Overcoming Blackness and Gravity

The universe is on its way to a slow, cold death.

In the meantime, global warming is causing record levels of wildfires.

Worst of all, Donald Trump is still at the top of the polls.

How can a serious-minded beagle keep his head up?

Zarathustra comes through again:

I no longer feel as you do: this cloud which I see beneath me, the blackness and gravity at which I laugh — this is your thundercloud. … Whoever climbs the highest mountains laughs at all tragic plays and tragic seriousness.

Brave, unconcerned, mocking, violent — thus wisdom wants us: she is a woman and always loves only a warrior.

…yet later in the same discourse:

…butterflies and soap bubbles and whatever among men is of their kind seem to know the most about happiness. Seeing these light, foolish, delicate little souls flutter — that seduces Zarathustra to tears and songs.

I would believe only in a god who could dance. And when I saw my devil I found him serious, thorough, profound and solemn: it was the spirit of gravity — through him all things fall.

Not by wrath does one kill, but by laughter. Come, let us kill the spirit of gravity! …

Now I am light, now I fly, now I see myself beneath myself, now a god dances through me.

One response to “Overcoming Blackness and Gravity

  1. Daryl E. Witmer

    18 August 2015

    You may remember me. We had some contact a long while back — about the Bible and slavery, as I recall. It was a long while ago and I can’t even seem to remember your name at this point — sorry.

    I’ve only ever visited your web site one time since that exchange and haven’t kept up with you — nor have I even taken time to read your blogs today. I’m certainly open to doing so in the future, but for now I just have a simple question.

    Every year AIIA hosts a forum on the first Saturday of November — always conducted in a spirit of goodwill and for informational and educational purposes — with some individual or some group representing a non-Christian worldview.

    Do you live anywhere near Maine and would you consider participating this year — or do you know of any other ex-Christians here in Maine who you think might consider meeting with a few of us for a one-time two-hour exchange on what it means to be an ex-Christian?

    I was unable to find a way to email you personally, and did not intend to post a public comment, so perhaps you’ll want to delete this and email me personally. Up to you.


    Daryl E. Witmer
    AIIA Institute
    Monson, Maine

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