Every man is a god unto himself. Though he makes every effort to rid himself of it, he maintains at all times the final authority in matters of moral and ethics. If there is any such thing as evil, then it is tightly knit to how man relates to his own divinity. When he in humility shifts it from his own body to some other fantastical or physical body, there is room for evil. When he in arrogance extends his divinity beyond his own body, and forces it upon other bodies, there is room for evil. More often than not, he does both together. Indeed, he does both who submits to a puppet deity that he himself will be commanded and condemned by, and command and condemn others with. It is a hollow humility that which is simply the empty space left behind when man displaces his divinity.
There is little substance to the mercy and modesty of a man who is himself the puppet master of a degenerate god. You have perhaps heard someone say “I have nothing against you, but you’re deserving of hell, dear.” These same people would probably hold a lot against some stranger sentenced to a few years in prison. How, then, do they not despise someone they honestly believe should roast in flames forever?
They do. But, it’s a secret. One which they have kept even from themselves. As our hearts and minds grow to become more civilized, misanthropic (“anti- human”) emotions and attitudes are correctly recognized as signs of immaturity. Only the barbaric and primitive would consider hatred and lust for vengeance traits of strength. No one wants to appear immature, but what to do with the the hatred that’s there? Some trick is needed. You’ll hear people say “I don’t hate”, while their whole personality reeks of burnt skin and hair.
How to release this tension, this build up of base animal emotion? The trick is to hate by proxy. To hate indirectly through a god, through a government, through a culture. The humblest man will turn around and say that his is the greatest country. He might as well be saying that he is among the best of men. But he can’t say just that. He can only say it by proxy.
I think every man will benefit from accepting his role as a god unto himself, with none above or below, but with equals in every direction. Then those who act in the name of God, or of country, or of culture, or of ideology will realize that they are acting in the names of none but their own selves. Perhaps it will do us some good.