Stevens a Twentieth Century poet said its be belief and not the God that

Stevens a twentieth century poet said its be belief

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Stevens, a Twentieth Century poet said, "it's be belief, and not the God that matters". He doesn't mean that god "doesn't matter", but that belief is judged by the deeds and an honorable God can be dishonored if we distort the belief to rationalize our actions. ------------------------------------------------------ FIVE MAJOR CONCEPTUAL POINTS THAT TOUCH ON ALL THE READING -------------------------------------------- 1. waiting is an awareness of being brought on by an
absence of doing. Formerly, we believed ―essence‖ or ―the soul‖ preceded existence and it was the purpose of ―existence ― to discover the worth of the soul. The events of Hiroshima/Nagasaki and the holocaust obliterated this notion of an essential goodness and ―essence‖ wa s then seen as a retrospective myth of origin set up to bestow a fictional coherency on the otherwise debilitating randomness of experience. Science and technology are the twin myths of origin in our time, and, like all myths of origin, they exert a constant influence on current reality and plans for the future by appearing to be something that sets up a path into the future. In reality, we mortgage our future to the myth of origin and keep assuming a continued loyalty to the myth is the only way to solve current problems. Technology is not about gadgets, it is a way of thinking that can only view surroundings as a resource to be utilized or destroyed. Humanity itself becomes just another resource, to be broken down and processed, as the holocaust makes unbearably clear. The assumption essence precedes existence once offered a moral, ethical and psychological foundation for existence; what we might call "An Age of Faith". The reversal of this--existence precedes essence-- exposes "essence" as a myth of origin we formulate to rationalize our existence. As myth, it recedes from conscious consideration and henceforth our actions appear somehow "inevitable" when, in fact, they are undertaken to protect our myth of origin from being exposed. . This makes us vulnerable to various manipulations since anyone who can convince us of what our "essence" is, will be able to direct our behavior and tell us what is "right" and "wrong". This means the "Top down" behavioral system based on morals is replaced by an inter-relational ethics where we behave as we would wish other people to behave. but this is more "voluntary" than a moral system with its assumption of certain punishment, eventually (judgment day) if we flout the oral laws. The events of World War II made it clear this voluntary system was quite fragile and horrors could be perpetuated on other people who were judged less than human. that there is no guaranteed essence from which existence precedes(formerly understood as the "soul" eternally residing in the temporal body); we are thrown into existence by entering a world of meanings already present before we arrive and from that we formulate myths about our essence. so we need to be careful how these myths and beliefs form, and what they "mean" as they
will determine how we organize our existence. So less interest in WHAT things mean and more on HOW they mean. We need to challenge the quality

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