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  I do not believe in God. I do not believe in a snowy bearded Santa Claus spectral figure who knows everything we think and do. I do not believe in omnipotence without action. I do not believe in omniscience without responsibility. I do not believe in love without communication. I do not believe in control through coercion or extortion. I do not believe in an eternal retirement plan,  based on a small period of On-The-Job training approx. 70-90 yrs out of infinity. I do not believe any person is or has ever been born guilty  of anything other than a free unfettered right to life. I do not believe any religion has the right answer or the right question. I do not believe Priests, Shamans, Ministers, Soothsayers, Witchdoctors, Mullahs, Presidents, Popes, Caliphs, Sultans, Kings, CEO’s, Nurses, Doctors, Lawyers , billionaires, or paupers have any special or secret knowledge  of a supreme being or of an afterlife. I do not believe in ancient mysteries revealed on scrolls. I Do believe I am ignorant in that one person's lifetime capacity for gaining experience and knowledge in this world is like  the capacity of an atom when compared to a solar system. I believe it is impossible to determine the depth and breadth  of our ignorance about the most simple things that surround us. I believe everyone has a right to be here and a right to make their life meaningful to their purpose without harming others. I believe everyone and every living thing, seen and unseen, is connected. I believe that living things have a common spirit, which may be experienced or inferred and shared, through existence, whether your existence has been for a minute or 100 years. I believe this common spirit, community of being, continuum of existence, among living things...handed down through generations, via genetic code, constitutes the parts of a collective whole... which could be considered all that IS, among living things. I believe that if all living things could somehow harness their energies to work together, in a physical or metaphysical sense,  there is no limit to what they could accomplish. The irony is that this collective power,  which could be used for any purpose desired by the collective will,  would of itself be a god-like quality. ....Interesting.... Especially for someone who does not believe in God.

Copyright © January 2006 Gerard Andrew Geiger

This Poem was Critiqued By: Mark Andrew Hislop On Date: 2006-02-04 14:45:14
Critiquer Rating During Critique: 9.66667
Gerard I have a friend whose iddea is that the universe itself, particulary the human part of it, is in the process of realising God, by becoming more and more conscious, and that God is "created", if you like, when tat process reaches its peak. And this poem seems to me to bring a very similar idea to life, very effectively. Mark

This Poem was Critiqued By: Thomas H. Smihula On Date: 2006-02-02 08:52:14
Critiquer Rating During Critique: 9.50000
I really enjoyed reading a poem where the poet does not fear the response by others. You make powerful statements and present a view. This is poetry for you have done an excellent job on showing ones beliefs. You might get some negative comments by some but from me you have done very well with this. It is nice to see a breath of fresh air forcing the reader to question themself. Length was a little long but it did not deter this reader from the concept you presented. Thank you for sharing a viewpoint and your poetry.
This Poem was Critiqued By: Thomas Edward Wright On Date: 2006-01-29 18:12:25
Critiquer Rating During Critique: 9.68750
I could stand and sing in your church Gerard. In fact, I would be a regular. t.
This Poem was Critiqued By: James C. Horak On Date: 2006-01-24 22:06:34
Critiquer Rating During Critique: 10.00000
A most high-minded offering, Gerard. Indisputably. You're going to draw the fire, however, I do...for writing declamation instead of poetry. But you could keep all this power and wonderful connectivity and depth and brilliant insight with poetic language. You have enough here to show you need not be so sparing with it. A most beautiful circumlocution, to detach from your opening statement to the introspection of your last one. It establishes a very poetic unity and is able to take the poet away from charges of "being to full of one's self". Let me show you what I mean by poetizing rather than declaiming: Let's take this statement, "The irony is that this collective power, /which could be used for any purpose desired by the collective will,/ would of itself be a god-like quality." Would you miss any of these lines import if, instead, you wrote: What God would sit above mankind if man were kind to man? And placed together a common will that upon a God placed man. What do you think, Gerard? JCH
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