Sunday, January 29, 2006

The question of God

Another media production from public broadcasting, this one on the tv. I found this program engaging and informative. The format was a little scattered, but basically there was a narrative about the thoughts and ideas of S. Freud and C.S. Lewis, with these two influential people presented as opposing or contradictory. Then, periodically, the program would switch to a roundtable discussion among a diverse collection of people. There was the moderator, the editor of Skeptic mag. (Atheist), a Christian white male stockbroker, an african american filmmaker, a korean american physician, a jungian analyst, an agnostic lawyer, and another author/thinker. Needless to say, they didn't exactly see eye to eye, as Freud and Lewis. But the program was very compelling.

I was particularly interested in the roundtable discussion. While I thought it was excessively edited, it was great to see the free practice of Democracy.

In this spirit, let me posit a question to you, World. We live in a world that is dominated by democratic rhetoric. America is the seat of democracy in the world and yet when we look at the reality we see the vast majority of the population of the world subject to (in the medieval sense) a tiny uber-elite class of plutocrats.

Now, believe me, I know that economists say this and that about efficiency and the bottom line and whatnot, but frankly, I'm tired of hearing about economic reasoning. Sure there is a place for that, but lets look at the big picture. Rich people get richer while poor people struggle harder. IS THIS THE REALITY WE AS A NATION ARE STRIVING FOR? We need to stop thinking about our own survival for just a minute and remember our history. There have been times in our history, hard-won times, when America worked for the average guy. Now is not one of those times. Now is a time when average guys are becoming nobodies at an alarming rate. And yet average guys and nobodies combined are the overwhelming majority of the world. We are so busy struggling to live ourselves, we don't have time to organize like the uber-elite and their considerable numbers of wannabees.

What does this have to do with God? Well probably everything, but I've sat here long enough for today. I'll leave you with this thought. God is a collective manifestation of the thoughts, actions and prayers of a given population.

No comments: