Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Blog Title

In the last few days I've gotten a couple questions about the title of the blog so I figured that I could explain it while I try to think of something more substantial to post.

The title is a reference to a monologue from the 1999 movie "American Beauty". Ricky Fitts, the character giving the monologue, is the neighbor kid who comes off as a strange 'stalker'-ish type due to his carrying a video camera around everywhere he goes. Here he offers a glimpse into his reasons for filming and reveals himself as the only character who can see the beauty behind all the world's ugliness, something the main character, Lester, eventually finds in the end. Take a look:
The key line for me here is
"That's the day I realized that there was this entire life behind things, and this incredibly benevolent force that wanted me to know there was no reason to be afraid. Ever."
I suppose my love for this monologue kind of gives me away as a theist. My blog posts will undoubtedly reflect a theistic worldview but I hope this does not turn anyone off and would instead be viewed as an opportunity to examine and contend with such a worldview if you have not had a chance to do so before. Understandably, people often avoid religious discussion because it is impossible to remain objective and because we do not wish to offend those whose beliefs differ from ours. If this is you, I challenge you to abandon this mindset. There are few topics on earth more important than these and they really define who we are and how we live. I feel that a lot of our political discourse (another topic many wish to avoid) is dead from the start because we can never understand one's political motivations without knowing how they feel about the deeper issues such as where we come from and where we derive our worth.

If you are agnostic, atheist, or even strongly anti-theist, please stick around! You cannot offend me with arguments, refutations, counter-points etc and in fact, I want to hear them! As I mentioned in my first post, I am constantly re-evaluating my own views and philosophies based on input from others and personal research. If nothing else, you might find my views to be different than those of theists you are used to conversing with. There is so much to be obtained by choosing to engage in these discussions rather than avoiding them. The risk of offending someone is a small deterrent next to the possibility of gaining understanding of the other person and their viewpoint. So, in closing, whether there is a life behind things or not, I hope you'll agree that the search to find out is worth the effort.