Can you handle reality?

I came across a photograph of an emaciated, defenceless infant being cruelly stood upon by a man. One foot was planted on the child’s neck and the other on his pelvis. The boy appeared to be alive, judging by the expression of agony on his face. I don’t want to share the photo because I think some will find it unbearable. So I will settle for putting an image in your mind with words.

But I must ask myself (and so should you), what does this picture tell me about REALITY? It says that the world is a wild animal park, that there is no one “above” looking out for us, that a successful life involves some degree of pure luck, no matter how much effort we put into it.

I could tell myself that there’s a God who cares for me, but I know I’d be lying. If God values my life and happiness, why does he not value this child’s? I could tell myself that it’s not God’s fault; the evil was done by the man crushing the boy. But I’m deliberately forgetting that God is all-powerful, because I love him and want to let him off the hook. Who am I kidding?

The next time you thank God for his blessings upon you, spare a thought for this child, and ask  yourself why you don’t hate God. I don’t hate him, because I know he is an invention. I choose not to believe in a divine parent, because reality teaches his absense. This is only unclear if we bury our heads in the sand. I prefer a life without comforting illusions, because those illusions only work until they are tested by reality. Sometimes reality is comfortable and sometimes it is horrific. To believe that God orchestrates it all is to make God a monster.

No. The world is a wild animal park; it’s that simple. Any genuine and lasting spirituality must be grounded in reality, not in wishful thinking. Initially, it may feel like staring into an abyss, but if you look hard enough, you’ll eventually find treasure. I wish I could explain it all with a handy anecdote, but real spiritual insight is a lot harder than “Believe in me”. Reality invites you to gaze upon her without averting your eyes. That’s as good as starting point as any, but can you handle it?

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12 thoughts on “Can you handle reality?

  1. KenBrace says:

    Great post. Very concise and to the point. I’ve never received a convincing answer for why there is evil in the world from a religious point of view. Why? Because there isn’t one.

  2. Gretiana says:

    God has given us free will, to choose good or evil. We have chosen evil, so let’s live with it. If He didn’t give us free will we will call him a tyrant and dictator…

  3. Darryl says:

    Gretiana, there’s a saying: with great power comes great responsibility. Christians have no problem making God wholely responsible for all their blessings, and God forbid that we should congratulate ourselves and our own efforts that brought good results. But when it comes to making God responsible for all the bad stuff, they conveniently forget his power – and the responsibility that having it entails.

  4. KenBrace says:

    “God has given us free will, to choose good or evil. We have chosen evil, so let’s live with it. If He didn’t give us free will we will call him a tyrant and dictator…”

    Instead of humans screwing up “God’s creation” it is rather that “God’s creation” screwed up itself. I don’t believe that a divine ego created the universe but if that were actually true, then my first sentence would apply.

  5. Kurt Daniels says:

    I my friend have to agree with you whole-heartedly. You took the words right out of my mouth. I need to find more people that think the way you do. But anyway, thanks for the encouraging words, and you have a nice day. >

  6. Greg says:

    Darryl, I struggle with the feeling that there must be a god, yet he/it is cruel and indifferent. What do you think of this:
    This Big Bang was a Divine Suicide. God, as a singularity, as all and everything, could not tolerate oneness. God was infinitely lonely, bored, putting on a puppet show for himself, and he couldn’t take it anymore. In his need for duality he put a real end to oneness with the Big Bang, and in a real sense God is dead. Yet, god is all and everything. The Universe is the dead body of god trying to re-animate itself, because god is life itself, apparent dead matter comes to life (abiogenesis) the anima of god animates matter.

    The problem you have pointed out is that this matter is antagonistic to itself, in competition with itself to re-animate god, seeking that oneness again without really being aware of what it is doing, or why. The Universe of Duality was born, the dead god is the Universe. We collectively are god. Duality creates the possibility of knowledge that was not available before, knowledge of me, and all else that is not me. Knowledge is the rabbit hole, and it is infinitely deep, as there is no end to the possibilities in duality.

    The irony may be this:
    The more you know, the further away from god you become. A God in a state of Oneness is all, and there is nothing to know, nothing to become, nothing to do. So we may be in error in thinking there is a God who can answer our prayers, and make everything right. That God killed itself in a Divine Suicide, and only fragments of god remain. That god is us, and he is truly lost…..My best answer to this is to seek to mitigate duality as much as possible in my individual life.
    Any thoughts on this Darryl?

  7. Greg says:

    Darryl, if you feel the above is rubbish let me know, I do value your opinion. I have delved into aspects of Illuminism, but I can not reconcile the contradictions in it such as their belief in the mythical Lucifer.

    Anyways, it seems necessary to posit a God to explain the something from nothing aspect of existence. I looked into “A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather than Nothing” by Lawrence Krauss. The problem with his view, is that nothing is actually something i.e. a quantum state. So he is just playing with language and not solving the problem at all.

    I appreciate your philosophy Darryl, but find it somewhat depressing. When thinking about the animal park nature of reality I become nihilistic. I then turn to something else such as the teachings of the Illuminati, which I find unsatisfying and contradictory, then I move on to something else. Round and round. In the end if I let it all go, I end up with an uncomfortable agnosticism.

  8. The Vanguard says:

    Reblogged this on Awakened Pioneers Of Kinesis and commented:
    So true

  9. Hi Darryl,

    I’ve been a big fan of your videos for a long time. I’m aware that you’re well read and have researched Christianity, world religions, metaphysics, philosophy, etc. With that said, we can both agree there are many Christians that don’t reflect the character of Jesus in their comments on your YouTube videos. Many of their responses suggest they have not taken the time to think about what they truly believe.

    I’ve read your blog, Can You Handle Reality? In reference to your writing, I think a successful life depends on how a person defines success. I agree that people don’t want to acknowledge that luck is a big part of life; the idea that we have control is a delusion. With that said, I don’t believe life is meaningless. We can choose to serve ourselves or we can choose to serve God.

    In reference to your writing, I’m not sure the Bible says God wants mankind to be happy.

    Matthew 16:24 -25 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. “For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.…”

    If you view a successful life as one that minimizes pain and maximizes pleasure, you are not following in the footsteps of Christ. Our human nature is in direct conflict with the way Christ called us to live.

    It takes faith and a decision to love God. Mark 12:30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.

    God has given mankind free will to choose good or evil. This gift allows us to use our reason to accept or reject Him.

    Darryl, I just want to say that your videos have enriched my thinking and given me more perspective. I think you are reaching an important audience with your ideas and I encourage you to keep making YouTube videos.

  10. Darryl says:

    Intellectual Shaman,

    By “successful life”, I just mean a life where you have enough to eat, have a roof over your head, and you make it to old age.

    “We can choose to serve ourselves or we can choose to serve God.” These are false alternatives. The central point of my philosophy is that there is no “self”. That’s a total game-changer when it’s properly understood. As for serving God being a selfless practice, well, look what the imagined “self” is supposed to get out of the deal – protection throughout this life followed by bliss for eternity.

    But all this is by the by. Aren’t you ignoring the central thrust of my post – that life experience teaches the absence of a divine parent?

  11. Darryl,

    Thank you for your response.

    Perspective is important because it defines how we view the universe. I wonder if perspective is crucial when you say “that life experience teaches the absence of a divine parent.”

    A Christian perspective would say the opposite.

    The scientific method has a tendency to break-down the structure of life through the power of observation, but it does not explain the origin of the universe. According to the bible, God created the universe and he designed your inmost being. Psalm 139:3 “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.”

    We can observe a child being born or a sunset and explain these phenomena using science. Our limitations of knowledge instruct us in the nature of the universe.

    Accumulated knowledge is imperfect and always changing as people change their perspectives.

    In James 1:17 it says that “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like the shifting shadows.”

    Serving God is not entirely selfless. I know many Christians who accept Jesus because they want a personal relationship with God. In a relationship, there should be communal reciprocity. It is not a selfless practice, nor is it a deal to avoid hell and enjoy bliss for eternity.

    Here is what I mean by “We can choose to serve ourselves or we can choose to serve God.”

    A person can choose to define success by, “a life where you have enough to eat, have a roof over your head, and you make it to old age.” OR

    A person can have a relationship with God.

    In reference to your definition of success, Jesus said, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Mathew 4:4.

    From my perspective, it seems like you are trying to avoid personal accountability when you say “we are all one and there is no self.”

    Darryl, I know you don’t respond to scriptural passages, but I thought I would include them anyway.

  12. Darryl says:

    “From my perspective, it seems like you are trying to avoid personal accountability when you say “we are all one and there is no self.”

    One of the most irritating things that Christians do is to stereotype the motivations of non-believers.

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