Okay, this needs to be a bit quick, because I’m really tired and need a full night of sleep for once.
I had a revelation today, debating once again about religion on Yahoo. I got into a discussion on truth, on the fact of versus the belief in god, and who in the religion business is right versus who is wrong. In my struggle to get this other person to understand that no one knows 100% the image of god, the will of god, or the parameters god may or may not have set in the world for us to follow, I developed an interesting analogy which I am quite happy with. And here it is:
God is Schrodinger’s cat.
The idea is that no one can claim that they know for an absolute fact where the line is drawn between right and wrong in any given situation. Don’t get me wrong here, there are things that are simply ‘sick and wrong’ in the world that no person should be okay with. There is a right and wrong, and I’m sure there is a line, and we try to define that line through laws, social norms, and religious guidance. Despite these human-defined lines, however, we still have different cultures which draw the line in different places, and we still have people who cross over that line despite the consequences. Why is this? I beg to say that it is because that individual’s personally-drawn line is different from the society-developed line. Every person has their own personal line, and it is up to that individual to decide, if their line goes past the boundaries of societal lines, whether they will stay true to their personal line or the societal line.
The person I was talking to seemed to hold the line between good and evil on the same plane as god itself, so lets go into the whole concept. Just as we cannot determine where the true line between good and evil is (it looks more like a fuzzy grey blur in the middle somewhere), we also cannot define with perfect clarity the image or intentions of god. We cannot agree as a human race what god looks like, what god’s intentions are for our existence or our way of life, and, as described above, where god drew the real line between good and evil. We can guess away with what we believe to be evidence of god’s existence, god’s intentions, etc. but they are only educated guesses.
Looking at god this way, we could say that god is in a box. We are pretty sure it’s in there, but we do not for certain, and if we guess that it is, we cannot be certain in what state it is in. We cannot observe its appearance or its reasoning for being in the box. We can find clues around the box, but we cannot peak inside. According to Schrodinger, because the attributes of the cat cannot be absolutely defined from outside the box, than any observation regarding the cat inside is both right and wrong at the same time. The cat is both alive and dead. So if I say the cat is dead, I am right, but someone who says the cat is dead would be just as right as I would be. This is the same with our interpretation of god. All religions are simply people giving their interpretation of the god in the box, and they are all both equally right and equally wrong.
So…what do you think?