Tuesday, 16 January 2018 17:39

It is now time to move on from God

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Ozodi Thomas Osuji

I have talked about God and real self-realization for thirty years (1988-2018). During that period of time I have not really worked for money hence remained poor. Did I become God realized?

Shouldn't someone get some kind of payoff for what he does?  I have not become God realized.

I assume that there is something called God realization, as gleaned from Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Gnosticism and A course in miracles.

How do I know that there is such a thing? For all I know, the idea of God may be a pipe dream, smoke and mirrors, a wish of the wasp.

If I have not God realized why should I ask other people to strive after God realization, shouldn't someone first experience what one teaches other persons to do, if not one is a hypocrite, right?

Why haven't I God realized?  It is because I have not given up my big ego and lived from the Buddha self, the Atman and the Christ. I am still my old big ego self; If you provoke me my response to you would be exactly as it was when I was a child: egoistic and angry, a vigorous defense of my grandiose ego (I may actually physically attack you; in childhood I used to attack with all my physical strength with the full intention of killing the person I attacked; I did not tolerate any one who humiliated my ego).

India, for three thousand years, devoted its time and energy to trying to God realize. Occasionally, some Hindu claims to have been God realized, such as Gautama Buddha and Ramakrishna or writes about it philosophically, such as Shankara and Ramanuja (I am a kind of authority on Hindu and Buddhist religions; I understand their literature like the back of my hands).

We have no independent way of verifying their claims. Moreover, they lived poorly and died from preventable diseases. Ramakrishna died in his fifties of some kind of cancer and his God did not heal him of it (see M. The Gospel of Ramakrishna and the writings of Vivekananda).

India remained poor for as long as it sought God realization. So, why would anyone want to be like Indians, poor?

Looking at extant Indians their bodies are twisted by malnutrition and diseases; they look weak, sickly and non-athletic; and this is all because they are building a castle in the sky!

If you have related to Indians you probably know that IQ-wise they, the Chinese and Japanese are probably the smartest people on planet earth (their average IQ is 115, whites average IQ is 100, Africans average IQ is 85).  Yet, these smart people remained poor all because they were obsessed with God realization!

Now that they have turned their attention to science and technology and the phenomenal world they are excelling in it and are probably going to take over the world's economy and become the world's number one economy (say, in fifty years).

By the same token, given my intellect, if I turn my gaze to science and technology and embrace the world of the here and now and give up the shibboleth of God I have no doubt that I would match the progress of the Asians.

So, should I do what Indians are doing: give up on God and embrace living from what our western realists call enlightened self-interest?

See Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, Adam Smith, David Hume, George Berkeley, Karl Marx, David Ricardo, Jeremy Bentham, John Stuart Mill and the other advocates of pursuing ones self-interest while also serving social interest but accepting that the ego is all there is to us and there is no God. During my college days I was an English logical positivist, a total scientist and did not tolerate any talk of ideas that I could not verify in the empirical world. I must return to my roots in pure reason. Ah, Descartes, Pascal, Leibnitz, Voltaire, Rousseau, Diderot, Kant, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Feuerbach, Saint Simon, Auguste Comte, William James, Henri George Sorel, Joseph Proudhon,  Bergson, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Karl Popper etc. the  guys that gave my youth tremendous joy!

I have given God enough time to prove that he exists; I have no more time to waste on him. I must now live only by what makes sense to me.

If truth is said, stoicism is my natural inclination. See Zeno, Virgil, Horace, Quintus Horacio Flaccus, Epictetus, and Marcus Aurelius, Cicero, Seneca and other Roman thinkers who embraced the world as it is without sentimentality; grind your teeth and deal with ugly reality as it is, is the idea; complaining would get you nowhere or change the world.

The world is spilled milk, or, as my grandmother used to say: life in body is like the human anus, you can wash it with all the soap in this world and it would still smell like feces!

My foray into spirituality and metaphysics, I must say, was not a total waste of time. I have learned one lesson and learned it well: to live in ego is to suffer (as Buddha said); therefore, to have peace and happiness one must either shrink down ones ego or eliminate it, if it is possible to do so.

I consider Plotinus' Ennead my most helpful read; it helped me learn how to shrink my ego as well as grasp Gnosticism.

Ozodi Thomas Osuji

January 16, 2018


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Ozodi Osuji Ph.D

Ozodi Thomas Osuji is from Imo State, Nigeria. He obtained his PhD from UCLA. He taught at a couple of Universities and decided to go back to school and study psychology. Thereafter, he worked in the mental health field and was the Executive Director of two mental health agencies. He subsequently left the mental health environment with the goal of being less influenced by others perspectives, so as to be able to think for himself and synthesize Western, Asian and African perspectives on phenomena. Dr Osuji’s goal is to provide us with a unique perspective, one that is not strictly Western or African but a synthesis of both. Dr Osuji teaches, writes and consults on leadership, management, politics, psychology and religions. Dr Osuji is married and has three children; he lives at Anchorage, Alaska, USA.

He can be reached at: ozodiosuji@gmail.com (907) 310-8176