written by Jonathan Sanford Saul
OF GODS AND GODDESSES
There are a few questions that have haunted human beings since time began. Undeniably, one of these is the existence of the divine. "Does God exist?" cries the philosopher-theologian. For literally thousands of years, humans have argued, believed, un-believed, and changed beliefs. One day, in the late 19th Century, a philosopher named Frederick Nietzsche declared, "God is dead." He was surely reacting to the vision of mass society that he foresaw and, as it turns out, was really demanding that humans base their lives on a morality "superior" to that which Christianity (and other religions) seemed to provide. He was, however, wrong!
More power to Nietzsche, though, for envisioning the "devaluation of morals" demanded by the mass society. No wonder that his answer to the human fate of mediocrity, commonness, run-of-the-mill boredom and average-ness was to envision a "superman" (Ubermench) with values "far beyond those of mortal men" (Sorry, DC Comics).
Much of 20th Century philosophy and theology was a defense of the divine in the face of an increasingly secular society, at least in the West, but in communist Asia and Europe, as well.
Why is any of this important for this biography? The answer is in the definition of "divine". Different dictionaries define the designation in various ways, but they all have the same meaning: a quality that is suitable, befitting, and appropriate for a god. It is my contention that God exists, or, at least, that gods and goddesses may exist, walk among us, and interact with the world. This interaction is not limited to the rites and acts of worship, but certainly includes such.
I will now offer scientific proof of this! (LOL)
Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)