Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The Need for Gods

There are those of us who do not need gods: men and women who can take the journey of their lives without hoping that an unseen and benevolent power is watching upon them and keeping them safe, who are satisfied with sharing their hopes and dreams and fears and joys and tragedies with those who are also mortal and imperfect, who can strive to be good for no other reason than because it is human nature to work together for the survival of the species, who can find meaning in the cycle of existence and inexistence that governs the universe, who can accept that life is finite.

But should we deny the gods to those who do need them? After all, wasn't it the belief in gods that gave humans hope and comfort back during those ages of darkness when none understood the tongues of mysterious white fire lashing across the sky? Wasn't it from the belief in gods that many have drawn the inspiration to create the most beautiful works of humanity?

On one hand: The very human need to believe in gods moves one dangerously close to those who would exploit this need. The worst bigots of the world are holding Bibles and Korans and other books that may be extremely beautiful as works of literature but are nevertheless unspeakably hideous as moral codes. The need to believe makes us gullible.

On the other hand: Should we not then destroy those who would exploit this need rather than deny the need exists?

Perhaps at this point I should reconsider my position. Not because I have started believing in gods again, but because I'm starting to see that humanity still has a use for gods. Even if we as a species survive our own immaturity and go on to become as unto gods ourselves, the unknown will still be there. There will always be tongues of mysterious white fire lashing across the sky.

2 comments:

  1. I'm sure a lot will be happy (and enraged) if you compile your posts into a book. I'd definitely buy one.

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