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Somewhere, Over The Rainbow

Posted by spritzophrenia on July 28, 2010

Do I want there to be a God? Do I want g0d to exist? Or perhaps another kind of spiritual reality, like Nirvana? Yes, today I think I do.

I’m inhaling the scent from the flowers a dear friend gave me. I’m looking at the sun shining through the trees outside my window, and thinking it would be nice if there was something more than the mere material world. Maybe God. A nice g0d, of course. That would be kinda cool. I’m not claiming my desire for the numinous is evidence g0d exists, although some have argued that.

I can hear my imaginary friend say “Aha! How can you possibly search for meaning without utterly passionless detachment? You’re biased.” To which I smile, “Of course I’m biased. Show me someone who isn’t”.

As Iain writes, there are dangers of wish fulfilment in religion. No-one is completely objective but I think commitment to a position is perfectly ok. It doesn’t preclude the ability to reason well. Philosopher Roger Trigg says scientists are committed to an intellectual position when they work, but this doesn’t invalidate their research.

Dancing in the sunlit forest

Sikh religion ascribes importance to the sanscrit word sat. It means “truth” ¹ and is used in many ways: satsangi (follower of truth), satguru (conveyor of truth), satsang (speaking of truth), and more. I’m committed to truth, as well as to my desires. As Trigg concludes:

It is fashionable to fix one’s attention of the fact of commitment. This is understandable. If our commitment determines what we regard as true, all that matters is whether a commitment is sincere. … As we have seen, however, commitments involve claims to truth which are logically prior to the commitment. It follows that what ought to be of fundamental interest is whether the claims are true and the commitments justifiable. ²

Here’s an example of commitment to an opposite point of view, respected atheist philosopher Thomas Nagel writes about not wanting God to exist:

I am talking of … the fear of religion itself. I speak from experience, being strongly subject to this fear myself: I want atheism to be true… It isn’t just that I don’t believe in God and, naturally, hope that I’m right in my belief. It’s that I hope there is no God! I don’t want there to be a God: I don’t want the universe to be like that. … I am curious whether there is anyone who is genuinely indifferent as to whether there is a God – anyone who, whatever his actual belief about the matter, doesn’t particularly want either one of the answers to be correct.” ³

The obscenities inflicted upon us by religious zealots revolt me.

However, would I like there to be a g0d? Today at least, I say yes. How about you?

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Notes
1. Sat means more than the English word “truth”, but we’re keeping things simple here. Thanks to Brian at Church of the Churchless for introducing me to the word.
2. Roger Trigg, Reason and Commitment (Cambridge University Press, 1973).
3. Thomas Nagel, The Last Word (Oxford University Press, 1997) page 130 – quoted in Timothy Keller, The Reason for God.

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The Police | Spirits in a Material World

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Fly Like An Eagle – More Agnostic Music

Posted by spritzophrenia on June 28, 2010

Steve Miller Band | Fly Like An Eagle. Art is in the ear of the beholder, and this is “agnostic” to me. Besides, it’s great music 😛

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Agnostic Music (Music Week)

Posted by spritzophrenia on June 27, 2010

As I mentioned, this week is Music Week on Spritzophrenia, and I’ll post some music every day.

Darnit, Youtube won’t let anyone embed the video. So here’s the link to Life’ll Kill Ya by Warren Zevon. (Lyrics). More below.

Warren Zevon
Warren Zevon

I checked the blog about the progress of a childhood friend on Friday and read “The chemo is no longer working. [The specialist] estimates that Dave has about 2 weeks left.” I shed tears reading that, and in writing to him. David is the pastor of a small christian church in another city, and was a good friend to me.

He is also a deep thinker, and probably sympathetic to my “open agnostic” beliefs. The above is black-humoured music from a man who died not that long ago, also from cancer. Disclaimer: I have no idea if Warren Zevon was agnostic, I find the song speaks to me in relation to my dear friend at this point.

Here’s the song that probably began my agnostic search when I was five years old. I still love it.

Supertramp | The Logical Song

See you tomorrow!

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