September 27, 2006
Frail We Are
The trip went perfectly. We got there and enjoyed ourselves thoroughly, barbequing under the stars, laughing and joking whilst Taboo was played and generally, basking in each other's warmth and friendship. I did have the time for self-reflection in the midst of the 13-strong crowd, and I figured it was better if I got all of this down before it left the forefront of my consciousness.
Essentially, Man's struggle to understand his universe and reality has been an ongoing one. Religion then, provides an avenue for these exploratory tendencies. What then, separates Christianity from the rest? Up until the 17th century, the power of the Church constituted the authority of the monarch. Disagree with the church, and you ran the risk of disintegrating the power base from which you would call upon heavenly mandate. Legalism held sway in the minds of the aristocrats and priests and God's mercy was put on the backburner of religious emphasis. The Age of 'Rationalism' arrived in the 18th century and essentially, the Legalism practiced by the church gave way to other thrusts towards the unknown, all in the search for some enlightening ideology.
Empiricism came and when it was found not to explain every happening in the universe per se, was duly rejected as a dominant doctrine. Then came Karl Marx with a unique brand of humanitarian egalitarianism, one which appealed to the downtrodden masses of which aristocracies had neglected. But the manner of cruelty and barbarism which had to be employed in order to enforce his ideas shocked those who purported to swear by it, and was also duly rejected. Fascism stemmed from Hitler and his Nazi Party, and was championed by Mussolini and Fascist Italy. But its Nationalist nature meant that it would find little common ground in a search for universal truth. Recently, post-Modernism and Relativism claims new breakthrough in terms of understanding our reality and giving meaning to our purpose in life. And yet, its ludicrous assumptions that no one is wrong allow for great debate and dissension as to the nature of religion.
If religion essentially claims truth in its words, how then can all religions claim to be telling the truth - as what the post-Modernist would have you believe. Either one is right and the rest are all false teachings, there cannot be more than one truth. Therein lies the paradox of post-Modernist relativism. In the 17th century, Friedrich Neitsczhe claimed the death of God and the triumph of human prowess and reason. It is ironic then, that the champion of human intelligence and potential ultimately fell prey to insanity, a disease of the human mind. How laughable and yet at the same time, tragic.
I for one do not believe that God ever ceased to exist or be. He just faded away from the conscious reality as we took steps to distance ourselves from His all-encompassing authority.
"Your dirt removes my blindness, Your pain becomes my peace."
Traveller fell apart at 2:10 AM