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22 July 2003 @ 11:40 am
Waxing philosophical, surveyance, and a note of caution  
Sometimes I get to thinking of strange things. Like, why is God a "he", exactly?

Well, for starters, I think it has to do with polytheism and the way humans like to depict their gods. As a Latin philosopher/poet (Cicero, or Virgil, or Ovid... I really can't remember who) once said, if horses came up with gods, they'd be horse gods exhibiting horse behavior looking over horse concerns. So it is with humans. With a few notable exceptions, early humans conceptualized their gods as being just as human as they were, only with the added bonuses of immortality and supernatural abilities.

Along with human nature came the love affairs of gods. Many notorious examples exist in Greek, Roman, and Egyptian mythology, to name a few (in the latter, the parentage of some gods is not even fixed but widely disputed). Here, obviously, we see the need to assign sexes to the gods- otherwise how do they abduct mortal women and make beautiful little demigods together, etc.?

The tradition of male/female gods carried into Christian mythology, where God (much like Zeus did with a number of women) conceives Jesus with a mortal; this myth is still in use today to justify Jesus' divinity. When the polytheistic pantheons went out of style and monotheism took root (by the way, Christianity is NOT monotheism. When you get done praying to the Holy Trinity and the Virgin Mary and all the saints of this or that, you've in effect prayed to way more than one god), the one God was almost always a man. In male-dominated societies, this shouldn't be surprising.

Don't think this is some feminist crusade of mine to instead argue the Creator is a woman. Actually, I don't think God has a gender. Gender, like human behavior/appearance, is yet another convention that we humans have placed on God to make God more familiar and akin to us. And seeing how vast the universe is, and how many millions of planets exist in it, and how diverse and fragile life would be on each inhabitable planet due to evolutionary processes, it seems ridiculous to me that the Creator would be just like us. In the entire history of the universe, we've existed for a blink of an eye, and eventually humanity will evolve into something that isn't human. Life is mutable, so why confine God to one shape or form? Or gender?

Of course, it then gets tricky when you want to use pronouns. God isn't a "he" or "she"... but it seems wrong to call God "it." Our connotation of "it" implies something inferior or unworthy of either "he" or "she." If it were up to me, I'd give God God's own gender-nonspecific pronoun that would refer only to God. Don't know what that would be just yet, though. That's probably the next thing I'll get to thinking of.


Okay, enough haranguing. Here's a survey I nooched off of Demonprist:

THREE THINGS THAT SCARE ME:
01 | The government (I agree with you there, DP... although another country isn't far enough away for me. To Mars!)
02 | Fanatics/fundamentalists of any flavor
03 | Spiders

THREE PEOPLE WHO MAKE ME LAUGH:
01 | Nick
02 | Meow Monkey
03 | Krissy

THREE THINGS I LOVE:
01 | Anything to do with exploring the stars and planets
02 | Music
03 | My handsome, charming, and supportive fiancee ^_^

THREE THINGS I HATE:
01 | The stupid, cruel, and superstitious
02 | Conformity for conformity's sake
03 | Extremely hot or cold weather

THREE THINGS I DON'T UNDERSTAND:
01 | Why people don't use their brains more often
02 | Superstring theory
03 | Why they had to kill Data in "Nemesis" *sniff*

THREE THINGS ON MY DESK:
01 | LOTR desk calendar
02 | Vase of fake roses
03 | A list of words I've been meaning to look up

THREE THINGS I'M DOING RIGHT NOW:
01 | Typing
02 | Talking to Nick on IM
03 | Wishing I didn't have to go to work

THREE THINGS I CAN DO:
01 | Beat every Tomb Raider and Sonic the Hedgehog
02 | Dance Persian-style
03 | Twist my tongue

THREE WAYS TO DESCRIBE MY PERSONALITY:
01 | Introverted
02 | Somewhat arrogant, intellectually (hard not to be around half-baked stoners and sorostitutes)
03 | Tries too hard to please everyone

THREE WAYS TO DESCRIBE MY LOOKS:
01 | Ptolemaic schnozz (hey, hooked noses were hot in ancient Egypt, lol)
02 | Athletic
03 | Croft-esque (I've got the dark eyes and hair anyway...)

THREE THINGS I CAN'T DO:
01 | Write poetry
02 | Touch my toes
03 | Parallel-park

THREE THINGS I SAY THE MOST:
01 | Okay
02 | [insert cuss-word of choice]
03 | The

THREE OF YOUR FAVORITE FOODS:
01 | Chocolate
02 | Pizza
03 | Gormeh sabzi (Persian herb stew with beef and kidney beans, flavored with lemon and lime and served over saffron rice... yummy!)

THREE THINGS YOU'D LIKE TO LEARN:
01 | To speak Farsi and German (again) >.<
02 | More Middle Eastern dance
03 | How to improve my writing

THREE BEVERAGES YOU DRINK REGULARLY:
01 | Water
02 | Skim milk
03 | Diet soda

THREE SHOWS YOU WATCHED WHEN YOU WERE A KID:
01 | ThunderCats
02 | Rainbow Brite
03 | Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles


And finally, a word of caution: NEVER EVER download anything from n-CASE or anyone affiliated with them. Be very careful about that- a lot of their programs are installed in a bundle with totally different software without your knowing it. If you suddenly seem to be getting a ton of popups or desktop shortcuts to casinos or porn or strange IE toolbars, check your add/remove programs list to see if anything "by n-CASE" shows up. These bastards are sneaky, and unfortunately, their programs are ridiculously difficult and tedious to uninstall. Took me a good 2-3 hours yesterday to clean out my installed programs and fix/defrag my registry; I'm still getting annoying toolbars, and I still have no idea what was installed on my computer that put all this n-CASE junk on too. Have yet to interrogate other users of 'puter. Updates forthcoming.

One last question from a forward I received this morning:
If quizzes are quizzical, what are tests?
 
 
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Current Music: Chirping birdies
 
 
 
(Anonymous) on July 22nd, 2003 03:55 pm (UTC)
Are you laughing with or at me, Miu? :D

Not so anonymous Meow

I just love that speeling check that comes with the post comments thingy. Nofthing gets past it.

Miusherimiusheri on July 22nd, 2003 06:48 pm (UTC)
With, Meow! Of course with! =)

Inde3ed spell check werks fr mee to.
(Anonymous) on July 23rd, 2003 05:05 am (UTC)
It's like that, huh?
Uhh huh...when all goes amiss, blame the little sister, right? To answer your "interrogative" question...no, hunny, it wasn't me. The only thing i ever did on your computer was play genesis, solitare, your mp3 player, and visit the Y108 web site, but since i'm on that web site all the time, i can tell you it wasn't that that did it.

Write this down: Next time I try and accuse and write bad things about little sister in "JOURNAL," make sure not to give her the web address

There's some smarts!

To quote Emmitt Honeycutt, "Fuck 'em all"
Miusherimiusheri on July 23rd, 2003 03:16 pm (UTC)
Re: It's like that, huh?
That wasn't stupidity, hon- I knew full well you might happen upon that entry one of these days. I'm not afraid to air out what I think about anyone or anything. This is my journal, after all. What good's a journal if you hold anything back? I just happened to notice that things went whacko just after you had used the computer last, so sue me for putting two and two together.

I won't respond to anything else you post here concerning this issue, so in the future, kindly send your complaints to me via e-mail. Or, if you really want, get your own journal and gripe all you want there. I'll even send you a referral code to get you started.
(Anonymous) on July 24th, 2003 04:57 am (UTC)
Re: It's like that, huh?
Look girl, I really don't care what you think of me at all. It doesn't make one shit bit of a difference. I was under the impression that the cable modem was for EVERYONE, and the only reason we had to put it in your room was because the signal wasn't strong enough on the family computer. If EVERYONE can't use it, maybe i should talk to mom about that and tell her to get rid of it. I'm sure she would. Or at least move it into the computer room where it belongs. If I'm not allowed to go to a web site because you think i "plagued" your computer, then what the hell is the point of having the cable modem?? You don't like it, cry a river, I'll tell mom to get it moved, simple as that. So, in the future, hunny, here's a quarter, call someone who cares. And from now on, leave me the hell out of this retarded online journal shit. If I come back and see more shit written about me, you can kiss goodbye your "maid of honor." And you can COUNT on that. I'd NEVER say anything bad about you to people outside of the family, but obviously family values mean NOTHING to you and never did. You just up and left for the first thing that came along and now we're just little pee-on's to you. Grow up, Minna, and figure out who your true family/friends really are, otherwise you're going to screw yourself in the end.