Just Some of the Thousand Words I Wrote Today

The Center Cannot Hold Without God

Without a relationship to the Infinite, to God, man is not free. If humans are created by other humans, then we are slaves.

I just finished chapter eight in The Religious Sense by Luigi Giussani, and what a chapter it is! The title of the chapter is “Consequences of the Unreasonable Positions Before the Ultimate Question.”

What is the ultimate question? Perhaps it is the one I just asked. There is an entry for “questions” in the book’s index, and “ultimate” is listed as a subhead of “questions.” Nine page numbers appear there, but when I turn back to the first few listed, I find no explication/definition of “The Ultimate Question.” I mean, what is it? Could it be: “Why am I here?” “Why do I exist?” “Who made me?” “What is my purpose in life?” “How do I find meaning in life?” Could the ultimate question actually be a number of questions, perhaps all of the above? What if I do an online search? What do I come up with? Dennis has told me the answer to the Ultimate Question: 42—and it comes right up in my search engine, but I’m still unsure of the question itself. I just want it spelled out for me. Give me the exact wording, please.

I don’t think I’m going to get it. In his chapter headings, Guissani refers more than once to “The Ultimate Question,” but in the text, he always adds an “s” to the word. Fine. I’ll have to be satisfied that the Ultimate Question is not really what it’s advertised to be. No, I’ll go one step further. I will choose an Ultimate Question. Here it is: Why do I exist? Yes, let’s go with that. I think it pretty well summarizes what Giussani means. But then, wait. I want to flesh it out, narrow it down by adding to it. “Why do I exist?” is a good start, but maybe we need to go further. Jordan Peterson talked about man’s relationship with the Infinite, and our Ultimate Question needs to encompass that angle. So, how about, “Why do I exist, and what is my relationship to the Infinite?”

I’m going to go out on a limb here and assume that we all know how babies are made. Their bodies come from the bodies of their parents, but what about their souls? Unless the soul is created by God, humans have no unequivocal right to freedom. When you take God out of the equation, you leave man to be enslaved by whoever is in power. Not enough people understand this.

Giussani writes:

The Catechism of Pius X affirms this: “the body is given by the parents, but the soul is infused directly by God.” Apart from the scholastic formulation, this “soul” indicates precisely that there is a “something” in me which is not derived from any empirical phenomenon, because it does not depend upon, does not originate in the biology of my father and mother. It directly depends on the infinite, which makes the whole world. Only this hypothesis allows me to proclaim that the world can do what it wants with me, but it cannot conquer, possess, grasp on to me, because I am greater than it is. I am free.

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