by The Thinker
the individual’s position as a self-determining agent
|The readers of my “Acquiring Lasting Peace" have neither rejected nor have they accepted my thinking, although I’m reasonably certain that everyone wants lasting peace.
A high school valedictorian, who mentioned God several times in her speech, was booed by her fellow students. Many young people are accused of being disloyal to their country and America’s intrinsic values, of not being pious about God and country, not honoring their parents. We’re going to the dogs because young people know something—ever so dimly now—their parents don’t know. I hope to help them into the coming fold. In my youth. I figured I was going to hell anyway, so what the hell! I had to learn the hard way.
Philosopher Friedrich Nietzshe rightly asked: “Is man one of God’s blunders or is God one of man’s blunders?” In answer to Nietzsche’s question, Bible scholar C.I. Scofield, editor of the Scofield Reference Bible, observed that the order of the divine dealings of God with humanity gives us increasing purpose, which links us with the ages from man’s beginning to eternity. Clerics can prove anything by confining the question to their own purposes, but to know the truth, says Scofield in his introduction, is to look at the whole of it. Then the Bible’s revelations will make better sense.
Existentialism is defined as a philosophy that stresses the individual’s position as a self-determining agent responsible for his own choices. For the first time in history, scientific investigation brings conscious awareness into the picture. The most advanced physicists are studying how conscious experience fits into physical processes in the brain. Thinking is involved. It somehow enters the data-processing operations at synaptic junctions in the brain. This knowledge is extending science into physical processes at a quantum level—into realms never before thought. Bell’s theorem shows that we, as observers, play a role in the structure of the universe.
Ever so dimly, this dawning is bringing we humans closer to a new reality: the Kingdom of God that got Jesus crucified is here on earth. The energy is building for a quantum jump. The same as Jesus challenged the authorities of his day, this latest dawning is going challenge conventions, in fact everything you think! Our saving grace in not present institutions. Materialism’s hold is going to vanish like mist in the morning sun. We are going to get past this block and into our inner selves—find real justification for faith in God. We will come to realize that we have a God-self that leads us to our own individual destinies. People don’t know what to think about my message because they have never thought in these terms. My destiny was to use my mind and this is where it has taken me.