A Perfect Disguise Above
The grave's a fine and private place, But none, I think, do there embrace.
Some insight into the state of the world and the self
We strive for meaning in our lives, but with the bewildering overcomplexity, information overload and hyperreality of this postmodern world in which we live, it’s hard to make sense of who we really are anymore. It’s a paradox that with all the instrumental rationality in this world, we, as beings don’t feel rational - we are changing, fractal selves - we are overmedicated and psychoanalyzed to death..for what? disorders that didn’t even exist until recently…eating disorders, ADHD, manic depression? These are all products of the very post-enlightenment world in which we live. Religion used to provide meaning for us, which is why many neoconservatives call for a return to a society based on religious values….but this doesn’t work any more…why not? Because religious practices have come under considerable suspicion in the last 150 years. How? 1. Money. Marx talks about how religious practices have become too tied to vested economic interests - “playing God to the Pharoah” so to speak. 2. Fear. Freud exposes how the attachment to religion is out of an infantile sense of distress. 3. Deceit. Nietzsche explains how religion is a mechanism of power and lies, not like the outward message of love and equality as it wants to be viewed…even Thomas Aquinas wrote that “one of the chief pleasures of heaven is for us to witness the torment of the damned.” Even Christian conservatives complain that when you see a Christian on TV, they either hate people, are out for money or have a weird sexual thing going on. Even if you, like many fundamentalists, are obstinate to reason, then you are living a live of false consciousness. We know from Descartes that if we know something clearly and distinctly then we are OK, but our unconscious undercuts religion - it is a cultural mechanism of our society that causes us to doubt…Religion is just one less thing we can turn to in order to find ourselves; and if you are obstinately sticking to your faith, then it’s under the guise of suspicion.