The god hypothesis

I will start by saying the title is very misleading, it’s not god I want to talk about today, on the contrary I just want to write about things as I have seen them in the last few days. On Friday I stayed in traffic for slightly over two hours and the most part of that time we didn’t move a feet. I think all car owners in Nairobi are dim wits. Any time it rains all I think is they must use their brains for umbrellas! It defeats my why they all seem to be in a rush, throw all courtesy out of the window; none wants to give way. For a moment there is collective stupidity, all they are doing is hooting at each other at the same time, they are the very people responsible for the gridlock. Sometimes I want to be the city prefect just to bring some order, but this is just as a wish, am not seeing it become real since we have no Napoleon or Bishop Sixtus for France and Rome respectively.

On other news, I was up-country again and while I was away I here Sirikal[Gor Mahia FC] lost the KPL cup and some disgruntled supporters went on a mayhem causing damage to property of unknown amount of value. I don’t care what you think, but I will maintain football is a game for hooligans and an excuse to hooliganism. There are people who hold it that should Raila win in the next election his kinsmen [yours truly included] will be ungovernable, and for evidence they quote the hooligans who throw stones every time Gor FC loses a match, well I don’t know about you but it is only an obtuse person who would come with such an absurd idea.

I finished reading The Rebel: An essay about man in revolt by Albert Camus and he does it again in this volume. If you haven’t read any of his books, it is time to do so, you could while at it start with The Myth of Sisyphus and I promise you it will be a worthwhile cause. In the rebel he starts with the question of suicide ,which he covered in his essay the Myth of Sisyphus, and asks the all important question ‘if we can allow suicide for one man, can we allow murder universally? He then continues on the subject matter for which this essay is about, a man in revolt. A slave says yes and no to his master, and in this answer there is no contradiction, the yes is up to that point, the master could treat him as he wished but beyond that point he says no. He recognizes at that moment there is something inherent in him and all humanity that he can’t allow himself to be treated as such and it is here he lays the case for a revolution. 

I mentioned a few days ago I was reading Bert Ehrman’s God’s problem:How the Bible Fails to Answer Our Most Important Question–Why We Suffer  and here, he explores the problem of suffering and why the bible fails to answer this big problem. I particularly like his treatment of the story of Job. In this poetic dialogue, for those of you in the know, Job is a sinless man in one evil city and even god acknowledges this. Satan not impressed by this, a rich person who is obedient to god, pushes god to place a bet that if Job was to lose everything he’d curse god, well you know how the story ends. When Job is before god, he demands an explanation for his suffering but there is no response from god. In fact all god does is to awe Job in his majesty though even that state Job still maintains his innocence. All we can infer from the entire episode is that Job suffered so god could win a bet. I don’t know about you, but am not worshiping this god even if he/she/it were to exist. Such a god is not worthy of worship by any right thinking person.

In the book am reading currently,which I will write more about in due course, there is a dialogue between Alyosha and a young lad Krassotkin when he goes to see Illusha the young lad from his school and he [Krassotkin] says

Oh i have nothing against god. Of course, god is only a hypothesis,but ……… I admit that he is needed…….for the order of the universe and all that….and if there were no god he would have to be invented.

I think, I want to agree with Krassotkin on this one.



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As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

8 thoughts on “The god hypothesis

  1. archaeopteryx1 says:

    Sounds like you are reading “The Brothers Karamazov.” I’m impressed at how cross-cultural your reading choices are!


    • makagutu says:

      Oh yes buddy, it is the Brothers Karamazov am reading currently. I liked the grand inquisitor where Ivan is addressing Alexey. But the book is such a nice read.
      They say when you read, you develop wings and am soaring high above in the skies with the birds


      • archaeopteryx1 says:

        What’s interesting – and I hope I’m not giving anything away (I hate that!), but Ivan, the hedonist, indicates a belief in god, while Alyosha, the innocent of everything monk, expresses doubt.

        Strange twist, don’t you think?

        In case you’re curious, and judging by your reading list, you clearly are, check out the many, many coincidental parallels between the lives of Dostoevsky and Nietzche, who admired each other’s work, but strangely, never met and never communicated.


        • makagutu says:

          I have in my reading list Beyond Good and Evil by Nietzche, I will see his thoughts.
          The relationship between the brothers is very interesting, there is the point after Elder Zossima’s death and Rakitin is tormenting Alexey and he tells him I reject god’s world.
          What do you think of his tragic character, Dmitri alias Mitya?


          • archaeopteryx1 says:

            I believe that the shabby treatment he received as a result of his illegitimacy, warped and twisted the psyche of a small child and created the adult he became.

            Do I have the names correct? It’s late here, and my sleep-deprived thinking is a bit fuzzy.


  2. archaeopteryx1 says:

    If I might make a suggestion, I believe you would like many of the poems of Emily Dickenson. She lived all of her 19th century life on a small acreage in Massachusetts, never venturing out into the world. She wrote about what she saw, in her small rural area, but she had a way of putting words together, to make a few say a lot.

    You mentioned above how reading can make one soar – here’s Ms Dickenson’s take on that same sentiment, I believe she shared your feelings:

    “HE ate and drank the precious words,
    His spirit grew robust;
    He knew no more that he was poor,
    Nor that his frame was dust.
    He danced along the dingy days,
    And this bequest of wings
    Was but a book. What liberty
    A loosened spirit brings!”


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