Midnight philosophy part.2

Do not love half lovers
Do not entertain half friends
Do not indulge in works of the half talented
Do not live half a life and do not die a half death
If you choose silence, then be silent
When you speak, do so until you are finished
Do not silence yourself to say something
And do not speak to be silent
If you accept, then express it bluntly
Do not mask it
If you refuse then be clear about it 
for an ambiguous refusal
is but a weak acceptance
Do not accept half a solution
Do not believe half truths
Do not dream half a dream
Do not fantasize about half hopes
Half a drink will not quench your thirst
Half a meal will not satiate your hunger
Half the way will get you no where
Half an idea will bear you no results
Your other half is not the one you love
It is you in another time yet in the same space
It is you when you are not
Half a life is a life you didn’t live,
A word you have not said
A smile you postponed
A love you have not had
A friendship you did not know
To reach and not arrive
Work and not work
Attend only to be absent
What makes you a stranger to them closest to you
and they strangers to you
The half is a mere moment of inability
but you are able for you are not half a being
You are a whole that exists
to live a life not half a life
Gibran Khalil Gibran

Truth is beauty by Marco Cochrane (Burning Man festival 2013)

Hi there buddies.

You might have guessed that spirituality is something that compels to me, well I’ve been wondering about many aspects lately. Life and death, rebirth, karma, good and evil… Fear especially. Us, as humans, were born with fear, and entire belief systems were built on it because it’s probably the strongest feeling of all. You can say it’s love, but we didn’t reach that level yet (spiritual level), we don’t know how strong love can be, how much we can create, and destroy just by the presence or lack of this simple concept: love.

Yes, love can move people, it can give birth to ideas, generosity, compassion… But in this century, fear rules our hearts and minds completely. I like to criticize religion, even say profanities, but it’s in the sake of finding where religion went wrong. Let’s be clear here, when I criticize religions because they based their faith system on fear, I’m speaking of monotheist religions.Let’s go back to the source of monotheism, in Egypt around the year 1300 BC, Akhenaton the pharaoh of that era decided that Egypt should worship Aten, the sun, God. This simple idea changed the world. There’s an excellent book that I would recommend called “Akhenaten: Egypt’s false prophet” by Nicholas Reeves. Reeves’s theory is that Akhenaton used this monotheism as a way to control the politics of the country and turn all the powers into ‘one hand’, ‘one God’. But I beg to differ because of all the wrongs it did to his authority, he had a real rupture with most of his subjects and priests, and we all know how religious Egyptians were…Anyhow it’s still a very rich book that helps understand the source of monotheism and this so-called first prophet.

 Either ways, there’s no doubt that Akhenaton had a big impact on humanity. What I think humanity did wrong is take this beautiful idea and turn it into something completely different. Believing in a higher power for personal reasons such as looking for answers has nothing in common with believing in God because of fear. The fear of being spanked by the all mighty, the fear of going to hell, the fear of being doomed, the fear of suffering, the fear, the fear, the fear. It’s like a military system that people are forced to believe in, without even thinking that we are already in this military base that rules and dictates our life. I’m not against authority, not at all, but when believing is a response to the fear of becoming the black sheep, or going to hell, then it’s not believing anymore. Faith is taking a step on a dark staircase, belief is the curiosity to know more, to go higher in the sky, deeper in the universe and to know more about thy self. There’s no wonder why extremism exists, why people are so filled with hate and judgments, they have been thought to fear. Not only God, but the unknown. People need to learn how to love God before they learn to fear him. These semi believers disgust me. If someone studies religions, or at least thinks about it, and decides there was nothing there for him to believe in, I’d respect him more than someone who was born muslim, christian or jewish and  claims he’s a hard-core believer, fighting everyone who dares doubt his ‘ideas’. I absolutely can’t stand half roads, half-truths, hypocrisy. A person who’s a believer just “because” is not a believer. A believer needs to go through a phase of doubt and wonder, if not a phase of atheism. I’m taking the example of Abraham. He meditated on the top of a mountain about the universe and the divine, he looked up at the sun and said “you are my God”, then the sun faded away. And he said “my God would never fade”. And his meditation went on and on until he discovered that God was everywhere, bellow, above, in and out. It reminds me of animism, what a beautiful way of picturing the divine, everywhere and everything at the same time. Aren’t we all a part of something bigger? There’s a quote that says: “You can’t see the full frame when you’re inside the picture.” Maybe death is the answer, the proof that we’re all looking for. But we are alive, breathing and all, so let’s take profit of it and use the time we have (we can’t even be sure we have lots of it left) to discover the most we can about ourselves, the world, our limits. I’m a believer who decides to dive into the wild sea of the universe. Everything we do, think, say and feel is a ritual on it’s own; believing we are here for the greatest purpose, and living up to this great ambition is the first step towards something, somewhere higher.

FZ


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