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Exploring the feelings behind the worldview theme--another project WORLDVIEW theme song...
for theme #5B: Vitalism
“I’m Not Alone” by
Stephen P. Cook
to be sung
to the tune of “With God on Our Side” by Bob Dylan
You say life’s no mystery: it’s proteins and
And there’s no Creator, just random forces at
Life has no purpose1, I know you
And if God is out there, why does He hide?
How life did begin2 —your theories
Nor complex living structures, evolution it strains3
And what is consciousness4? You
haven’t a clue
You miss what holds it together: God is the glue.
Your mechanistic atheism—makes me see red
I will pray for your soul before going to bed
To find meaning in emptiness, surely you’ve tried
But I’m not alone: with the Holy Spirit inside
In India it’s called prana, in China it’s
Whatever you call it, this energy’s in me
My soul and astral body6, my spirit is
I’m not alone: with God’s7 spark I
Without vital life force my body won’t tread
When it gives up the ghost, then it’ll be dead
But my spirit will soar up into the sky
Merging with God, tears of joy it will cry8
term associated with belief in design or purpose inherent in everything,
and that events unfold toward some divinely
specified ultimate end or to fulfill some
purpose, is called teleology.
is general agreement among scientists that life began on Earth around
3.8 billion years ago.
the classic evolutionary natural selection mechanism needs help from
complexity theory, epigenetic inheritance,
and perhaps quantum mechanics.
has many definitions: 1) as a process not a thing, traditionally thought
to reside in the soul and identified with
self awareness, 2) an inward
sensibility or knowledge of one’s own existence, sensations, thoughts,
etc–and comprising the
sum total of mental processes
occurring at any moment, 3) the non-algorithmic, judgment-forming
ability to separate truth
from falsity, beauty from ugliness,
etc, 4) what merely passively accompanies a sufficiently elaborate
control system (based
on algorithms)–but doesn’t do
anything, 5) self knowledge
(including the ability to recognize one’s self in a mirror),
sentience (knowing “what is it like” to be someone), and 7) others
based on information, quantum physics processes, etc.
Ch’i (or Qi)–an ancient
term from China referring to the vital breath or energy that animates
the Cosmos. The goal of
is to stimulate the flow of ch’i through the human body.
body refers to a duplicate of a person’s physical body, but one that
is nonphysical in nature. It is what supposedly
leaves the body in out of body
note 8 for the previous theme (#5A).
refers to the ecstasy of mystical experience some have described.
Comment: this theme has value as
emotional armor. Armed with
a belief that souls leave the body upon death and (even more unusually)
in ghosts, both of which suggest that part of us can survive death, your
fear of death perhaps lessens. Likewise the pain of losing loved ones to
death can be lessened if you believe their spirits are alive and nearby
(or even in some distant Heaven where you can someday be reunited.)
Likewise, if you believe you’ve got a “guardian angel” looking out
for you, may feel better protected against unknown bad things that might
back to theme #5B
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