Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about what we humans like to call God, or rather, the concept of God — because if there’s one thing consistent about “God”, it’s that we humans have never been able to agree.
And it’s one of the few realms of human opinions where disagreements lead to massive bloodshed and oppression. Can you imagine if one year Red Sox fans invaded New York and forced their opinion about which baseball team to love and surport on Yankee fans using murder and oppression?
I quote from the book of XTC:
Sorry to disturb you,
But I feel that I should be heard loud and clear.
We all need a big reduction in amount of tears,
And all the people that you made in your image,
See them fighting in the street,
cause they cant make opinions meet,
I cant believe in you.
Did you make disease, and the diamond blood?
Did you make mankind after we made you?
And the devil too!
But even rational people profess to a belief in a higher power, often they couch it in terms looser and more adaptable than a Christian God.
“I believe in a force.”
“I believe in a spirtual world.”
“I believe there are mysteries to the universe we can’t explain.”
Yeah, no shit.
But these soft, feel-good utterances is far from the God that Christianity espouses you to believe in and obey. The fact that when you take E and dance at a Rave and feel that magical connection to other people doesn’t prove the existance of an all-mighty.
It just means that drugs work. Sometimes.
Or that when you hike through Yosemite, and are moved by Nature and the beautiful elemets of rock, water, and sky — that doesn’t mean it’s the work of God.
Rather it was the work of destructive forces like wind, rain, and earthquakes.
The fact that we are born and then we die is proof of nothing other than the moment.
Some would say that’s a rather zen-like comment and religous in nature but I call it common sense. What you’re seeing right now is the only true experience you can ever have. Your memories are but shadows. George Washington is a ghost. Cortez, of which a body of water down in Baja is named after, just 8 hours south of LA, was a cold blooded killer.
That’s why I can’t believe in God, because that of which we’ve done in his name has been the best and worst of mankind.
The only true extrapolation I can take from that mathematical incongruity is that belief in God produces extreme behavior. It moves us to the the limits of our logic and enables us to act beyond rational bounds producing both Saints and Conquistedors.
I believe we can do more of the good and less of the bad if we didn’t have that God variable blowing the equation out to insane infinities.
The reason I don’t worship God and movie stars and athletes is because I don’t know them. But I know my wife and I worship her… I work with what I have.
Because life is ever-changing, decaying, and chaotic we have always felt a need to live in a structure, to build a simple paradigm. This is the elixir for which the “God variable” has been exploited. It’s time to move on, to accept the complexity and indifferent hostility of our circumstance and use our collective abilities to make life better for us in the moment instead of falling back on the old myths, in essence; whispering in the dark with our fingers crossed.
Fuck that, we need to move forward. It’s the 21st Century.
It’s time to move on; to accept the grand randomness of life and focus on what we do know, what we can fix.
There’s a reason Christians fear science, because it dispels their belief in the supernatural and mythic.
But they argue that science is a religion too. This doesn’t make sense either; the absence of an object is not the object. Lec’i n’est pas une pipe. They feel a tendency to rely on a false math equation.
Making me think of the musical god, Issac Brock
Everywhere everywhere everywhere It’s all so plain it’s all a plan The sky doesn’t ever end The air just gets much thinner further up You could keep diggin’ down and down A thousand graves down without turnin’ Around or finding hell You find you’re digging up again Everywhere everywhere everywhere Willful suspension of disbelief
Over the last 100 years religion as tried to incorporate science while the furthering of science has done nothing but disprove religion. This is why religion’s believers are being pushed to further extremes of belief, a last gasp at the handrails of logic.
They are being confronted with the failings of their beliefs and they are frightened.
What George Bush has done for humanity is to so perfectly illustrate the failings of religion across the board as to make the truth crystal clear. Remember “God told him to invade Iraq.”
Now we know God makes mistakes on both sides.
God is not to be listened to.
Why would I want to walk in His shadow?
I’m reminded of the scene from United 93, where the terrorists are praying to Allah while the passengers in the back are praying to Jesus and they’re all going down in a deathplane where they are ultimately disintegrated into their earth forever, and that’s it… the end. No pearly gates. No 72 virgins.
Allah and God are but inventions of our need to justify life, which needs no justification except to act on the good inside. What we need to do is lose the myths that justify evil.
That justify the acceptance of collateral damage and honor killings.
As we learn more and more about the machinations of our existence we are waking up to the idea that we are alone down here and the earth may just be getting ready to evict us from her grounds.
We are waking up to the truth and it’s startling.