To the Editor:
Most of us, I would guess, have given up on the notion of God as this old white guy who thinks and acts with the same petty jealousy and arbitrary anger that most humans exhibit at times. Most, I think acknowledge the universe as much more mysterious than we have imagined or can imagine.
Questioning the existence of a supreme being begs the question of why is there anything at all? How did it get here? What do the ends of the universe look like? What existed prior to the Big Bang? How does conscious awareness alter the trajectory of an electron or photon?
Scientifically boiling almost all religions down, whatever they hold out as the Supreme Being and what tribute is due Him or Her or It, you end up with a set of values and beliefs that fosters stronger community among the believers. Some substantial part of those community beliefs or values almost always involves why it is important to work together, to support one another, to help one another.
To share and care and empathize and forgive and even sacrifice. All are values of communities that tend both to survive and thrive. Without such values reinforced by tradition, human societies regress to more primitive, less survivable ways.
If there truly were a God that cared for all of us, He, She, or It would want us, first and foremost, to look after each other. She would make it as automatic and built-in as She could so she wouldn’t have to do everything herself.
It would feel natural to us. And maybe it is. Maybe the most meaningful way to honor such a God, whatever It is or isn’t, would be to help and care for one another. Maybe that’s why I‘m a social-democrat.
Donovan C. Wilkin