The Dark & Muted World of Atheism
This can sound strange at first, especially seeing as it’s the atheist-agnostic biologists and astrophysicists who revel in awe and delight in the constructs of life and the universe, leading them to weave increasingly complex theories of spontaneous universe-generation/development and evolution.
Yet they desire only those complexities which they can see, examine, and try to understand.
This blind spot against acknowledging their own human deficiency—a Divinely imbued “disability,” so to speak—derives from a closed mind and not a mind open to ever-expanding possibilities far beyond human comprehension.
(Even as these same atheists claim otherwise.)
But let’s bring this down to some concrete examples.
Deafness and Music
At the most, such a person can feel musical vibrations (which some deaf people enjoy).
Conversely, can a hearing person ever hope to describe music to a profoundly deaf-from-birth person?
This is true even if the deaf person possesses a genius IQ, won the Olympic Gold Medal in gymnastics, earned the Nobel Prize in literature, possesses heightened sense of smell and superior eyesight, can out-compute a computer, and surpasses Picasso in artistic ability.
This is true even if the hearing person is the most articulate, imaginative, and eloquent person on the face of the planet.
Any discussion of sopranos and baritones, of tubas and harps or musical notes will be totally lost on this otherwise exceptional person. No matter how hard you try to break it down and find metaphors, the simplest jump rope jingle (which a 3-year-old could sing) will be totally lost on this exceptional multi-talented genius, simply because he has never had the ability to hear.
Let’s move on to blindness.
Blindness & Color & Light
Again, regardless of how exceptional in every other ability this blind person may be, and regardless of how poetic and brilliant your oratory skills may be, you will never be able to get a fully blind-from-birth person to imagine even the dullest mustard-yellow or the brightest shade of fuchsia.
Even the most basic contrast of black and white, which even a baby can perceive, is lost on such a brilliant person...simply because he lacks the faculty of sight.
In fact, when asked what they see, blind-from-birth people just say nothing. Not "black" or "darkness," but nothing.
(And that's impossible for a seeing person like me to imagine. How do you imagine "nothing"?)
What about light? Can you explain light to a blind person?
Interestingly, it depends. Many can perceive bright sunlight at least on some level. Others perceive sunlight as an overwhelmingly painful assault on their senses (which is one of the reasons why some wear dark glasses).
Yet even the concept of light as normally perceived by most people will be lost on a person fully blind from birth.
But now let’s forgot these extreme disabilities for a moment.
What about simple colorblindness?
Okay, yes there are several different kinds of colorblindness. But most colorblind people do see color. They just don’t see all the colors that normal sight provides.
For example, protanopia colorblindness allows a person to see shades of black, white, blue, gray, yellow, and yellow-brown. (A mahogany brown looks like yellowed charcoal.)
So he can see perfectly well and he even has a good understanding of color.
Could you explain mahogany brown to him?
Maybe. Kind of.
Okay. But can you explain red or green to him?
Red and green look slightly different to him, but are still a far cry from the rich color that red and green possess.
One such colorblind person explained that he can differentiate between red and green, but is at a loss as to why others find the colors so eye-catching and contrasting.
In other words, he realizes that something is there that he cannot see or even imagine.
Similarly, this is the main difference between a monotheist and an atheist.
Aack! Trapped in the Third Dimension!
Metaphorically speaking, he knows there is music he cannot hear and colors he cannot see and light he cannot appreciate.
From this, he realizes that there are even higher senses and concepts that he cannot comprehend, and that are so far beyond his comprehension, he cannot even name them.
(Although Zoharic literature does exactly this to a certain extent.)
In other words, the monotheist is open-minded and humble enough (even if he is arrogant in other areas) to acknowledge the reality of a fully Omnipotent and Eternal Creator.
But an atheist basically says that if he cannot perceive it with his physical senses, then it must not exist.
Okay, yes—that’s an oversimplification of atheist thinking. Many atheist scientists claim an open mind toward new discoveries and advancements in human understanding of how the world works. Some are even open to the idea of dimensions beyond the known 3 and of “higher” (i.e. more mysterious) beings, whether they be aliens or spirits—but not more than that. Because more than that is beyond the imagination of even the most brilliant and imaginative science-fiction author.
Atheists miss the bare fact that simply being 3-dimensional is a crippling disability that plagues every single human being. Sure, certain meditative practices can launch a person into experiencing states beyond this dimension, states otherwise impossible to experience or imagine—the state of Nevuah/Prophecy being the highest and clearest.
But as long as you’re in This World, you are in a state of severe constriction. You suffer a sensory disability far more crippling that any kind of blindness or deafness.
This is the human condition.
Yet if you believe in God, you keep going, hoping He’ll allow you to experience extra light, color, and music according to your particular capability of any given moment (metaphorically speaking). But all the while, you’re still aware that as long as you remain in This World, there are states and concepts you cannot even understand the name of, let alone comprehend or experience—no matter how carefully one might try to describe them to you.
And this acceptance and awareness includes Hashem and all His Paradoxes (i.e. All-Knowing and Controls Everything yet still allows for free choice, Wholly Compassionate and Only Does Good yet still allows Auschwitz).
And yes, if you believe in God, you may sometimes find yourself getting tongue-tied or intimidated by a particularly brilliant atheist. But that's similar to, say, your knowledge of music or color being dismissed by brilliant deaf or blind person via complex constructs of muted & dark castles in the air.
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