Hell Hath No Fury Like Mine

I’ve heard about those who lives are lived ‘in quiet desperation’, and we’ve all seen or witnessed loud desperation – those vivid, stark, images of traumatized humanity – children with bellies distended, flesh barely covering their bones, their mothers and fathers, if alive, often in the same condition.  These are the scenes that remind me why humanity is its own worst enemy.  If there is a God, do you think it’s going to make me burn for my disbelief while leaders who could relieve suffering, deny their people adequate food, and water, while directing their military to kill innocents, and rape their country’s women and children as a strategy?  Foreign aid rarely reaches those who need it, and brutal regimes are necessary to maintain power and control.

Maybe that’s the law of this world: use or be used, eat or be eaten.  It’s a vicious world when resources are slim or difficult to access.  Maybe God exists and is a bastard, but I would never give fealty to such a one, even though it could mean unending torment.  Perhaps, God is, as I suspect, the greatest farce ever perpetrated on humanity.  Their book, a clever, self-fulfilling prophecy.  Anyone can include facts in a narrative in an attempt to bolster their argument.  People have always had high intelligence or they wouldn’t have evolved as far as they have.  Adaptability is the key to survival, not necessarily brute strength or stellar skills, although those get you the furthest if you can adapt well.

My favorite Stephen F. Roberts quote is:

“I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.”

I know I have it easy, living in a part of the world where resources are abundant and easily accessible.  Sadly, we all can’t live here, and I know many individuals and organizations do their best to give aid to those in need all over the world – but that need never ends.

Focusing on situations that I cannot effect, except by bringing attention to it, does not serve me in living my life.  I almost have a survivor guilt for the relative abundance in my life.  So, I can choose to enter the Peace Corps, or align with some other organization that serves the most destitute, desperate areas of the world  Or, I can remain selfishly in my own little world, doing my best to survive, and throwing my measly fifty dollars a year at problems fifty million would just begin to address.  I can also ‘pray for them’ so I feel better even though it does nothing for them.  If you’re a believer, you’ll smugly think to yourself that prayer works, but it only works if it impels you to act, and that action doesn’t need your prayers.

“Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able?  Then he is not omnipotent.  Is he able, but not willing?  Then he is malevolent.  Is he both able and willing?  Then whence cometh evil?  Is he neither able nor willing?  Then why call him God?”
– Epicurus [341-270 B.C.]




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15 thoughts on “Hell Hath No Fury Like Mine”

  1. I absolutely loved this post, Jerri. As an agnostic, I grapple with these same questions over and over. We can’t know either way for sure but that doesn’t mean we can’t have an opinion.

    That Roberts quote is profound.

    1. Thanks so much, Al. I don’t know if I’m agnostic or atheist – I suppose it depends on the day, but I’m tired of the same old, same old on our world. I appreciate your comment. Jerri

  2. So true, we humans need to believe someone is in charge, a sad defect. I do like the Jewish idea that the world was created for us and it is up to us to learn to live in peace. Humanity does a poor job of that as you note. I also hold on to Lewis Thomas’ idea that if there is a creator his greatest creation was the mutating properties of DNA. Otherwise we would all be green sludge. Of course we may reduce ourselves to that state. Thank you for this, even if it depressed me. Love your quotes.

  3. You make some great points in this, Jerri and I agree as usual.. I just do not comprehend leaders who spend billions on making war and devastating people and countries while letting the innocent die of hunger and thirst. It’s inhumane.

  4. I believe it is man’s inhumanity to man that is responsible for the conditions and wars that overtake our world…Just because we can’t do everything it doesn’t mean we can’t do something…If everyone did something maybe the world would not be in such a dire strait…Diane

      1. Hi again Jerri, I realize of course your beliefs in that there is not a God…especially a God who is willing to stop all the horrendous things that happen in this world….I just need to say, that you probably realize by now (maybe not) that I am a Christian. I believe God is more than able to ‘control’ and make all this nonsense stop in the world but unfortunately He gave us the free will to do as we want and I believe “we’ have ‘screwed’ things up. I did work
        for one of the agencies that tries to help alleviate suffering in this world for 20 years and you are right that it takes a lot more than is being accomplished in
        order that there are no more hungry bellies in this world. As a said before I believe it is up to us to help to do what we can not just in giving our fifty dollars but to speak up for those that can’t speak for themselves….Diane

      2. I know that others have their own beliefs, and the only time it’s an issue is when religious people try to make me live by their belief system. Free will is a convenient argument to me, but I don’t want to argue about it. Cheers. 🙂

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