Of Gods and Godlessness
There’s a choice, When we confront these deeper questions within ourselves. Particularly, As we question the reality of ‘Salvation’.
We, As humans, have Evolved two tendencies when confronting the possibility of Godlessness:
At first, We wonder. We wonder what to do in the face of The Profound Unfairness. Our Limitations and Profound Ignorance shadow the doorway to heaven, And there’s an inclination to feel that isn’t fair, Because, On Earth is Pain.
On Earth is Pain. Is the guarantee of an ‘After-Pleasure’ keeping our heads held high?
Two powerful instincts will be described here after. Such are popular enough to instantly sense familiarity w/ them.
The first: Abel
1. “If, There are no guarentees for my efforts. If I’ve only got this One Life and no guarantee for greatness… Then, I will make this damned life Work;
Being that there is no guarantee of Salvation, I’ll do what is within me to insure a good life.
I only know what works.”
The Second: Cain
2. “If there is no guarantee for Salvation, If life is to be unfair, and still all ‘Wrongs’ are to be laid at my own feet… Then I resent Limitation; With my humanity; I will Curse ‘Being’, and do my utmost to undermine and cheat the world which has Cheated Me. I will cheat a world that has allowed me to inherit Unfairness;
I know what justice looks like, And am going to act out that revenge. “
In the first, Abel’s instincts portray humility in the sconce of ignorance — Even after confronting the ignorance that accompanies us all, He seeks to make it work. And work worth-while.
Whether or Not a bearded man made anyone of Clay is irrelevant. We’re talking about the effects of our attitudes.
1 ¶ Now Adam lay with Eve his wife. And she conceived and gave birth to Cain. And she said, “I have acquired a manchild with the help of the LORD.”
2 And she again gave birth to his brother aAbel. And Abel was ba keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.
3 Now in process of time it came to pass that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground as an offering to the LORD.
4 But Abel brought of the firstlings of his flock and of their fat portions. And the LORD looked with favor on Abel and on his offer- ing.
5 But to Cain and to his offering, He had no regard. And Cain was very angry and his countenance fell.
6 Then the LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen?
7 “If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you must master it.”
8 Then Cain talked with Abel his brother. And it came to pass when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and kkilled him.
9 ¶ Then the LORD said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” And he said, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?”
10 And He said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood cries to Me from the ground.
11 “And now you are cursed from the earth that has opened her mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand.
12 “When you cultivate the ground, it will no longer yield its strength to you. A fugitive and a restless wanderer you will be in the earth.”
13 Then Cain said to the LORD, “My pun- ishment is greater than I can bear.
14 “Behold, You have driven me out this day from the face of the earth, and from Your face I will be hidden. And I will be a fugitive and a restless wanderer in the earth. And it will come to pass that whoever finds me will kill me.”
15 Then the LORD said to him, “Therefore, whoever kills Cain, vengeance will be taken on him sevenfold.” And the LORD set a mark on Cain, lest any finding him should kill him. 16 ¶ Then Cain went out from the presence of the LORD and dwelt in the land of Nod, east of Eden.
Here, in Genesis God Says to Cain:
‘ If you do well, won’t you be accepted? Won’t things work for you? And if you do not well, Particular Desires lie at the door. And their desire is for You, But you must Master It; Or Corrupt‘
When I read this story, I look at God, less as a man with the Christ for a Son… and More, As a force, a phenomena and rule.
It is the Authority. We experience such an authority in nature. When things are going well, Then Hey — We might be doing Well!
Meanwhile when they aren’t, We must be fucking up somewhere, no? Something must be wrong around you if you are Feeling Wrong??
Authority still, is unfair. Nature selects.
How we confront tragedy is important. Even with Humility and Diligent Study, No one is guaranteed the kind of salvation Abel was offered by his Sacrifices.
Still, as it turns out, Such is Our Best Bet… That’s how Unfair life is, It doesn’t care if you’re upset:
“If you follow your feelings of rage and resentment, You’ll find the sour fruit of those actions; That’s the Sin God notes as lying by the door. And, These sour things — These upside-down actions, Will see to it that We All live in More sour fucking things: Which Only(although not inevitably), STILL increases the statistical reality that You will now embody a Sour life, By the proportions relevant to your actions.
The following Buddhist Quote by Siddharta echo’s the point of our investigation:
“Holding on to anger is like holding onto a Hot Coal and expecting the other person to die.”