You Have to Consider the Idea that God does not Like You!

Writing this blog post is my pain; this is my burning hand, as is reading and grading it your pain.

Even though Brad Pitt can make anything interesting, this scene from “Fight Club” encapsulates an angle not yet considered, and in all probability will not be, except for this blog post, that we do not need God.  There is the popular misconception that God created humanity.  While this may be figuratively and ultimately true, humanity did not truly exist until the Fall.  The popular and simplest distinction, as I am a fan of Occum’s Razor, between humans and animals is reason, the ability to rise above immediate desires and ‘choose’.  Before Adam and Eve partook in the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, gaining the ability choose, reason, discern right from wrong (the knowledge of good and evil), they were living in a paradise, essentially a utopia, making them devoid of humanity.  This same argument, that humans are no longer human under such conditions, seems to be advocated by every author we have read so far.  As Professor Clayton continually questions, “Are dystopian and utopian literature really about the future or the past?”.

We can see that the Christian creation myth gives the credit of humanity’s creation to Adam himself, and I should know being that my name is Adam. lol  :  /  This strongly supports humanity’s natural and historically proven desire to overthrow the father and take the mother for his own, because Adam and Eve defied God, their father, and have continually been taking Mother Earth for their own.

This all relates to genetic research and other progressive sciences because these very augmentations of humanity are getting us exponentially closer and closer to God-like beings.  With immortality, perfected genes, and any other imaginable quality, “We don’t need him.” (Brad Pitt).  We have already taken our mother for our own (manifest destiny, drilling for oil, “working the land” as the Bible says), and we are now flirting with killing our father, whether that be the eradication of religion as seen in many of the assigned readings, scientifically developing ourselves (in a manner much more extreme than our readings and course have entertained), or literally invading heaven.  Neitzche writes that “God is dead, and we killed him.”  This is too deep and tangential a topic to explore further, but the point is that some people believe that we have already killed God.

It is vitally important to not get too comfortable.

Personally, I have always made a point to keep my self away from a utopian state and would advise anyone to do the same.  Masochism, fasting, sublimation, have been long been willingly practiced.  “Without pain, without sacrifice, we would have nothing!” (Brad Pitt).  Without defying God’s caveat of eating from the trees, without Adam’s curse of working the land (and contemplating the universe, as seen in the second creation myth, Genesis Ch. 2) and Eve’s pain during labor, we would still be the mindless Mitochondrial Eve and Y-chromosomal Adam (Y-MRCA), the scientific names for our immediate evolutionary ancestor.  The utopian paradises in our readings and, for some, religious upbringings, may seem far away, yet they are a way of looking at the present, as in right now.  My hand hurts.

Congratulations!  You’re one step closer to hitting bottom.

Adam W. Gill

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~ by adamwgill on January 26, 2014.

2 Responses to “You Have to Consider the Idea that God does not Like You!”

  1. If the ability to choose is what makes humans human, then didn’t Adam and Eve already have that when they chose to eat from the tree? They had to make a decision in order to fall. I don’t necessarily think that having humanity and living in a “paradise” are mutually exclusive. The idea that pain produces some of what we consider the human experience is well taken, but I think that maybe utopias end up being dystopian precisely because it is humans that attempt to make them, in contrast to the God-made Eden.

    -Ethan Dixius

  2. I really enjoyed your post as well as the burning hand puns! I really liked the way it made me consider another way of viewing dystopia and utopias. Many people would say that utopia refers to a time in the future that is far from reach, but I appreciated how you mentioned that there was a utopia before the Fall and approached the topic from the past. I too believe that “without pain, without sacrifice, we have nothing.” In order to feel real happiness, I believe that there is also pain. If we were in a utopia, then it seems that we would only live for the sake of living, because there is no point in going forward or back because there is only contentment. In a way, this utopia is limiting because people have no right to an emotional range. There is no pain, sadness, hunger in the novel, but there is also no happiness, triumph, and a yearning for the better.
    -Saba Getaneh

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