mike (don_negro) wrote,

So, for some time now I've been playing around with the idea that consciousness rises from complexity, and the greater the complexity, the greater the consciousness. This has several personal advantages. It works and plays wells with my shamanic proclivities and it makes sense in the context of some of my more subjective personal experiences. But it has always left me with one big question:

What about God (as you, Mike, have experienced Him)? What complexity is He the consciousness of?

My first thought was 'the Universe', because I'm an Episcopalian by birth and rearing and so I tend to have an imperialist's view of my God. But then I thought 'If God is the consciousness arisen from the Universe, how in the fuck am I supposed to wrap my mind around his actions?' This is important to me, because I really don't want to come to the conclusion that I am incapable of understaning the actions of my God, even in retrospect. There's little difference between that and worshiping a capricious shithead who doesn't look where he's walking. (Except that you can have faith, which might be the difference, but I'd like to rationally decide which way I'm going to have faith. What can I say, I make unreasonable demands.)

Today however, I had the thought that there are many, many examples of self-limiting consciousness, just ask inhumandecency.

So, I decided that maybe I'd be able to to understand God and not have to discard my 'God as the consciousness of the Universe theory', and I just wanted to tell you about it.

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