped into my mind for no apparent reason. About 100 yards further on, I turned down a side street and saw her walking towards me. What to make of that? Simple, innocent and uneventful. Physists now talk about glitches in time sequence to explains such things.
In my personal investigation concerning a Godhead two things come immediately to mind that was brainwashed into me by the Catholic Church: You must have faith; and God gives us free will. As a boy, I had faith. It was unquestioned. Later, I would realize that I had not truly understood the meaning of the word. I would now define it as "maintaining a believe in something even in light of evidence that contradicts it." So I DID lose my Catholic' faith. I did so because of objective and logical reasoning.
This may explain why the other concept of "free will" plays big in the overall scenario. You have often camped at the edge of the wilderness. You have experienced the visual extravaganza of the Northern Lights. I still have a total recall of fishing trips, into the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, as a boy, with my father. Of laying in the grass, for hours, staring at this magnificent spectacle that no fireworks display, planetarium or Imax cinema can come close to duplicating. And, later, when I came to an understanding of Astrophysics and the realization that I was only looking at ONE galaxy, ours, the Milky Way, I came to a further understanding of our insignificances in whatever overall plan there is. Face it, the ant that invades your picnic blanket has more influence on the earth we live on than the earth has on the universe. One hundred billion galaxies and each with billions of stars; and now, to make it all the more mind boggling, most astrophysists believe that there are multiple universes. To say that a Godhead interjects itself into the way of things is rather hard to defend. Free will is obviously the only way the Godhead would want to play the game.
But with that said...You conclude your latest installment with statements with which you declare "No sweeping philosophical arguments. No parsing previous revelations. No grand rational pronouncements." So what is it that you want to communicate that will make you the "most hated man in the world?" Is it simply your concluding statement, "I know God. God is my friend, and I know what he [sic] stands for." If so, it has been said and said again. No one is going to hate you for it. No one is going to condemn you. No one will feel it worth their time and effort to debate the issue with you. Singularity University will ignore it. It is one of those "Ho-hum" moments.
Until you can present some new and unique proclamation, I sincerely doubt you will get anyone's attention. Sorry!