The Meaning of Life
The Metaphysic of AR: What is a Metaphysic?
‘Metaphysics’. Not your common ordinary word heard in casual conversation, and if you took a survey asking a hundred people to define it, ninety-nine would not know how, and that same ninety-nine would further say they don’t care what it is. If you asked a scientist to define it, the answer would essentially be “A Ghost, a Apparition”. In other words, it doesn’t exist, its meaningless, primitive superstition and fantasy. Not worth thinking about? What if I told you that you eat, sleep, and breath metaphysics. That every important issue we face as humans, from fate and freewill, to truth and happiness, all the most interesting mysteries and riddles of life are questions whose answers reside in the metaphysic. Life itself, and the meaning of life are questions of metaphysics. From synchronicities to super-symmetries modern scientific physics itself is now fraught with metaphysical implications for which they have no answer. They have 'lost their tongues’, finding themselves on the verge of truths that inexorably lead to God, and they do not want to go there. They have their careers and reputations to protect. As a lowly layman I have the luxury of allowing my daydreams and meditations to go where they may, however without a ‘Dr.’ or ‘Prof’ by my name I should expect to be ignored. Nevertheless, the question, ‘What is a metaphysic?’, is answered simply: Everything. (What I mean will be explained later).
First, a ‘physic’ or ‘physics’ is a coherent system of ideas which purport to be one possible working model or ‘theory’ of the origin, construction, and function of the physical universe and the ‘laws’ which govern the same.
Metaphysics is the attempt to understand the working of the universe, particularly, why do we exist? This is the quintessential question that must concern us, if we are human. This question, for us, in our unique position as the only reasoning, analytical, self-reflecting species (except to a lesser degree our cousins the apes) known to exist, (at this time), dominating and threatening the existence of all other species, and possibly of the viability of our planet to continue to support us in the not to distant future if we don’t change our ‘modus operandi’, is the central thread in a web of intimately related human questions and issues that have been called ‘first causes’, whose answers, though critical, are beyond the reach of classical physics and science. When we ask ‘Why are we here?’, we are asking a question whose answer, if an answer was attempted at all by a ‘scientist’, (they would prefer to think the question irrelevant), would be an atheistic convocation of sterile facts and profane assumptions of hopeless, meaningless nothingness! If there can be any hope of a purpose for life higher than mere putrid survival instincts it will be found outside the present scope of traditional science and physics, in the metaphysic of AR, which is my thesis for the inclusive unification of science, religion, and philosophy.
The word philosophy means love (philo) of wisdom (sophy); wisdom is truth, the whole truth fully understood and applied to one’s life. What we need is wisdom; we need it now more than ever. Yet to find wisdom, to become wise again, we must have the whole truth, which science cannot provide, unless the truths of science and the truth of religion can be joined, unified within an inclusive philosophy. As will be shown, the main difficulty with doing so is more a problem of the human psyche than one of the incompatibility of science and religion. What we are all after is The truth. Ultimately science and religion must become one because they are both after the same truth. What happened was, until the advent of modern science, religion believed it ‘owned’ truth. Then the new religion of science was born and staked a claim on truth and now believes that it alone ‘owns’ truth, that everything that was believed before was nothing but myth, delusion, and superstition. Both are wrong, yet this battle for the hearts and minds of humanity continues to be waged, a battle in which we have lost more than we have gained. What we have lost as a culture is our ‘center’, our ‘connection’, our ‘root’, our ‘rudder’, leaving us drifting on the surface of the vast deep sea from which we came (the subconscious, ‘axis mundi’, ‘universal consciousness’ that our minds are created from), not knowing where we are going, without ‘the lost art’, whereby men could read the ‘signs’ in the endless sky above the earth below. What we have lost as individuals is a sense of place, of the sacred, of purpose, and belonging. The supposed ‘accidental’ origin of life expounded by the mechanistic materialism of spiritless Darwinian evolutionary theory has alienated ourselves from God, and we no longer know who we are, where we came from, and where we are going - why we are here. Yet despite the pervasive effect of the myopic moronification of our culture and individual psyches by the pedantic dogmatism that facetiously parades as truth, the real truth, the holistic truth remains constantly present, all around us, if we can but relearn to see it, to feel it, to sense its presence. The ‘sacred’ spaces, places remain, for those who seek them out, who know what they’re looking for, whose eyes are trained to see it when they find it. The purpose of this ink on this paper is to train you to this most important task and greatest purpose. I want to teach you to look at the world the way God sees it. How can we see what God sees? We cannot be God, but we can sense His presence. This is part of what we have lost from the alienation of science’s atheism, but the good news is what was lost can be found, what was forgotten can be relearned.
One of the central mysteries of the spirit is that simply by allowing yourself to open your heart and mind to God and willing (praying) His love and His truth to dwell within you, and in faith believing His promises and keeping His commandments, being baptized by water, a person undergoes a process unknowable, of transformation, of spiritual reorganization, placing the center of being within the individual on a higher plane, or dimension, becoming in fact, a different being, a new recreation of the natural animal spirit within you, metamorphosed into a higher, purer form, closer to God, to what God intended us to be. This is what it means to be ‘reborn’ in the Christian sense. For those who are so ‘converted’, who experience an ‘conversion’, in the favored parlance of the day, a phenomena occurs at that time and henceforth within that person which is described in the Bible in the book of Acts, Chapter 2 as the person “receives” the ‘gift’ of the ‘Holy Spirit’, God’s Holy Spirit, which, from that moment on ‘dwells within’ them. This joining of mans spirit and God’s spirit, this ‘baptism of the spirit’’, as John the Baptist called it, is an re-immersion of that human soul into the noumena from which we all arise into this world, culminating in the merging and superceding of our animal hearts with God’s. This is the metaphysical transformation at the core of the idea of being ‘reborn’. “Unless a man is born again (in the spirit) he shall not see the Kingdom of God”. The reconstitution of our hearts and minds into ‘authentic’ individuals whose ‘center of being’ now become love and truth is made possible by ‘the gift of the Holy Spirit’, which indwells within you, creating a sacred space within you and a direct link to the presence of God. (* Parallels the Chaka system of Eastern Religions). For those who have had this experience words cannot describe the difference it makes in your life. To feel God’s presence and peace in your heart gives meaning and hope to life which can only rarely be achieved through other spiritual disciplines and techniques. The Holy Spirit transforms the fear and despair of nihilism into joy and courage, enabling one to overcome the challenges, hardships, and tragedies of this life, to live through hard lessons and saddening loss, which we all face as mortals, without ‘resentment’ (Nietzsche) and bitterness. It is for these reasons that ‘Christianity’ in it’s pure unadulterated form is unequaled as a metaphysic, i.e. a system of ideals and beliefs, ideological constructs, which describe and metaphorically ‘circumscribe’ the mysteries of the origin and purpose of our existence. Not only that, it is also my belief that the teaching of Christ represents the highest aspiration of God for his creation. These original teachings, not the diluted morass of instinct driven distortions and corruptions which satiate and inebriate Protestant and Catholic ‘masses’ alike, insulating their ‘members’ from awareness of the innate evil of their own hearts, from awareness of any need to change their hearts despite the explicit written words of Christ to the contrary and exonerating ‘the faithful’ (churchgoers) from responsibility for a culture of corporate evil that hides unbridled self-interest in the guise of ‘Christian’ ‘family values’; these original teachings are the polar opposite of most of what passes for ‘Christian’ today, as exemplified by the Sermon on the Mount, where Christ said ‘You have heard, ‘an eye for an eye’, but I say unto you…”.
As I write this it is now twenty-four days past the September 11th terrorist attacks on America yet most still do not want to hear the words of Christ; they want War!, killing, murder, blood. They who are in power and they who have none, Good Christian Americans, want to kill. They do not want to hear the words of Gandhi, who said, “An eye for an eye until the whole world is blind…”. Christ said, unequivocally, “Love your enemy”. How many ‘Christians’ are calling for that action now? “As in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah…”.
What do you “believe in?
Each of us “believes in” something because it is, from the moment of our birth till the day we die, the very essence or condition of our existence that we stand ‘face to face’ with the unknown. Science may for a time continue to officially ignore the ‘unknowable’ (can’t be measured) yet we cannot. A metaphysic, consciously formulated and analyzed or not, is how we address the problem of the unknown in our daily lives. One’s ‘metaphysic’ is the ground from which grows our hopes and our fears, our beliefs and our doubts, our sense of meaning in our lives or the lack thereof. Whether yours is derived from the unexamined cultural defaults of your upbringing or the carefully thought out thesis of a philosopher, your metaphysic is perhaps the most important aspect of the mind, influencing everything we do in some way or another. The possibilities, or the limitations, what’s allowed or what’s prohibited, the great expectations or the dark angst of nihilistic ‘nothingness’ are derived from the beliefs you possess about the meaning and purpose of your life and the unknown fate that awaits us in death. Traditionally, morality and conscience have been strongly influenced by cultural expectations of consequences in the ‘after-life’ as a result of our actions during our lives. Such ‘religious’ beliefs are a universal phenomena of aboriginal, indigenous peoples. However incredibly varied the constituent forms and elements within those diverse beliefs have been, the ubiquitous core beliefs of (1) an after-life and (2) of moral consequences in the after-life are strong evidence of a foundation of truth underlying those core beliefs.
©Thomas Theodore Welborn 2007