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Posted on Friday, 04 November 2011 10:47

The Unexpressed Supremacy of the Divine Dominion

William Manful

Nothing under the sun is real except God. Permanence makes God real, evanescence makes us unreal. Even though philosophical empiricism would have us believe that reality is that which is presented to the senses the irony is that the physical realm is really nothing more than an elaborate illusion posing as permanent truth.

The triumph of good over evil makes God the ultimate architect according to Leibniz because evil as it exists in nature is self-destructive and invariably will be overtaken by good/Photo/Reuters

In essence, nothing is permanent and nothing is therefore real because reality is nothing.

Jean Paul –Sartre spoke of the being and nothingness I dare say that there is no being but only nothingness unless the being here is God which in the case of the atheistic existentialist cannot be so.

The nihilistic content of philosophical nothingness actually forms the basis for the absurd nature of life, rendering the earthly lot a province of fleeting nonsense where our crowded days will result in emptiness.

Why should it matter then what we do whilst we stay alive? In fact why should we even stay alive if we are fated to vanish into nothingness?

The Kafkaesque darkness inherent to nihilism can only be mitigated when the reality of God is incorporated into the framework of human ontology. Indeed, God made us unreal so that we can make him real in our lives. So the fundamental human endeavor that must underscore any life worth living is to ascertain the divinely conceived purpose for our lives.

In a realm where nothing is the only something the idea that something made us nothing is the only one that truly matters

What ought to form the basis of human action in a world where the only reality is absolute nothingness?

Well, in a realm where only God is real the nature of God should inform the basis of our actions, which means that the ephemeral state of the human condition draws its reality from divine supremacy. How therefore does one discern the nature of God?

The juxtaposition of good with evil might render God ambivalent but the position of 17th Century German thinker Gottfried Leibniz brings some coherence to the dualistic nature of the world and portrays the true nature of our maker. The triumph of good over evil makes God the ultimate architect according to Leibniz because evil as it exists in nature is self-destructive and invariably will be overtaken by good.

So the essential nature of God is to be good. In order to draw our reality from God's existence therefore, we must also be good. In a realm where nothing is the only something the idea that something made us nothing is the only one that truly matters. For the reality found in science and technology or the glories found in human accomplishments are mere gimmicks, side-shows to keep us interested whilst we are still here.



Last Updated on Monday, 14 November 2011 17:59

William Manful

William Manful

William Manful is a human rights advocate committed to the democratization of Africa. He has worked as a contributing columnist for afrik- news.com and talkafrique. He holds degrees in french and spanish as well as international relations from the University of Cambridge. Mr manful also writes on philosophy, sports and cinema. He is currently working for the Government of Ghana.

 

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