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The Psychosis of Monotheism

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Because I'm burdened by emotional influences myself and because I'm surrounded by emotional individuals who might be angered by the thought, a thought based on empirical observation, it is difficult to simply and fairly even suggest the psychosis of monotheism, a perspective based simply on historical observation.   People kill and die during such discussions frequently, even when based on historical factual events involving some ardent religious zealot.   Religious faith is a touchy subject.   The fact that I hesitate to discuss historical actuality is one of many indicators of the psychosis of monotheism.

I was taught that the theological development over the course of time from many gods in the distant past to one god more recently was a theological evolution of sorts.   That many into one was somehow a refined perspective.   I was taught that god is one and more specifically that there is one god and that this was a reasonable conclusion.   Even in school I was taught that a monotheistic perspective was the way.   And of course in church I was taught that the version is the one correct version.   All monotheism talks about how they are the chosen people with the one true practice that will lead you closer to the one true god.   And some believe that their Judeaic, Christian or Islamic version of the one and true god is worth laying down one's own life, or more unbelievable, worth taking the lives of others in defense of it, or more amazingly still taking the lives of others simply for having alternating ideas and practices.   This is all the epitome of psychotic behavior, believing in something that cannot be proven and going so far as to harm others because of the belief.  

It's not that I am an atheist either, I am just making historical observations.   God is not the problem, people are the problem, or more accurately various interpretations of institutions based on god.   I believe in god.   I believe I am god, or more accurately another form of god.   I believe man was born with the capability to become god like and as many say attain Buddhahood or as Nietzsche suggested cross the chasm from simpleton to superman.   Buddhism believes that god is infinite in infinite forms.   And look at how culturally relaxed and accepting they are.   Perhaps that is the very point and essence of it all.       

Hinduism is the oldest written religion on earth in which there are thirty-three billion gods.   There is a god for everything, from dust and ashes, to trees and various people.   The theological reasoning behind thirty-three billion gods is because god, even if she be one and one only, can surely arrive in billions of forms and at the same time for that matter, being god and all.   Why would god be limited to one narrow format?   The human reason for thirty three billion gods is more important.   Thirty-three billion gods is just about enough to where no one will become aggravated by alternative ideas or formats.   In Hinduism it is possible to worship one god, a few gods or all thirty three billion of them and at the same time allow the worship of another's god as equal, as just one of the other thirty three billion forms of god.   Thirty three billion is just enough gods to promote human respect of other gods, it provides just enough space for people to believe what they want to believe without being threatened by some psychotic.  

Ardent monotheists kill and die attempting to prove their god and attempting to proselytize people for their god.   Monotheism provides people with a jingoistic inclination and perspective on spirituality, which throughout recorded time has given rise to moments and movements of cultural atrocities, violence which is somehow validated by some sense of tradition and support of their one and true higher power.   Monotheism is psychotic for perpetuating such.   I cannot believe that there is any god, even amongst the thirty three billion Hindu gods, that requires people to kill others and take over the world on their behalf.   God, in any of the thirty three billion forms has already created the world, the world is hers no matter.   No god needs any human to build up and fight for any religious institutions, no matter how forged on tradition.   Those monotheists which would tolerate people killing and dying based on or somehow for monotheism do not know a god of oneness or any one true god.   Claiming one god provides excuses for people to behave in psychotic terms based on values validated by emotional rooted tradition.   The psychosis of monotheism provides people with excuses to attempt that very human sadism, controlling other humans.

A Sufi tale I retell in my own way:

It comes time for a well-practiced monk to go on a pilgrimage to visit other adepts.   He traverses the land sharing knowledge and communicating with others.   He is told that he really should visit a fellow monk who resides by himself on an island.   The monk takes a boat across the water and soon finds the islander monk.   The two share a moment of chanting and meditation and the pilgrim monk notices the island monk was saying the chant wrong.   The island monk is greatly upset that he had been practicing the wrong way for so long.   He thanks the pilgrim monk again and again.   Eventually the pilgrim monk decides to continue on.   He gets on the boat and as he is in the middle of the water he thinks to himself that the he benefitted the island monk by revealing the true meditation chant.   Just then the island monk runs up to the floating boat.   "I might have forgot, can you repeat the true chant once more?"

 

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Activist, author and Tai Chi teacher Ethan Indigo Smith was born on a farm in Maine and lived in Manhattan for a number of years before migrating west to Mendocino, California. Guided by a keen sense of integrity and humanity, Ethan's work is both deeply connected and extremely insightful, blending philosophy, politics, activism, spirituality, meditation and a unique sense of humor.

The events of September 11, 2001 inspired him to write his first book, The Complete Patriot's Guide to Oligarchical Collectivism, an insightful exploration of history, philosophy and contemporary politics. His more recent publications include:

  • Tibetan Fusion a book of simple meditative practices and movements that can help you access and balance your energy
  • The Little Green Book of Revolution an inspirational book based on ideas of peaceful revolution, historical activism and caring for the Earth like Native Americans
  • The Matrix of Four, The Philosophy of the Duality of Polarity on the subject of the development of individual consciousness
  • 108 Steps to Be in The Zone a set of 108 meditative practices and steps toward self discovery and individual betterment, including techniques to develop balance, transmute sexual energy and better the self
  • and the controversial book, Terra-ist Letters, a work that humorously contrasts the very serious issues of global nuclear experimentation promotion and global marijuana prohibition

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