The problem with bloggers is the same as the problem with a lot of philosophers. They are writing to scratch some private itch but have never had any real power, so the things they say have a weird, unreal quality. You don’t know a)what it would mean if anybody put them into practice and b)if the person writing the words even knows what it means to “put something into practice.” You feel like if somebody showed up at the door of the philosopher (or blogger) and said “Okay! We’re the rest of the human race and we read your blog or your book and guess what — we all think you’re right! What do we do?” they would burst into tears.
That’s why I like talking to my friend Tracy who was the head of comedy development for a big television studio, and then later went on to run a small television production company quite successfully. This is what she said to me on the whole issue of atheism versus monotheism.
- Human beings are pre-programmed to worship something. That’s a good thing because if you don’t believe in something higher than humanity you’re barely human yourself.
- Monotheism and atheism are basically the same. They’re both attempts to keep people from worshiping the wrong thing. Most people will end up worshiping whatever is the most powerful person or group of people in their environment, or themselves.
- Needless to say both monotheism and atheism share the trait of having been almost completely unsuccessful.