RE: Three Peoples Theory

That reminds me a little of a routine Bill Burr used to do.

Something like “What the hell, God?!? You made me, and now you’re judging me? If I fucked up, seems to me that’s on you.”

Which is about half right. I can imagine Fr. O’Leary (old Jesuit from my high school) responding something like “Of course God gave you the capacity to fuck up. Thank God for your fuck ups! But God also gave you the capacity to not fuck up, just as God gave you the capacity to know the difference!”

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On “life often sucks”, I think that’s exactly right. In fact, I’d go a little further. In our modern age of unimaginable material comfort, we’ve inverted it. By our standards, historically, life was an infinite series of suck events punctuated by occasional moments of not suck. Today, life is  materially, anyway) largely suck free, and any momentary instances of suck are taken as evidence that the universe has collapsed.

I think about life as a hunter-gatherer. You’re living the life of a hummingbird. Perpetually on the edge of starvation and death. Not that you aren’t necessarily well fed. Maybe you are. For the moment. But you wake up every single day knowing that you absolutely must figure out something to eat, and if you don’t, you’ll be dead in a matter of days. 

That is the context that from which our minds and our consciousness evolved, and it is so different from our daily experience in 2021, I sometimes wonder if reality (meaning the disconnect between our evolutionary reality and the consciousness it created, and our present reality that is so different) isn’t literally making us insane.

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What I wonder about is whether there has been an inversion. 5000 years ago, materially, life sucked. We’ve largely fixed that, for almost everyone. (Even the poorest of the poor in the world are seeing things improve by leaps and bounds in recent decades.) 

But at what cost?

It is hard to say, since we don’t know as much as we could about the degree of spiritual contentment in 5000 years ago guy, but I wonder if the widespread sense of discontent that seems present today is the mirror image of our widespread degree of material comfort.

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