Blog Break 11: Random post


Fellow sufferers, since yours truly is feeling quite lazy, I am going to share a few posts with you.

The first one is a letter addressed to god, but which I think the religious and especially those who are so opposed to LGBTs should read. It is entitled dear god and I hope the author will got answers from his/her god and share with the rest of us.

The next post, random post in case I die any time soon, struck me as quite interesting. I agree with her that the only way to immortality is through the works we leave behind. I don’t, however, allow any room for the existence of deities. It’s a good read, a personal promise to improve humanity, a hard task I reckon, it is much easier to improve oneself, but all the same, yours truly wishes her well.

The last post, why we suffer, fails miserably in its attempt to explain why we suffer. A brief stroll through the bible, one realizes that the authors of the bible were clueless on why we suffer. One notices many instances where the Israelites suffer for being faithful to their  god and they also suffer when they disobey their god. In Job, this god doesn’t know why Job suffers unless if we accept that assuaging his ego must be one of the reasons. The author quotes one of my favourite books of the bible, Ecclesiastes,

I denied myself nothing my eyes desired;
I refused my heart not pleasure.
My heart took delight in all my work, and this was the reward for all my labor.
Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun….
So I hated my life…. (Ecclesiastes 2:10-11, 17)

but makes a wrong conclusion that without Jesus, whose existence is yet to be proved, the search will be meaningless. Our lives are not meaningless because we don’t have Jesus, life is meaningless in and of itself. If this wasn’t the case, boredom wouldn’t visit us. Faced with this absurdity, we must create meaning. We must rebel against this absurdity. To further claim that the suffering Jesus, if he lived, suffered on the alleged cross is even comparable to the suffering that our race goes through every passing day is to make a joke of human suffering! For, please tell, how can suffering, freely chosen by a god to god, be compared to children dying from starvation in the horn of Africa as a result of poor policy of their governments or inclement weather; how does this compare with a child suffering from cancer; or children who are everyday abused by those who should protect them; or those whose lives are shuttered because of earthquakes and tsunamis and many other disasters? No, the suffering of Jesus, if he lived, or for any deity for that matter cannot explain why we suffer. We suffer not because there is any cosmic dictator who sometimes is angered by how we have done stuff here, no, far from it. I don’t know why we suffer. Nature however is indifferent to how we feel and we must for that reason adapt to the circumstances it throws our way. Finally, therefore, fellow sufferers, many hung onto life going through unbearable suffering hoping they will get reprieve, for them I wish them well. Let us help each other as we suffer through this existence, let us make each one’s journey pleasant and above let us lighten the burdens of our fellow travellers as we travel to nothingness from whence we had come. No one person’s suffering can be compared to another, for each person walks his own road!

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As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

12 thoughts on “Blog Break 11: Random post

  1. john zande says:

    Our suffering would be greatly relieved if we learnt to be satisfied. Sadly, that is not a human trait, but for those who have achieved such an enlightened state they are at peace.

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  2. Mordanicus says:

    Our suffering is caused by ignorance.

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  3. Paul Davis says:

    Should do some more research. There are numerous accounts of Jesus during the time it’s claimed He was alive, outside of the Bible. There are records stating his body was stolen. A hundred years after his death comes the theory that his body just wasn’t there. But to say His existence is yet to be proven? That’s a lack of looking.

    As for the pain of Christ on the cross, perhaps you’re going through something horrible. I haven’t read enough. But His death? There are a lot of other ways I’d rather go. Even His life wasn’t exactly filled with complete joy. It was a difficult path. And it wasn’t to make His suffering sound like it was more, but comparable. Why wouldn’t it be? The entire point was to take into consideration our daily suffering.

    I’m sorry you decided to use my article in that manner. I’m sorry that you are in this kind of pain. You may not appreciate it, but I pray you find release from that boredom and from the bitterness.

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    • makagutu says:

      Hahahahaha! So you have an issue with my research as well. What are these sources that you think in your christian mind that I haven’t checked out? Maybe you have some new research that you could share with me and I guess some of my readers might be interested in reading. So, Paul, here is your chance, wow me with evidence.

      No, am not going through something terrible and while at it, I have quite a happy disposition, so you are wrong. Maybe it is the christian way to see suffering as a way to bring them closer to the phantoms they worship. I on the other hand, know that some suffering is meaningless for example a sore tooth.

      You can be sorry all you want, I will not make apologies for using your post to show what is wrong with the christian thinking, that suffering of one person, who in this particular case is claimed to be god, can compare to the suffering our lot go through everyday is to not understand the pain most people leave through. And for the umpteenth time, am not in pain, am not bored and am not bitter and you can pray that your god help you! I don’t need prayers, it is what in English, they call, a waste of time!

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  4. Hi there, Mak! How are you?
    I must say I haven’t spent much time reading the bible and it isn’t on my priority-reading list right now, but you write about something that I never understood. How could Jesus have suffered if he chose to suffer as part of some great plan? I always thought this choosing to suffer is a trick to make random, senseless suffering more palatable. To convince yourself you willed this to happen, as if you had any power over it.
    What a brilliant quote btw. – And have a great week! 🙂

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    • makagutu says:

      Am well my friend and hope you too are!

      In fact now that you ask, how could it be called suffering if he is doing what he was sent to do knowing he will be done with it in a few days? It can in no way explain why we suffer for no one chooses to have a toothache or cancer or any other ailment for that matter.

      The book of Ecclesiastes is a good read.

      Have a great week too.

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  5. Daniela says:

    Whenever I visit your blog, there are thought-provoking ideas to be pondered on. And more often and then not they are of such depth and scope they require far more careful examination, if any level of dispassionate objectivity is to be achieved, than what is permitted in a humble blog posts/comments. However, there are gems which I found very agreeable, such as that for life to have meaning, we need to put the meaning into it. If we agree that this is true, than we must also agree that each person inevitably founds his/her own meaning. Suffering might be a meaning for some. In and of itself.

    All the Best,
    Daniela

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