Tuesday, December 28, 2021

About Deism

Religion is a practice. Belief is a frame of mind. 

I believe that there is a conscious and compassionate force beyond the scope of human rational inquiry at work in our daily lives. This belief is based mostly on personal experience, and on the firsthand accounts of others. I choose not to further define this Higher Power because whatever attributes I assign would almost certainly be wrong. My definition of deism is less passive than that of the 18th Century Enlightenment. It seems most likely to me that God is a meta layer of reality, both nervous system and DNA, a manifestation of conscious information. Not a watchmaker, but rather the gears, the numbers, the hands, the wearer, the manufacturer, and the construct of 4D spacetime itself.

Photo taken 12.28.2021.

Of course, our reality could also be a simulation. In theory, the odds that we are inhabiting a simulation are fifty-fifty. Elon Musk has advocated for this theory. It would certainly explain few things.

But this isn't a "just so" story. I'm not claiming any authority or special revelation.

And no, I don't know what happens after we die.

In 2015 I did have something happen to me that cannot be explained by science. It wasn't a coincidence. It wasn't an answered prayer. It had both symbolic and personal relevance. There was another witness. We took a picture with my camera phone.

The picture wouldn't convince you if I showed you, though. You could just say that we made the whole thing up. Anyway, I'm not trying to convert anyone. 

I don't have any particular agenda, not at this point in my life.

Be a good person. Live according to your conscience. Know that fear is largely imaginary, a pernicious delusion. Love is real but not always easy to find. Distrust simple answers and the wisdom of crowds.

 That is my practice. That is how I try to live my life.

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