Nichole Hungerford

From the Writings of David Horowitz: June 24, 2010

Posted on June 24 2010 6:45 am
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 As an agnostic, I do not actually know whether the pictures stop anymore than the faithful know that they don’t. This uncertainty about our end is the one fact that links us more than any other. Pitiful ignorance about what matters most is the bond that unites us, believers and doubters alike. This is our humanity: Not to know who we are or what we will become.

I don’t believe the pictures continue. Would it be a good idea if they did? Do believers imagine that the immortal soul still feels after the vessel is shattered? Can we still love and hate and have regrets beyond the grave? Consider what kind of hell eternity would be like if we had to look forever on the poor lives we have left behind. Or if we had to face ourselves knowing how the story ends without the power to make it different. Do we really want eternity to think about what we have done and where we have failed? Or does God make it all up to us when we are dead, so that we are forgiven, and forgive others, and forget?

What are “intimations of immortality” but feelings that we must live on, that we need the pictures to continue? Yet such intimations cannot be so easily dismissed, since feelings themselves are about things that are often hidden and also true. We rely on them as instincts because they are more “in the body” than abstract thoughts, therefore closer to what is real, to earth. The word “sense” expresses this intimacy between feeling and knowledge. When we “sense” something to be true, we mean it has touched us even if we cannot articulate just how. To know through feeling, is to know in the heart.

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