Monday, February 17, 2014
Bliss (Blogophilia 52.6)
Such a strange word. "...is a stage which is above any emotional state that is characterized as peace or happiness (feelings of enjoyment, pleasure, and satisfaction)."
In the context of the challenge, the word is set up as a carrot, urging the asses down the path, nobody realizing the distance between us and utopia never changes.
Religions of all types use Bliss as an incentive. Follow this tenet or that and have everlasting ecstasy or something. Not surprisingly, some people rebel against this. Thomas Paine was one of these. He railed mightily against organized religion stating: "All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit." He wasn't quite an Atheist, but had such a large distrust of religious aritifice that "represented" God to the people. But then, he was suspicious of societal and government structures in general, believing they existed for the enrichment of those in power. Paine was an individualist. His mind was his church. And if you didn't like that, you could just get out.
So, what is the bliss I follow? I gave up that chase a long time ago.