I have two marvelous books to share with you. The first is Philip K. Dick and Philosophy: Do Androids Have Kindred Spirits? If you have visited this blog much, you know I love absurd humor, theology and philosophy. Let me quote from the other book, by a woman who wrote only one, but a great one, nonetheless. What she lacks in absurd humor, she makes up for in mystical revelations. Her book is a diary called Divine Mercy in my Soul.
“Only love has meaning,” wrote this author, Maria Faustina Kowalska. “It raises up our smallest actions into infinity.” Let’s follow this logically: if her statement is true then love becomes the sine qua non, absolutely indispensable and essential for our lives to have meaning. Maria’s diary, Divine Mercy in My Soul, was written for the sole purpose of introducing the world to the ocean of mercy that is open everyone who needs a miracle. And who doesn’t need a miracle? Can you think of anyone you know who may need one?
Her diary contains revelations. But wait, you may be philosophically skeptical. Good! It’s not philosophy, it’s hope in diary form. Philosophy is a wonderful discipline, but it may not be what you need now. You will not be disappointed spending a little time looking through it.
Phillip K. Dick is also a writer who does not disappoint. He is the late great master of the philosophical sci-fi novel. He penned the original story that the movie, “Blade Runner (1982)” is based on: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
“Blade Runner 2049 (2017),” the sequel, starts with the character K (Ryan Gosling), who moves the plot forward. We learn that K is a blade runner, an officer who hunts and removes other rogue androids, called replicants. In the course of his investigation K learns he might be human. To discover the truth about himself becomes K’s burning quest, and ours.
K’s quest for meaning is also his quest for love. For K, if a human, he could know love, give love, receive love. His life then, through love, would be given meaning, as Maria Faustina reveals only love has the power to do. Maria Faustina Kowalska and Phillip K. Dick cross paths here on this ground of truth.
K is ordered by his superior to find Richard Deckard (Harrison Ford) the hero of “Blade Runner.” Although Deckard is played by Ford as a crotchety hermit, love takes over his story also. In the end, he finds his meaning when he begins his quest for someone he loves after K enters his life. In his own earnest seeking K lights the way for another soul.
Maria Faustina, as a result of her visions, was compelled by Divine Mercy and Divine Love to write her book for nothing less than to shift the destiny of mankind toward eternity, infinity and our reason for being. Mercy is the quality of the Supreme Being, God. He is the original Giver of monumentally enormous generosity. Mercy is the greatest thing about God for us to understand, before anything else, she proclaims.
Maria, a simple, cloistered nun, was asked to proclaim to us the greatest attribute of God, which is His mercy, and to reveal that every good thing we experience is a sign of His mercy. All we have to do is to open the chest containing this everlasting treasure.
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