Letter: What is eternity all about?

We need to start paying attention to the preservation of our planet.

To the editor:

Our life is just a blink in eternity

It’s been more than 50 years since I’ve read the Bible, out of curiosity, and the recent news that “Winemaker brings sacred scroll (the Torah) to the Okanagan,” peaked my interest to read some of it again.

As a well-informed adult, I’ve read with amusement about this unjust and bloodthirsty God in the Bible, which could only have been fabricated in the minds of superstitious and uninformed people of thousands of years ago.

But what is troubling is not very funny; since today’s adults who, most likely and sincerely still believe all that violent stuff, and even justify it, were yesterday’s indoctrinated trusting children who could not but believe what they have been taught by parents, religious institutions and private schools.

How could a disobedient act by Adam, which actually made him a thinking human being instead of a subservient slave still be thought of as sin, that is then multiplied billions of times by Adam’s descendants over thousands of years and required, again, a bloody sacrifice?

It is understandable; that many indoctrinated people have, in anger, rejected such beliefs and became atheists, and readily adopting the mindless Darwinian evolution theory. But in so doing they have thrown the baby out with the bathwater, God, the source of everything, who is as invisible as the you and I.

Imagine, theoretically, if children could grow up in a natural-nurturing environment, with the tools of science but without any ideological indoctrination, they could formulate their own philosophy with a First Cause. Starting with an honest-humble acknowledgment that scientists don’t even know how a single atom functions, despite the efforts of ten thousand scientists over decades of research, and a ten billion dollar price tag at the Large Hadron Collider in Cern. And all living organisms, with gazillions of atoms, are far more complicated. Who gives a thought about this while texting?

Entomologist Juergen Otto of Australia made a video. Type in Google: Peacock Spider 7, and watch the mating dance of this tiny spider that has a 4-millimetre size body. It dances about and gesticulates with its hind legs and flashes its colourful tail-flap that has an almost human-like smiling face on it. Imagine, a small invertebrate creature that can create beauty and is responsive to it, and expresses and appreciates emotion?

Is this not a unique example of intelligent design, to borrow a much used but fitting concept, even though atheists like Prof. Richard Dawkins ridicules it? Plain logic suggests the existence of a creator and, if he/she/it started the universe with a Big Bang then it’s plausible that innate software was part of it that is then activated when planetary conditions are right for life to unfold.

Well, we are here now; we are privileged to be alive for a very short time, a mere blink in eternity. What’s it all about? We could start with an honest acknowledgment that we do not know anything. “About ourselves, and about our place in the universe,” as the late Physicist John Wheeler said.

We have inherited a beautiful planet and nature, which sadly is being destroyed in so many ways because Neanderthal mentalities, and beads and trinkets are ruling and ruining our planet.

Noam Chomsky, America’s greatest intellectual said recently: “How to destroy a planet without really trying. What are people doing about it? None of this is secret. It’s all perfectly open. In fact, you have to make an effort not to see it.”

I shared this with a Disney-gaming multi-millionaire who had never heard of Chomsky and who seems to have no idea, or care of the real world, as his only comment was: “So? I’m in the entertainment business!”

Mankind’s future seems very well illustrated in a cartoon by Greg Perry, titled Evolution, in which an ape-like creature evolved into a hairy caveman and then into a hairless-bald old man who seems oblivious to the world around him as he is busy texting and walking into an abyss.


Gunther Ostermann



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