Dare to be Wise

I am kind of like Tom Cruise from “A Few Good Men.” I WANT THE TRUTH!

A little over the top? Maybe. But I want to live a life worth living. And I don’t think I am the only one. Socrates said “The unexamined life is not worth living.” I want to know if life has a purpose or if man kind is responsible for creating meaning in this world; which basically means life has no purpose.

You see, in a post post-modern America I find myself tempted to take what is immediately in front of me at face value. It is assumed in our materialistic, naturalistic, empirical society that what you see is what you get. What is physically before us and perceived by our senses, drives the way we live. In an ‘enlightened’ culture,  one could think that this a good thing. We as a civilization do not bother to rely on the “God of the gaps” to explain why lightning strikes, or the evolution of species, or the  sociology of man. For why should we? Science experiments or carbon dated historical artifacts determine what we know to be true. We have reached an age of enlightenment that claims all there is to be known can be proven in a test tube. The “scientific method” is our absolute authority on knowledge.  The only problem is, our cultural assumptions go unexamined. How then, do we handle ethics, morality, truth, justice, peace, compassion, love, hate, evil, and good  with an empirically materialistic driven society? None of these things can be felt, seen, smelled, touched, heard, or tasted? And yet we claim to experience all of them. Not only do we experience them, but we desire to promote their preeminence in the world or to eradicate them altogether. Why do we desire that which cannot be perceived by the five senses?

I dare you to be wise and to consider with me all that there is to life. I dare you to not be content with critiquing other people’s beliefs and worldviews without interrogating your own. Won’t examining our own lives from our actions to our beliefs bring us closer to the Truth? From arguments to worldviews, to joy to sorrow, to the sacred to the secular, to the mundane to the vibrant, to the simple to the complex, to arts to culture, to humor to satire, to prose to poetry, I will examine all of life. And I will make some propositions of my own. Let us no longer settle with the notion that the Truth cannot be known. Because if it can’t be known, then Life is a waste of time.

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