As a reader or listener of any story we undergo what is called a willing suspension of disbelief as an attempt to understand the narration, trust the narrator, and interpret why the story is being told toward some underlying idea.
This suspension temporarily undermines suspicion. We are encouraged to have an open mind, but can we honestly do that then resurrect our senses at the end of the drama?
To enjoy any theme demands this—to let fiction entertain for a time is to insight the intent of the author to glean whatever underlying meaning for ourselves that can be siphoned off for future use or self improvement, or to simply be entertained.
This suspension of disbelief is a key point of christianity—the actors and storytellers now expect you to live in this state as a virtuous arrival at something, which is nothing at all.
In real life the story was rejected because it didn’t happen that way, but stories are as plentiful as those who believe them—and grow accordingly to the need that human foibles project into real life what lacks substance by any other view.
If there is any value in the Christ narrative it is this—to temporarily suspend doubt to repose some allegorical meaning or entertain some wishful daydream to escape the doldrums and insecurities of life and death. To demand it’s permanence is to stick humanity right where it is today—stuck in the past arguing a point that gave hope to despair, in which each is a symptom of the other.
Permanently suspending disbelief is impossible, for everyone is already an atheist. Trusting your doubt is as natural as temporarily suspending it to enjoy the show, but it isn’t meant as a permanent state of living—it doesn’t lead anywhere.
Learning by opinion vs utility—one thing we all agree on
Very little living is now actually living life by experience. The philosophy that all the world is a stage, participants in a never ending play of the cosmos, has resorted to watching tv.
The average adult 18 and older spends four hours a day watching TV or Netflix types, and those over 65 watch nearly seven hours a day (so much for that anticipated retirement)
On the other hand, the total number of people who use YouTube is 1.3 billion. 300 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute. Almost 5 billion videos are watched on Youtube every single day. In an average month, 8 out of 10 18-49 year-olds watch YouTube. Combine this with 8 hours of sleeping, eating, and getting ready for work, when do we find time for life?
Sitting in front of a glass screen, watching others live life or represent the drama in some fashion instead of living? Indoor sterility—you can’t touch it, smell it, or taste it. If the Hindu philosophy of life being a drama of watchers and participants were true, the watchers are now watching the participants watch, where they spend the bulk of life sleeping, getting paid to do what they hate (that’s why they pay you) and watching a glass screen.
This is the superior life in the age of progress and truth. One thing is certain—if there is a purpose to life it is to be entertained. To experience different roles and to watch others do the same.
With all of the rhetoric and belief in the world there is one thing we most certainly all agree on, regardless of culture, religion, or science or time. Do you know what that is, this universal, primary reality?