The GOD Problem

The problem with confronting ideological delusions is that for whatever these delusions get wrong, however maladaptive they are, they are performing a deeper function of keeping existential anxiety at bay.

In short, all practical ends, all external problems, are secondary to the true purpose of ideology, which is psychological comfort. What’s worse, as all practical approaches must prove ultimately insufficient in the face of an effectively infinite cosmos relative to which we are profoundly mortal, all tend toward becoming ideological.

There is, in other words, always a problem we can’t solve; so the satisfaction we take in those problems we can solve will creep up on us in a narcotic way, encouraging us to imagine we understand what we don’t. Any solution, as it meets its point of failure, will tend to be regarded as a God – even if we banish “God” from our lexicon.

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