I would like to open this post with an apology. I haven’t written much in quite a while and that is mostly due to being focused on other things lately. I was even debating shutting down this blog as well due to my apparent state of confusion as well as a serious case of writer’s block.
I just renewed the domain registration so it’s safe to say that I’m not going to shut down the blog, but where I take it is yet to be determined. I have veered off any kind of definable path at the moment and am in a state of limbo for lack of better terms. This is called the “Quest for Light” and I have to pause and ask: What does that mean?
First and foremost, I have abandoned the idea of finding a label. How exactly would I label myself anyway. Let’s break it down shall we?
From a traditional theological perspective I am not a theist; meaning I do not believe in any traditional concept of a Supreme Being. However, I do acknowledge that what a person believes is truth to them and that deep within the human conscience there exists an unbroken connection to whatever the first cause of human existence was (or is). This is a philosophical position and not a scientific one. I am not going to pretend it to be anything that is provable. However, if science has already been able to demonstrate that the atoms that compose our bodies are made of “star stuff”, I see no reason not to believe that since our minds are part of that matter that a connection exists between us and all that surrounds us. So while I reject all theistic claims of a God “out there” somewhere, I fully embrace the concept of a God within that connects all there is. This is a pantheistic position and not an atheistic one. However, even that label becomes somewhat complex due to the pantheistic label itself having no shortage of organizations that define it in various ways.
What about Scripture? Clearly I have spent many years studying the Jewish and Christian Bibles, the Talmud, Zohar, Koran, Gita, Tao, and others. While I have learned much from all of them it is no secret that I have favored the Jewish philosophers and even the mystics above the others. Yet it is only recently that I realized that is it is more of the exegetical process of allegorical interpretation and skeptical inquiry used in their approach that had my attention and not the actual content itself. So it was the art of studying and critical examination, which was really somewhat of a scientific approach to something outside of the realm of science that has attracted me all along. The Jewish and Christian Bibles as well as the Zohar will always hold a special place in my heart. Not because I believe they have authority over any other holy text, but because those are the texts that I spent the most time studying. I was born into a Christian family and that is what was my childhood was framed around. OK.. I am beating around the bush and owe you an answer: I do not view any holy text as relevant in the modern world. All of them are a mixture of folklore and myths. Some are laced with actual historical events as well as political propaganda. None of them are science books that have accurate cosmological arguments (meaning “In the beginning” is no different then “Once upon a time”). All are valuable in understanding where we as a race came from and how we have evolved, but none of them are needed for progressing forward or as guidebooks to our future.
So I have shifted my focus from Bronze Age texts to the philosophical writings of the Enlightenment period. This has been an incredible endeavor that has allowed me to grow my critical thinking skills even more than even I thought possible. As a result I have opened even more books and nothing tickles the intellectual mind more than when you bounce from Spinoza to Kant and then trace those concepts to giants (that predated even the holy texts) like Plato and Aristotle.
So I need to regroup and try to lasso in some sort of personal philosophical path rather than fit myself into a label. So I ask you to be patient with me. The Quest is going to start back up, but don’t expect to be walking down a well-worn path. It’s time we forge ahead and make our own!