When I first started blogging, I was ‘inspired’ by two things: the first was exclusive, suppressive religious actions/ideas but as I explored both religious and atheist sites, I found myself almost more upset with self-righteous self-deception in secular circles. Consequently many of my posts address core self-deception issues we all succumb to — believers and non-believers.
Just today, a physics student (Cathy) commented in my early 2009 post called “Truth & Beauty” where she said:
I actually like the notion of truth as akin to having a closer alignment with how the world is–it’s kinda Taoist in attitude. To have a greater affinity with the universe which allows our brief existence is so awe-inspiring that this sentiment of affinity feels beyond human language.
Now, perhaps this was meant as simple agreement with my post, but I decided to address elements of her comment which may be pointing to things I disagree with. I am an amanojaku in that sense, but leaving aside my possible misinterpretation, what do you think of what I wrote below?
Concerning a “Taoist Attitude“:
Taoism in Asia, like Buddhism, is packed with incredible silly superstition. When it was imported to the West, the Westerners that grabbed (and continue to grab) a text or two of it, transform it into their own New Age mouthpiece. That New Age view is then digested further and synthesized again into yet another person’s favorite comforting notions.
“Awe” is a wonderful feeling – but it is a feeling, not a thing. I don’t believe in “A Universe” (as if it is a something) or “Reality” or “God” or any other such abstraction. I think the temptation to substantiate (a milder form of ‘anthropomorphizing’) one of our own unexplained feelings, is universal. The question, for scientists like you, is — how deeply should we trust such intuitions?