So I’m reading this book called the Nature’s God, and I want to share some information about American History I thought was very interesting. I’ll start with my opinion about what the author is trying to convey in this book (only studied through first 5 chapters so far).
America as we know may very well have a completely different meaning if it weren’t for a few conflicting philosophical notions. We praise and acknowledge those people in history that cope with the emotional and egotistical conjectures that define what we see and believe. Ironically, the ones who we never hear about, the ones who stood for something in alliance with the utmost sincerity and veracity about the world and the nature of our very souls, they become anonymous. The one who becomes well informed enough to search beyond common belief is bound to become a heterodox, filled with valiance. Surely acts that follow this type of audacity are those of condemnation and endless outcasts.
Isolated so be it, the black sheep, the conqueror, the free thinker, the spark to a changed world. What we call education extends far beyond the schools that grant us those certified sheets of paper we so proudly claim ownership. Its always been a battle of information, levels of awareness, and the power we choose to use it with. The rest however becomes hidden, no matter its significance. Or maybe it is because of its significance, that makes it esoteric. Nonetheless, here we are, seeking not rhetoric convictions, but reevaluations for better comprehension.
The hidden figures sought these truths, only to be eradicated, but their knowledge and brilliance were still put to use. The American Revolution was a fight for new opportunities, only to be overshadowed by old ways.
So who are the real American Revolutionists? The author of this book talks about a guy named Thomas Young. Apparently he is one of the most historic figures that isn’t talked about enough. He played a major role in the , slavery, and even the Bill of Rights. Him and Thomas Paine were big on their perception of the world and the misdeeds of those in power. You get a great sense of Paine’s disgust in the hereditary ways of European lifestyle in his book Common Sense, and Rights of Man. This was a time period when America was gaining their privilege as a free country. With few people to represent the people in the right way, Thomas Young and Paine were fighters for the people. Most of their work and beliefs were dismissed for not being centered around mainstream concepts. So they were never talked about.
I had never heard of these men before in school. Yet, this may have been the most significant fight America has ever had in history. It was the fight over beliefs, the fight over our perception of the world and ourselves which held the key to the fate of the country. John Adams was quoted in the book saying that the American Revolution took place in the minds of the people.
History overlooked Thomas Young mostly because of his beliefs in deism. “For him, the project to free the American people from the yoke of King George was part of a grander project to liberate the world from the ghostly tyranny of supernatural religion.” Oddly it similarly sounds like Christianity except for a few distinctions in theory, but that was enough to be condemned. John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and many others suppressed their beliefs in order to appease to the masses. This got them into the history books. The potential offensive things were removed from history.
If you were to look up Deism it says, belief in the existence of a supreme being, specifically of a creator who does not intervene in the universe. The term is used chiefly of an intellectual movement of the 17th and 18th centuries that accepted the existence of a creator on the basis of reason but rejected belief in a supernatural deity who interacts with humankind. As much as we downplay Philosophy these days, it’s amazing how we turn to it to answer the hardest questions about life. The author goes deep into deism and the conflicting views on What Is God? Is it a thinking thing? Is it a spiritual thing? So many questions and somehow we as humans only succeed at exploiting minor differences to destroy each other. Should we hold truth in faith? Should we come to the conclusion that it is us who determines our potential through more understanding and less faith? Are both beliefs right in a way? These are questions that have endless answers and can lead to other questions.
As I continue you to read I realize that learning everything is impossible. There isn’t any right way to describe God because God is everything, including us. So in actuality there are many right ways to describe God. Something that has become counterproductive when it comes to God is our emotions and the particulars that if are twisted in anyway beyond what we believe, become evil. If God is everything we must open our minds to everything or we don’t truly get it.
I’ll end this blog with some words from the author in the preface of the book.
“The common experience of human beings naturally gives rise to a certain shared set of ideas about what we are, how the world works, and how we ought to organize our moral and political existence, or so I will argue. This common consciousness is useful in a limited way for the purpose of making it through the everyday struggles of lives that, in the scheme of things, are not very long or broad. At least since Socrates began stirring up trouble in the Athenian marketplace, radical philosophers have maintained that there is something deeply flawed in these common ideas about things, something that induces us to betray ourselves and even participate in our own enslavement when those ideas are applied on any scale larger than that of daily life.”
While I can’t say I agree with everything that I’ve read so far, I am quite fond of the radicalization and heterodoxy. Which is saying that I know everything I’ve been told as a child isn’t all true. Letting go of certain beliefs isn’t always easy. It’s obvious the true power has always been in the belief of the masses. The Book of Eli, is the most vivid example of this. It shows how powerful belief actually is. We as people need a theorized answer and story pertaining to our existence. We need that hope and faith. We don’t need the tyranny and manipulation that comes with it. We don’t want to become prisoners of our own thoughts. We don’t need to lose ourselves within the concepts. Then we lose sight of the power within us. We lose ourselves.