There has, over the last few years, been a slow boiling discussion among some of the people I admire, here in the land of the internet, about God.
When I have time and energy I intend to examine this in more detail, and give credit to everyone- they all spoke persuasively and with critical intelligence.
But right now I am very tired. There is just a little time to get to shelter before the storm hits, and I find myself wondering if I have enough energy even just for that.
So here it is.
God is an idea.
God is not only an idea- he is an ideal.
God exists- not as a spiritual or mystical being- but as a pattern of approved behavior coded into the minds of the people who are socialized into His religions- true believer or unthoughtful backslider or holiday attendee.
God is a character in a story. Unlike most stories, the story God occurs in is called religion.
So instead of the readers reading the story and deciding what to think about that character, readers are told, from every direction and on as many levels as possible,
-that THIS character decides what THEY think. That Wrong is disagreeing with this character and Right is agreeing with Him.
If Zie does somehow exist as a spiritual or mystical being, somewhere out in the universe, it does not change the fact that this pattern of approved behavior exists. It does not change the fact that it gets coded into the minds of those who have been socialized this way- that this Thing is called god- the One and Only.
I will also kick Zier in Zeir goddamn shin if we ever meet- for leaving us to wallow in this slop that passes for divinity.
Because God- as described in the book that so many take as literal fact- and so many other take as useful metaphor-
-is a shallow, blustering, gaslighting, rageful, moronic rapist of a homicidal narcissist.
God is the personality (even if as an atheist you don’t believe he is also an actual person) who forms people’s ideas of acceptable and unacceptable behavior.
God is the Father.
Because God isn’t an Abusive Boyfriend. God is an Abusive Parent.
Because America has Daddy issues.
And America went out and got a Boyfriend just like Daddy.