People often question if there is some sort of God, or Higher Power, because of all the bad things that happen in the world. They question how a benevolent higher power could possibly allow such bad things to occur. Here, I’ll argue that these “bad things” might be precisely the evidence required for the existence of a higher power. Irrespective of the problems, life is wonderful. It’s the amazing jewel. Life is worth the heartache.
Three posts I wrote some time ago;
- A little story about a golden child (from March 2015), and,
- Where did “All That Is” come from? (from October 2015), and,
- Only oneness can survive (from August 2017),
form a lot of the basis of my thoughts in this current argument. The background to the arguments below are contained within these three articles, so please read them if you’d like to know more. Today, I’m making a summary to reflect my current thoughts.
Life and experiences
The “Higher Power” or “All That Is”, from which everything is sourced has no problems. It is eternal, infinite and free (must be!). It is pure peace, love and joy and has no reason to be otherwise. But it likes to have experiences and it likes to experience itself. The world we’re currently in is one of those experiences (it’s quite likely that there are an infinite number of similar experiences going on all the time).
For simplicity, let’s just call the “Higher Power” or “All That Is” simply “X”.
So X decides to create a new experience that is quite opposite to what it normally experiences. Instead of the perfect and eternal peace, love and joy that X is used to, it creates a world where not-peace, not-love and not-joy can exist. In X’s world everything is X. There is nothing but X. So, the first thing X must do to create this strange “opposite” world, is create multiple things that act independently and feel like they’re separate from everything else. Now these independent things can be unhappy with each other, fight with each other, compete with each other and dislike each other. Sounds rather unpleasant compared to X’s normal world, but it is something that X might want to experience.
But this new world is not all opposite. The fundamental components of X still exist in this world. Peace exists, love certainly exists and it’s clear that joy exists too. In fact, these are the things most desirable in this new world. Even though the opposites of these things exist in this new world, the ideals of peace, love and joy are what most people are seeking.
We can say that the world we’re experiencing contains the opposite of X, but it’s actually X (peace, love, joy) that we’re generally seeking.
X has created a world where X is essentially seeking itself, discovering itself. In the end, to marvel in itself.
Life is worth the heartache
We experience all the pains and struggles of a world where differences exist and there is the possibility of not-peace, not-love and not-joy. It can be a real pain and causes a lot of heartache. It can cause us to doubt ourselves and wonder if all our efforts to cope and succeed in this world are worth it. It can make us pretty down and depressed.
But then we realise that love is there. When we’re especially down and depressed, someone is there with a supporting hand. There are people who care! These people don’t have to care, but they do. They have unconditional love for other people. This is where the magic is.
When things are at their worst in this world, we can see the brilliance of love more clearly. The brilliance of peace. The brilliance of joy. We can appreciate and admire the essence of X.
As a final word, let’s consider another reason why “X” might have wanted to create a world like ours. We’ve all experienced the the thrill of excitement, and that’s a pretty cool feeling. Yet we can’t have excitement unless there’s a chance of things going bad. That’s why it’s exciting! The excitement of going fast, rock climbing, entering a race, loving someone, all come with the risk of failure or injury. But the excitement is still amazing. In X’s world, there is no chance to feel excitement because there is nothing that can go wrong. So X creates a temporary world where excitement can exist. So, in this sense, it’s easier to put up with all the daily problems we have because life is worth the heartache.
- Here’s are two interesting quotes from Charles Eisenstein that he made during a “Resurgence Trust” talk in late October 2020 called “An Evening with Charles Eisenstein“;
- “Life purpose always involves something beyond yourself. It involves some kind of service to life and beauty on this Earth.” (just before 15 minutes in the video)
- “…recognise what our purpose on Earth is. Right now, it is to heal the damage that has been done over the last several thousand years of separation” (at about 18 minutes 30 seconds)
- I first came across the inspirational ideas of Charles Eisenstein in 2014 though a 12-minute video called “Sacred Economics“
- A little story about a golden child
- Where did “All That Is” come from?
- Only oneness can survive