posted on Dec, 2 2007 @ 09:20 PM
I always think of Mark Twain's The Mysterious Stranger. The end of Chapter 11 is great.
"Strange, indeed, that you should not have suspected that your universe and its contents were only dreams, visions, fiction! Strange, because they
are so frankly and hysterically insane - like all dreams: a God who could make good children as easily as bad, yet preferred to make bad ones; who
could have made every one of them happy, yet never made a single happy one; who made them prize their bitter life, yet stingily cut it short; who gave
his angels eternal happiness unearned, yet required his other children to earn it; who gave his angels painless lives, yet cursed his other children
with biting miseries and maladies of mind and body; who mouths justice and invented hell - mouths mercy and invented hell - mouths Golden Rules, and
forgiveness multiplied by seventy times seven, and invented hell; who mouths morals to other people and has none himself; who frowns upon crimes, yet
commits them all; who created man without invitation, then tries to shuffle the responsibility for man's acts upon man, instead of honorably placing
it where it belongs, upon himself; and finally, with altogether divine obtuseness, invites this poor, abused slave to worship him! . . ."
"You perceive, now, that these things are all impossible except in a dream. You perceive that they are pure and puerile insanities, the silly
creations of an imagination that is not conscious of its freaks - in a word, that they are a dream, and you the maker of it. The dream-marks are all
present; you should have recognized them earlier."
"It is true, that which I have revealed to you; there is no God, no universe, no human race, no earthly life, no heaven, no hell. It is all a dream -
a grotesque and foolish dream. Nothing exists but you. And you are but a thought - a vagrant thought, a useless thought, a homeless thought, wandering
forlorn among the empty eternities!"
He vanished, and left me appalled; for I knew, and realized, that all he had said was true.