Friedrich Nietzsche is famously known for saying "God is dead". This is often misinterpreted to mean the Nietzsche was referring to the literal death
of God. Many people believe this is not the case. What Nietzsche was warning us about is with the decline of religion, the rise of atheism, and the
absence of a higher moral authority would plunge the world into chaos. An in many ways he was right. For thousands of years people lived with the
belief of having a moral god to guide their lives and provide meaning to their existence. Without this higher authority the world would plunge into
an era of nihilism. Although Nietzsche himself was a nihilist he understood the dangers of having such a dark view of existence.
Nihilism is the rejection of all religious and moral principles, often in the belief that life is meaningless. And when you believe life is
meaningless and without moral consequence, you will either do or accept the most extreme crimes against humanity or violations of the public trust as
being okay and without any meaningful moral consequences. Here's a quote from Nietzsche writings:
“God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him. How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers? What was holiest and
mightiest of all that the world has yet owned has bled to death under our knives: who will wipe this blood off us? What water is there for us to clean
ourselves? What festivals of atonement, what sacred games shall we have to invent? Is not the greatness of this deed too great for us? Must we
ourselves not become gods simply to appear worthy of it?”
With with the death of God this creates a vacuum of belief. People easily become authoritarians or worshipers of authority. From the vacuum of
belief people worship cults of personalities. Here is a great quote from the English philospher G.K. Chesterton:
“When men choose not to believe in God, they do not thereafter believe in nothing, they then become capable of believing in anything.”
Whether political leaders, rock stars, or athletes, we live in a world where people, objects, or ideas are worshiped as a personal God:
From Jim Jones, Madonna, Obama, to Trump it's all the same. People have no inner compass. People have no sense of an inner authority. People even
worship Jesus as a personal God and they do not worship God alone as the God of everyone. We are all consumed by our own personal fandom. We are all
fanatics where each person has their own personal dogma. We are all cult members of our own personal dogma.
As a people, as a society, we no longer share a community of God. The commonwealth, the group as a whole, our connection to each other has been
replaced by belief "in anything" with a deep down unconscious belief in nihilism.
How as a people will we ever evolve beyond our own personal attachments of fanaticism and elitist dogma moving to a more egalitarian benevolent belief
system where everyone is valued and appreciated as being worthy and sacred in the eyes of a one true God?
Just imagine a world where everyone you meet treats you and everyone else like each of us is the most sacred object in existence. Just imagine a
world where we have no enemies and the communal form of God again exists.
Just imagine a world where everyone you meet treats you and everyone else like each of us is the most sacred object in existence. Just imagine a world
where we have no enemies and thecommunal form of God again exists.
When did any of that exist?
I don't know of any religion that has practiced the behaviors you mentioned; including Christianity.
You are right. It probably has never existed. One can only hope and pray for a more benevolent egalitarian society where we all feel a strong sense
of connection and life is meaningful. What else would you consider more worthy of praying for?
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You say "exist again" as that has ever happened before? When was that?
Ah see you already agreed on that. But other than that nice thinking.
Maybe we could come to the belief turning fact if we would look more deeply at what's right in front of our noses. Our perception, our conclusion, our
brain calculating, estimating, other stimuli guide us in certain ways, the concert gets delivered to a you, who makes a decision. What exactly is a
I suppose the counter-argument would be that we ought not believe a delusion (God exists) just because the absence in belief of God (atheism) causes
an objective moral void.
My atheist friends relentlessly remind me their lack of belief in no way implies they have no morals. I've even hear my atheist friends claim they
actually behave with a higher degree of morality because they are not influenced by some of the crazier parts of religious doctrine.
I don't think I was advocating one way of being as better than any other. I think every point of view has its place in the pantheon of appreciation.
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