I’m leaving the typo in because you’re asking silly questions. (Though I guess in this situation that is actually your job).
The answer, of course, is yes. If only because I’m not sure what a tea cake is, and if I’ve never had one before, it’s probably the best way to get slightly closer to having eaten the entire universe, which is as good a goal as any.
The futility of attempting to eat the infinite. A perfect expression of the consumerist human condition.
I guess I’m willing to accept the notion of an infinite god as a possibility entirely on the basis that infinity is unknowable. Incomprehensible. Effectively impossible to engage with.
There are mathematics that comprehend the infinite, I believe, but I don’t. Not yet, and probably not ever.
To me, that’s what god is, something incomprehensible and by definition unknowable. Something nebulous, unknown and therefore oddly irrelevant to my life.
I like to think of it as a pleasantly friendly kind of blasphemy. I don’t deny the possibility of a deity, I just don’t think a god that is a God is something that we can understand.
I recently learnt the difference between pantheism and panentheism. Note the en, or I sound like a nutter. Pantheism believes that the universe is God. Everything builds together to create a divine entity.
Panentheism on the other hand, believes that the universe is a part of God. There is some bigger structure, utterly unknowable, beyond the ken of any perception within our universe, for our universe is just a fragment of it. Just one part. Possibly a large part, but it makes no difference. And infinity makes everything tiny.
The unknowable is everywhere.
The key is, that it’s important to enjoy your teacake.
That’s the important thing. Really.
I honestly don’t think it makes a difference what the underlying structure of the multiverse is. I think science is telling us wonderful things about the nature of matter and the universe, and we’re going to continue to learn more and more about life, the universe and everything.
And hopefully we’ll use that knowledge to make everything better.
I don’t think it’ll ever kill God. Or get us closer to knowing what is underneath; because that is unknowable.
But it doesn’t matter, because really, the unknowable doesn’t get in the way of us either.
It doesn’t matter if we have free will or if our every act is predetermined. It’ll feel the same.
It doesn’t matter if there is a devil telling us to do bad things or a God who will reward us for doing good things.
It doesn’t matter why we act the way we do.
Just that we act the way we feel we should.
We can choose our morality. We can see the world, and try and make i the world we want to live in.
Be good, live well, don’t do anything you know you shouldn’t.
Love one another.
Have a toasted tea cake.
Illustration by Anna-Kaisa.