"I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of his creation, whose purposes are modeled after our own -- a God, in short, who is but a reflection of human frailty. Neither can I believe that the individual survives the death of his body, although feeble souls harbor such thoughts through fear or ridiculous egotism." [Einstein]
I was trying to decide if I should submit this to iBrattleboro, but the Frank C’s comment in Spinoza’s recent piece “Doing as Silence Dogood Did” made me think it’s time to speak up (again) about religious bigotry. I quote, therefore, the (incomplete sentence) by the seemingly uncivil Mr. C : : “When the rest of the named people wake up and realize that, Brattleboro will find it’s true place at the right hand of the lord.”
I’m not entirely against insulting people when there’s a need. But, for too long, it is and has been tiresome to hear anyone belittle others because they find no need for someone’s unproven and unprovable hypothesis they call god, or in this case, “the lord.” His above quote accuses both believers and nonbelievers of a different persuasion in Brattleboro that they are asleep, that the place they hold is false or wrong, all of which is underlined by the unbelievable arrogant insertion into an article about signed identities, to wit: that everyone in town needs to find the “true place at the right hand of the lord.”
Even the concept of the “right-hand” of a god underscores Einstein’s assertion of a “god” as manmade in nature. Does a right-hand suggest there is a left-hand? What would an allegedly omnipotent creature need such a primitive anatomical extremity for?
Whether Mr. C thinks this is “crotchety” or not (his supercilious description of me), I agree with dear old Albert Einstein that religious people suffer from “an incarnation of the most childish superstitions.”
And, whether or not Einstein was a believer, agnostic or nonbeliever doesn’t matter. What Einstein did believe in was his own “unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it.”
I’ll take Einstein’s remarkable cognitive abilities from that “extraordinary prefrontal cortex” of his - any day - over the tired, old biblical primitive nonsense that continues to plague us here in Brattleboro (and the world) today.
As Stephen Hawking also indicates, our modern (but relatively primitive) understanding of time suggests that the universe is just another dimension, like space itself, and therefore has no beginning.
If there is no beginning, there is no God.
Thus stated is the lowercase of god, a useless creation from the primordial minds of scared little men looking into a narcissus mirror of ignorance and superstition.