Chris DeLine

Cedar Rapids, IA

Facebook Supplement Round 1: “Philosophy”

Published in Blog.

After attempting to focus on honestly channeling my emotions and feelings and turning them in into English words in order to help lend my Facebook profile a more honest sense of who it is that I am, I’ve come to find out that there is a limit of 420 characters given to describe one’s point of view in any number of given areas. It’s with this bit of information that I’ve been faced with both a bit of negative and positive… Negative: My Facebook friends might never know what I’m about in terms of “Religion” or “Political Views” (the two categories I tackled this evening) because the allotted character limit just ain’t gonna cut it. Positive: I’ve been through enough browser crashes in my time that I typed these out in a document before pressing “Save Changes,” and can now slap that shit into my tumblr. Bonus: The past however-long-it’s-been-that-I’ve-been-thinking-about-this-stuff now appears as though it hasn’t been a complete waste of time. Even in its limited depth, the following is apparently too wordy to go on my Facebook page… but here goes:

Religion: Well, it’s like this…

Description: I’m just trying to find peace with the voice that I hear inside my head late at night when no one else is around. Once I can maintain a sense of agreement on that level with my inner dialog I feel like I’d be on the right path. From there… I can’t tell you whether or not there’s any more truth in this world than not, but I can tell you that it seems far likelier that I’d be able to grasp the scope of any possible collective consciousness once I realize the extent to which my own mind might be capable of absorbing the energy that surrounds each and every one of us. At that point, I hope to be able to find someone who I feel shares my awe of the infiniteness of our reality and build a partnership with that person, each of us helping one another in our exploration of this world for some sense of truth. If, in a lifetime, I am able to find that, I’ll probably have a better idea of whether or not any single religion captures the scope of the the universe’s beauty. It’s at that point in time that I’ll hopefully be better equipped to answer this Facebook query. For the time being, it’s probably safest if I stick with “undecided.”

Political Views: Largely confused.

Description: That’s probably the best way to explain my view of the political environment that is being projected as “what’s really goin’ on.” I’m woefully inept in terms of being remotely informed; not only in terms of the historical process that this country and others like it are founded on but in terms of the current inner workings of everything below the surface. With that in mind, I can’t really say that I know enough about what’s happening to suggest that things are entirely out of order or if they are the same as they’ve ever been. From my point of view, I’m slowly falling into a state of mind that leaves me clumped in with the latter’s outlook, that today is the same as it ever was: it’s just that things are becoming amplified due to the increasing ease of information sharing. The pessimist in me fears that a collapse of our modern civilization is what it’s going to take for things to genuinely change… That no single administration or party appears able or willing to sway things on a level that would steer the ship away from the iceberg, so to speak. If I had a better grip on everything I might be able to make a definitive statement as to whether or not that’s where we’re headed, or whether or not there’s something within reach can be put in place to prevent such a downfall. But seeing as I don’t, all I can do is say “Really, I dunno.”

To this point, I’ve been extremely lucky. The government has been supportive of me in time of need and in the few instances I’ve interacted with those in positions of authority, I’ve been spared injustice. If there’s a political party that would treat everyone with the same humanity as I have received to this point, while at the same time offering reasonable levels of social support and humanitarian initiatives, while also steering our country clear of that goddamned ominous iceberg, I suppose I’d align myself with that group of cats. And if they already have a name… consider me one of them.