"[T]here are, at bottom, basically two ways to order social affairs, Coercively, through the mechanisms of the state -- what we can call political society. And voluntarily, through the private interaction of individuals and associations -- what we can call civil society. ... In a civil society, you make the decision. In a political society, someone else does. ... Civil society is based on reason, eloquence, and persuasion, which is to say voluntarism. Political society, on the other hand, is based on force." ~ Ed Crane
The Gods Must Be Crazy
Okay, I should go ahead and get this out of the way right now, I am an atheist, and damn proud of it! In fact, I wear that like a badge of honor. I really don't care what someone else might think; nor do I care what someone else wants to believe in, Superman, Big Foot, Little Green Men, or Gods for that matter. I just don't want government telling me that I must believe in fairy tales as well.
I remember watching all the controversy last year when Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore was told that he would have to remove the Ten Commandments monument from the rotunda of a government building. It amazed me that the religious wack jobs could not see the problem with this. They saw this as an assault on their rights, not as an assault on separation of church and state. I should know by now to never underestimate the psychosis of the believers.
In the movie 'The Gods Must Be Crazy,' a native in the Kalahari Desert encounters technology for the first time--in the shape of a Coke bottle. I found this to be very amusing, but I also began to see parallels between his thought process, and that of the modern day Theist. Both are using caveman logic to explain their world. I fail to see the difference between 'hmm, bottle fall from sky, must be gods' and 'hmm, trees and butterflies prove the existence of god.'
In both of these cases, someone is simply replacing one unknown for another unknown, but proving nothing!
Not only can God not be proven, but I will also go so far as to say that God can be disproved. It is impossible for something to be all knowing and all good. If you are aware that something bad is going to happen, and you allow it to happen anyway, then you cannot be all good. If God created everything, then he also created evil. It is also impossible to be all-powerful; can God create a rock that even he himself cannot move?
One of the biggest problems that we have today is the mixing of the two Matrixes, government and religion. Either one of the two is hazardous by itself, but when mixed will always become lethal. I still don't understand why someone of religious faith would want the government involved in the first place. The government makes a mess of everything it touches, so why would a Theist want them to have a say in religion?
I would have thought that as man became more knowledgeable and logical that he would have pushed aside his caveman beliefs, but it seems to be just the opposite. Today we have an Attorney General who writes his own hymns, and covers the breast of a bronze statue because it offends him, and a President who takes orders from God. Still more evidence that one should never underestimate the psychosis of the religiously wacked.
I have no doubt that if 'God' were to speak to Bush, and tell him he needs to attack Canada , that a war would be underway. There is nothing scarier than a lunatic who believes he is doing the 'Lord's' work, especially when that lunatic has his finger on the nuke button. We are all just a Bible passage away from extinction.
If war is the health of the State, then God is the Physician. God, Allah, Jesus, Jehovah, Elohim, Adonai, El Roi, call it what you like but it's all the same. All wars are fought over one premise; my god is better than yours, and I am willing to kill you to prove it! We truly have not crawled beyond the cave man in our reason and logic. What an assault on man's intellect!
I understand how the Kalahari native would have thought the Coke bottle was a gift from the gods, based on his lack of knowledge, logic and reason. What I don't understand is modern man's denial of knowledge, logic, and reason. It seems to be that when faith and logic are in conflict, faith always trumps logic. That is why it is called faith; any sane person would never be able to accept it any other way.
The thing that I fear most about another four years of the Bush regime is God. Knowing that he cannot run again, I fear that Bush will unleash the vengeance of God on the world, and with Ashcroft playing the role of Jesus, we will all be sinners in their eyes. If I am wrong and the Gods do exist, and they anointed George Bush to be our savior, then 'The Gods Must Be Crazy.'