The Tightrope of the Absurd

The Tightrope of the Absurd
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August 4th 2016 by Sybe Starkenburg

To be who you really are means to live unchained and being accountable to yourself. Author This book is about spirituality. Rational, without God. Religions claim the moral high ground when it comes to spirituality. But does their claim to rightful ownership of spirituality stand up to close scrutiny? And •are religions moral? •are religious values the only values that count? The most important question though is the following question: What if God does not exist? In that case, can we still find spirituality? The answer is an unequivocal ‘Yes’.

In one of the opening statements of the book, is written the following: When you call yourself an Indian or a Muslim or a Christian or a European, or anything else; you are being violent. Do you see why it is violent? Because you are separating yourself by belief, by nationality, by tradition; it breeds violence. So a man who is seeking to understand violence does not belong to any country, to any religion, to any political party or partial system; he is concerned with the total understanding of mankind. One needs to understand that what the author was aiming at with these words was a total separation with the ‘belonging to groups’. Groups, he says, are divisive and demand a giving up of at least a part of your self, your individuality.

Only choose a group he says if you can remain or retain your individuality. In humanness terms this is profound because it allows one self to be the person you want to be as opposed to the person other people want you to be! The aim of the book is: •to emancipate the individual in you •to stimulate discussion about the third or spiritual dimension of life •to say to people who feel guilty when they contemplate or consider abandoning their church and religion, that it is ok. Morals and values belong to all of us. Believing in God just in case he exists and telling yourself that you have nothing to lose by believing, is known as Pascal’s wager. •to cease listening to people who have not earned your respect. •to demonstrate what it means to be truly human.

Evil exists only in the format of: a lack of empathy and lack of tolerance. •to explain what the ‘Absurd’ means, as written about by Albert Camus, and the fact that by accepting that life is absurd, truly sets one free. •to write about Values and Self Actualizing. I undertake to be respectful of your thoughts; I only ask that you do the same of mine.

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