Existential Trauma in Religious Primates

Some friends are discussing existential trauma. We primates experience existential trauma to different degrees, and often have different names for it.

Catholic primates acknowledge it as The Dark Night of the Soul.

As on any Bell Curve, some few primstes experience almost zero existential angst or ennui.

Me? I experience it a lot. I have felt it resolved or lessened the more I accept the fact that I am a large-brain primate called a human being.

Somehow we are descended from primates with brains that got larger because of the survival edge they gave us.

Alas, when our survival is not at stake as individuals the poor brains don’t know what to do with themselves.

About Ron Goetz

My first wife used to say, "There's nothing so sacred that Ron won't pick it apart." My desire to be a pastor -- that was a temperamental mismatch. She was so patient. If my birth mother had lived somewhere else, maybe I would've become a cold case detective. But I would have had to be J instead of a P, I think. And that mid-life reevaluation, starting adolescence as a GARB fundamentalist and transitioning to a non-theist, that gave me an unusual skill set.
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