Scribbler’s Counsel

There was a provocative bit of graffiti I saw today, something a cut above the vulgar scribblings and meaningless images to which I have grown accustomed: It was a theological statement. I unfortunately had not the presence of mind to snap a picture of it, and so must remember it as best I can. I saw it while looking for parking, having gotten myself turned around so that I somehow found myself behind the storefronts in an alley where the garbage is thrown. As I tried to turn around, I spied the message which ran something along the lines of: “God won’t get us out of this, mankind is our only hope.”

It was like a lightbulb going off, I realized that, though my atheistic friends had never put it in such a succinct way, much of what they have said to me could find its logic in that sentiment, “I don’t need God.” To give the devil his due, I understand the frustration at a seemingly inactive “people of God” waiting around for “dad” to deal with the mess. If that’s what religion was, I’d have little to do with it.

The graffiti itself almost gave away the game, though, the logic somewhat assuming the existence of some sort of god. Moreover, in speaking so plainly, it airs a fundamental misunderstanding of God.

The question I would ask this scribbler, were we in conversation, is where he wants mankind to go. Out of our current state, I think we both agree, but out of a fryer we may jump into something like, if not exactly, Hell. I agree with the statement so far as I hope mankind will work towards a better world, but without some north star, “Whither are we moving? Away from all suns? Are we not plunging continually? Backward, sideward, forward, in all directions?” (This is, unfortunately, from the only bit of Nietzsche I am familiar with, The Parable of the Madman.)

God will get us out of this, for he is the out, the door we need. I reject the scribbler’s counsel, for without God, without ultimate value, there is no way out of this refuse we’ve stumbled into.

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  1. The god you speak of, in this manner, is the one I happily associate with as my father. So! We can agree on that perhaps haha. God helps those who helps themselves. So therefore people, especially congregations, should stop worrying about semantics in terms of love and light and helping people, and band together. Who/whatever God may be, left all the tools and knowledge and stuff here for all to find their own way up the proverbial mountain 🙂 xoxoxo

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    1. I hope you give us lovers of semantics some credit. In trying to clearly define, we’re trying to know more of God. Those whom you love, you wish to know. To love God, to know God, is the richness of life. ❤

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      1. Hey I love semantics! I love linguistics and the psychological and physiological responses and sublimation of information from these syllabic vibrations and frequencies.
        It is the ability to fine tune the mind to be able to recognise the truth and the pleasantries imbued within each oration. There are far too many righteous and holy people who seek to keep true knowledge and wisdom from the many. Indeed there are corrupt individuals who would corrupt the power of the word but when such simplicity is shrouded in so much secrecy and doubt and coding and encoding that much of the original meaning of each singular word becomes distorted and breeds a dissonant cacophony of heartbreak and pain. Like… tinnitus in the ears and a tightening of the chest. Perhaps. LOL sorry. I totally tend to get carried away on my own whims if winds

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        1. You’re on the money. That sort of obscurantism is awful. Teachers should work to reveal the truth, not make themselves look smart, or make themselves more powerful, by keeping people from the truth.

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          1. I’m a teacher! But just a public high school teacher and I’m actually in the process of attempting to… pitch a patreon thingy together to fund my continued research. I’ve only got such a basic understanding. But there are legit heaps of people who make money off of such a “secret” and the message becomes distorted.

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