God: "It 's my universe. I can coin words if I want to. "
But these nutcase right wingers are moving us closer and closer to nuclear Armageddon. Humans, heck, all the life on earth could be erased from the planet 's surface.
God: "So? Pencils have erasers. If you need to correct a mistake, YOU have an eraser to clean up your error. I have nukes. "
God: "Humans are among the highest manifestations of the universal intelligence. But they are just manifestations, temporary bumps, in the fabric of the universe, solar flares of the moment, experiments in the cosmic recipe book. They 're a blip in a moment of time in a universe where time is a way of paying attention. Thomas Edison tried over a thousand times to come up with the right material for a light bulb. Even God gets to experiment with new inventions. "
So we could just disappear in a moment?
What about all those poor people who died in the flood?
God: "I make my own exclamation points. They 're being well taken care of. I wanted to help the good people a bit. I wanted to help the journalists who were afraid to do the right thing. They saw things that helped them find their hearts and their voices, their righteous indignation. I can be good at inspiring the real thing, righteous indignation-wise. "
What about the people who died on 9/11?
God: "I have my ways. America has been on a long, downward path. It may go all the way down, to become a minor power, like Spain, Portugal, Rome, Greece, Egypt, Mesopotamia. America did some good things, but it has developed hubris, and it 's people have been failing to adapt their nation to the best that could be. That 's one reason I invented death. People die and are replaced by new life, new ideas. Same with nations and peoples. "
Is there hope for the US?
You don 't have much tolerance for liberals?
God: "I have more tolerance for them, because they have the potential ... But they have to learn how to pray. I don 't mean to me. I mean they have to remember, every day, every moment, that they are part of something bigger --the universe, me, and their nation, their democracy, their freedoms. And when they forget, when they fail to remember this, it is like stopping breathing. When they fail to remember that they have to DO things to keep their freedoms, their democracy alive, that they have to do things every day, pay tribute, make sacrifices, then the soul of their nation dies a little death, a little more, each day, each moment. They have to remember, to stay connected to the dream of the original founders, which has become their reality. Or they will sink into a nightmare. Already, they are seeing the fruits of their forgetting, their unwillingness to sacrifice. "