Trading Today for (Maybe) Tomorrow
I wouldn’t trade tomorrow for today
– Headlong Flight, Rush
Anyone familiar with the writing of Neil Peart, the lyricist for Rush, will understand the context of these words: Christians are so messed up, willing to sacrifice in this life for the promise of something more and better in the future – the promise of eternal life. (In order to properly rhyme, he had to end with “today,” so the wording might seem a bit awkward.)
For Peart, this life was all there is. I don’t know if he changed his views in his last years, knowing he would soon die of terminal cancer (which happened about one year ago). I hope he is resting in peace.
This view tells us: There is no evidence of a future, eternal life; all there is we see around us. Live each day to the full; eat, drink and be merry, because tomorrow we die; he who dies with the most toys wins. Don’t sacrifice today for some unknown tomorrow.
“Christianity set itself the goal of fulfilling man’s unattainable desires, but for that very reason ignored his attainable desires. By promising man eternal life, it deprived him of temporal life…”
– Ludwig Feuerbach, Lectures on the Essence of Religion
Christians are mocked for (supposedly) trading for tomorrow (eternal life) in exchange for giving up today (pleasure as I desire it, here on earth).
Is it living, or just existence?
We have spent the last ten months depriving ourselves of temporal life in exchange, not for eternal life, but for (maybe, or maybe not) adding some days to our future life. In other words, society has accepted a cheap, bastardized version of Feuerbach’s caricature of Christian longing for heaven.
We have given up 300 days. Will we get those days back in the future? Who among us will live 300 days longer because of this? What have we gained for this sacrifice? Something close to 100% of the people under 70 years old will never get any of these days back, because virtually none of those under 70 were at risk of losing life solely due to this bug, this corona.
Don’t kill grandma, we are told. What has she gained? She is scared to death, shut in her home, not seeing children and grandchildren, not visiting friends, not going shopping, not going to church. She is stuck watching the television, telling her to be scared to de
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