A Few Ponderings: The Deathless Death of Man, The Hell-bent Heavens, and the Resurrection of Carl Linneaus.

An Uncharming Paradox

The evangelical Christian is little more than a vastly uncharming paradox, as he is hell-bent on his faith in a future vision of heavenly destruction — the end of times, as described in the book of Revelation, wherein Jeeeesus will return to us, so they believe, once more.

Such delusional dogmatists might accurately be described as being hell-bent for heaven.

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Man, the Wise

Even the name which our species has greedily awarded itself (homo sapiens, Latin for “man, the wise“) signifies an over-abundance of arrogance and hubris. Why could we not be more humble in our desire for self-taxonomy? Why not instead “man, the curious” or “man, the hopeful“? History has shown our species to be an audacious one, a rather fascinating and violent collection of mammals, but wise? I dare think not!

So, I hereby resurrect the good Carl Linneaus from his grave at Uppsala by the powers of my deranged imagination! Let us have a cold pint, Carl, down at the nearest Swedish tavern, so that we may earnestly discuss our Latin wisdom…

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Death, Conquered

The day humankind conquers death through the ingeniousness of medical science will, ironically, require the death of us all. Upon the attainment of immortality, that infinite condition of the Gods, we will have snubbed out the human man and replaced him with an immortal being. Man will have downgraded himself to the status of a God — and what a lowly god he will be! Although he will be no more lowly than the God of the bible or Quran, or the gods of Olympus and ancient Egypt. We will undoubtedly continue to pursue our own footsteps of endless folly, just as those ignoble deities of ancient scripture. Every hatred and stupidity will be committed to a re-cyclical progression, a savage history set upon mindless repeat. Like a single wave breaking upon the land, always to be followed by the ocean.

Upon the “achievement” of permanence and immortality, humankind will have, in a sense, come around full circle. Man started out believing that he was made in God’s image, when it is rather more likely that man created God in his image. Taking it another logical step further, upon acquiring status of deity, man will have finally created himself in the image of God.

His golden staff will be a sort of complex, technical crutch. His blinding light will be an artificial luminescence. His tissue will be sown to a bodily permanence by a freakish series of subatomic stitches beyond even Mary Shelley’s grotesque imagination. And finally His attained immortality will be an ever-strange zombification of His former humanity.

Man Bless! 

 

7 thoughts on “A Few Ponderings: The Deathless Death of Man, The Hell-bent Heavens, and the Resurrection of Carl Linneaus.

  1. Immortality? Can you imagine the thousand year reign of a Stalin or Mao? Gods, but that would redefine “heinous”.

    You’re point strikes me as quite profound thought. We’d become petty gods. All our virtues and vices mixed with immortality. What could possibly go wrong?

    Colorado Springs, where I live, is sometimes called by Evangelicals, “The Jerusalem of the Rockies”. They started migrating here about 25 years ago, lured by the town being promoted to them as a Utopia for Evangelicals.

    Shit, but the politics got weird when they had enough votes to take over the city. Counsel meetings that began with renaming streets from Martin Luther King, jr Blvd to “Heaven’s Way” (Thank the gods that one didn’t pass!), and other such things — with not a reference to the practical problem of filling the potholes.

    Evangelicals — just not practical enough to run a city, let alone a country. The business people had to step in in the end. That’s the best we can do now.

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    1. Good to hear from you, Paul. Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment — I appreciate it. I admit I would feel rather sore if an evangelical base tried to take over my town, though maybe ‘sore’ isn’t the word — more like slightly disturbed and irritated.

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  2. I decided to revisit your post and was struck by the phrase, “hell-bent for heaven”. Don’t have a clue why I missed it the first time.

    By the way, lately I have been interested in why people blog. I know the primary reason I do is fun — I love to write. But what about you, Tylor? What’s your single most important reason for all you do here?

    I hope everything goes well with you these days.

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    1. Thanks, Paul! Good to hear from ya again.
      Why do I blog? I suppose for a reason very similar to yours, I love to write. Although it’s more than a love, it’s a necessary compulsion, I think.
      Well…here’s something I wrote in my notebook while at my day job yesterday: “A writer is a creative person whom is badly, desperately in need of seeing a professional psychiatrist, yet settles on writing instead because a) he/she likes the catharsis of writing and b) it’s a cheaper alternative to a shrink.”
      it’s a take on an old idea, of course. But I think that is why I write — when I’ve finished writing a poem or article, I’m bound to feel better than when I first approached the keyboard or the pen. It’s absolutely psychologically cleansing — like having an orgasm with someone you love, or brushing your teeth after a bout of morning breath. I’ve a question for you, Sir Paul — when and how did you first discover your passion for writing?

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      1. Junior year in high school. Up until then, I expressed myself solely via art — drawing, painting. I made a very difficult decision to change one outlet for the other.

        So I began by trying to perfect my sentences. Then my paragraphs, etc.

        Today, I’m back to painting — this time along with writing.

        As for blogging, that was my therapist’s work. He nagged and nagged me for six months. He’s a pretty nagger.

        Do you have any close friends as creative as you? Can be tough if you don’t.

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  3. I didn’t know that you painted as well. I’d love to see some of your work! Have you any paintings to view online?
    Can’t say I have very many creative friends…although I have recently joined a writers group in my community. They are mostly elderly, or retirees, but they’re all very friendly, instructive, and are all-in-all fascinating characters. So, in this respect, I guess I’m pretty fortunate in terms of creative friends.

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