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Daily Prompt: Standstill

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Daily Prompt: Standstill.

For a moment today, time stands still — but you can tweak one thing while it’s stopped. What do you do? Photographers, artists, poets: show us STILLNESS.

Standstill

According to the book of Joshua, the last time the sun stood still there was a terrible slaughter. I promise not to do that.

While the world is at a standstill, I’ll tweak religions into ancient history where they belong. Nobody will be hearing god voices that mandate death and violence. There will be no indoctrinating children, no teaching them to fear eternal fire. Nobody will claim to be acting on their god’s will or demand that others do so. We will not retard scientific progress with ancient mythology.
When the earth moves again, we’ll be evolved out of superstitions, the root of the violence and hatred we see in the headlines every day. 002


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Daily Prompt: Undo Gods

 

 

If you could un-invent something, what would it be? Discuss why, potential repercussions, or a possible alternative.

GODS

I would undo the gods. We never should have invented gods. They’re nothing but trouble.
Think of the wars they’ve called for, the civilizations they’ve annihilated. Genocide, infanticide, mean nothing to the gods. They call for it all the time. How many mortals have been tortured at their command? How many innocents burned at the stake?
Why do we let them torment us? It’s like a game for gods. They toy with us, testing and tempting.
We know how they lie, calling themselves merciful and omnipotent, yet refusing to alleviate suffering.
Why do we fill our children’s heads with fear and teach them that they’re weak and sinful? What if they were told that they’re powerful and taught to use their power for good?
If gods had not been invented we would know that we have the power to create a better world and it is our responsibility to do so. We cannot sit around with heads bowed and hands clasped, supplicating our imaginary lords.
It’s up to us mortals. We are the gods.