reply to post by wildtimes
I have all these ideas cluttering up my head, but there are so many that I have a hard time finding the words for all of them. Thankfully, one of the
most relevant to this subject just reared its glorious head and handed me exactly the wording I needed to express it.
This, I think, is the struggle that "God" represents:
Does meaning create us, or do we create meaning? Are we the product or the producer? The beginning? Or the end? The slave, or the master? We are
linear thinkers in a circular world. We think in terms of beginning and end instead of perpetuation. So maybe we create the meaning that creates us,
but one half of our species focuses on the meaning that creates us, and the other half focuses on the meaning we create.
Like I said, a lot
of the ideas in my head are so difficult to express because many of them toe the line between paradox and conundrum, and
only by flexing our unyielding comprehension of intangible concepts am I able to plug it in and come out with a continuing number, like .33333 or
.666666. And that tells me that not only were ideas never meant to be put inside of a box, but that the universe reflect such concepts in that it too
has no end. To put ideas in a box for the sake of physical communication, to put the universe inside a box for the sake of human comprehension...to do
any of that, is to limit the imagination. Instead of stretching ourselves, we are compressing the universe and everything about it. We are squeezing
it in a small space because we have trained our minds not to stretch.
That is the biggest problem I have with religion - it teaches us to avoid flexing the mind, flexing the imagination, and without imagination, how can
we ever hope to understand the universe? Without imagination, how can we ever hope to master the creativity that defines us? The creativity that is
Because that's what makes us gods...our ability to imagine and create. And I think that makes imagination, creativity, the ability to realize our
dreams through the sheer power of determination and vision...that is what makes the imagination our god. That's what I venerate. The power of
Whew! Thank goodness I got that out haha. I'm glad I was able to express it finally. Do you know how long I've been searching for those words? It
feels good. But anyway, yeah. Something for all of ATS to consider.