If you have stumbled across my blog, you may be wondering what the title is all about.
Did I choose this title just to try and sound cool? Maybe that was half the reason.
Am I talking out of my ass? I’ve been known to do that.
Is there actually a meaning to it?
Let me explain . . .
In my first post, I gave a very brief bio of myself. A big part of my life for many years was seeking out truth and meaning. I looked for it in the Bible, the Communist Manifesto, newspapers, history books, literary novels, all over the place. I talked endlessly with anyone who cared to talk about such things. I drove myself mad trying to answer this question: what the hell is it all about?
This led me to a lot of conclusions, and then a lot of backtracking, then on to more conclusions, and finally more backtracking. I didn’t know what to believe. Every answer has an opposite and that opposite has a rebuttal from a different answer. In the midst of this storm of conjecture, I, for some reason, assumed there must be a single answer – an Ideology that was the truth.
To many reads, this may sound like non-sense. “Of course,” they might say, “there is no single truth.” Many people believe that truth is completely subjective or varies from culture to culture. I couldn’t accept this and still don’t. If I did, I would have to say that cultures that execute nonbelievers and so called sexual deviants are justified in their actions. I would have to accept that psychopaths, murdering others in some haze of fantasy, are merely following their own personal truth.
But, rejecting relativism doesn’t mean that there must be a single philosophy or religion that holds a monopoly on truth. I’ve come to find that truth is probably both objective and subjective since it is most likely a human creation, but, at the same time, has no meaning whatsoever if it can mean anything. A paradox I doubt I could resolve in a lifetime.
At any rate, I’ve found that using a particular ideology to understand the world is much like looking out a newly cleaned window. At first you can see everything and your eyes convince your brain that everything is known at first glance. The world seems to come alive, full of meaning, full of hope. If you were to stand in front of that window for too long, the window would collect dust. Slowly, you would know less and less of the outside world and eventually nothing. Yet, you are still standing there using the same window view to interpret the world.
The place at the end of ideology is the place where you open the window and decide to look at the view as it is, without all the dust. It is the place where humans ask questions, not expecting to know all the answers. It is also the place where we may find answers and begin to solve the plethora of problems facing mankind today.