THREE ESSAYS ON THE MEANING OF LIFE
You cannot swim for new horizons until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.
- William Faulkner
It is observable in the growing numbers of us with drug and alcohol problems that much of humanity is presently swimming in a sea of meaninglessness, and our ever-increasing rates of suicide indicates that too many of us are drowning. We find ourselves in this predicament because our sea of life is bounded by two hostile shores – of the opposing lands of belief and disbelief – both “hostile” because neither allows a safe landing for anyone struggling with meaninglessness.
The “land of belief” is hostile to life having credible meaning because it is dominated by our Houses of God, which have committed much evil and which offer humanity an incredible god (the ancient, male, Abrahamic god of the Hebrews) and an equally incredible meaning and purpose of life (that it is a once-only test for an eternity in heaven or hell). The “land of disbelief”, on the other hand, is commanded by the House of Disbelief – which denies the existence of any God or any special meaning or purpose to life, outright – only allowing that in an essentially Godless and meaningless universe we must construct our own personal meanings and can only have the survival and genetic purposes of our animal bodies.
It is time for humanity to take Faulkner’s advice to “swim for new horizons”, but first we need to “have the courage to lose sight of the shore”.
This is a work of three essays and a conclusion which attempts to do just that. The first essay examines the House of God, and the second the House of Disbelief – to uncover their “T” Truths and “t” truths – and find why most find both hostile to any credible meaning and purpose to our life. Then the third essay attempts to swim beyond sight of our present shores for new horizons – hopefully of a land more hospitable to credible meaning and purpose.
Those who feel they are too close to drowning should skip the essays and paddle straight to the conclusion – wherein they may find some hope. If unconvinced, then they are sentenced to read the essays – which contain arguments from evidence for that conclusion.