“In passing we should note this curious mark of our age:
The only absolute allowed is the absolute insistence that there is no absolute”
Francis A. Schaeffer
(the upside down gills of a spent mushroom / Julie Cook / 2017)
the one true absolute…
there are those who would even argue the definitive nature of death….
What is it about man and absolutes??
On the one hand man riles against those who espouse in absolutes…
“be damned you fools” he will shout, “for I will not live by such pronouncements…”
While on the other hand he will test and retest in order to hold triumphantly
a handful of litmus papers of absolute proof…
that being the definitive definer…
as he will now forever hold those stained papers sacred.
Thou, oh ancient man, shall have no other gods but the Lord your God…
Yet man hordes a thousand other gods.
Clinging and clutching tightly to the fading fancies of his whims.
Thou shall take one woman as your wife and have no others besides her…
Yet man will alter and amend each law and sacrament in order to appease his current
fickled and twisted lust.
Thou shall honor and cherish your wife just as Christ honors and cherishes his own bride…
Yet man will opt not to have and to hold until death do part as he will grow weary
and seek that which is constantly fresh and new as he opts for the easier throwaway
mindset of the fleeting.
Thou shall cherish and love life and thou shall honor and love one unto another just
as you would wish to be cherished, honored and loved.
Yet man will prefer to fight, hurt, murder, slander, defile, maim and destroy not
only others, but himself as well, as life and the living have lost all holiness…
For man has proclaimed himself his own god…
And thus it is man who extols that which is right and that which is wrong.
And since he is never satisfied with his choices for very long,
he will just as quickly turn each proclamation upside down,
in order to suit the latest craving or longing…
because nothing remains scared,
nothing remains holy
and nothing remains true…
for the only absolute in the mind of man is that there are no absolutes….
Then I saw another angel flying in midheaven,
with an eternal gospel to proclaim to those who dwell on earth,
to every nation and tribe and tongue and people;
and he said with a loud voice,
“Fear God and give him glory, for the hour of his judgment has come;
and worship him who made heaven and earth, the sea and the fountains of water.”