Classical music anyone? (+ my random musings for those bothered to read)
Just sitting and listening to some fantastic classical singers on YouTube has got me thinking.
(if you're here for the music, click the link, skip the rest, and post your own!)
As a musician, music is one of the things I appreciate most in the world. It has the ability to make me feel anything, if it has in itself enough passion. It can force me to grin ear to ear, or move me to tears. Hearing some of the best vocalists ever recorded, I can't really find a better word for it than Godly (and that's because our largely religious culture has the supernatural at one end of the spectrum, and hearing something truly beautiful deserves to be put on exactly that pedestal). However, I certainly don't mean it in a supernatural sense (and I, for one, won't stop using that vocabulary exactly because I feel the praise is deserved...if only we atheists could come up with a word that means above Godly, in which case I'll gladly adopt that change in language!). However, I would never hope anybody sees it as me passing off the hard work that goes into being the best at anything. You truly have to have both a natural pre-disposition that gives you an advantage in anything you do seriously, and lots of hard work, to be the best at anything. When people tell me that my musical ability is God given (and they ACTUALLY mean exactly that), I have to be a little pissed about that! I could never call honing my craft hard work in the same sense as my full time job, because I enjoy it greatly. But it is a lot of work, and while I don't need any sort of constant praise about it, I feel offended when someone else is credited for what I did out of love for an art.
Theists - If your god is omnipotent, remember the following: He (or she) has the cure for cancer, but won't tell us what it is.