God is a superstition


I watched There Will Be Blood tonight (as always long after it was released!).

In one of the last scenes of the movie, Mr. Plainwater has the preacher say God is a superstition, and I am a false prophet.

Of course, if we take that as not true, it would be difficult even to say the words – especially if our whole identity is built around God and being a preacher.

But if we find the truth in it, the genuine truth for ourselves, it is easy to say. It is the simple truth. There is a sense of coming home in it. A sense of fullness. A sense of relief, if I previously hadn’t found (been open for) the truth in it.

So how are those statements true for me?

God is a superstition.

Whenever I take any story about God (reality, existence, Buddha Mind, anything at all) as true, it is superstition. I think I can find truth in a story. Any story about anything will inevitably clash with reality, I know it (as we all do from our everyday experience), so engage in superstition if I tell myself it is true. And that goes for these stories as well.

I am a false prophet.

Whenever what I am saying comes from a belief, I am a false prophet. And even when it comes from more clarity, I am a false prophet since the stories are still not true – not in an everyday sense, and not in the context of what everything is. At most, these stories can be pointers and medicine, and even then I become a false prophet as soon as they are received as true by someone. I cannot escape it, so may as well find peace with it.

Initial outline…

  • God is a superstition
    • whenever comes from a story, a superstition (taking a story as true = superstition)
    • also, “and I am a false prophet” (from There Will be Blood)
      • yes, whenever come from belief/stories, a false prophet
      • and even if not, still a false prophet, still not true – only pointers and medicine (and become a false prophet as soon as those stories are received as true)

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