“Opium of the People”

Religion is based on man’s need to understand life and the universe, so he invents god or gods and a complete ideology (religion) that explains it all, but in truth it explains nothing, and life and the universe remain deep and unsolvable mysteries. Even our science doesn’t really explain anything. The evidence is that 14 billion years ago something happened that we refer to as the “big bang.” That’s how far we’ve gotten toward the truth…it was a big bang — terrific. What actually happened, why it happened, etc., none of that is explained or will ever be explained.
The closest thing we come to any kind of deep truth is our knowledge of matter, the periodic table, and how the different substances behave and what produced them (other than hydrogen and helium, the rest were all produced by suns). And we know a good deal about human psychology and anatomy. But as for religion, it is equivalent to your comfort pillow at night when you are sleeping, the one you hug to feel safe and secure. Kind of pathetic in a way.
But there are deep mysteries in the universe, which makes me an agnostic, not an atheist. I don’t see how an atheist can know for certain there is no higher being — where is the proof? There is none As an agnostic, I know that I do not know. That’s all i can know. That’s probably all I will ever know at the deepest and most mysterious levels.

Questioning Idealism

“…idealism is mendacity…”   Nietzsche proffers us this unique point of view.  You ask, how can he equate something so noble as idealism with lying.  Well, consider that the idealist is talking not about what is, but what ought to be, what could be, but currently isn’t — in other words, to a certain extent, a fabrication, a will of the wisp…from a certain point of view, a lie, that is, mendacity.   His vision may be a noble ohe, but it is not based on current reality.  So the issue becomes how far from reality is a particular idealism, which suggests the depth of its mendacity.

With such a Nietzschean point of view toward idealism, the right-minded person needs evaluate each particular idealism to see to what extent it is stretched irrevocably far from reality, for the further it is stretched the greater its mendacity — and perhaps the less its nobility.

A case in point might be the promises politicians make to the public.  The self-same politician is hailed as a heroic idealist by certain segments of the public, while other segments rail against him as a scoundrel and liar.  Nietzsche would understand completely.

How To View Life