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You Think You’re Clever, but What’s Your Point?

09.15.06 | 7 Comments

I just saw this video, which is clever in presentation but oh so wrong.

Watch it, but then ask “what’s your point”? That we’re no more than monkeys? (And..?) That people can be cruel? (Duh.) That there’s no point in existence? (I beg to differ.) In the commentator’s world, a world in which God is just a made-up fantasy, our world pretty much sucks.

In my world, people make choices. Sometimes they make cruel, destructive ones, but just as often they make compassionate, self-sacrificing choices. Sometimes people live up to their potential, and sometimes they live a life of mediocrity. Christianity gets a bad rap from non-Christians (partly due to the misunderstanding within our own religion) about the nature of our relationship with God and what He expects from us. Atheists seem to perceive Christianity as a life of blindly following the dictates of long-dead prophets even at the expense of a perceived universal morality. Truth be told, there’s no shortage of Christians who think the same way. But my faith tells me that we have been given self awareness and freedom of choice for a purpose. It’s the freedom to choose good or evil that elevates us above animals. There is a universal morality. There are some things people of every faith (or no faith at all) around the world can agree as being “right” and “wrong”. Lying, cheating, stealing, and killing are wrong. Selfless acts, helping others, loving others, and honesty are good. They are things that resonate deep within us. God wants us all to be good people, but His gift to us is the freedom to choose. The fact that it is our choice gives the result meaning.

The commentator of the video seems to be saying that humanity’s accomplishments are meaningless. That in the end, we’re still just animals and we’ll die just like any other animal. That self awareness is meaningless. That the soul is a piece of fiction. That God is a made-up fairy tale to make ourselves feel better about the pointlessness of life. I say that every choice we make, including the choice to believe in a God-created world, shapes and conditions our lives, our souls. When the day comes that our mortal remains fail and the limitations of the flesh fall away, it will be the condition of our souls that determines how we enter the greater world beyond. I can not prove to you that God exists, but I know in my heart that there is more at work in this world than then antics of monkeys.

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Comment by GRIM
2006-09-15 11:34:44

Why do we need a ‘god’ directed purpose?
It’s a greater and more wonderful thing to choose and direct our own.

You don’t KNOW there’s a soul or a god, these are matters of faith and faith is belief without evidence. Something with no reason to be believed.

We are just monkeys (apes) but that doesn’t make us any less wonderful for it. In fact belief, faith, makes us less.

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Comment by Prest0
2006-09-15 14:05:11

It’s funny you mention faith. I had such a paragraph in the original post but I culled it because it didn’t flow with the rest of what I’d written.

Philosophers have been trying to prove or disprove the existence of God for hundreds of years, but faith is belief without evidence. I fully recognize that I have faith in that which is unseen. But by the same token, it takes more than a few slides of monkeys and atomic bombs to make me disbelieve.

In a world without faith, every man is his own god, each placing himself in the center of his own universe and worshiping himself. From that perspective, faith would diminish us. But from my perspective, faith doesn’t undermine humanity but rather underscores it. Faith gives lie to our individual, isolated, selfish, pseudo-godhood and draws us together in shared purpose. It unites us. It uplifts and sustains us. It is the ultimate expression of hope, because it is simultaneously the humbling recognition that we are not the center of the universe (that we are merely monkeys) and that something greater awaits.

Comment by Jerry
2006-09-15 12:26:17

Sounds rather fatalistic. And if life was predicated on faith we would not need volition. Agree with your points all the way.

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Comment by Jerry
2006-09-15 12:27:34

I meant to write fate and not faith. I hate it when I do that.

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2006-09-18 13:17:59

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Comment by DirtyUnicorn
2006-09-18 21:05:13

I found the video kind of funny actually (particularly the bit about “monkey hives” ;)). I can’t really get too worked up from a slide presentation… especially when it was put together by… you know… a monkey.

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Comment by Prest0
2006-09-19 09:20:56

I did appreciate the humor. The presentation was well done and it was a funny clip. I just didn’t agree with the message.


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