Existential Angst

From Sophie’s World: A Novel on the History of Philosophy

Sophie [after studying Bishop George Burkeley]: “I am scared that nothing is real.”
Alberto Knox: “That’s called existential angst, or dread, and is as a rule only a stage on the way to new consciousness.”

Morpheus, The Matrix

“What is ‘real’? How do you define ‘real’? If you mean what we can taste, smell, hear and feel then what’s ‘real’ is nothing more than electrical signals interpreted by your brain.”

Merriam-Websters Dictionary entry on “real”

“1: of or relating to fixed, permanent, or immovable things;
2a: not artificial, fraudulent, or illusory

Anyone else ever been through existential angst as you combat the possible reality that life, as you know it, doesn’t really exist?

What could be more real than life, as most people understand it?

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Your Mama’s Lies

My buddy Jim Palmer, author of Divine Nobodies: Shedding Religion to Find God, has a great post about the lies you probably believe. Some of them include:

you are a sinner.

God basically doesn’t like you.

at least you’ve got your fire insurance policy, be thankful, you’re one of the lucky ones.

fall in line, be good, follow the rules, check the boxes, play church.

listen to them; they are smarter, they are holier, they are…well, just trust me.

you can’t be like Jesus; he is God and you’re not.

Go check out his post for some more truths lies.

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