Archive for January, 2011

Journal Entry          : Tuesday, 25 January 2011 07:18:15 PM

Oh wow, I have got to stop! Coming home today the traffic was really bad and for some reason when its bad, then slow, hesitant and careless drivers seem to proliferate. And these drivers bring out the worst in me through no fault of theirs. This blog is going to be self indicting, but hopefully cathartic and enabling.

What am I talking about? Gosh, this is actually difficult because I must dig deep and admit my hypocrisy. When confronted with one of these slow or hesitant drivers; drivers on cell phones, drivers who are dawdling in the fast lane and so forth, I get angry. Harsh words, accusations and recrimination are the order of the day, but God forbid that they should hoot at me – what a hypocrite I am!

I must and will make an active effort to curb my impatience, to be more courteous, to give way and wave. Hopefully in time it will become more habitual and perhaps…I will become a better driver on the road.

Can you do the same?

Until the next entry!

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Journal Entry          : Monday, 24 January 2011 07:19:23 PM

I am busy with Alistair McGrath’s book The Twilight of Atheism and am finding it very thought provoking. When I started the book I said to myself, my faith is strong and reconciled, I am reading this to get a more contemporary view of atheism as it grew out of the Enlightenment and as it stands now – don’t let its content divert or sway you!

But as I move forward in the book, having dealt with the French Revolution and the likes of Voltaire, one is now encountering a more exact and militant atheism. For instance, I am currently reading McGath’s discourse on Freud and unlike the sophistry of his predecessors, Freud comes across with a far more exact and convincing reasoning. God is an illusion says Freud, invented to satisfy an unconscious need for father like authoritarian benevolence!

Although my faith stays strong, every now and then that cold hand of doubt rests on my shoulder – what if he’s right? What if all of my faith is an illusion? It is important at these times to remind myself that my path to the truth was not based on a flimsy sub-conscious whim, but on a period of study, reflection and intellectual assent that has taken a long time in maturing. But then that is what doubt is – a flimsy sub-conscious whim based on conjecture and shallow thought!

The problem for many is that, if you can’t see or visualise something, then it cannot exist!! That assumption is spurious!

Until the next entry!

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Journal Entry          : Sunday, 23 January 2011 04:48:35 PM

This is the first entry to my journal. A bit late in life you may say, but I say it’s never too late! I hope to use this particular blog to trace significant events in my pilgrim life, not always related to religion but never far from it.

This is NOT meant to be a regular column but could happen once a week, twice or more times a day or as the situation dictates it. It will not reflect just the ups in my life but also the downs and the in betweens as well.

As a start, let me venture to say that I have a desire to research and write – not fictional stories but philosophical reflections on life as I see it. Not all people will agree with my views and quite frankly I would be worried if they did. This desire is hard to put into words, but from within me the need wells up; it sometimes results in outpourings of my thoughts onto ‘paper’ and into my thoughts and belief structures but a lot of the time the ideas just peter out into nothing, only to be re-awaked later under the guise of a different idea or approach.

Another interest of mine, photography, fits in well to this idea of journaling. Although a lot of my thoughts are abstract and not suited to photography, some of my actions and thoughts are prompted by external imagery and this is where photography may come in. Jenny and I are also touring the Middle East and Italy later this year and the applications here are quite obvious.

I hope to gain some insight into my thought patterns over time and perhaps that will further assist me in my philosophical pursuits.

Until the next entry!

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