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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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