Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Worshipping Nature, not God...

If I had a time machine I would immediately travel backwards, 2000+ years, and take myself out of this GOD mess that the world is mired in. I believe that God and through his incarnation, Jesus Christ, is the Sign that destabilises all the other Signs - that brings disorder and finally the end of the world. As Bill Hicks would say at this point... "Hear me out..."

Firstly, anything at all can be done in the name of God. And God knows no contradictions. Pat Robertson calls for an end to abortion, supports war, and calls for Hugo Chavez to be "taken out." But he is a man of God, and God's Love tells him to say these things. And he is pro-life, pro-death penalty. His positions only make sense if you understand that he pours forth beneath a sign that shifts shape to suit the needs of each moment - that stands in the same relation to the world as any other type of paranoid fantasy (and yet conservatives have the nerve to accuse the Left of relativism!).

(Please Note :- it doesn't matter to me whether God "exists" or not, or whether he speaks to Pat Robertson. It is what the shape-shifting notion of God's Will unleashes into the public sphere that concerns me - an ideological strain that is anti-science, anti-intellectual, opposed to freedom, thirsty for sacrifice, stricken with guilt, obsessed with sex, and fundamentally irrational.)

Robertson and other followers belong to a religion that actively awaits the End of the World. What other faith can compete with that? The thing is, once there are sufficient numbers of believers, it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. At least Marshall Applewhite and his Hale-Bopp cult only killed themselves to achieve Rapture. Christianity is a virus that left unchecked will destroy the planet.

Marshall Applewhite - Not as Dangerous as Pat Robertson

We've just seen the Hurricane Katrina, the tsunami, another earthquake. Reasons to have our leaders legislate changes to our energy consumptions, to have those big corporations adjust their energy extraction and supersize their R&D programs, not likely.

Better to just say in awe - "HE is coming, for the second time... the Day of Judgment is upon us!"

And here is where I jump off. Nature is a perfect and fitting thing to worship, if anything must be worshipped, then yes, let's worship Nature - The Planet - Life. For there is nothing on this planet that is not alive, yes, even Pat Robertson - life is what binds together the microcosm and the macrocosm. But you don't have to have a Christian God in the Clouds to make Nature awe-inspiring or worthy of veneration - you only need eyes to see. (And if you can connect to the pre-Christian Gods of the Ancients, so much the better, even if it means sucking the hallucinogenic juice out of a Colorado River Toad)

Beholding Nature without all the God junk clouding the mind is my desired state. But it's no good. To purge myself fully I will need the time machine and a trip to 200 B.C.

Wordsworth said it well:

The World Is Too Much With Us; Late and Soon

The world is too much with us; late and soon,
Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers;
Little we see in Nature that is ours;
We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!
This Sea that bares her bosom to the moon,
The winds that will be howling at all hours,
And are up-gathered now like sleeping flowers,
For this, for everything, we are out of tune;
It moves us not. -Great God! I'd rather be
A Pagan suckled in a creed outworn;
So might I, standing on this pleasant lea,
Have glimpses that would make me less forlorn;
Have sight of Proteus rising from the sea;
Or hear old Triton blow his wreathed horn.

- William Wordsworth

*** And if you think my views are eccentric, what about Robert Winston, also writing about religion today, who comes up with his usual rationalist rubbish about religious feeling = dopamine levels in the brain. The man is the most overrated personage in British society, and he quotes Richard Dawkins, the next most stupid man in Britain - they can't see that Science has become their Religion ***


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