Went to a big bookstore to find any Learn Japanese and Musical Theory books, zero of each! A very meager collection of (other) books there and overpriced at that. Guess I'll explore Amazon the rest of the afternoon. I am disappoint!
Saturday, January 5, 2013
Here's a small excerpt:
There are many people in the world today (magicians and non magicians alike) who believe quite literally that the above arrangement is the only spiritual game plan in town. It is certainly their right to do so; after all, for many of us this God/devil, heaven/hell, angel/demon morality play is the familiar foundation upon which the perversely comfortable "faith of our fathers" was built.
While I certainly do not wish to offend anyone's sincere spiritual beliefs (and I hold my hand up and swear, "Some of my best friends are Chrislemews!"), I must, however, be honest. I do not believe in such an all-good anthropomorphic god. Neither do I believe in an all-evil anthropomorphic devil. I don't believe in a heaven where I'll be rewarded for believing correctly or a hell where I'll be punished for my unbelief. In fact, I believe there is something terribly wrong and spiritually toxic with this entire picture-dangerously and tragically wrong-a wrongness that has plagued the Western psyche for millennia; a primitive and superstitious phantasm of the mind; a nightmare that has infected the human soul with the virus of fear and self-loathing; a cancerous curse that demands that every man, woman, and child surrender to the great lie that would make us believe that our very humanness makes us unclean and damned in the eyes of a wrathful deity.
Does my rejection of a too-literal interpretation of the scriptural worldview of the Chrislemews make me an atheist? For those who adhere too tightly to their doctrines, I guess it does-but it certainlydoes not from my point of view. I most ardently believe in (indeed, I worship) a supreme consciousness that is the ultimate source of all manifest and unmanifest existence. I believe that you and I and every other monad of existence are components of the supreme consciousness. My morality (if you insist on calling it that) is based on my conviction that the ultimate nature of this super-existence is transcendently Good-a Good we can never adequately define with our words or understand with our meat brains-a Good so all-comprehensively infinite that there can be nothing outside of itself--not even nothing.
There can be no opposite of this great Good. The Goodness of supreme existence is spelled with the largest capital "G" imaginable. I call it the: