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He wrote a short story in 1951…
that evolved in 1968 to become one of the greatest science fiction movies of all time.
He was an atheist.
He was involved in Buddhism (because he insisted it was not a religion but a philosophical outlook.)
He was gay.
Yet, he was also a mystic.
In his own words from an interview in 1989, he said, “But I’m very much against any form of irrationality and mysticism. I guess I’m a mystic who’s against mysticism.”
He believed in evolution.
He railed against creationism.
Still he was a mystic.
In his novel, “Childhood’s End,” he brought up the idea of a non-material mind.
He wrote about the Homo sapien evolving to a point at which no body was necessary, the mind’s transcending, leaving behind, its material organic base. He has been credited with saying, with regard to a mind without a body, “If we evolve to the point where no physical body is necessary, what could be left other than a spirit?”
For those who are believers…
in God (and/or life force other than our physical lives here on Earth,) particularly, Christians and Jews, we can find some inspiration in the thoughts of a man who claims not to believe in the same.
In this case, the human body disappears, “into the mystic.” Perhaps his explanation was that he was a mystic in this sense and yet didn’t agree with the commonly accepted definition or perception of a “mystic.”
I’ve heard God-fearing Christians make similar statements: “I believe in God and all that, but I don’t believe in religion.”
Are we playing semantic games?
Are we rationalizing our avoidance of organized worship with others who share some of our beliefs?
Many soldiers have died for their countries.
Are you willing to die for your religious beliefs?
Isn’t it true that all religion(s) are man made?
Here’s what Arthur C. Clarke had to say: “Religion is a byproduct of fear. For much of human history it may have been a necessary evil, but why was it more evil than necessary? Isn’t killing people in the name of god a pretty good definition of insanity?”
Can we, in the twenty-first century agree…
no one denomination, neither Christian, Jew, or otherwise, has dibs on assurance of a favorable outcome for whatever remains of us after our life on Earth has ended?
If what is left, is the mystical “life spirit” without a body, with no mass, that spirit can travel anywhere and everywhere at the speed of light.
I happen to believe that spirit is “love.”
I believe it is present in every living being.
Some might refer to it as the Peace that passeth all understanding.
God is love.
Love is God.
I believe heaven is where love resides.
There’s no geographical location. You don’t turn left at Saturn. You simply enter through that thin veil as you leave the body behind.
In what do you believe?
Are you a mystic?
Do you believe all you need is love?
Don’t get caught up in semantics.
Get caught up in love.
Peace be with you.