Love confession

-So, here you are. It’s time you know. I love you more than anything else. And I did all this and everything for you. Yeah, it’s just you and me.

-What? Why me, out of all the rest of all these people ? Can’t be. It would be unfair. And a lot of them are a nicer, and smarter, and cuter. And so much more loveable.

-I don’t need any of that, I gave you all that you need and I want.

-You do realise this sounds creepy, don’t you?

-Well, we both like creepy, don’t we?

-But you’re supposed to have created all of us equal or something. And to love us the same.

-Yeah they are all equal. And then, there’s you.

-But..

-Sshh. It’s time we fly now.

-No.. It’s some delusion of grandeur, I’m hallucinating, it’s an ego-trip. I’m just like everybody else.

-Come if you want. But you will come ultimately. You can play here some more if you want. I’m not going anywhere. It’s whenever you say you’re ready 🙂

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From ‘Waking Life’

Waking Life: A movie you ABSOLUTELY need to watch!

And he was really into Gnosticism, and this idea that this demiurge, or demon, had created this illusion of time to make us forget that Christ was about to return, and the kingdom of God was about to arrive. And that we’re all in 50 A.D., and there’s someone trying to make us forget that God is imminent. And that’s what time is. That’s what all of history is. It’s just this kind of continuous, you know, daydream, or distraction. So we’re walking along, and Lady Gregory turns to me and says, “Let me explain to you the nature of the universe. Now Philip K. Dick is right about time, but he’s wrong that it’s 50 A.D. Actually, there’s only one instant, and it’s right now, and it’s eternity. And it’s an instant in which God is posing a question, and that question is basically, ‘Do you want to, you know, be one with eternity? Do you want to be in heaven?’ And we’re all saying, ‘No thank you. Not just yet.’ And so time is actually just this constant saying ‘No’ to God’s invitation. I mean that’s what time is. I mean, and it’s no more 50 A.D. than it’s two thousand and one. And there’s just this one instant, and that’s what we’re always in.” And then she tells me that actually this is the narrative of everyone’s life. That, you know, behind the phenomenal difference, there is but one story, and that’s the story of moving from the “no” to the “yes.” All of life is like, “No thank you. No thank you. No thank you.” then ultimately it’s, “Yes, I give in. Yes, I accept. Yes, I embrace.” I mean, that’s the journey. I mean, everyone gets to the “yes” in the end, right? Right.

-Waking Life, the movie.

Waking Life quote – Louis Mackey

Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy scene
Louis Mackey
Tiana Hux quote in Waking Life

The difference between a believer and an atheist

The believer does not believe in God more than does the atheist.

And the atheist does not believe in God less than does the believer.

Because you cannot choose to believe.

Now, first let’s define the word to believe. The dictionary says it is ‘to accept that something is true’, ‘to feel sure of the truth of’.

Whether or not you believe something depends on the information you possess about the matter, and then if it is convincing enough, you will be convinced and will accept as truth what is put forward. If not, despite your willingness to adhere to the matter, and accept it, you cannot do with your doubts or with the conviction of the opposite. So ultimately, you cannot choose to believe. What you can choose however, is to tell yourself and others that this (how you want it to be despite the truth) is the way, is the truth. And you can fool yourself and others for a long time with that, going again and again on a merry-go-round.

The thing remains that neither the atheist nor the believer knows more about God than any other person, than the Pope, or than the most pious of Brahmins or the Buddhist monk, than your parents, than yourself. They/we all have a collection of data concerning God; all religions, and sects, and science, and philosophy, and mythology; but none can prove to you the existence of God; show you God and make it undeniable. You can associate unexplained happenings to the existence of God, and stuff like the beginning of the universe, miracles, our helplessness in the face of birth and death, which are under the control of something other than us, as the proof of God’s existence ; but that is only your association; it does not confirm any more or less the validity of it.

So ultimately, both the atheist and the believer are at the same standpoint; if you look at it strictly from point of their actual belief; their conviction, upon which they cannot exercise any control; both are at the same position.

Both have the same information about God; but none has really seen him.

What differentiates them is only that one chooses to say to himself and to others that God exists, without being in possession of any fool-proof proof; while the other says no God does not exist; without being more sure of the existence or non-existence of God.