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Vexen Crabtree 2015


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Sociology, Theology, Anti-Religion and Exploration: Forcing Humanity Forwards

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Vexen Crabtree 2015

That Pretentious Search

In the search for the meaning and point of life, wouldn't it be an anticlimax and a disappointment to actually find the answer! Life, without a search for meaning, is pointless! The game is in the search! Life is what you make of it... and how many times do people think they've found their call or "thing" in life, only to move on to something else at a later date?

There is no point... so searching for the meaning of life is probably one of the most satisfying searches in that you can be very pretentious and dedicate yourself to the search without ever running the risk of finding the answer!

This post was inspired by something Akron wrote in his analysis of the untraditional HR Giger Tarot set[1]:

"...the movement of Human life towards its goal. The deeds of humanity prepare the way, and the vehicle with which it (the Chariot) reaches than goal is the Human will. And what is the goal of humanity? It is nothing other than the path itself, entirely in the sense of a paradox that can only be resolved as such on a higher plane of consciousness"

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There is a point to every life and every one different, but such is the nature of cause and effect that even at death it may not be clear.

There is an understanding of life that fulfils. It transcends search, which by definition is unfulfilled. Barry Lopez attributes this quality to Inuit (and, I think, to wolves): simply, the inherest knowledge that life is meaningful.

I have intermittently recognised this quality in wild places. It's associated with the awareness of mortality that comes when you're far from other humans: that is, when your existence depends exclusively on your own actions and on the whim of the planet. With the serene acceptance of death comes profound acceptance of life. There is no search.

It's as imponderable as Zen and tends to fade in civilised society. I doubt that I can communicate it, really.

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