oooOOoooo. this is a good one. for me:
G!D Is and Isn't at once. G!D = (a & !a) as well as a+a=a, a-a=a, a*a=a, a^a=a, the paradox set, all that mathematical stuff.
G!D Is the Point at which all vectors and dimensions meet and diverge.
G!D Creates the space in which we all exist.
G!D Creates the laws by which science functions.
G!D Is the "back of the tapestry"; we can only see the pattern, not the knots. hence suffering, evil, theodicy.
G!D Is the Cause of causality, but also of potentiality.
G!D perspective is everything that has ever happened, but also everything that hasn't, at the same time.
G!D Creates good and evil, but neither of these have "objective" reality, no matter how much they are real to us in the world.
G!D Is Balance and Harmony - and its reverse.
G!D, for reasons unknown to us, seems to have decided to use the jewish people as some kind of control in an experiment in this particular part of the space-time continuum. not because we're better, but perhaps because we're not. we still haven't figured out what the hell that is all about.
G!D Is (in the words of sir terry pratchett) the One dealing [blindfolded] you cards in a dark room without telling you the rules - and Smiling all the time.
G!D Laughs when we use the rules of the system to beat the system.
G!D Is Parent somewhat like my mother; unconditionally Loving, but bloody Annoying with it; sometimes you just have to put up with it whether you like it or not.
G!D Is Parent as we are child: when we were toddlers, we used to get picked up, burped, cosseted and had our arses wiped. as teenagers, we'd get a wallop if we crossed the line. as grown-ups, we are responsible for our own mistakes.
G!D Is *not* what we cannot face about our own parents' humanity, dr freud.
G!D Is *not* there to act like a sort of cosmic muscle at the behest of our hunger for power and control, fundamentalist imbeciles.
G!D Is *not* the Big Beard In The Sky, literalist yahoos.
G!D Is *not* the Big Tits In The Earth, dimwit oppositionalists.
G!D Is *not* a reason to chop off your own intellectual curiosity and honesty, intelligent design weasels and "gnu atheists".
G!DLike effects (e.g. from drugs, mental illness, coincidence, science we don't really understand yet) is *not* the same thing as G!D. the map is not the territory.
G!D Is *not* our excuse for failing to do what we should.
G!D Is *not* a reason not to know better.
G!D Doesn't mind either way, unless we've been Told otherwise.
Originally Posted by Thomas
For me, the real always trumps the imaginary because it is, and the imaginary is not.
a point of view which is all very well until it comes up against the inadequacy of human perception to tell the difference.
Originally Posted by Etu Malku
But if course . . . I can't wait around for 'someone else' to do this, now can I?
and there you have judaism in a nutshell.