Groundless ground (in gratitude to Lee Braver)Clearly God does not exist like a thing or a process,
(except perhaps all things or all processes
but that's not really saying much)
and so Wittgenstein says God is the meaning of the world,
and perhaps we should say (to avoid monotheism)
our gods are the meanings of our worlds.
The word “God” is like an opening out,
a groundless ground,
as we dive into the mystery behind this word,
we find ourselves evermore opened out,
evermore stretched open.
For example, God is sometimes said to be perfectly good,
and so we have the problem of how we account for a world
that has got plenty of not-good things in it.
So I tend to think that God must be,
on the whole, somewhat indifferent to human things.
And what humans think as good and bad are just our own,
not anything that bothers God that much.
As we ponder the nature that our gods must have,
as is evidenced by our world being left the way it is,
not changed one iota,
we open ourselves to a relationship with
the groundless grounds.
And this is why our gods matter.
They matter not because they exist,
but because they don’t exist.
And right there,
pouring from their non-existence,
pouring from their silent mystery,
pouring from their unfathomable source,
comes everything that matters to us.
Poetry by Andrew Bindon
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Written on 2016-08-05 at 10:54
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