I was watching a profile piece on CBS Sunday Morning about actor Steve Bucemi a bit ago, when I heard that actor in one of his roles offer the following poignant observation:
Do you think God stays in heaven, because he too lives in fear of what he’s created?
If there were a god of any stripe who was responsible for the creation of Homo sapiens, I should think he’d be pissing his pants by now, and with good reason. Ever since Yahweh made the bonehead move of putting the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil within humankind’s grasp, any chance of his long-term viability was effectively doomed. With knowledge and the desire for more comes curiosity, the desire to reach beyond one’s current grasp, to grow, to learn, to further empower oneself in the face of a sometimes hostile yet fascinating world.
We’ve taken that curiosity and run with it, particularly in our most recent history. The mechanics of the solar system and of kinematics were uncovered by the likes of Copernicus, Kepler, and Galileo and further quantified by Newton and Laplace. Faraday made the connection between electricity and magnetism and with that made possible an uncountable number of devices 21st century denizens all but take for granted. Pasteur began the process of understanding disease and how to defeat it, aided later by Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection. Over time, an integration of multiple disciplines has allowed us to be able to dig back not just into our own history but that of the planet and star system that spawned us, to understand it in hard mathematical and physical terms, all the way back to within femtoseconds of the cataclysmic event which gave rise to it all. All these discoveries and thousands more like them are the product of our desire to know, rather than to simply believe.
And perhaps the most important thing we’ve discovered along with all of the above is that god isn’t even necessary to his own creation. Doubtless, this would be seriously disheartening news to the old guy if he existed, and even more so to the priests, rabbis, imams and other grifters who have for so long depended on the supposition of his existence. They may well be as terrified of these developments as their insubstantial deity is, though they may suffer more from them, being that they actually DO exist, and the bullshit which they propagate is being dismantled at an accelerating rate. Eventually, neither these pseudo-prophets nor their dicta will be able to maintain themselves in the face of facts too easily available for either to find breathing room. They will become extinct, like the god which was never extant to begin with.
So a non-existent god may be relegated to a non-existent place, from which he is too frightened of what he didn’t create to reveal himself, because he gave his creation the tools to foment his own obsolescence. Sounds like a good place to leave the bastard.