From Ammond Shadowcraft: 'Man is certainly stark mad. He cannot make a worm an yet he will

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From Ammond Shadowcraft: "Man is certainly stark mad. He cannot make a worm an yet he will be making Gods by the dozens." Montaigne (1553-1592 CE) But something else is at this core... "He was a wise man who invented God." Plato (427?-348? BCE) It seems that Mankind is stuck in the rut of inventing Gods and Goddesses. Francesco Caracciolo (1742-1799 CE) once quiped... "In England there are sixty different religions and only one sauce." Sad, isn't it? So much valuable human energy utterly wasted on inventing and maintaining nonexistent Gods. Well it has a use... Religion, like laws, promote civil peace... "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich." Napolean (1769-1821 CE) Yes, inventing Gods promotes civil peace, but it also provokes idiocy in the slackminded... "Faith is believing what you know ain't so." Mark Twain (1835-1910 CE) And herein lies the self-deception I've written of. We deceive ourselves because we have precious little other choice except to bound happily into the Void. That precious little choice is to accept reality as it is and refuse to project our human whims and failings upon it. Zen masters have written of this as "Big Mind" and "Little Mind". Big mind makes no judgements and entertains no abstractions with respect to reality. It simply perceives. Little mind plays with various abstractions, and projects onto those perceptions what is entirely inappropriate. ------------------------------------------------------------------ > find, that utter denial of a Divine Power of SOME kind makes little > or no sense. And perhaps Ammond ought to ask himself why that is, > without allowing himself the cop-out of dismissing all such notions > as mere deception. So Sean lives somewhat in the time-bound theistics of the 1700s. Power greater than any creature? Sure, try solar power, try atomic power, try electricity, try one horse power (is greater than one man power). That sentiment displays time-bound whimsy Sean. You know there is this time called the 1900. The year is 1991. The 21st century is just around the corner. What surprises will it bring to the species? Now, since you've addressed my integrity, I think it's more difficult and more beneficial to accept human nature and the human estate as it is and work from there to a brighter future for the species. I refuse to project upon reality the human whimsy of Gods and Goddesses, of Divine Powers, of the Great Mom and Pop in the Sky. I prefer honesty and integrity to the religious feel-good cop-out of Divine Powers and Deity. Turn about is fair play, let's address yours... Why do you need Gods Sean? Aren't you good enough without them? Or are you a slave to literary devices? Are you fearful of life without the extended comfort of Mom and Pop? Does it worry you that you don't have all the answers to all the difficult questions? Why do you try to answer those questions with the empty symbols of Deity and Divine Powers?


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