Friday, March 31, 2023

The Believer

A cynic is someone who questions and is challenged when it comes to belief. God is not the only thing that may elude those who are lacking in faith. Trust in others and the feeling of belonging that comes from adherence to the values and mores of a group are also denied those who live in doubt. Friendship is utilitarian to the extent that a friend is also a “gonnegtion,” to invoke Meyer Wolfsheim in The Great Gatsby. In The Unbearable Lightness of Being, it's Tomas who differentiates between love and sex, thereby turning his relationships into a game of bait-and-switch. You might very well discountenance the advances of someone who's seeking another notch in his belt. Even though the realist usually has evidence, they may find it difficult to make the leap that's required to embrace literally anything. Deconstruction undermines the moral order to the extent that it makes judgement a product of culture. The “motiveless malignity” that Coleridge described in Iago is essentially a disease. One piece of negativity leads to another. Soon nihilism and anarchy replace feelings of belonging, making it almost impossible to adhere to any credo or system of thought.

read "God Redux" by Francis Levy, HuffPost

and watch the trailer for Erotomania

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