In the alternation between inhaling and exhaling, between heaven and earth, between Yin and Yang, holiness is forever being created. For although in a certain sense and for light-minded persons non-existent things can be more easily and irresponsibly represented in words than existing things, for the serious and conscientious historian it is just the reverse. Nothing is harder, yet nothing is more necessary, than to speak of certain things whose existence is neither demonstrable nor probable. The very fact that serious and conscientious men treat them as existing things brings them a step closer to existence and to the possibility of being born. – Hermann Hesse, The Glass Bead Game. Trans. Richard Winston and Clara Winston. Picador. 2002.
I have no doubt that the God upon which most men pin their disbelief does not, in fact, exist. But railing against one’s own imagination, no matter how well-constructed the argument or how well-buttressed by temporary phenomena the opinion may be, is of little value.
We live in a world fraught with tension, conflict and all manner of illness and cruelty. Religious and academic priesthoods, in all their genuine fervor, have, on the balance, filled men’s hearts and minds with concepts which satisfy his ego but shepherd him no closer to truth. Wars and rumors of wars persist, despite every child’s innate and unerring intuition that peace on earth is the natural way.
With all things, God is possible.