Your god might be a spoiled kid
Recently I’ve been reading a book called Mindset by Carol Dweck. Furthermore, I’m reading Inferno by Dante. They make a very interesting mix in my head, let’s shuffle this two babes.
The first read, it’s a sort of self-help book that describes how the way you think affects your daily performance. They describe two types of mindsets: one that is volatile and one that is settled. Not getting much into details, the people who believe that intelligence is something set, that you’re intelligent or dumb: tend to underperform over the years, that is because when they fail, it is automatically believe that they’re dumb. People that believe intelligence is adaptable, when faced with challenges: tend to find alternatives and learn with their mistakes.
The second book is a classic, read by so many people and with infinite referrals and mentions all over the years. Talks about leaders, artists, people in general lives. It’s mentioned what they have accomplished, moreover, their respective punishments for their sins on their eternal afterlife. What makes me more astonished is how many times the wrath of god is mentioned and treats every person as an ungrateful bastard. God just seems as a spoiled child that did not get his treat and is sending his kids to an eternal grounding. The souls seem to be lost in their thoughts forever, wobbling around like they will never get over one mistake for the rest of eternity.
Moreover, recently I’ve also seen an article that talks about children that are raised without a specific religion tend to be more empathic and respectable. I do believe that is true, not just because I was raised without and specific creed, but because this allows anyone more perspective. There is no right or wrong, there is just reality and faiths. I’ve been around many religious ceremonies of several beliefs and find them fascinating. I consider myself spiritual and/or religious, but believe that religion looses is point once becomes an institution. Once religion is ruled by people, it is faded to all imperfect human capabilities and tend to end up as a social control tool.
I like the idea of hell, it’s cool, we should feel regret or remorse once we’ve done something we’re not proud of. What just bugs me is the idea of eternal damnation, how wrong people have to be for god not to forgive them? In contrast, how blind people need to be to not learn with the punishment? Imagine if someone learn their lesson in hell, what happens then? Do we just have this short amount of time compared to the eternal afterlife to learn? If yes, god is just an impotent spoiled child throwing its wrath on whatever is in front of him. God might have a fixed mindset after all, or do you?