Friedrich Nietzsche, the German philosopher, once said, “God is dead,” and he was not excited. He didn’t mean literally, of course. He had no divine insight. It was merely a cultural observation. Our world no longer accepted/accepts the wholesale conception of god as an infallible authority. In Nietzsche’s mind he saw the world without god as a very, very scary place. He continued his statement on god by saying, “God remains dead. And we have killed him. How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers? What was holiest and mightiest of all that the world has yet owned has bled to death under our knives: who will wipe this blood off us? What water is there for us to clean ourselves? What festivals of atonement, what sacred games shall we have to invent? Is not the greatness of this deed too great for us? Must we ourselves not become gods simply to appear worthy of it?”
On Tuesday we discussed the nature of our reality. The lines between virtual and reality blurred (perhaps even disappeared).
Why do the Kimon’s of Immigrant keep humans around? Perhaps they are lonely, but perhaps they are studying our humanity to learn about themselves. They made themselves gods to appear worthy of life.
In our creation of virtual realities we are making ourselves gods. Perhaps we must in order to save ourselves.