Nothing fuels our illusions like faith in love. Is how much I - like other people - want to believe in the existence of love already a reason enough not to believe in love. Love is too beautiful to really exist. What is the answer to this?
The idea that one can live life as an objective observer is the most massive delusion of modern times. Science which is founded on objective observation is an immensely valuable tool. It is the best way of discovering how the world works. Our immediate primary access to information is entirely subjective. But through a process of shared experiences and intellectual abstraction we can construct an understanding of shared reality with written procedures which give the same result no matter what we want or believe.
But this cannot change the fact that life is subjective participation where what we want and believe is central. We alter our reality by work and actions according to what we want and believe. We make love real because we believe in it, and likewise we make God a part of our experience of life in the same way. Why isn’t God an objective reality from written procedures which give the same result no matter what we want or believe? Why isn’t God like the laws of nature which care nothing about our desires and feelings? Why isn’t God something we can examine in a microscope or manipulate in a controlled experiment? When put that way, don’t these questions seem just a little bit stupid?
The whole point is that life is not just things we can manipulate or measure with our machines. Not everything is that small. There are also things too big to grasp and control with our greedy hands and minds lusting for power. So we believe in God to name that which is greater and see this as the origin of everything. To be sure we could believe like the atheists and naturalists that the laws of nature which we can master and use to manipulate things is the only reality. We could believe like they do that everything is really that small – this is in a metaphorical sense obviously, and perhaps the only greatness they need in their lives are the great size of the universe and the great power of the laws of nature in things like the sun. Is this because that is the only greatness they want to measure themselves against? Or is it because they only want to believe in things they can conquer in some sense with their minds and intellect?
On the other hand… it often seems to me like religious people are essentially doing the same thing, where they have made God something they have conquered with their theology and dogma to use as a tool for manipulation of people. If theists are going to do that then the atheist option looks not only more reasonable but vastly superior.