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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