Look, it’s not about the dogma! Uncertainty abides! There is no countering the dazzlingly complex nature of all existence, from the lowliest ant (have you ever read up on ants, OMG!), to the far reaches of creatureless space, where we have somehow managed to employ our brains to send rocket ships careening along, loaded up with computers and sensors gathering information that gets translated into digital data which is…what, exactly?
Do you know? I don’t, not really!
But here’s one thing I’m certain of and would bet my life on regarding the why’s and wherefores and whereto’s of this world: It’s not about the damn dogma!
It can’t possibly be about the damn dogma, areyoukiddin’me?
The world is too big, and it overflows with stories about how it got here, who made it, for what purpose. There are too many voices, too many experiences and explanations and guesses for the same basic, eternally recurrent questions.
About why things are at all, about our dreams and raptures, our sufferings and tragedies, these magnificent bodies with their bright children eyes bent on exploring and exulting until they, in the seeming time it takes for the drop of an eyelash, become bent and broken, their days dwindling toward their end.
Dogma—here’s how and why it happened, here’s who’s responsible, here’s the story you must believe and the rules you must follow, here are the words you must say and the judgments you must levy and the other stories you must dismiss—is abhorrent on its face. It ignores the radical pluralism that more than anything else defines the world we have always lived in, the peoples we have always been, a world and peoples that can never be corralled, confined, explained or reduced to one story, one person, one song of every Self.
Woe to binaries! Viva to daybreak and dusk, the interstitial and liminal, the relentless becoming!
Be gone with the this or that, the left or right and the you must choose, the small pinched diminishment of the magnificently multi-faceted.
Only in our wildly uncontainable multiplicity are we truly One.
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