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Journey to Sanity: Day 4

In the last two days I’ve had some peaceful days of avoiding media and political discussions. However, last night I had an interesting dream that I can’t help think relates to this project.

One of the issues I’m most bothered by is that of the university protests and the seemingly large number of young people so willing to give up their rights to freedom of speech and expression. Or rather, they’d want to take away those rights from others, but don’t realize it will also me the loss of their own rights.

Anyway, in my dream I was on a university campus. No particular one, although I’ve lived and worked on a number of them in my life. But I had the distinct impression this was just ‘a university campus’. Albeit a well-funded one. The dream began with me wandering around campus, attending lectures, etc. A regular student life. But around the mid-point, the entire university began collapsing. It was like a meteor-strike meets an earthquak, with huge chunks of building falling, and asphalt fro the roadways being thrust into the air. Suspended causeways crumpled, turning into a rain of death for those below. it was a hellish scenario and those of us not killed, were desperately trying to weave our way through the maze of death.

That’s it. There was no ending. No resolution. It just left off with me and a few others running through raining chunks of street and building larger than our bodies as we desperately tried to find a way out of the horror.

The meaning of the dream seems self-evident enough. It’s a metaphor of my fear for the fate of the modern western university, which is being destroyed by a variety of forces, many of which are within. This bothers me not only because I think universities should be bastions of freedom and centres for the quest for truth and enlightenment, but also because I will, at some point in the not-so-distant future, have to consider whether to send my child to one.

While I had an amazing time at the universities I attended, their nature has changed dramatically in the last five years. Safespaces, trigger warnings, and the injustice of ‘social justice’ all prevents students from growing and exploring new ideas. Instead, most get locked into echo chambers and force-fed ill-conceived ideologies until they come to believe 2 + 2 = 5. Only then does Big Sister let them out spread the word to the rest of their Western world (ironically, in a twist of the soft racism of low expectations, such social justic warriors rarely turn their new-found zeolotry on parts of the world that could actually benefit from them).

But I digress.

With luck, such dreams represent my subconscious processing the thoughts and emotions as part of my purge, so that, when I return to fuller immersion in the crazy world we live in, I can do so with a more level head.

Be the change we seek to see. That is all any of us can, or should, reasonably do.

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10 Questions of Christmas: the second day

The usual response to Question #1 (why place the tree where Adam and Eve could reach it?) is to invoke the notions of temptation and free will. However, neither of these work in this context.

The Christian God is all-knowing, all-seeing, and is everywhere. So not only did he know they would eat from the tree as soon as he placed it, he knew the exact circumstances that would lead to the fruit being eaten. Where, precisely, is the free will? Simply put, one cannot be all-knowing and not know something. So I fail to see how free will enters into this story, or in fact, any of the Christian world.

As for temptation… invoking temptation on innocents, while enforcing a harsh punishment when they inevitably succumb, is just sadistic. The bible says that Adam and Eve only gained knowledge of good and evil after eating from the fruit, so they had no framework on which to place God’s command not to eat. His words would literally hold no more power than the wind to them.

– – – – – – – – Question #2 – – – – – – – – – – –

Before eating from the tree of good and evil, Adam and Eve were innocent. So why punish them so harshly for disobedience? That’s like putting a two-year-old’s favourite treat before them, telling them not to eat, before leaving the room. Then, when they innevitably eat it, you send them to maximum security prison for the rest of their life.

So, why did God feel it neccessary to punish Adam and Eve so harshly for something that (1) he knew they would do, and (2) they basically had no control over?

Insight and longevity.

The Revenant

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10 Questions of Christmas: The first day

It’s Christmas time again, and that means good Christians everywhere are celebrating the birth of their saviour Jesus Christ. The rest of us are just enjoying a festive holiday of lights and colours and visiting friends and family.

With nativity scenes everywhere you look, and the kids putting on their school nativity plays they’ve been practicing for months instead of learning useful things, I can’t help but be reminded of the craziness of the Christian beliefs.

So, once again I’m posting Christian Christmas Questions in the 10 days leading up to Christmas. I’ll provide my own insights into the question in the following post.

Without further adieu, let’s begin with…

– – – – – – – – Question #1 – – – – – – – – – – –

Any story of Jesus Christ must begin with original sin. That, after all, was apparently the purpose for Jesus (God in the flesh) to live — and die — on Earth in the first place.

From biblical descriptions of the rivers (Genesis 2: 10-14), it seems likely that the Garden of Eden is approximately in the vicinity of modern day Iraq and could, maybe, be as large as the Arabian Peninsula. This begs the obvious question, with the entire world on which to place a the tree of knowledge of good and evil, which, apparently, God did not want Adam and Eve to eat from, why place the tree in Eden where they had ready access to it? After all, these are innocent humans, they could very well have eaten from it by accident. So, why would an omniscient, omnipotent being place an object in easy reach of beings he doesn’t want to interact with it?

Insight and longevity.

The Revenant