] Do you know what it means to come into contact with death, to die without argument? Because death, when it comes, does not argue with you. To meet it, you have to die every day to everything: to your agony, to your loneliness, to the relationship you cling to; you have to die to your thought, to die to your habit, to die to your wife so that you can look at your wife anew; you have to die to your society so that you, as a human being, are new, fresh, young, and you can look at it. But you cannot meet death if you don't die every day. It is only when you die that there is love. A mind that is frightened has no love - it has habits, it has sympathy, it can force itself to be kind and superficially considerate. But fear breeds sorrow, and sorrow is time as thought.So to end sorrow is to come into contact with death while living, by dying to your name, to your house, to your property, to your cause, so that you are fresh, young, clear, and you can see things as they are without any distortion. That is what is going to take place when you die. But we have a limited death to the physical. We know very well logically, sanely, that the organism is going to come to an end. So we invent a life which we have lived of daily agony, daily insensitivity, the increase of problems, and its stupidity; that life we want to carry over, which we call the "soul" - which we say is the most sacred thing, a part of the divine, but it is still part of your thought and therefore it has nothing to do with divinity. It is your life!So one has to live every day dying - dying because you are then in contact with life.
] .... therefore it has nothing to do with divinity. It is your life!So one has to live every day dying - dying because you are then in contact with life.
I do not need a deity to guide me in my dealings with other humans.
So what you are saying is that order is simply one accepted form, and chaos is another, and we can choose between them?
Since this is a one-shot existance as you claim, and I conclude that at least for myself order doesn't bring about the best that life brings, perhaps chaos is just as good a selection? I could steal with impunity, have your daughter for my own pleasure, become a rich man, litter the highways, take from the poor. All this just as long as I stay one step from man's law. I need to follow the law only to make man's stay comfortable until this generation too suffers nonexistance? Virtue is out and no longer required, as virtue molds us in conformity to God's laws. I can rightly console the people I offended with that wonderful hope that their torment I caused is just going to last their lifetime, and they can look forward to non-existance in peace and no torture just like I am destined.
I can see your groping with some ethical more to put me in conformity, but what ethic or morality do you choose? Force and torture don't work as we know these things are voluntarily taken on by man in many situations in life. You can execute me but you need to catch me, besides one situation is a still a possibility, in that all of man could choose chaos at once and nothing could be done about it. You can't choose a higher Authority's, as your adamant that God doesn't exist,. What's left is man's morals.
Here I can rightly ask you for proof that his morals are better than mine and the ideal model. To counter your selection I can pick one example of millions of it's imperfection, and state the Nazi moral was that their children should hand over their parents if they are not loyal. Here we have a bonafide law, set into rule by thousands both in spirit and actually, and implemented after a long contemplation.
Since I proved I am not any "worse" than these butchers, then I declare my conduct just.
You will finally end up saying that it's just not right and it's against conscience. But Ha, gotcha! In supposing a conscience, then you must also suppose an Authority that bestowed it.
Finally, you play a game of probability. If there is a God, you spent a lifetime not showing him the honour that is rightfully His as creator and provider of all that you enjoyed, and don't think that all you need to do is be a good person, as worship,honour and charity are goods that are owed Him and deserving to him as Creator. Perhaps He'll overlook that and forget you could have given Him the benefit of the doubt, and you ignored your own intellect and reason that he gave you to allow you to realize him. Or, you can chuck it all up to chance and risk a trillion years of making up for the debt in realization you are aware,can feel and suffer a true death.
Personally, I could think this way if I were alone but that would be irresponsible of me, and I would want my children to have all their bases covered. I owe it to them to at least say that I don't know, but it seems reasonable and just that there is a God, and he gave me you my children. Or as you believe I could also tell them that the only hope they have is limited and finite and not to worry but earthly death is truly a finality.
Indeed, what a waste.