16 March 2009

A tale about a vacillating god and the troubles it caused

This is the product of my waning consciousness as I was drifting into sleep late last night. Earlier in the evening, I had looked at a secular, yet conservative blog. While sleep was overtaking me, my mind was mulling over the question of whether one can be simultaneously inspired by 2 (or more) seemingly mutually exclusive and perhaps even contradictory lines of thinking to produce a unique idea.

This tale is, of course, subject to future revisions
Once upon a time, there was an imaginary universe ruled by a supreme being, a god of some sort. One peculiar phenotypic trait of this god was that it existed only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, but was absolutely null on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

All the inhabitants of this universe that were intelligent enough to understand such things as philosophy and theosophy, not to mention gymnosophy, were aware of their only god’s idiosyncratic on and off existence pattern and had accepted it as perfectly normal.

This is not to say that the oscillating beingness of this supreme being hadn’t caused any theoretical difficulties among the learned folks. For one, try as hard as they might, they just couldn’t decide whether they were atheists or theists or both or neither.

You see, the problem was that on those days when the god didn’t exist, for example, on any Sunday, it was perfectly logical and rational for someone to assert that there was no god and that he or she was an atheist. And then the very next day, it was equally logical and rational for the same person to be a theist and to be devoutly and sincerely worshipping the god that was then in existence without any doubt whatsoever.

This went on for many millennia and the people kept on arguing whether they were atheists or theists or both or neither.

Then one Wednesday when there was absolutely no evidence that the said god did not exist, a resourceful kind of fellow asserted that he was now an atheist on that day and everyday from then on. To make things worse, the same fellow also announced his intentions that, although he believed there was no god, he was nevertheless going to rely–not always, but sometimes–on the wisdom that had previously been doled out by the nonexistent god.

That created a massive intellectual turmoil and nothing said, written or done made sense ever after.

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