A Higher Power: Meaning or Marginalization?
That grease stain with the Fred Durst hat that debates with YouTube atheists was the most recent I can think of, but many religious people have resorted to this premise: that life is imparted with "meaning" (through a chain of logic never illustrated, with "meaning" never being defined) on the condition of there being a "higher power" of some sort. Heading east on Wilshire at 5 MPH, it occurred to me out of nowhere: it doesn't provide "meaning," rather it confesses a desire to marginalize and quantify the subjective human experience so that it can be definitively judged by the believer. The result really being an oversimplified set of parameters in which actions are measured against a set of rules; what the rules themselves are not being terribly important. They could be The Marquis of Queensbury Rules, The ColdFusion syntax, the checklist of hang-gliding: the point being that for them to qualify as value gauges, their own value as gauges must already be assumed. By someone, i.e. you. Once that's been decided, the believer doles out his or her own sense of anxiety or comfort based on their interpretation of actions through the rules.