Midterms have drained me. Being a student now is getting to be tough. I am academically exhausted. The countdown to graduation has started though, and April can’t get here fast enough. There is a time when a chapter of your life has ended, and I believe this has happened to me last year. Now I feel as though the author of my life has extended this particular chapter and it has become redundant. It’s not good to stretch an idea unless you are elaborating it; making the concept deeper. Although I enjoy learning I don’t think this year is elaborating my life very much. Or perhaps I am just tired.
But here is something I did learn, that tickled my brain: If God was proven to exist, it would mean the end of religions.
Religion is an interpretation, a way of defining a lifestyle that is supposed to correspond with the will of the divine. That is why there are so many Christian divisions, or why we have such a variety of religious traditions on our planet. There has been no proven way to follow. If God is proven, then the diversity of religious and spiritual belief will end. We will know who our creator is, and the magic behind faith will disappear. So do we really want proof? Or is the mystery what makes spirituality so sacred?
The quote that I shared is from Ursula K. Le Guin’s “The Left Hand of Darkness,” a science-fiction novel that explores humanity’s socially constructed gender roles, on a planet where there is no Gender. One of the other main aspects of the novel is the philosophy embedded in the text; the philosophy of the alien people. Taken from Eastern traditions, Taoism and Buddhism, the ideas explored subverts our Western concepts of what we consider familiar. Duality is not an issue, but rather everything; day, night, sun, moon, dark, light, man, woman, is seen as two essentially sides of a whole and embraced equally.
It is definitely a novel that will effortlessly encourage you to reflect upon Western society, and view it in a new angle. The world building skills of Le Guin are beautiful, complex, and interesting. Her concepts and the philosophy behind the work are thought provoking. You may very well mimic the character’s transformation of perspective by the time you reach the very last page.