Beyond existence, The Absolute-Unity does not exist as a thing among things, exists as well as not are both true and not true. Neither can be proved nor disproved. When people say they’re Atheists, more is meant than an existential statement of cosmological definition or convention; there’s always a ‘so that …’ that speaks to characterization and description of what deity means, particularly with reference to The Absolute-Unity that cannot be described or characterized — and a consequence.
Religious to the core, there’s a thread of Atheism within My Silent Attic that sometimes goes by the name Doubt. That, as the complaint of Job, questions care without the necessity to question existence.
Atheism: A Belief That Can Neither Be Proved Or Disproved
Religious beliefs are assertions that can be neither proved or disproved, are distinct from facts. Settling on the does not exist is true in the context that The Absolute-Unity is Not a Thing. It’s the declaration of absolutely true or not that’s the existential province of Perfect Faith. With No Absolutes in the Unity, reality is both true and not true as a dynamic belief. That the world is not flat is a fact.
Religions Are About What To Do
Religions are conceptual frameworks of should and ought to do at their core. Regardless of terminology, systems of thought aimed at action are religious in that the gap of uncertainty of the future has to be closed by belief. Facts are being determined and values weighted, but the action in the space of moving time occurs without an ability to absolutely know. Is existentially conditional on the unknown, that’s beyond so that an element of belief that’s both true and not true is applied.
What is this like? Recalling Rosenzweig’s: Abstracting from time. Abstraction is a thingification, and even considering temporal and relational qualities, an ideal, a belief that cannot be proved is being applied. Reductive reasoning dismisses duality in a drive toward a non-existent absolute that is hopefully applicable as an infinite-state (as divine) in an idealized true while not (as) true. Divine and human aren’t an appositional duality but both simultaneously true and not true by the existential reality that there are No Absolutes in the Unity.
There is no special single metaphysical ground, no more than the Mind is Flat. There’s a unity a duality a continuity in relation and a so-that vector in space and time. Divine, worldly, and personal beings are independent and irreducible, as well as multi-relational in continuity within and with The Absolute-Unity Beyond. Succinctly in agreement, the ‘Absolute standpoint‘ is existentially Beyond and thereby non-existent, with a necessary application of a belief framed as an ideal that as a non-existent absolute that has been deified — is treated as infallible. For a what to do ‘from out of the individual standpoint of the human being in time.’ Religion presents the belief as though a fact.
Beliefs Are Idealized Abstractions
Ultimately, as eeny-meeny, the outcome of the ‘scientific exercise’ is determined by the ideal — beliefs. There doesn’t need to be any invocation of deity, especially in that deities are abstractions. In this paradigm, anthropomorphization is irrelevant to the concept of deification. That can as easily be an abstracted ideal as wealth, personalized for anthropomorphic accessibility as the wealthy. The ideal elevated as an absolute is the deity. In a ‘so that‘ worshiping obtaining serving loyalty fealty, all the traditional relations of classical deities.
In the progression of time, as wealth the abstracted ideal closes on a necessity for survival reifies wealth as an absolute value. A vow of poverty thousands of years ago isn’t the renunciation of survival it is in modernity. Ronald Reagan as patron saint of Murder in Mississippi and Greed with a correlative adulation of the wealthy in denunciation of the poor has reified the yawning gulf of income inequality under the Calhoun Calvinist religion. While wealth can have differing avatars, from the Marquis St. Romney to Federalist du jour, the deity is wealth, and who takes up that Standard isn’t the issue but the underlying abstraction as an infallible absolute.
Ideals Have Consequences
Faith in ideals is always attendant to a form of chauvinism in that the routine assumption of logical — quasi-scientific philosophical systems is that some degree of thought is involved, so that somehow, there’s a need to exclude most of the Desert Wilderness because thinking and logic are devalued as in opposition to faith. So that there’s always a regression on this reality from the ideal into a need to be Men as deities in a Pecking Order. That closely mirrors Holding Dominion Calhoun Calvinist religion justified by faith in intellect. Whether called an ideal or a deity, the ‘what to do’ mechanisms are the same, with a different language as terminology, Communism and Fascism kissing cousins.
Atheism is a religion and as valid as any other that operates with a system of beliefs as ‘ideals’ that can be neither proved nor disproved. There are acolytes and groups of association and reverence that express faith in logic and science, or a nation with the same issues as any other henotheistic religion in whether looking at these abstracted references as an infallible end, as other deities, or looking through in Awe of HaShem.
In African Traditional religion and in Hinduism, the reverence of The Absolute-Unity is such that no name is given, the act of naming itself being reductive. That Atheism eschews invocation of theistic terminologies is irrelevant to the bottom line issue of whether the goal of the religion is to Search for the Good in Awe of HaShem.
For Ayn Rand acolytes, both within theistic formations as Southern Baptists and outside as the Tea Party and the Federalist Big Tent of Hate of thirty years of ‘niggerniggernigger‘ worshiping an idealized Godfather of Antipathy Ronald Reagan as Julius Caesar that crossed the Rubicon of Civil (and Labor) Rights, the good is the Conventional Wisdom of predator and prey, Us over Them.
While innumerable Atheists Agnostics and ‘irreligious’ have stood for Justice, Human Rights, and Compassion for All Suffering with Loving Kindness. The latter far more consistent with Awe than Southern Baptists still weeping about the loss of Holding Dominion to be recovered as At-Will.
The greater impact is that old-South culture that devalues education and the ability to think is factually disadvantaged in comparison to cultures that value those. For a ‘so that‘ that presses loyalty and fealty over competence and intelligence — reflected in the failure of the United State’s educational system on a national level in the same ascendancy of the ‘hurts them more‘ War Within the States old-South.
Religion Is a Language
References to ‘deities’ as abstractions of values are used as anthropomorphic focus versus ‘spiritual’ in a sense of Awe without a necessarily fixed structure is consistent with religion being a language. Terminology is less important than the ‘so that‘ what is done. When someone says they ‘believe’ or not, there’s an explicit meaning in relationship to their values. Everything is related, and the language of religion is particularly to convey a functional understanding of the complex or Beyond in need of simplification. Fundamental to human survival is and has been the need to organize. Who needs to do what for the group to survive within a time constraint of the ever-changing now.
Atheism is as valid as any other religious language. Through in-common language as compassion commitment honor humanity integrity justice knowledge law loyalty reason responsibility wisdom, the effective goal of Searching for the Good may be realized without invoking recognized or traditional deities. Personas. The deity of science is logic and proof. Atheists wax poetic about ‘logic’ when all the injustices of the world are perfectly logical. As logical as The Law. There is no absolute ideal.
Deification Is a Declaration of Infallibility
There’s a thin line between reverence and worship, that I define as declarations of infallibility. Neo-cons still knot their ties, sally forth, and get air-time as through anything they say has value as proof. As is well known, facts aren’t the issue, but what people can be made to believe until it’s too late. For in it to win it. That some attribute any credibility to Neo-cons is a reflection, not of their personal credibility, which is non-existent, but the infallibility of the deified Holding Dominion ideals they represent as clergy.
My chronic relapsing idolatry is of intellect when much of what is done in the discourse of human ‘thought’ is drowned in Dumb-as-a-post hubris in justification of conquests of reification, the ‘intelligentsia’ delivering position papers to the specifications of men as deities (today, that’s called power money might) to create religious fatwas of should and ought for the decerebrate masses from a pretense of infallible credibility. Should be allowed to suppress the vote, discriminate At-will and foment religion from Tyrannies of Majority; from a theoretical height of the application of thought.
Affirmative action has to fall under this Dred Scott court in fealty to the old-South deity of Holding Dominion. In Voting Rights being neutered, the persistence of Racism and practices that disadvantage are the issue in the context of the underlying infallible Federalist ideal of the conservation of advantage in inequality – power. Same as the Scalia ruling SNAFU, ‘Logos or reason’ is applied in justification of the religious belief rather than a purported dispassionate and consistent Socratic process. I’m allergic to the Pauline addendum, but now I need to suffer through invocations of the man-as-if with no mute button at hand – might. Or the Campaign Ruling – money. None of these issues are ‘traditionally’ religious or reliably consistent unless recognizing deification of power money might, of Holding Dominion. An injustice to ascribe the consistency of that contingent’s Ronald Reagan no-rights Metareligion to ‘Catholicism’ when it’s Calhoun Calvinism — Amalekites.
Rising and Falling Tides: Circadian Rhythms
The tide comes in and goes out, as does faith and doubt. The affirmations of religions, including Atheistic applications of logic in an ideal (belief), is so that as any other absolutist ‘monotheism,’ the Atheist has chosen a fixing designation of their ‘religious’ identity.
A circadian rhythm is any biological process that displays an endogenous, entrainable oscillation of about 24 hours. These rhythms are driven by a circadian clock, and rhythms have been widely observed in plants, animals, fungi, and cyanobacteria. The term circadian comes from the Latin circa, meaning “around” (or “approximately”), and diem or dies, meaning “day”. The formal study of biological temporal rhythms, such as daily, tidal, weekly, seasonal, and annual rhythms, is called chronobiology.
I tend to believe that adversaries are racist Antisemitic dim-wits with personality disorders. The tendency to immediately seize upon that belief is idolatrous. Rather than a genetic disability, the Desert Wilderness devalues thought and education consistent with their religious beliefs. Xenophobia comes in the old-South water and all who live and drink there are affected. Idolatry is that chip on the shoulder that some have that any disagreement is racially based. Reflexive or not, the idolatry of ethnicity has to be actively checked to avoid being idolatrous on that basis. Old rule: Every thing that is elevated as a reference of the ‘religion’ can become an object of idolatry.
People think of ‘monotheism’ as a steady state, but as any fluctuation in nature, the reality is that no matter how clear we believe we’re being as monotheists, or as an Atheist, ideals when held as absolutes are idolatrous. Under ‘monotheism’ in an absolutist either-or, you either believe or you don’t, either an Atheist or have Perfect Faith. Reality is that both Perfect Faith and Atheism, as any other religion are always under construction.
Existentially, we all have a relationship to the Beyond. For an Ayn Rand acolyte, it’s take what you can get, show no mercy, and care only for yourself. For the Amalekite Southern Baptist or Muslim, it’s the same with absolution by Wafers and Wine or Ablutions. Whether believing in an ‘afterlife‘ – that’s usually a selfish interest, or not, people choose their Role of the Soul. The terminology isn’t the issue, but the ‘so that‘ what is done. Is the religion, that’s far more important than the language employed to get there.
The Atheist that’s leading a moral life is far more consistent with Awe and reverence of the prophets than the bible-thumper that wants to take Food Stamps out of the mouths of children that had to be born because abortion is horrible, to a mother who at best can make a less than living wage. That as Marquis St. Romney holds, doesn’t have a right to eat.
By the tenets of ascendant ‘monotheism,’ people are expected to maintain a steady state of ‘faith’ as if tradition, and having declared for the one team or another, there comes a need to be ‘right’ about the decision to affirm the team of birth, or join another. As the Atheism as religion team. So that part of the religion is to resist by regularity of religious activity. Or to at least deny these natural fluctuations in the natural troughs of tides gone out. Reality is that we move in and out of faith and doubt, including Atheistic denials of the existence of The Absolute-Unity, that is as absolutely true as not. As the dichotomy of Christopher Hitchens of Awe denied there’d be a deathbed ‘conversion’ and Ayn Rand, who’s ‘principles‘ ultimately succumbed to:
… despite her initial objections, was persuaded to allow Evva Pryor, a consultant from her attorney’s office, to sign her up for Social Security and Medicare.
One Man’s Deity Is Another’s Idolatry
Were you to ask me if I believe in the man-as-if Pauline trinity, I’m an atheist; same for The Fourteenth Principle. I will put no thing before. That’s ‘disrespectful’ to say to acolytes of either of these addenda. Their ‘disappointment’ is tied to their conflation of an accessible representative and proximate thing to The Absolute-Unity that can be neither affirmed nor denied. Deification as infallible illustrates the thin line between looking at and Beyond. Eyes fixed on the sight rather than the target.
That’s also an understanding that some are seeing through the Pauline addendum avatar just as some are looking at the ‘Jewish state’ as-if divine rather than through. We have choices from Free Will, and all day every day we’re being compelled to accede to an idolatry in go along to get along. People cherry-pick the parts that sound good to them.
Finklestein, an avowed Atheist clearly operating from Awe, says he believes in The Law and reason, when neither can save. Curiously, ‘Radical Islam’ purports to be concerned with Justice with a fifty-percent blind spot in an idolatry of gender. All those ‘irreligious’ Zionists are quick to invoke Rashi when it comes to justification of the militaristic settlement enterprise, can quote the sections on Fear of going up and taking the land and have a copy of the king’s torah as though Mao’s red book. As Gordis denounces sex-trafficking in the ‘Jewish state’ with another fifty-percent blind spot to ‘Arabs’ in concurrence with Feiglin.
Because religion is language, the discourse and conversation among the faithful has acceptable limits. It’s out of bounds to talk about the possibility of injustices with respect to the dispossessed without a superseding citation of Antisemitic justification. This is a religious narrative that has less to do with facts than the creating an in-common belief in the infallibility of the principle of the ‘Jewish state.’ Or Holding Dominion in the Calhoun Calvinist version of the Pauline addendum. Neither with any necessity to create any definition of what that abstraction means beyond an ‘disrespectful to say‘ entitlement to an ‘Us’ taking from ‘Them.’
Duality: Conflicting Rules and Hypocrisy
Conflicting rules with attendant hypocrisy are a legitimate root of Atheism. The either-or absolutism of Western religion attempts to negate the realities of Duality. Both creation or evolution are true, but in the attempt to apply the concept of monotheistic absolutism to things, we are compelled to make choices founded in the non-existent with an attendant lack existential credibility but confirm an in-common abstracted absolute expressed as religious language. The end-points of pursuit of Justice or rejection of Compassion for all are as accessible from theistic as well as Atheistic constructions.
Often organized religions deify men, as elders of blessed memory, as though infallible. Because revered elder said it, it’s absolutely true through absolute time. Rashi says we own the (physical) Land, not as though we Chose to be its Blessing. We’ll just clear those Arab ‘savages‘ out in Manifest Destiny and Take Over. Sacrilegious to say otherwise, forget a few thousand years of another opinion from elders of blessed memory. Pick this one or you’re out, an Atheist. Infidel. To be Gordis banished from the tent as Two-state J-street. As social animals, there’s intense group pressure to ‘fit in.’ From ‘peers’ for adolescents to Gordis’ tent of infallibility.
A thin line between reverence and deification, herd and flock mentality are famous, but a function of religion is to moderate external influences with traditions — just do it. Xenophobia is a tradition within old-South culture, in all ‘ethnicities.’ That speaks to the influences of cultures upon the realities of what religions as languages convey. Some contend that philosophy is separate from religion and politics, or should and ought to be. Inequality is an old-South ideal reflected in today’s Dred Scott court. By the abstractions of ideals, constructs have been created that either cooperate with or resist the concept of deity as though an anthropomorphic being, but those ideals and philosophies are beings themselves that can be deified as infallible as any other. Politics is where the rubber of what’s done based upon the religious philosophy meets the road of the here and now.
Deity of Math and the Age of Science
Religion is a language, and math is the language of science. Atheism has cognitive consistency by divorcing theistic terminology from a value system.
Sciences have hypotheses that are either proved or not, and often modified in the course of time with empirical evidence. A hypothesis is a belief until proven as fact. When there’s a consensus of rigorous evidence, a fact is understood. But existed prior to its ‘discovery,’ each on the shoulders of previous scholars.
Spend enough time with the goddess of math, and she becomes a siren whose song is beyond hypnotic. Depth greater than the ocean and breadth wider than the heavens. Through her, chaos dancing with order, is a window to the Beyond. As the Kabbalist drawn to the Music of the Spheres, she’s dangerously alluring in her call you cannot choose but hear the silent sea.
Far from the limiting threshold of second grade arithmetic in the Desert Wilderness, she’s worlds of her own. With such virtue and purity, what deity among things can approach? Wondrous as she is, she’s infinitely infinitesimal in the whirlwind. A servant with no will of her own. A mistress bidden, a come hither servant evoked as a djinn peeking over a multiverse horizon.
Without words, she says everything worth saying about this physical world. Makes the expanse of time close at hand. Opens worlds both known and unknown. Connects space and time and shreds them as though nothing. However, not Beyond, she is a creature of this existence. Created.
Philosophy is rooted in science with conceptual analogies in the physical realities of this existence, and as the goddess of math, cannot create but can only describe.
Adulation of math and science are paths to Awe with a high degree of purity in the necessity to operate in facts, in data, in empiricism. In the concrete. Fastidiously avoiding the coloring of belief. Nevertheless, as science, math can’t tell what actions should and ought to be taken in the realities of animistic human interactions — in the drive to survive. That’s the intersection of philosophy and religion in the uncertainty of the Beyond. Returning to ideals and beliefs without proof.
Should and Ought Divorced from Belief in Deity
The immediate consequence of Atheism, rejection of religion as belief in deity, is rejection of a should and ought to do something or not in the context of anthropomorphic deity. That of itself is not rejection of The Absolute-Unity in that Awe is not dependent upon a given terminological system. There are many Atheists who are carrying forth beliefs in the Values from The Divine Torah, despite rejecting a social association and terminologies that speak of deities. The concept of Justice itself in an abstraction, foreign to some cultures. Amalekite means a wicked people, a group who deifies lack of compassion. That precisely describes the Holding Dominion old-South.
A principle mechanism of organized religion is to place the necessity of the systemic shoulds and oughts into the realm of belief that at least has the appearance of being beyond things. To divorce should and ought from prerogative — Free Will. At the same time, Atheists, by separating their value system from theocracies, that routinely are men trying to be deities, are freeing themselves from the cognitive dissonance that’s inherent in religion trying to address the both true and not true while accommodating absolutism.
An example is the elevation of loyalty to family, ethnicity, or ‘race,’ above other considerations. Within a given religious framework, this ancillary belief, or Metareligion integral to the religious belief package. I don’t believe that ethnicity is a legitimate prism through which to look Beyond. Approaching me on that basis is received as an invitation to idolatry. Where in other people, this Kind after Kind is fundamental to the religion unto synonymous. So that racist granddad becomes the infallible standard, and if you don’t believe in Racism, you don’t believe … , are an Atheist.
Everybody Believes In Something ‘Outside’ of Their Individuated Self
Certainly for the Criminal Injustice System in the United States, and the quasi-legal taking system in Israel modeled on the Native American ‘legal’ taking, today we have Icebergs of Injustices being perpetrated under the color of The Law. Democracy is under heavy assault in the War Within the States in a Duopoly of Power that’s locked the United States into Spartan Militarism with an allergy to Compassion for the Poor and a third-world within a first in a failing educational system that won’t Bless the Children in old-South ‘niggerniggernigger‘ zeal to crush the parents.
This isn’t to say that one shouldn’t have faith, believe in The Law or Democracy, but as anything, care must been taken not to deify them. The fact is that everybody believes in something ‘outside themselves’ and with Atheists, often an idealized Law Democracy or Autocracy of Intelligentsia. While the old-South believes in the converse while pretending that slavery would have been ended voluntarily while Human Slavery is an immense problem all over the world today. While resurrecting the next-best-thing At-Will lie-Plantations awash in incompetence nepotism and cronyism. Fighting Rights (except gun) hammer and tong with four religious zealots who have deified the fundamental right to predation on the Supreme Court, a Dred Scott ruling in the making every day. Today.
We all pray in our ways, as ‘irreligious’ Ken-doll Lapid makes the take the Palestinians away prayer. Many Atheists are taking a principled stand against the narrow and pedantic. Against the parochial selfish interests championed by another Atheist, Ayn Rand. Are profiles in courage in stepping out of the Madding Crowd.
Logos to Platos to Neo-Platonic
The primary attraction of Plato when I was seven was the opportunity to distance myself from pain, to sublimate the injustice of beatings for no reason. The desire to lessen pain came first, and the opportunity was found with that intellectual precedent. I still think in terms of if A then B else C. No matter what, beliefs that cannot be proved are illogical without some ‘leap of faith.’ Similarly, the belief that a thought system can blunt pain is no more than a plausible rationale to tell the mind a should and ought to do. Logic for some is elevated to an infallible deity, but as math, is always a tool that cannot create.
The attraction to Plotinus, that persists still is in the formulation of the levels of reality in Continuity. The Atheist has Perfect Faith that The Absolute-Unity doesn’t exist. More importantly than that moot issue, is whether there’s any functional meaning one way or another. Whether ‘believing’ or not, what is the ‘so that‘ effect? The association of existential philosophy to this denial is a curiosity of convention, as any other religion with Sartre as interpretive prophet. That of itself is relational to the dogma that religions that invoke deities as though the Good ignores the fact that any thought system can be employed as a religion on the boundary of belief in uncertainty.
Reverence Versus Infallibility as Worship
Once upon a time, public disrespect of Shabbat was a declaration of divorce from Judaism, that was a equivalent to Atheism. Now, there’s a range of address to this issue as well as other shoulds and oughts, with a spectrum of necessity of heters or not. As I explained to a curious acquaintance, I try my best to do what my rabbi says, regardless of my immediate opinion. Having sought the opinion, such is my belief in providence that the advice is Perfect for me at that time.
The should and ought of religion is operated as Ideals so that heters are granted for survival. Reverence is explicitly cognizant of fallibility, as elders of blessed memory are human, that is distinct from infallibility. In practice, people pick and choose what to hold as fallible to suit their own purposes. Conveniently, it seems ancient history that all learned of blessed memory were opposed to militaristic Zionist colonialism, but The Fourteenth Principle has superseded the necessity to remember Shabbat. In some cultures, divorce is equivalent to quitting the religion. In African Traditional religion, with individual chi and community chi, failed marriages are everybody’s business.
The Zionist historian Schama, left Orthodoxy in rejection of the should and ought, but is fully compliant with the should and ought against being critical of the ‘Jewish state’ in an unflattering manner. Sometimes, Awe necessitates the rejection of organized religion. Or an interpretation. I should accept a man-as-if? I should accept a militaristic state-as-if? There are many factions or ‘movements’ and divisions within ostensibly the same religion when usually associations are circumstantial. Born. Few can ‘shop around’ and find a ‘perfect match.’ I’ve always considered myself Orthodox, but respect the consistency of someone who embraces Reform while striving to improve their observance. Have removed the divisions in my own mind.
Atheists Creating the Good
The Atheist who stands up to stop the beating for no reason of the helpless slave is emanating The Divine Torah. The overseer who gleefully or even dispassionately eschews Compassion for the Suffering of that helpless slave, regardless of all the words from The Divine Torah they may chant with what their soul holds as kavanah has Abandoned!
Halacha is a practice of selflessness, that builds potential. The kinetic test is in the spontaneous unrehearsed moment of action in the unknown future that is Beyond the expected.
While I don’t agree with Atheist cosmological philosophy, His test is the commitment to the Principle of Faith that creates a selfless reality from yetzer hatov, in creating the Good in Compassion for All Suffering by taking the spontaneous risk of Doing the Right Thing. There’s no coincidence that these ‘apostate’ Jews, who reject of the divinity of the Torah, are an immanent expression of its divinity nevertheless. Secular as well as religious Jews who champion Compassion all over the world and across time are being Lights Along the Way.
The tenets of the Humanist movement, and Existentialist ethics that eschew deity, as is true of many who reject ‘organized religion’ but strive to walk in the aggadot without my terminology may be grounded in Awe. Tzaddiks without a title but for their actions. I can’t be converted to their religion, but I respect and honor their action, that’s kinetic.
The Long Journey Home: Justice You Shall Pursue
There are many atheists who are putting none before and pursuing Justice. The difference may be that in my darkest moments as Job of no care from the whirlwind, I still believe that it’s necessary to connect both directly as well as through respect of elders of blessed memory for metaphysical continuity to square the circle. Either is incomplete of its own. I don’t make revered elders as infallible men as deities. In fact, I believe it’s our responsibility to overcome their fallibility. If accepting any thing as infallible, it’s been elevated to deity. Part of the reason that The Torah is Divine, is because it’s alive in the hearts and minds of people of today.
When I was at Amherst College, there was a long drive from Tulsa with a lot of time for reflection. The long journey in solitude is eventually beyond reflection. So has it been with my long journey from Platonist at age seven to Agnostic at thirteen when I walked away from the Pauline addendum, to the milestone of realization in 1973, to others of several. To the courage to say the that invocations of HaShem to do evil, to be unjust, is an abomination.
Whoever destroys a soul, it is considered as if he destroyed an entire world. And whoever saves a life, it is considered as if he saved an entire world.
Black Holes as-Souls, by standing for a lack of care for Arabs as lesser animals, are destroying the soul of the nation, delaying rather than bringing the World to Come. Were I asked if I believe in their idea of deity, I’m an atheist. Mine may be as abominable to them as the Pauline addendum.
Nineveh It Is
Some Atheists with Compassion for All Suffering are proclaiming against the great city of Nineveh as organized religion that puts men as deities before. Beyond, there’s no way to proclaim against The Absolute-Unity. The real question for both religious and irreligious alike is: Do you believe in the Justice of Compassion? Do you care about anything other than your own parochial interests? Are you an Ayn Rand hypocritical Republican Federalist that’s all about yourself?
Atheists have turned away in varying degree, but isn’t the ‘religious’ that would deny food to the poor, to the widow and orphan turned away as well. From licentious to abomination. There are worlds of difference in the soul that will put none before, and the purely self-concerned who cannot see any cause but their own. Who invoke religion as justification as absolution for their Murderous Hearts with faith in grinding the poor and downtrodden on Spartan Stones by Maestrini’s Law.
In my world, the extent that I’m in Awe is reflected in my compunction to do to hear. Whereas the extent to which I do not believe is an explicit denial that all this doing means anything. That it matters, that I matter. That The Absolute-Unity matters. More so than rejection of a beyond, the rejectionism of Atheism is a belief that believing in deity doesn’t matter.
My experiential certainty of The Absolute-Unity is an unwavering absolute. What wavers, waxes and wanes, is whether there is Justice Compassion and Mercy from the whirlwind. From a belief in beneficent providence to a casually dismissive curse of Abandoned. Hemmed on all sides: Absolutely certain in Awe, but uncertain of trust, as one eye lacks depth perception in an existence with a necessity for balance. To be in the here and now while looking Beyond.
Atheism of Disbelief in the World to Come
When looking at the Who’s Who of Atheists, many have made great contributions to Humanity without invoking a belief in deity. Which is better, talking or actually playing a good Compassion for All Suffering game? As religions have become synonymous with Pecking Orders from Men as deities, who’s the real Atheist? The one talking about deity with their sight firmly fixed upon the tip of their own nose, or the disavowing theism while operating from Awe, sight firmly set to the Beyond?
Without Perfect Faith in the World to Come, little else makes sense for me. As the Ghost Dancers, I have very specific beliefs about the meanings of deities and The Absolute-Unity. I say The Torah is Divine, but there’s a distinction in my meaning from the in-common. People argue about infallibility, and many, as dutiful acolytes of philosophers mentioned adopt the opinions of an elder or elders of blessed memory and look to that standard as an absolute. In my paradigm, the issue isn’t one of true or not true, or an agreement to an absolute within this existence, but the necessity to recognize Continuity as an absolute. The Divine Torah as a Looking Glass, a Prism of Promise to Look Through and Beyond in Awe of HaShem, as well as the directly of some Atheists operating in Awe.
My favorite Baal Shem Tov story is his saying that with his portion in the World to Come lost, he was free to Be in Loving Kindness. A simple story with towering meaning. I’ve learned to Be Not Afraid of losing my portion in the World to Come in the understanding that surely, Gordis will keep me out. So that with Perfect Faith in the World to Come, I’m an agnostic as to with whether I will ever get there. To Jerusalem.
Agnostic In Perfect Faith
Reading From the Beginning, when I got to the Pauline addendum, the man-as-if cosmological philosophy rooted in Fear was and is believed to be an invitation to an idolatry. After leaving, I called myself an Agnostic, but was acting out of Perfect Faith. For some, stepping away from hypocritical dogma is not a rejection of faith, but courage in a compunction to be righteous in the here and now. Without marketing an expectation of recognition or reward in kinetic putting none before in Awe consistent with The Divine Torah of The Absolute-Unity.
The Agnostic who says that they don’t believe or not, is saying ‘I don’t accept the versions of which I am aware.’ Just as the person who says they accept a version, but doesn’t act from Perfect Faith is saying by their actions that they don’t believe the version they claim. Beliefs cannot be proved, so that no one can absolutely say true or not true, so that reality is both. In this regard, Agnosticism is precisely consistent with the reality that there are No Absolutes in the Unity.
Moreover, both declarations of Perfect Faith as well as Atheism are existentially Beyond this existence. So that: the important thing is what are your values? If you believe with no expectation of reward, in Justice Compassion Mercy Loving Kindness and Creating the Good, you are in Awe of HaShem. It doesn’t matter if you don’t express it in that language or any language. What are you doing? That’s your religion. Atheist Agnostic or in Perfect Faith.