Oregon Magazine


God Made Man, Man-made God
 by Art Hyland, Contributing Editor

“God, you see, is a man-made concept to most media outlets, so acts attributed to Him are, well, man-made.” -- AH

"The clergy believe that any portion of power confided to me, will be exerted in opposition to their schemes. And they believe rightly: for I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyrrany known to the mind of man."
-- Thomas Jefferson

"Physics isn't a religion. If it were, we'd have a much easier time raising money." --  Leon Lederman

"The gods are an absolute necessity for the unmarried. Without a spouse, who is left to
blame?" -- LL


Progressive (read liberal) governing bodies and leaders have assumed perfection can be achieved through “smart” governance.  Where do they get this idea?  Our tort system has contributed to this concept where any given tragic result could have and should have been prevented because certain offenders knew or should have known everything discovered during a 20/20 hindsight court hearing.  Additionally, the popular 80s TV show Star Trek the Next Generation (and similar productions) helped to ingrain a sense of potential human perfection:  if it’s possible to imagine it, it must be possible to produce it, and therefore rational to demand it, goes the progressive’s idea.  

The progressive mind’s expectation of perfection has produced an equally absurd demand for risk aversion.  Disasters of any kind, just like manufacturer’s defects, should never produce human suffering, and can and must be avoided through governing excellence, which today is turning more and more to the notion of avoiding risk at any cost.

The Japanese earthquake/tsunami tragedy has spawned renewed, or should I say excited, media attention to ALL man-made disasters.  God, you see, is a man-made concept to most media outlets, so acts attributed to Him are, well, man-made.  Within 24 hours of the Japanese power plant difficulties, emails from Green elites were being distributed to government leaders reminding them that nuclear should forever be banned for consideration of America’s future power sources.  And, if the world had only heeded their warnings of the cause of rising seas (man-made global warming of course), tsunamis would not cause the damages they do in heavily populated coastal areas, made dense because of the demand by industry to manufacture, ship and receive questionable goods too cheaply.  The emotional conclusion of a natural disaster in Japan:  the risks of the current energy marketplace (nuclear, oil, gas) are too great compared with the dangers to society, and therefore, leaders must emerge who understand the guiding principles that could have and should have prevented, and now must prevent from happening all energy-related accidents of any cause, because society knows or should know everything necessary to avoid tragedies.  Their understanding of the march of civilization is not measured by the conveniences produced, but only by the errors assigned to those who these people think benefited financially because of the dangers they imposed upon man and Mother earth.
Ignored are the multitude of benefits we experience daily because of risks consciously taken by many, many generations before us.  Without those risks, without the willingness to accept unknown outcomes, and without past risk takers’ sacrifices, we would live a base existence, such as in what’s called the Third World.  The West, led primarily by America, took the difficult and dangerous steps necessary to move us up the ladder of progress to first place.  But the elitist-lawyer-intellectuals of this world (hello NPR) alter that world-view as follows:  being first in a race of three means America actually only ran third from last.  

In other words, progress as defined by the old school never was progress, and a new definition, as outlined by the new elite, is now in place.  Japan’s experience is just more proof to the emotional elites who wish to control the earth’s inhabitants that they are right.  Today’s progressives will take us backwards in time and space by whatever means necessary, including using Japan’s tragedy as an instant prop for their purposes.  

The Mother Earth-related issues of global warming, energy and “smart” governance have spawned the largest global power grab since Ghengis Khan, and it’s just as deadly; but it isn’t as visible as hoards of armed men marauding the countryside with swords, knives and armor.  Today we have words distributed by means of resources taken from the masses to feed the virtual world of video screens filled with victims made to look like the earth is doomed thirty minutes from now unless the chosen few are put in power.

 Perhaps God has other plans. 

© 2011 Art Hyland