The Game Part II

 

I got this phrase from a philosopher by the name of Alan Watts, who got it from another source — such is the grapevine of information — and it reads, “Man’s extremity is God’s opportunity.” Many traditional religious minds have taken this passage to hoist the idea of God onto Copperfield-like pedestals. When man can’t take it anymore, God swoops in, cape flapping in the wind, and works his magic. One who strays away from the fanatical bandwagon-jumping that is traditional religion can clearly see that in order to gain the power in oneself, it must already be present. Citing an external source for an essay wrote or a goal scored cheapens the very feeling of accomplishment and sheer splendour one was originally trying to attain. For the goal is achieved; but instead of living in this moment of excellence, one starts to almost forcefully ponder ‘what’s next?’. And while self-improvement is more than commendable, one has a well-deserved right to bask in the light of a task transcended. Internal truths are the imagination’s manifestation of one’s ideal reality. A reality that is, at the core of us human folk, basically uniform. Overall health and well-being is the principal tenet in this reality. As far as an ethic goes, it is almost unarguably the star of the show. Very many people, however, take vastly different routes and climb over, run around and travel across vastly different obstacles along the way to self-actualization. The big obstruction, or shaky foundation, is this Game as was referred to before; It simply just does not fit an increasing number of people’s values. With these numbers assumingly growing as the infinite wave of information continues to wash over the planet, one can only hope that an infinite growth paradigm can be applied to a global population with a much more benevolent mindset and mission. No longer will the ‘square peg, round hole’ paradox of The Game be present, because no longer will most people see the need to participate in fixing a broken vehicle. It will truly be survival of the fittest and adept rather than survival of the wicked and corrupt. Manufactured, fear-based freedom will go the way of the Studebaker. The metaphorical love bombs are only able to spread a certain distance after detonation, so one would conclude that the outliers will still be lingering. But, as cliché as it sounds, love will conquer fear, based on ratio alone. At that point, humans will actually be able to see the clarity that has eluded them for so long. As I look at the quote above I see a message that is clearly in stark contrast to one’s dogmatic interpretation. And with this realization, I would like to put up an alternative pillar beside this long-standing ideal that reads, “Man’s necessity is God’s reality.” For if the human is one with the gods, then it must have the ability to foresee the error in its current ways and right the ship of modern civilization. If that is found not to be true then, frankly, the human is kidding itself.

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