In the quest to develop a vagabond doctrine: an all-inclusive and honest set of beliefs and philosophies with which to view the world, one must make use of many other people’s already well developed thoughts and discoveries.

I have said before that all of us, every conscience person on the planet, must in the end subscribe to someone else’s views and teachings. Even if the person whose teachings are followed didn’t necessarily teach anything per say – for in this case the person’s actions were the teachings and the teacher’s world view and perspective are clear to those who would observe. The book of Ecclesiastes said it first when Solomon wrote that there is nothing new under the sun. I once read that the human mind is actually incapable of true creation from nothing. I read that when we dream, we in fact only piece together new things, situations, scenarios out of sliced up bits and pieces of things we have seen and touched, heard, smelt and tasted in our waking life. It is the same way with our philosophies and world views. No man has ever come up with something completely new all by himself. Though we may be presented with new theories – such as Freudian psychology or Lutheran theology – these theories themselves are merely bits and pieces of other’s philosophies and ideas sewn together into a new coherent whole.

We are all mosaic artists in reality. Creating a new picture out of innumerable others. Individual fragments may be so small that they are no longer even recognisable and can no longer be traced back to their origin, though when we look at a mosaic today do we doubt that each piece had a different home before they took their new place in this new picture before us?

Frankenstein Theology. This is why it can not be that someone simply follows their own beliefs and has no philosophical father whose example they follow.

It seems to me that most people only finally figure out what they actually believe at an advanced age. This is part of the reason that it is the elderly who usually have wisdom to speak into situations, the wisdom of experience that comes with age includes a well defined philosophy. It has been said before that the beginning of wisdom is the fear of God. Another way to say this would be to say that the beginning of wisdom is a fully defined worldview (in the case of this saying the world view is a healthy fear of God). So if the first occurrence of a fully developed system of thought is usually only ascended to around one’s middle-age years what do we do up until this moment of illumination and enlightenment? For 20-30 years during which we have not developed our own beliefs fully enough to identify them truly as our own one will usually esoterically piece together a world view out of other people’s beliefs. Much care must be taken in this process however for when building up one’s worldview out of many other’s a real danger of contradictory thought arises. An esoteric compendium of thoughts that has not yet matured into wholeness will usually fall subject to the danger of combining something like Stoicism with Epicureanism, or Universalism with Calvanism – such that one cannot find peace or fulfilment in the satisfaction of one’s core beliefs due to the contradiction in life purposes proclaimed in each system of belief.

There is only one wise way to spend this time of premature philosophy so as to avoid the calamity of contradictory beliefs – to avoid an ugly and nonsensical mosaic (to build upon the metaphor): choose and depend upon a single source of philosophy.

What is my choice? I decided a while ago that Jesus Christ would be the single person I will follow. This does not mean that I do not maintain an open mind in my continual search for other sources of truth though. The search for other sources of truth should testify to the teachings (and teacher) you follow, either accrediting them (and the person who taught them) or discrediting them. It has been my experience that Jesus’ teachings have only ever been accredited by the truths I have found in other sources. Every thought that I have come to believe is truthful, I have subsequently, after careful study discovered within Jesus’ teachings, these truths having only been highlighted through someone else.

I believe that Jesus’ teachings are all inclusive of every true philosophical thought, but also that these truths are often hidden and only become visible through the ministry or teachings of someone else.

Frankenstein Theology. Except Frankenstein looks like Jesus.