There is no such thing as absolute truth! This is a typical slogan that fits nicely into our postmodernist time. We must rid ourselves of superior, fanatical jokers as we now have entered the new millennium. Something may be right for you, something else for me. Everything is equal… This sounds tolerant and correct or? Admittedly, one claiming that there is no absolute truth, have already with the same statement undermined it, but is it just a technical quirk or a indication of a deeper problem with this position? If everything is relative, is not that statement also meaningless? And do we really believe that statement when we think about it? Isn’t it true that either you are wearing a jacket today, or you don’t?
Power could be many things. Movies often tell a story about powerful being the best people to shoot or fight. Look at Statham, Bruce Willis, Clint Eastwood and the rest of the tough guys. The real men!? With guns and muscles to help getting their will… Tough.
The backside of this glamor violence is when we look at it in real life: People who are beaten healthless by teens in blind “happy slapping”, or the mother who gets another black eye from her boyfriend. One can ask whether it really is a show of power when we are so helpless that we can’t get out of conflicts within ourselves or With others without violence. Well, its undeniably a form of power, but its simultaneously rather helplessly and pathetic. Pherhaps we can say this really is a form of external power, more than a personal, inner authority?
Values are in many ways a pompous word. Everyone speaks about values; we must build on values, Companies are having documents about their values and more. And then we can speak a about human value, dignity and worth.
But what makes us noisy monkeys so valuable? Are we really valuable at all? If so, why? Looking at glossy magazines, it may seem that it’s the appearances that determines whether we are valuable or not. Jennifer Lopez is so beautiful and sexy, so when she’s got to be better or worth more than me… Or maybe it’s the celebrity factor that decides Our value? Was not Kurt Nilsen valued more when he became the winner of world idol rather than just an anonymous plumber?
Who or what are we? We may quickly declare that we are humans. But what does that really mean? What is a man? We have all heard something about evolution and Darwin: In one way or another the first single-celled organism came alive. An astonishing and many would say improbable coincidence of ideal conditions for life, transformed the lifeless planet into a Place soon flourishing with life. One cell began to divide into two, and after many splits we got some cell divisions that had some differences, what we today call mutations, from the mother cell. Eventually we got multicellular organisms and as time passed it becames many different species. From simple microorganisms to different plant and animal species, first at sea and then an animal being the first to make the big step onto dry land. We can now share the animals into several main groups, one of which is Mammals. Here we find such diversity as whales, rats, goats and monkeys.
So began one breed of monkeys, honestly a quite infirm and funny looking monkey without fur, to walk around on two legs while using their hands holding logs or rocks. They learned to make fire and became good at gathering plants and hunting other animals in packs. After thousands of years, a modest scale compared to the dinosaurs era, these monkeys have taken control of large parts of the globe. They split up different tribes and kill each other as well as other animals.
But this apes has also made fascinating artwork, built up its own culture and been very adaptable during changing environment. They reflect on their own existence and Calls themself homo sapiens. Man. Humankind. So far from the story evolution can tell us. Well, are we animals? The answer might depend on what we put into it? You may choose multiple answers: A philosophical naturalist would say that we are only a monkey, but with slightly larger brain than the other apes. Their answer is thatthere are no essential difference between us and other animals. But is this the Whole answer? Or are we also something more? What does it mean for us and our dignity if we are an animal and only that? Whats our worth then? Are we special and uniqe, and if so why? Is it the fact that we look similar to each other in appearance or is it that we have higher IQ than other species?
We are now for the first time porting our content to English to Reach out to a wider audience. The site will at first be pretty barebone, but will get a weekly update with new essays and in a couple of months will have been organized into categories aboutfaith, theology, Death, astronomy, history of religions ect.