January 17, 2019

Food for Thought

I don’t follow any particular religion but I do believe in God. I can’t define what it is, nor can I expect anyone to understand what I mean, but that is not a problem for me because God for me doesn’t have anything to do with society, culture, or humanity. God couldn’t care less if a thousand people were massacred tomorrow. Human idiocy isn’t part of its concern at all. It would be a complete waste of time for anyone to pray to God. So, even if no humans understood what I mean by God, there is no loss. I wouldn’t be sad or frustrated. I just want to see it for myself.

The question for me, therefore, is how to see it, not what it is. I have no clue; I can only go by my instinct. Our human societies admire those who achieve bigger things, like leading large organizations and building bigger objects, but it seems that the bigger one becomes, the farther one moves away from God, like Donald Trump.

Scale is seductive but also distracting. No matter at what scale we look at anything, we do not have enough time in our lives to know everything we can observe at that scale. For instance, traveling around the world to eat at many different restaurants sounds more seductive and impressive, but it’s practically impossible to go to all the restaurants in NYC within your lifetime, let alone eat everything each restaurant has to offer.

That is, life is already too complex at any scale. I think it’s a waste of time to add more scale and complexity. When I stare at the simplest possible thing, I’m already overwhelmed by the complexity of it, but I have a hunch that I would have a better chance of seeing God if I stared at the simplest possible thing.

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