An article by Sha'Tara, local writer and friend.
Who Are Your Gods, O Man?
[thoughts from ~burning woman~ by Sha'Tara]
Can anything fresh be said of God, or of the Gods; of their nature and their acts not already expressed, not already thrashed to death by bloated religion and business shysters, detractors, philosophers, historians, archeologists, politicians and military men? By the common people who parrot their "god-feel-good" or their "god-guilt" to each other? Perhaps not. But I would share the following thought, nevertheless.
Despite all that has been said of; written about; done in the name of these Gods, I know that all of it, absolutely all of it, is deliberate misinformation that has become the purview of powerful and powerfully ignorant men (sometimes women); the ignorance increasing exponentially along with the global spread of the religious or God-riding apparatus.
Who are these Gods? Briefly stated, they were people once. They were long-lived and very powerful. They knew many "laws" of life which short-lived mortals could not even begin to sense. These "divinities" were man's makers and owners on planet Earth and they encouraged the people to think of them as gods, as eternals, as all-knowing and all powerful. They brainwashed their slaves to believe, and that belief turned to fanaticism as the gods fought among themselves and trained their slaves to fight for them. Few of the slaves ever questioned the inconsistencies of the Gods' teachings and demands versus what they actually did. While they taught "love" to the people, they warred, enslaved, raped and pillaged at will. They were ruthless in their punishment of transgressors, defectors and unbelievers. History, often labeled myth or legend in order to dissimulate these acts, has kept a few records of these things and anyone with a rudiment of literacy can access these.
Despite their claims however, these beings were not entirely immortal. They aged and in time, they either lost interest in their youthful game or lost control of it and they left Earth to the maddened, half-brained Earthians. The creatures, predictably continued to act as if the Gods were still here, still expecting obedience, still giving commands. By then lesser divinities, spawns of divine and Earthian sexual intercourse, had taken over. Abandoned by their divine parents, they were pulled in the power vacuum and seized their place, becoming the quasi-divine priest-kings, queens, emperors, pharaohs, army commanders. And they did what their parents had done.
What is God; what are the Gods to today's believers? Difficult to answer that question in this short format but an answer can be alluded to. They are Power: power through events, not through presence: today's Gods exist and act through events and as events. They are invisible but not dead, living through the legacy of their passage here. God is powerful because it is a concept, not an actual personage, or being. It is that which expresses in how "events" (natural or man-made) are ascribed to, linked to, and interpreted by, various believers to their concept of God. By this simple process, the power of God is endlessly re-instated. The more impactful the event that is ascribed to God, the more power God (the concept) gains among the multitude. Hence why God always leads the Jihad or crusade.
Ah yes, the multitude. That motley, restless brute beast, ponderous and ignorant, birthing itself segmentally, ravenously feeding on the rotting carcass of a dying world, desperately scrabbling for its share of meaningless pleasures, ever suffering and ever dying yet always growing; so easily manipulated and driven to excesses by its rulers, its snake-charmers. That is what gives God its power for the multitude, having no hope in itself, must ever consume its cancerous path into the future. And the future is that invisible, intangible promise of life beyond death and of something better: God. As the multitude whimpers and screams its pain/pleasure from billions of individual mouths having fed on caviar and sand, God is heard because God is the infernal din.
God is power. Power expressed from invisibility through events is the ultimate power for the power wielder cannot be held accountable by that which is visible and mortal. The bastard descendants of the Gods know this and that is why they have always gravitated to places of power where they are hidden, protected, by layers of attendants and bureaucrats, guards and heavily defended strongholds, untouchable by the multitude. Kings, Lamas, Popes, Presidents, CEO's. Which one of these ever comes personally before "the multitude" under him before deciding a matter that will affect the lives of millions? Which one ever consults with "the people" before raising taxes, shutting down plants, declaring war, changing the rules of the game by which people live and die? Democracies were to guarantee this would happen: was there ever a greater hoax perpetrated upon the multitude? Yet the multitude believes in its "invisible" rulers because it believes any alternative to what it clings to is bound to be worse.
Rulers, from low-level managers to Secretary Generals of some United Nations, are God by definition of ruling power. The multitude, cattle in the slaughter house, obedient unto death for having no choice, is there to ensure this system never changes. For after all, isn't God eternal?
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|Reviewed by Laura Fall
|Another very good write indeed.
|Reviewed by Leland Waldrip
God is a dwindling power for many these days, but alas, a continuing element for most. He represents the unknown and feared, shown "love" as an appeasing peace offering to defray the mighty forces of detriment that sooner or later chance upon individuals.
Knowledge once attributed only to God is now common to the masses. Once the sun was deemed the god Apollo who drove a fiery chariot from horizon to horizon, who must complete his daily trip before night could come. Unbelievers in this fairy tale were badly mistreated at that time, but now someone expressing such a belief would be deemed and called an idiot.
Other information is still in God's Vault, as I called it in one of my poems. There is much more knowledge to be acquired from this vault, but Thinking Man has chiseled knowledge loose little by little, often at the expense of life and limb (Galileo, etc.) from the (largely self-adorned)ensconsed arbiters of God's power and intentions.
With virtually every technological advance some formerly God-protected information is stolen from that vault and made common property of man's understanding.
So Who Are Your Gods, O Man? Answer: That part of the human intellect represented by Ignorance, Fear and a preference of taking the easy way instead of laboring to pursue real answers!
|Reviewed by Patrick Granfors
|Labels of doom and destruction. Goodness comes from within but is in desperately short supply. Patrick|
|Reviewed by Jon Willey
|Regis, Micki Peluso offers many opinions and beliefs that come close to mine, though not exactly. I too believe there is but one God. The omnipotent, omnipresent God that created me and everything in the universe. My soul, that intangible, inner being and consciousness of self in the broadest perspective,tells me this is so. The whole of existence and the universe is too complex to have been created by circumstance with no intelligence. So, thank you for stirring our souls to look closer and harder for him. He must surely be disappointed with what he witnesses most of the time. Love and peace to you my dear friend. Jon Michael|
|Reviewed by Tom Hyland
|REG - WELL DONE! A LOT TO PONDER. CREATIVE THINKING.
When I was about 17, a friend's Grand-Father told us:
"Religion is a Superstition created by Man in order to try to explain his own Existence!"
Power = Control. -
God = Control. - ERGO -
Power = God.
|Reviewed by Ronald Hull
|Well said. God was invented to confront fear. Men use that fear to control other men in the name of god. Endless reinforcing and verbiage feeds the myth. Most men are slaves.
|Reviewed by JASMIN HORST SEILER
|You are a being of true courage and much good sense, so much, most of what screws up the world is a derivative of what you write, and then there are the chicken shits, most of them, that for fear, fear, fear, and retribution will only do what is, billions of ass lickers,
which make everything right as long as it saves their hide, and is in the interest of their God, or Gods, and his commands. Those minor bastards you refer to, the fucked up institutional Gods, know they can take full advantage of the stupidity and cowardness of the masses, and readily do so. We will never progress from where we are, and where we are going, unless we have the courage to free ourselves from our fearful mindset, more primitive than even that of our primate cousins. We are not victims of a so called vengeful God, but of our own misconceptions. The greed to have it our way, as long as we are seperate, from those awful sinners, the killers, thiefs, oppressors, child molesters, etc, the other, (us) as long as we do his, their dirty work, war, stoning, etc, as long as we, OUR GOD, for small minds is right. The selfish bastards of that sort,the billions will always find an exuse, to excuse anything, as long as it serves their God, and their own fearful end. Fear,and greed is the biggest of all the problems, and the seperatness from one another in all there is. That brings me to Micki Peluso, HE < as I, see God in a much bigger picture, and it does not include Satan.
It's always a blessing to read you, thank you!
|Reviewed by Karen Palumbo
|Nice to read your work as you always have a way of stating the obvious. You do have a good eye and thanks for sharing...
Be always safe,
|Reviewed by - - - - - TRASK
|God Comes In Many Faces Of Satan...Reviewer 1 My Poems Said: You TRASK Must Be On 1st Name Basis With God?
As Rockerfellers - Bill GATES, Even Ophra Win Free Brags God Gave Her $85 Million $ Mansion As Other Greed Mongering S O B s All Believe Their Billion$ Makes Them Gods? Of course Jesus Freaks
A D s Who All Believe In Anything But Themselves Or Any God!It All Facade To Hide Behind Own Evil Sins!
More People Should Die Come Back After Meeting Real (God) They Might Never Even Use Swear Word Again With out Using Toilet Paper Wipe Their Mouthes!
He (God) Is Merciless You Believe In He Will Forgive You As Any Sicko Child Molester For His Your Sins---
JUST WILL SUFFER WITH THE UNJUST--- For Not Stopping It!
(God) Leaves It Up To You Humanity As Humans To Clean Up Your Own (Shit) Sins!
AND: (God) Loves You (Laugh) Speaks To No One Human,i.e.Only Voices Of Dead-Spirits-Evil Entities...
Death Is Inevitable---You as I Will Die---You Will Find Out How Merciless He (God) Really Is...
|Reviewed by Micki Peluso
Your friend has some valid points but juggles apples with oranges at times.I would not compare religions to God which is a whole different matter and she is right on many points concering religions and its hypocrisy. I won't get into a discussion on this except to say that matter and engery do not die, but take other forms. I have a spiritual essence--call it soul, that is linked to a greater essence that to me is God. It's a living presence within me and me within it. It's all I need.
Thanks for the read,
|Reviewed by Paul Berube
|Interesting write of your opinion, Regis. Well done.|
|Reviewed by Mary Coe
|This is by far, the most interesting article I've read in weeks. Thanks for sharing. Excellent job.|