Monthly Archives: October 2009

In Praise of Bullshit

Oh Truth, where for art thou Truth?
I have searched nigh and far for you without avail.
And so I have made a decree: You do not exist!
You are nothing but an illusion, an elaborate fantasy.
One has said, “Truth is here, come my way!”
While another exclaimed, “Do not believe that liar!”

I looked and listened; I searched and searched.
It was not for want of trying that I came to my conclusion.
A light came on one day when I encountered a very wise man,
Who said to me,
“Are you in search of wisdom?”
I answered,
“I have been seeking for wisdom all of my life.”
“Well,” he said, “you will never find it.”

“What?”, I exclaimed, “How can this be?”
“Words, concepts, ideas are meaningless.  The truth for one is fiction for another.”
“Surely,” I asked in dismay, “there is one all-pervasive Truth?”
“Bullshit!”

Reeling from such an answer, I was stunned.  The wise man smiled and said,
“Can the concepts in your mind be your guiding light?
Has anyone given you sufficient knowledge to be at peace and ease?
All knowledge is bullshit.  We speak bullshit.  Every single word.
Do you want to know the road to wisdom?”

Eagerly, I answered, “Yes, I do!”

“Embrace the bullshit.  Know that what one says is meaningless.  Take not one seriously.
Enjoy your life, knowing that everything you learn is bullshit.
What is real is already real to you, and will increasingly become more real.
Stay true to the unfolding of each moment,
and relish the bullshit.
There is wisdom found.”


The Journey Ends……

Well…..not quite, I just wanted to be a little dramatic.  I feel it is appropriate, given a recent storm of comments, to properly wrap-up this blog with an appropriate book-end.  To that end, let’s go on a recap.

I began this blog in 2006 after the startling insight that the Christian Bible just may be a mixture of myth and reality, given that at the time of writing phenomena was explained in the terminology of myth.  I realized that if hell is not a real place, my faith is completely undermined, like a house built on poor foundations.  As I read and explored the ramifications of this new understanding, I journaled my insights which can be found in the archive here.

To say that my insight was an eye-opener is a massive understatement.  Christianity framed the way I viewed the world, and suddenly whole vistas of thought flooded in.  Beyond Black and White was born out of the understanding that all moralistic thought is subjective, the world is rich with the colour of differing views and perspectives that do not fit into black-and-white categories.

After moving through the variety of perspectives, and wrestling with letting go of Christianity, I finally am able to say that I am no longer a Christian.  I no longer believe in God.  Yet I do not call myself an atheist, for I see that as almost as limiting as calling myself a Christian.  I prefer rather to let go of belief systems and open myself to the depth and breadth of life as best as I possibly can.

Spirituality still fascinates me.  There are still too many mysteries and too many wonders to life which science cannot begin to explain, yet no religious system can adequately address them either.  Instead, these are left to the realm beyond thought, beyond mind, beyond understanding, beyond explanation.  My spirituality consists of leaving all this in the empty space of pure awareness and being.

And I won’t be making a religion of that any time soon.