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  1. Wow, I hadn’t heard of Mamas before.

    Being a college dropout myself, I probably shouldn’t say this, but really now, he proudly puts DVM and MBA after his name when selling his spirituality?

    DVM is nothing to be ashamed of, I know a couple of great ones, but I’m not going to ask them how to be my own psychotherapist.

    A quick peek at his website and I think he’s making good use of the MBA though.

  2. Thank you, Wiebes, for the praise! 🙂

    Good points about what you learned from “The Exorcist.” I agree that it doesn’t really matter what we want to be true, though it seems that there is a lot of wishful thinking out there…

    There’s an exchange in Contact that seems to sum this conundrum up very well:

    Young Ellie: Dad, do you think there’s people on other planets?
    Ted Arroway: I don’t know, Sparks. But I guess I’d say if it is just us… seems like an awful waste of space.

  3. Well said. Very well said! I think it is a common question to ask “is this all there is”? It’s like, if we do the calculation in our heads on the odds of any one of us existing as we are, it is extremely small. And yet, here we are. For some, that would indicate a “grand design” rather than a coincidence. I don’t like either scenario.

    Kind of off topic, but I hope you enjoy my little anecdote. I watched “The Exorcist” when I was about 16 years old. Great film. Then I read the book. Wow. Blew me away. There’s a great deal of ambiguity in the book, with the idea that either the devil (or some demon) is harassing this little girl, or, on the other hand, she’s going through some horrible psychological disorder.

    The thing I loved about the book was that both scenarios were presented and basically, some variant of one of the scenarios must be true. Either she’s possessed, and therefore there’s a devil (and a God and the whole afterlife scenario) or she is crazy and it has nothing to do with God at all. I find both scenarios equally depressing. If God and the universe is all connected, then I am a very small piece in a very large universe in which certain rules are in place and we must abide by them. I don’t like this scenario as I value logic over faith. But then if there is no God (which I believe), we run the risk that the universe is a very lonely, empty, directionless place. I’m not saying that is the case, I’m just saying that we run the risk of thinking that. My point is that one of the scenarios must be true, and it does not matter what we WANT it to be.

    Great post as always.

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