From One World to Another

What Goes Into a Transition?

And how do I figure out what life is supposed to look like on the other side?

Transitioning from where and to what? Well, I guess that is the question…

What does it mean when the mythic hero of your youth vanishes or disappears? How long does one wait for his return? When carrying on, to where does one then carry on to?

What does it mean to have built a career out of something you no longer believe in? To start over from scratch and pinpoint a new something to do?

How do you know it when you see it? And in which direction ought you look while you try to figure out what exactly it is you’re looking for?

And if one decides they might like to write, how does one decide what to write when one does then make that decision to write? When words and themes compete for attention, which ones prevail on this new page?

When writing—or blogging—or posting—or whatever the hell, does one write on a little bit of everything of remote interest? Or do they select Their Theme and stick with it? Matters of faith and atheism… religion… politics… separation of church and state… matters of liberty… lessons learned from reading up on our Founding Fathers… psychology… personality types… culture… city-life… public-life… the art of public speaking… the nature of leadership… or parenting… or family… identity issues… relationship issues… dating adventures… childhood memories… scares… fears… hopes… dreams…

Does one write on a little bit of everything or on nothing at all? Maybe such a one throws away the pen and runs for elective office? Maybe such a one needs to delete this blog first… Maybe while deleting the blog, we should pause to pour another scotch…

And what does it look like to live divorced from the one you’ve loved above all else?

What does it look like to somehow in some sense keep your children though they might move hundreds of miles to a mid-western wonderland of walleye and ice?

What does it look like to feel?

And what does it feel like when it all looks right?

What is it to find meaning in a world of chaos and survival?

to hope…

to love…

to be…

to be strong

What is it to live?

And what is it to live your life when all you have is words?

 

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4 comments

  1. Whatever you know of great philosophers, what is remembered is their words. Words a powerful.

    What is it to find meaning in a world of chaos and survival? Here’s an experiment for you. Go buy some cheap blankets, take them to the local SPCA and donate them to help with the animals there. While you’re there, spend some time with those animals, some condemned to die soon. Pet them, watch them, know they will die soon if nobody takes them home. Then go home, make dinner and think about it. What possible meaning could be found in your day’s activities?

    Human dignity and meaning is found in giving exactly that to others. If you fail to find it while giving it away you are indeed special. There is no relligion needed to give others dignity. Prayer will not help them, never has. Help someone. Maybe it will take awhile, but soon enough you will find that helping others in some way gives you what you seek in this post. In a world of chaos and survival, the one disruptive technology remains … helping others.

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    1. @myatheistlife, thanks for the experiment suggestion. And I appreciate your thoughts on finding meaning in a world of chaos. My journey has been an interesting one, from evangelical Christianity to atheism, from pastor to steakhouse manager to… whatever is next. Though my post muses on transitional obstacles I’ve seen along the way, like you I too am glad to have found a good deal of meaning in my life. Granted, that meaning looks much different than it did as a theist. But I’ve been fortunate to find a good sense of joy and peace and ‘purpose’ even in a world without god. Thanks again for commenting.

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  2. Did I read the word “hell” in you post? I know it may be just an expression, but that made me curious: What is hell for an atheist?

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    1. Marcio, haha.. You are correct, words are flexible, and this is a common use in English. To say “whatever the hell” is somewhat synonymous with “what on earth”…

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