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Humans Aren't Rational
12th-Jan-2009 10:01 am
I had kind of a weird dream a few nights ago. I dreamt that I had died and went to heaven, or what I thought was heaven. But I was building this heaven out of tiles of my own beliefs or something, so that it consisted entirely of my own logically self-consistent (and seemingly circular) beliefs. They were gradually making me less happy. Then I decided to ask the guy who was supposedly God some challenging questions, but he didn't like it when I did that and got angry at me. But then I got him to answer the same question in 2 contradictory ways. I concluded that he must not really be God, since God doesn't lie, and therefore wouldn't give 2 contradictory answers. Which meant that I was really in hell - a hell that I had created for myself out of my own obsession with my self-contained beliefs, and were not the basis of a religion with any substance.

I wonder if this means I'm going to hell. I'm not usually superstitious, but I felt like that dream meant something, that I should repent in some way or change something about myself.
12th-Jan-2009 03:41 pm (UTC)
1) If God doesn't lie ... how would be produce tests of faith and other events that are supposed to elevate you? Lying or purposely misleading a subject seems like a pretty excellent way to do it. I mean a la Job, kind of, except without the devil doing the dirty work?

Although the direct confrontation/contradiction was black and white, I'll grant that.

2) Why does. God. Want a Starship?
12th-Jan-2009 04:34 pm (UTC)
1) Really? You think misleading subjects is a good thing for a good God? In the case of Job, I think it was that God allowed Satan to harm Job, not that God of his own accord wanted to harm or mislead Job. What makes you think that?

"For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone" - James 1:13 (NIV)

2) Huh?
12th-Jan-2009 04:38 pm (UTC)
2) You poor poor man, you need to watch Star Trek V
12th-Jan-2009 04:39 pm (UTC)
Hmm, I'm fairly sure I don't need to watch Star Trek anything. Star Wars is better, but even it isn't that great.
12th-Jan-2009 04:42 pm (UTC)
If we only did things that were great, all we'd do is eat pate De Fois Gras in cashmere sweaters while watching Black & White Norwegian films and listen to Philip Glass for the rest of our miserable lives.

Sometimes you just want a burger, a smile and some happy hardcore, you know?
12th-Jan-2009 06:35 pm (UTC)
If your point is that it's good to enjoy life and making fun of bad movies, then I agree. We merely differ, apparently, in our opinions of what's enjoyable. (With the possible exception of "a smile". Sometimes.)
7th-Feb-2009 08:32 pm (UTC)
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier is a movie worth seeing for its pure cheese value. Don't take it seriously - I mean, I don't think even the movie takes itself seriously. As a comedy, or a sponge for mockery, it's actually pretty good.
12th-Jan-2009 04:19 pm (UTC)
It sounds like something worth thinking about.

It's been a while since I read it, but didn't Chesterton say something in Orthodoxy about being skeptical of perfectly circular logical arguments, because if they fit neatly inside our minds then we shouldn't expect them to really mean anything beyond our minds? Or something along those lines. I think it was where he was talking about insane people, and how they all see the world in self-consistent ways, although to the outside observer they are clearly mad.
12th-Jan-2009 04:35 pm (UTC)
Yes, Chesterton did say that - any sane person will think themself a little mad, while an insane person will believe their self-consistent worldview is infallible. Some other mathematician came up with the idea first though, I think.
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