A Failure of Rationality
I have been thinking a lot about what is after this life — for most of my life. Big surprise! Most of us probably start wondering after we get over being completely focused on getting dates, whether our friends really like us, etc., what is the meaning of this life? And, really, IS there meaning, if all that we do and are, simply ceases to exist in some 60-80 years?
When I was a teenager, I was a strong believer in the Christian faith. I was VERY devout! In this condition, I did not have to worry about an AFTER, as it was guaranteed. I needed “only” to adhere to the core tenets, love my fellow man, etc., and I would be granted the keys to the kingdom. All good!
Back to my point (and I do tend to wander, not just wonder.) As I fully started to realize the value of Rationality and became enamored to its results and tenets, I found conflict with the non-rational proclamations and dogma of the Christian faith. I never lost my love for the core principles that Jesus taught around how people should treat each other — that Love (agape) was the gift of God and our gift to each other; the awesome power of Forgiveness; the true value and power of the Meek. But, when it came to the After Life, I could not synchronize my rationality with this part of His teachings, and the centuries of resulting dogmatic expressions. How could one prove that there was something after this earthly life? How do you construct a scientific experiment to detect the everlasting soul? How do I KNOW there is a God?
I am actually not quite sure where I’m going with this. I am just now fully aware that my previous thinking was limiting. Rationality and Reason are amazing tools, for addressing questions about this observable world. But, it is NOT the only way to find truth! Armed with this understanding, I can now start to explore other ways to discuss these other realms of question and answer.