‘Live by the harmless untruths (foma) that make you brave and kind and healthy and happy.’
An opening statement by Kurt Vonnegut in his novel, Cat's Cradle. As an author of somewhat controversial novels, this has influenced me to understand that disagreement doesn't require domination. This is an idea we as a species seem unable to grasp as we are all seemingly compelled to see our point of view flourish and that of others die.
Sovereignty is a criticism of Christianity, there's no doubt about it. But if a person's faith improves that person and, thereby, the world around them, who am I to discourage them from that belief? Likewise, if a Christian believes my ideals are wrong, but those ideals improve me and the world around me, what is the result of eliminating them? The result is a world which is less brave, kind, healthy, and happy—at least for me and that which I influence.
Of course, there are those who would contend the pursuit truth is more important than contentment. However, humanity has pursue existential truth for centuries, and for centuries it has eluded us. Yes, attempting to discover the truth is a noble endeavour, but until we have evidence of the absolute truth, what do any of us gain by asserting our opinion with a closed mind?
While it's popular in many political and religious circles to express one's perspective of the truth whatever the consequences, the only way for humanity to prosper in the absence of truth isn't for everyone to conform to a single way of thinking, but to allow ideologies to co-exist. Ubiquitous conformity without evidence of the truth will only come through oppression. The fact that people have varying ideas, including having different stories or lore which helps them understand the world, is a sign of a diverse and free culture.
The Examined Life
by Rhys Hagan
‘The unexamined life isn't worth living.'
To live without examining life is to live without purpose.
The impact of this statement is lost on those who aren't entirely sure what it is to examine a life. For too long, and too often, have I fallen into that category. Doing things because it's what I've always done, saying things without considering the consequences, not saying things because it's not my problem.
I won't say that the idea of 'The Examined Life' is to find my purpose and live more completely, that's simply not true. The reason I'm writing this is to express my existential angst. To discuss the possibility that, perhaps, life has no satisfying purpose.
I plan on asking difficult questions which may not have an answer and addressing sensitive topics like sex and suicide. I'll touch on the multitude of wild things that go through my head but I find difficult to express through conversation. Or things that people just don't want to talk about because it makes them uncomfortable.
Hopefully, I can offer some kind of insight.
Hopefully, I can find some.