Getting Ready for Always, Getting Ready for Never

   There are those days I wish I could embrace atheism. There are those days I wish I could settle for level-6 agnosticism.

   I have to face facts, though. I am a theist; a monogamous monotheist at that, seriously partial to the Judeo-Christian Yahweh figure.

   So I am always getting ready for always and never getting ready for never.

   The whole thing may be a crock, yes, you are right. I am betting life now and eternity later on the validity of some ancient stories heavily dependent on the non-verifiable.

   I accept Christianity as a religion first and only then as a way of life. The religious significance of the Faith draws me near.

   So, I am always getting ready for always and never getting ready for never.

   Try it like this. I left the hospital yesterday after visiting a church member. A fellow was coming out with his wife, obviously shaken from an experience in the hospital and so engaged in animated conversation with his female companion.

   He said, "Laid up in that bed hooked up to everything. If that’s all I’ve got to look forward to, to Hell with it all."

   Yes, the visible is often disheartening. Birth leads to death, life lends itself to tragedy. Everything is bad for you, and, finally, everything fails you.

   So, I am always getting ready for always and never getting ready for never.

   The pitiful remnants of a once strong human compostion of carbon do not define the person. A healthy representation of bi-pedal carbon based life form does not do more than represent the person. An aborted fetus is neither a failure, nor an indictment.

   Nor are we just what people remember. How is your memory, by the way? Do you want to be the life-long captive of a snap-shot someone took one time? Is that all you are in life, in death, in eternity?

   So I am always getting ready for always and never getting ready for never, because never just never, ever, never comes. Always shows up for work. Atoms rearrange but matter endures and energy expands. Always is the anecdotal evidence of hard science and the essence of the non-verifiable. Always is the proof of proof.

   I know, oh student of philosophy; if I claim never to do something I claim too much. If I never get ready for never, I am always doing something in relation to never. Not is not the opposite of Is but a different representation of Being, without a name or body but seeking both.

   Yes, when I sit with my friends at Starbucks, I have to work through Heraclitus, Hume and Kant to decide if I believe they are there, I am there and we can relate. It is a daily struggle.

   So, I am always getting ready for always and never getting ready for never.

  Why? I don’t know for sure but my most imminent philosopher of life/death, Jesus the Christ, seems always speaking in the language of always, if I read Him right. I have called Heaven Other-Side in my fiction, made available through salvation, which I have called Ever-Breath. Jesus walks us through a journey through This Day, breathes into us Ever Breath and takes us, transcendent, to Other Side. This is not Escape but Actualization/Recognition/Realization/Religion and it can be had, sometimes, in a church but always in the Church, if one surrenders, somehow to the beautiful, the true, the good. I say surrender because I can never seem to conquer any of these themes.

   Still, I find myself always getting ready for always and never getting ready for never.

   

   

   

   

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