online: 24 january 2022
modified: 22 january 2022
22 january 2022 heaven
one's immediate thought is to skid away from its presence as
belief towards its more sceptical view of it . . . but definitely 'from
below' . . . hell is even more recent taboo . . .
there goes the picture of my father standing in the front garden
attending to the finest things he could find and to the number of weeds
in his garden . . . and even believing in some of them despite being a
teacher of physics . . . and being a friendly and kindly person . . .
i suppose what might surprise would be the strength to holding to both
of these notions . . . (one might on the first side belief in the good
and the other not being distracted by the bad or admitting its existence
in hell) . . .
yes the word 'heaven' does much to maintain the existence of what
humanists call 'the ideal' . . . and the better myths go to disbelief or
even to a stronger idea . . .
if there would not be a word like 'heaven' we would all be left to
invent it for one selves . . . lacking the graceful idea of a realm
entirely devoted to goodness . . .
'goodness me' says someone . . . yes yes!
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