“Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life. Aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something.” –Thoreau

14 January 2010

Yes, this entry is about god.

There's a lot which can be said about god - or God or Allah or Zeus or Yahweh or Vishnu or the Lord or what ever else we've come up with in the last 400,000 years. Some of what is said might even be true. We may never come to a consensus on what god IS, but we do seem to agree on what god is NOT.

God is not without reason.

Which is not to say that god is reasonable, but rather that reason is a part of the makeup of divinity. God cannot exist without reason. What religion gives us, at its core, is really about logic. Or perhaps a belief in logic.

We believe that our bodies yawn because they need to, even though we haven't worked out what yawning actually accomplishes. We believe in Fibonacci's sequence, and in the power of its natural resonance, even though most of us can not describe it. We believe that our pets have thoughts and feelings which we have no way to personally experience or quantify.

And I think all of these beliefs are a kind of reference to god. If there is a logic behind how we think and live and function then we can believe in some higher power pulling our proverbial strings. We can trust in a god who has reason. We can live in a world we only partially understand and trust in the logic of the infinite universe. And that's a beautiful thing.

We are only peripherally aware of the unknowable, and yet we feel we are intimately attached to god. Why is that, I wonder? What is it in our make-up which demands the presence and knowledge of a god? And do animals and plants share in that knowledge? Does it frighten them the way it often does us? Do they curse god when things aren't going their way, and praise god ostentatiously at seasonally appropriate intervals? I do not know. None of us know. Why doesn't that ignorance bother us?

None of this is going anywhere, except out into that infinite vacuum of space. Or perhaps, I suppose, to the ears of god.

And I believe there is one, although I am open to a debate on what god may or may not be. It doesn't really matter to me, actually, how the rest of the world sees their god. Or even if they see one. What matters to me is that we try to understand that we are all looking at the same things, and we are drawing conclusions which are grounded in reason. We are viewing the (possibly sacred) logic of the world and trying to comprehend its beauty. That's the important part. The discovery is the important part.

And that's all I have to say about that.