I Think I Believe in a Higher Power, but I Truly Don’t Know
The Voltaire quote in my subtitle may cause confusion.
It did for me.
After much thought, deliberation, and research, I’ve come to a rudimentary understanding of what I believe Voltaire was trying to convey.
He may have felt that a belief in God was necessary for society to function.
Throughout human history and even today, there is savagery, evil, manipulation, and destruction.
As a society, a belief in a higher good is vital for it to function. “Good” is a relative term.
However, based on the perceived concepts of “good,” we have created laws, implemented justice, morals, values, and are able to live in a democracy.
It is obvious that humanity is a work in progress, and the laws of any nation aren’t perfect, nor will they ever be.
However, God in this form is an ideal or something to aspire to.
God can become the highest good.
I understand this can get complicated, because the ideal of “good” can take on many forms due to different belief structures.
As a human species, we are still evolving to accept each others differences.
Intimately good can come from the denominations of the worlds many religions, or it may be as simple as being your highest good for your family.
Maybe Voltaire was trying to convey that using our energy for something other than ourselves was crucial to having a meaningful life.
“The one who plants trees, knowing that he will never sit in their shade, has at least started to understand the meaning of life.” (Rabindranath Tagore)
I may have a belief in a higher power, and I may not even know it.
I don’t know if being good has any merit after this life is done, nor do I care or ponder these questions as much as I used to.