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Saturday, December 29, 2007

Determinism? What’s the point of getting out of bed then?!!!


From a paper that I wrote on Sartre in Fall of '07

Two points here:

1) “It was (or wasn’t) meant to be.”
I cannot believe that things are planned in advance.

That is just too easy and a much too lazy way to live your life.
Life IS randomness. Oh perhaps YOU may be pre-determined to some extent- but not your life.

2) Perception is reality.
I do believe that this phrase truly applies to everything that happens in this life. Where you stand determines what you see.
Happy? Sad? Hopeless? Inspired?

If you want to change what you see then change where you stand.
Likewise, if you want to alter your stance, then change how you look at things.

Gang, we cannot keep randomness from occurring.
But, we can indeed determine how to act upon that randomness in our lives.

I will never believe that God determined that I would get leukemia. And I do not believe that some old man in the clouds hovering over His chess board decided that I should live from that wretched disease. But, I do believe that this “source” or the “ground of all being” was there and worked with me to kick cancer’s dick in the dirt when I let It help me.

And I will take my universal source of all energy over your wizard in a throne room, thank you very much.

So, Sartre said,

“Life is nothing until it is lived; but it is yours to make sense of,
and the value of it is nothing else but the sense that you choose.”

My friends:
Your perception IS your reality.

In the end,
there is no one to judge us in the way that we judge ourselves.
And many times, it is in our judgment of ourselves that others will decide just how we are to be judged.

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