By Kyle B. Stiff
There’s a common idea in occult circles, and since it’s in occult circles then it’s also a part of pop culture. The idea is over-the-top goofy, but it’s been around long enough for the controversy to wear off, and it’s now more or less accepted. I used to believe it myself, until I had a few epiphanies off the beaten path. You’ve probably already guessed it, but the idea is that you can become a god.
You will never be a god. In fact, thanks to the Dunning-Kruger Effect, the further you are from godhood is directly proportional to how amazing you think you are. The trick isn’t to become a god, the trick is to accept being human, and to respect your limits.
Imagine the life of the being who either made this universe and all other universes, or at least made it possible for other beings to make this universe and all other universes. This being has a consciousness that all other minds are mere reflections of, or like crude sketches based on real life. This being was not born in a family and does not belong to a nation, otherwise it would have godlike beings stationed above it. No, the being we’re talking about is the ultimate.
Imagine the loneliness of such a being. Loneliness, and in fact any emotion, can be felt to the degree that the feeler has the necessary complication to feel it. The feeling that you call loneliness is only a shadow cast by what this being is capable of feeling. You even tell yourself that you feel lonely while you are hemmed in by others of your own kind – imagine if there were no others of your own kind, and never were, and never will be!
Boredom is also felt by this being. The fact that this universe exists is proof that such a being must feel profound boredom and crave novelty. We are even granted free will so that we won’t all line up and endlessly salute this superior being’s superiority to us. We can do whatever we want in this sandbox. We can even curse the day that we were created, if that’s what we want to do.
All this is to say that the only reason we exist is to end the boredom and loneliness felt by God. It’s not our destiny to become gods any more than it’s the destiny of ants to create spaceships. No house cat will ever write a book, no rapper will ever be as magnificent as the character they imagine when they’re making rhymes, and you will never collect enough occult Get Powerful Quick books to become a god.
I think the lesson is to be humble. If you have any creativity, then use it. It’s not yours – you’re only borrowing it – so use it to do things that will amuse others and hopefully break up the boredom felt by God. Don’t get a big head over the fact that you did something spanktastic. All that you have and all that you are is jury-rigged talent and a brief spark of awareness shed by something infinitely greater. Anything that is made and anything that is done can be wiped out without a moment’s notice, especially if it bores or offends the creator who makes it possible.
But also don’t be too humble. There’s a lot of vanity involved in making a big show of your own insignificance!
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