First I quote Buddhist nun Pema Chodron:
|The difference between theism and non-theism is not whether one does or does not believe in God. It is an issue that applies to everyone, including Buddhists and non-Buddhists. Theism is a deep-seated conviction that there’s some hand to hold: if we just do the right things, someone will appreciate us and take care of us … From this point of view, theism is an addiction. We’re all addicted to hope… Non-theism is relaxing with the ambiguity and uncertainty of the present moment without reaching for anything to protect ourselves … In a non-theistic state of mind, abandoning hope is an affirmation, the beginning of the beginning.|
Compare the attitude attributed to Genghis Khan by Conn Iggulden in his series of novels on Genghis:
There is no greater joy than knowing there is no help coming. The decision is ours to make alone.
Sometimes it’s nice to hold out hope for God; sometimes it’s a relief to jettison all baggage.
You may thank bkMarcus for alerting me to Pema Chodron’s existence. And, shame on me, without him I had no consciousness of several important antecedents to my own thinking: Proudhon and Benjamin Tucker for example. Mikhail Bakunin I knew, but not this quote:
If God existed, it would be necessary to abolish him
2010 11 12 I love Christian theology, but I despise any theology, any cosmology, having a monopoly. We’re supersaturated with Christian theology: any other set of ideas can be a relief. Here’s a neat related statement:
There is no greater joy than knowing there is no help coming.
The decision is ours to make alone.
Conn Iggulden, Lords of the Bow
Genghis Khan series
So funny: this post nearly duplicates one I put at pkTheo blog a year or two back: Theism.
I’ve gotta merge a couple of other notes too.