posted on May, 22 2010 @ 07:14 AM
Several have remarked on materialism, money, etc. Don't know why these meaningless issues enter the topic, really. Because surely we're all aware
that material objects/money are nothing .. no part of the riddle of life ?
I interpreted the OP as querying why we're here at all ? Who/what (if anything) is responsible for our existence ? Where we go (if anywhere) after
we exit our material bodies ? And why need we suffer the entire process at all ?
I'm going to return to one of the above posts -- the one which mentioned someone by the name of 'Watts' (I think). Not that I expect anyone, no
matter how learned or spiritual, has the answer to the riddle (although many believe they've cracked it). But as I speed-read my way through the
posts, the one which mentioned 'Watts' seemed closest to my own conclusions
Several years ago, my father who was quite elderly at the time, said in a neutral voice that despite everything he'd experienced, he could see no
real point to life. I panicked, because I didn't want him to die in that frame of mind (I still had vaguely 'religious' beliefs then). So I did
the 'little ray of sunshine' speech and rambled on about Life being similar to a school and how we're sent here to learn, blah, blah
In the same neutral voice, he replied, ' No, I don't think that's it. I haven't learned a damn thing, if we're to be honest about it '.
He died a year or so later. But what he said has stuck with me ever since. And now I find myself of the same opinion
Once religious and afterlife beliefs are pared away, you see things much more clearly. And you appreciate what they mean with 'religion is an
opiate'. It is. It keeps you drugged and in denial. It sweetens even the most miserable, bitter existence -- because it provides 'hope'. And
it's 'hope' that keeps people going, whilst religion makes them afraid to question too much.
Religions ... take your pick ... promises a 'dessert', or 'reward' for living. ' Never mind, Life sucks, but after it's over, you'll go to
an adult Disneyland forever and ever '
People need and desperately want to believe that. So they suspend their critical faculties, they obey the rules, they tolerate the intolerable ---
all in order they can get to that Disneyland place. And they will defend that Disneyland to their last breath -- so desperately do they need to
believe it exists and will be there for them
The more you dispute the existence of their religion's brand of Disneyland, the more they defend it and the more real it becomes to them. They
believe their 'god' is listenting and watching and will give them extra gold stars for defending him (most of the gods seem to be male, don't they
... male authority figure gods). They feel really refreshed and 'stronger in their faith ' after a bout of defending it. It's their drug of
choice, their panacea --- their lifeline --- their 'answer' to the OPs questions about the riddle of life
Ah well, I've been there -- passed through it. Long journey. Religion and the Disneyland beliefs, etc. etc. got me through a lot. Shame it didn't
last until I died. Would have saved me the effort of facing a far less rosy, less ego-centred set of truths --- with which I'm now grappling
Have I learned anything ? Anything to provide a bit of hope ? Don't know. I've seen a few ghosts and had quite a few paranormal experiences. I
chose all through that time to regard those experiences as evidence of an afterlife. Not the 'attend church on Sunday' type afterlife message,
it's true .... but I was prepared to accomodate that
These days, to my surprise, I find I don't need to believe in an afterlife. I can stand the idea of nothingness at death. I don't need to believe
I'll 'continue to exist on some plane', blah blah. Maybe it's just part of growing up, who knows ? Meanwhile, Life isn't that
impressive. We're primates. We're not very nice, under all the phony gloss. We live because we're hard-wired to fight to the last breath -- to
climb over bodies in order to do so -- to kill, steal, lie and cheat, in order to do so. Some are honest enough to acknowledge that. Others like to
cover the stink with platitudes and hypocrisy and lies, lies, lies
Who knows what lies behind it all. Are we an accident -- an experiment discrded or gone wrong -- a curse, a plague --- just an element in
someone/something's little game ?
Maybe we'll never know, anymore than a potato understands the reason for its existence
But I'm fine with it, either way