A few weeks ago, I was having a Twitter conversation with my friend @Seleucid about god and the creation of the universe. The discussion grew from British physicist Stephen Hawking’s claim in his new book, “The Grand Design”, that god didn’t create the universe and that the Big Bang was inevitable due to the law of gravity.
@Seleucid asked: Why does a God who runs the world so systemically be all mystical and magical on its creation?
It was a question that catered more to our atheistic beliefs, rather than our needs to desperately answer it.
But now that I’ve finished reading Jose Saramago’s “Death at Intervals”, I’d like to quote Saramago’s answer to @Seleucid‘s question.
Jose Saramago, author of “Death at Intervals”: However hard he [god] tried, he could never manage to make himself visible to human eyes and not because he can’t, since for him nothing is impossible, it’s simply that he wouldn’t know what face to wear when introducing himself to the beings he supposedly created and who probably wouldn’t recognize him anyway. There are those who say we’re very fortunate that god chooses not to appear before us, because compared with the shock we would get were such a thing to happen, our fear of death would be mere child’s play. Besides, all the many things that have been said about god and about death are nothing but stories, and this is just another one.
Yes, this is just another story about god. And if you ask me, there’s the humanity and the divinity. I believe in the former.
By the way, Jose Saramago’s “Death at Intervals” is an original and gripping piece of literature that explores how death is an integral part of life and how humbling humanity can be found in both. It’s definitely worth a read.