Smiling Into Eternity

Christianity, Islam, Judaism – over half of the world’s believers inhabit these identities.

Then there are the non-identity identities – atheists, agnostics, humanists, secularists – who want to trash the creaking, age-old orthodoxies.  They wish to find meaning in the brief here-and-now, not an eternity of hell or heaven in the hereafter.

Science and scientists – Galileo, Newton, Darwin – have been the culprits for much of the breakup and disenchantment.  But it goes way beyond that.  Our own common sense has demolished many of the old shibboleths.  The old ideas are plainly out-of-touch – an insult, really, from another time and place.

Most important, they don’t work in our lives.

Who cares about splitting hairs over the existence or non-existence of the Trinity, or the insanity of man-made shariah law, or someone telling us we are screwed from the day of our birth.

There are quadrillions of tons of guilt laid on humanity over the millennia that now have to be dumped into the trash bins of an adjacent over-sized universe.

Free us once and for all from these rotting, smelling ideas.

We are humanity.  We are men and women.  We come into this world looking for a breath of fresh air, for rainbows, for blue skies.

Let us begin anew.

You are a god or goddess yourself.  This is the new mantra.  From the depths of your life, you hold eternity.  The universe is standing on the sidelines, rooting for you, for your happiness.

Break into a new rhythm, tied to the circuits of the stars, yet bolted down to the weekly laundry, shopping at the market, kids and school, the most mundane and precious of daily artifacts.

We are here forever, so let’s make the most of it.  Let’s come into our own, and strut our stuff.

Never giving up, and smiling into eternity.


New Book by James HilgendorfJames HilgendorfJames Hilgendorf is the author of ten non-fiction books, including his latest, “A New Myth for the World”.  His other titles include “Forever Here”; “A New Myth for America”; “The Great New Emerging Civilization”; “Maybe We Need A New Religion”; “Life & Death: A Buddhist Perspective; “Poems of Death: Time for Eternity”; “The Buddha and the Dream of America”; “Handbook for Youth in a Muddied Age”, and “The New Superpower”.  His books are available in paperback or e-book format through bookstores,, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Smashwords, Scribd, Oyster, and other online booksellers.

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