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"Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them." -Henry David ThoreauG'Kar has the following to say about god:
G'Kar (from previous question):
...and as a result, we spend too much time trying to be serious. As if that proved we were more enlightened; better than everyone else! But, we can't be free until we learn to laugh at ourselves. Once you look in the mirror and see just how foolish we can be, laughter is inevetable, and from laughter comes wisdom.Question from audience:
What is truth and what is God?G'Kar's answer:
You don't really want an answer to that question.Audience response:
Yes I do, please.G'Kar:
If I take a lamp and shine it toward the wall, a bright spot will appear on the wall. The lamp is our search for truth, for understanding.Audience response:
Too often we assume that the light on the wall is god. But, the light is not the goal of the search. It is the result of the search. The more intense the search, the brigher the light on the wall. The brighter the light on the wall, the greater the sense of revelation upon seeing it.
Similarly, someone who does not search, who does not bring a lantern with him, sees nothing.
What we percieve as god is the biproduct of our search for god. It may simply be an appreation of the light, pure and unblemished, not understanding that it comes from us.
Sometimes we stand in front of the light and assume that we are the center of the universe. God looks astonishingly like we do. Or we turn to look at our shadow, and assume that all is darkness.
If we allow ourselves to get in the way, we defeat the purpose, which is to use the light of our search to illumaninte the wall in all its beauty, and in all its flaws, and in so doing, better understand the world around us.
Ah yes, but -- what is truth, and what is god?G'Kar:
[laughs and sighs of frustration]Audience response:
Truth is a river. [gasps from audience]
And what is god?G'Kar (giving up out of frustration):
god is the mouth of the river. [more gasps of understanding from audience][an error occurred while processing the directive]