Recently Pope Francis, Bishop of Rome and Sovereign of the Vatican City, visited the United States of America. The Muhammad came to the ‘hill’. And none too soon. The head of the most fundamentalist organization on the face of the earth, replete with dogmas, mysteries and peripheral infallibility, spoke, publicly, against fundamentalism
Pope Francis is not your average pope. He moves around in a compact Fiat. He doesn’t dine with the rich and famous, but with the homeless. He doesn’t live in the Apostolic Palace but in an ordinary apartment, like we all do; well, most of us. Pope Francis is likely to give the Vatican a bad name.
Or, perhaps, just perhaps, he stemmed the escalating delusions that permeated both, the most powerful church and the most powerful secular organization? The Vatican and the Congress?
People often misunderstand the concept of fundamentalism. It is not just a religious or even a scientific malady. The disease is spread not by viruses or bacteria but by people who think they know all the answers; who consider themselves infallible experts in any field. Any field at all. They cannot accept, even at emotional level, that all is relative, and we can only speculate on probabilities.
After all, compared to any intelligent life that evolved on countless celestial orbs that are a few million years older than our Earth, we are at the level of amoebas—earthworms at best. If not, the alternative is too dire to contemplate. If we are already so smart as to know anything with dogmatic certainty, our evolution is over. We reached our intellectual zenith.
I know that I know nothing, said Socrates.
And compared to the infinity of time dangling in front of us, we also know nothing. We don’t even know what we don’t know. We live in an ocean of Delusions.
Anyone who regards the phenomenal universe as real, as solid, material, is to some degree, a fundamentalist.
Phenomenal world is NOT real. It only looks solid, material, to our primitive eyes. In fact it is just a vortex of energies in constant motion. Our human senses are not yet sufficiently developed to perceive the truth fulminating behind the optical illusion. And this goes for all our senses. If you think otherwise, you’re a fundamentalist.
At this stage of our evolution we cannot even define who we are. We boast hundreds of trillions of synapses connecting around a hundred billion neurons, and we don’t even know who we are. We don’t even realize that all those neurons are virtually empty space. Like the rest of us. Like the rest of the visible Universe.
The best we can attempt to define would be that we are, or experience our becoming, through vortices of energy spinning in wild abandon at the bidding of some incomprehensible amorphous energy conducting the Universal orchestra.
The Music of the Spheres?
The Universe is a condition of eternal change. For us, only the journey matters. We call is life.
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