28 July, 2007

you know the one about an insomniac dyslexic agnostic?

on my drive up to fort mac a couple of weeks back, i listened to cbc's brilliant tapestry show. the guest that particular sunday was sam harris, an author and philosopher who spoke out eloquently against religion. he made one statement that has been haunting me ever since - the more i think about it the more true it seems, and the scarier fundamentalism's firm grasp on our planet looks:

a deep seated belief in the tooth fairy or in the god zeus puts one firmly in the mental category; a belief in god/jesus/allah/yahweh, for whose existence we have the exact same amount of proof (i.e. none) is deemed perfectly reasonable simply because of a strong cultural bias.

before you start yelling at me, think about it. no, really. think about it.

all this is strangely liberating. i feel like i have been given permission to let go of god. because really, all god ever was for me was what i had made him, or what those around me made him, and isn't that kinda insulting to the whole concept of god?

in my youth i went through several years of serious christianity. i moved away from that path in an experimental fashion: i had heard so much about how non-christians are deeply unhappy, how there is an emptiness to a godless life that i, deeply unhappy at the time despite my close friendship with the big J, decided to test this out myself. that was a good decade and a half ago, and i am still here living la vida agnostica, doing just fine, thank you.

serious post? sure, but it's a saturday night, i am stuck here in the oil-slick northern wasteland, and what better time to question the very existence of god?

p.s. i think i am done with the harry potter posts, but i'd be VERY happy to discuss the book with you whenever we next shall meet.

8 comments:

Anthony said...

Interestinly, way back, there was the same reverence to Zeus as Christians now hold for Jesus, etc. There just weren't as many followers. Perhaps one day humankind will look back at us the way we do those of ancient times when they have a new god to obsess over. We're really simple, odd creatures, aren't we?

aga, a large slavic woman said...

simple and odd, sure, but also mean-spirited, nasty, bloodthirsty and egomaniacal. especially where religion's concerned.

Anonymous said...

I have no issue with God. It's his fan club I don't like.

aga, a large slavic woman said...

while i wholeheartedly agree with you, try taking it a step further: why god? why not the easter bunny? how do you even know there is a god? beyond "a feeling"?

Anonymous said...

Just pretty much worm food? Maybe some day they'll allow us to upload the total sum of our knowledge onto a computing device; just exist in cyberspace. Wouldn't that be cool? Then a server crash.

aga, a large slavic woman said...

but what is wrong with worm food? you don't see dogs acting all anxious about the afterlife. we come, we go, like flowers. maybe it would make us live a little better and a little fuller if we thought that, instead of chasing some big pie in the sky.

Anonymous said...

mmmmm...Pie.

Piotr said...

I am in Edmonton starting on the 29th to the 10th of September. You make/buy cheesecake, I bring Harry Potter...