Monday, December 3, 2012
For my part I have always wished to find a way out of "Dualism." I have seen it as a source of irritation, after all, like Popeye, 'I am what I am.' When I'm told that I might not be what I am, is enough to cause sneering and other knee-jerk reactions, especially to accompanying demands for self improvement and the litany which comes from the suggestion that 'I am not even close to what I think I am.' Nor is my reluctance to accept dualism as the framework though which to begin to grasp the distinction between the thing that might be me and the thing that I think I am, unique. According to some texts, when Moses asked God "What are you?" God apparently replied, "I am that I am." Which I'd argue, puts the God of Moses firmly into the category of Existentialist, with all the emotional insecurities and wishy-washiness engagement in such a category implies. Otherwise the God of Moses might have done the sensible thing and glanced through the Miriam Dictionary, or its equivalent, and announced. "I am a being conceived as the perfect, omnipotent, omniscient originator and ruler of the universe." And God might have added, "I am the principal object of faith and worship in monotheistic religions."