The modern secular state has not left the individual will unencumbered, though. It has exiled God, but it has not eliminated idols. Individuals still bend the knee to corporations, to celebrities, and to ideologies that promise everlasting peace and harmony, provided only that human nature not be consulted.
There are dangers in mixing God, or notions about God, with worldly politics, as history shows all too well. But for individuals to forgo the light of transcendence and choose only on the basis of what will most enhance the ego or satisfy intellectual vanity is to live in a house with no windows, only mirrors.Posted by Rick Darby at December 6, 2004 1:16 PM
It is the ultimate hubris for man to think that he is master of his own fate. He need merely glance up into the night sky, and staring into the infinite void, to realize how truly insignificant he is. Those who presume that order is the natural state of things fail to grasp the laws of physics, thermodynamics in particular. Chaos is the natural state of the universe, order can only come about as a result of Consciousness. And the ultimate Order, the source of the very laws which bind this reality together, must hence come from the ultimate consciousness, what we so obliquely refer to as "G-d." To deny the possibilty of a shaper of Order, is to deny the very laws which permit us to exist.Posted by Final Historian at December 6, 2004 2:31 PM
When I read something as profound and awe-inspiring as this, I can't help wondering, "Will I ever write anything that dense?" Sadly, this is usually followed by, "When is Survivor on next?"Posted by Uncle Mikey at December 6, 2004 3:37 PM