Ya know, I keep thinking on the notion of God, not the Christian “God” or any other based strictly on religions or philosophies that have come before, but my own understanding of this idea. And if I had to state it plainly, the God I think of is 1.) not a being, and therefore has no sex (or more accurately, includes all possible sexes, yet is in a form that transcends sex and gender); 2.) not an “it” or a thing (or he or she), the closest appropriate word being “thou,” but even that’s not good enough and I need a new word, a whole new vocabulary here; 3.) not a granter of wishes or prayers in the direct sense that people typically like to imagine, nor does God really have the ability to except through us figuring our shit out and striking a workable balance that promotes a greater sense of harmony; 4.) not about taking sides, because that’s just not how this is.
To me, God might as well be some sort of fog that exists all around us, and that fog is composed of consciousness (for one, and whatever else, if there even is anything else in existence). It’s easier for me to outline for others what I believe God isn’t, but one thing I’m pretty well certain of is that which I like to call God relates with consciousness, which we humans possess at a higher level than any other species, so far as we’re able to discern. In other words, consciousness is infused in us — we are awake and alive, possessing the power to direct our lives so far as we’re able.
See, one’s understanding of God is necessarily a personal and private matter, because no two of us can possibly understand the concept the exact same way. Just not possible — different brains, different imaginations, and so on. So, in one sense, the debate becomes a moot topic, incapable of being solved to people’s satisfaction. What is of greater importance right now, I believe, is for us to think deeply on how we are directing our lives, as individuals and as whole societies. The religionists/atheists debate is just retarded when the real questions are staring us down and most everybody’s standing mute on those matters.
What direction are we aiming to take scientific exploration in? Are we all content with willy-nilly-style and no control, no public input? Are we to believe that “experts” automatically know what’s best for the rest, that they have pondered the social ramifications to nearly the extent as they have the scientific puzzles? We tend to assume that all knowledge is good knowledge, that we must explore every nook and cranny, even at the expense of our well-being. And perhaps we do. But must we be so quick? Can’t we take greater time and care with these subjects rather than labor under pressure to churn out products for consumption? Life-changing technology is ushered in and put to use without people having the wherewithal to resist or to at least ask for time to think over the matter. There’s no pausing. Life today is decidedly not about us.
And it’s humans’ own damned fault. It’s not clear whether to laugh or howl, but this predicament is ours to bear, and the majority of us seem lost in understanding our role in today’s world. But we’re conscious and we possess power, individually and collectively. With that comes a great measure of free will, determined by our will power. That much we know is true.
Some people aim to be gods among humans, and we too often kowtow to their “authority.” Why? What’s our role in all of this? Just to stand by like spectators? Or to be actors in this new era?
That’s what I wonder about. My conception of God is bound up in all of that, and perhaps it’s easier to focus on those such inquiries and leave aside my ‘spiritual’ probing. But I suppose this is my space to share my own $.25.