Friday, October 01, 2010

Absurdity: Acting the Part

“In both the East and the West, however, there are attempts to relive the tension of seeming to be nothing, while in fact being something very real—a person in a real world which has a definite form. On the materialist side, Sir Julian Huxley (1887-1975) has clarified the dilemma by acknowledging, though he is an atheist, that somehow or other—against all that one might expect—a person functions better if he acts as though God exists. ‘So,’ the argument goes, ‘God does not in fact exist, but act as if He does!’ As observed by the Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906) in The Wild Duck: ‘Rob the average man of his life-illusion, and you rob him of his happiness at the same stroke.’ In other words, according to Huxley, you can function properly only if you live your whole life upon a lie. You act as if God exists, which to the materialist is false. At first this sounds like a feasible solution for relieving the tension produced by a materialistic world view. However, a moment’s reflection shows what a terrible solution it is. You will find no deeper despair than this for a sensitive person. This is no optimistic, happy, reasonable, brilliant answer. It is darkness and death.” Whatever Happened to the Human Race? P. 139-140
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