This is how revolutions happen.
Cliches are true, but often they aren’t applied correctly (I originally said “oven.” Grammar fail. OFF TO THE GAS CHAMBER!)
When you live your entire life attempting to live by cliches, as I did growing up, you will always fail. Because the cliches are ALREADY true: it isn’t something that you have to “work toward”, a term religious leaders use to describe ways in which to make things happen that are already true.
This is the inherent problem with typical societal advice as I see it, as well as modern religion, and anything where you are attempting to live your life “the right way“, by codes of rules, etc.: you are attempting to “prove” and “make true” what is ALREADY true, so you’re kind of missing the point of the truthfulness of it.
It is kind of pointless to repeat what is already known. For example, trying to convince yourself that “God is in control” by repeating it over and over and over. For one thing, if you truly believed it, why are you repeating it to yourself so often? And second of all, if it really is true, why are you so worried about defending it? Why are you so worried about defending what is already true? If God is infallible, why are you “defending” Him? Because “defense” seems to suggest that there is a possibility of it failing. If there isn’t, then what does your “defense” mount to? Why do you say that God is perfect and can do all, and then suggest that we, as humans created by Him, must defend Him? It doesn’t make any sense. That is what I am talking about. It is just as illogical as killing for its own sake. It’s a desire that is had, true. But what does it really accomplish? Nothing, really. You cause someone some pain, they either end up in Heaven or Hell (your murder wouldn’t have changed that), and then you have to avoid capture. What does all of that mean? It means that the action itself was illogical: it didn’t accomplish anything. The nature of sin and destruction is that it is illogical: it doesn’t do anything but destroy, and it is illogical because in the grand scheme of things, it can’t win. It is POINTLESS to do so because ultimately, you WILL lose. However, this is where we become slaves to sin: we do it anyway, and I think that because it is destructive, God hates it, but because we are slaves to it, God has mercy on us and forgives us and loves us.
That’s about as ontological as I can get at the moment.
January 11, 2014.