Here’s another musical interlude for a Sunday afternoon, with an accompanying meditation, by our Israeli correspondent MC.
Yesterday I was listening to the Bach Toccata and Fugue in D minor (BWV 565), and particularly to the fugue. A fugue is a piece of music where every other note is the same note, and Bach was particularly good at them. In the work I was listening to, at one stage there are three separate fugues going on at the same time, one on the right hand, one on the left hand and one on the pedals. The result is magnificent.
A fugue has, by definition then, a constant reference point, it revolves around the central note, much like Creation.
(fugue begins at 2:40)
I do not believe that this world got here by accident. There is a consistency that points to a design, and a designer, whether it be a bunch of godlike spaghetti or a panspermic spaceman.
Let’s call Him Ravioli.
Whoever or whatever Ravioli is, He has a bit more knowledge than we have. And He has had it for longer. He was, He is, and no doubt He will be in future. As Creator, what He created is a finely balanced truth, so finely balanced as to nurture the complexities of life as we know it.
Life forms are all built up of cells, and each cell is more complex than a Boeing Dreamliner. Not only that, but all the cells can cluster together to form multicellular structures of even greater complexity, and culminating in the self-programming structure we call mankind.
But we, mankind, do not even have the knowledge to build a cell, let alone a self-motivating intelligent cell cluster with free will.
Free will is a fascinating thing. Most people love their own free will but hate other people’s free will, and will do anything that they can to frustrate those others’ free will. Whilst this in itself is not particularly strange, the curiosity here is that we were created (or evolved) with freedom of will when the worldly pressure is for control. We should be as ants with a common aim and purpose dictated from the core, but we are not. This is impossible, but there it is.
Why on earth would a Creator want to have a creation with free will; a free will which, in most cases, is in total opposition to the will of that Creator?
Well, of course when one is the Creator of truth, lies are of no consequence, because they cannot compete with the truth. But it would be of concern if somebody were to create a parallel and competing truth.
If we take the Bible, and the Koran, and we know that one or the other is true (we don’t), how would a scientist go about ascertaining which one is true? He would use the scientific method, probably by setting up a double blind testing process to see which one actually works. The red pill and the green pill (and the placebo of atheism). The one which is most healing and beneficial we assume to be closer to the truth. The red pill won hands down.
The green pill, Islam, has had a relative amount of success if one is interested only in numbers, but this limited success is achieved by suppressing free will and by keeping green pill people captive within family, tribe and clan structures, those who stop taking the green pill are killed. Thus its effect on the greater good is negative. It typically has to parasitize off of its neighbors in order to prosper. It is a culture of desertification, ransacking, looting and killing.
The red pill, the Bible pill, gave rise to the greatest civilization yet known to mankind. The red pill was not perfect. It had its faults, the greatest of these being a failure to perceive the benefits of the red pill civilization in comparison with the others. Red pill dissidents, influence by the placebo culture, could only see the faults and the mistakes of their own pill when comparing it to the perceived imagery of the greener pill in the next valley, an image carefully cultivated by green pill-ers and placebo-ites to lure in the unwary.
The placebo has always eventually resulted in financial and physical mayhem: bankrupt societies, huge body-counts, or both.
Like a fugue, a society needs an anchor, a reference point in a moral maze, and we need to keep returning to that reference point. Free will means that we can choose our reference point, and we can also choose not to have a reference point and take the placebo. We can choose a green pill and be in bondage, or we can choose a red pill and enjoy the benefits of a successful trial. Many are choosing the red pill, and are flooding in to the red pill society hoping to benefit from its success. Unfortunately, many of those are bringing the green pills with them in their baggage. They want to live in the beneficial aura of the red pill, but to keep taking the green pill. It just does not work.
Red + Green = Brown. The pill is no longer red, and we don’t know what the brown pills do to us. There are no trial results on brown pills…
MC lives in the southern Israeli city of Sderot. For his previous essays, see the MC Archives.