Deification of Government

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Submitted by Anonymous Guest on Tue, 2012-11-13 14:27

“Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.” (Job 1:21)

“Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up." (James 4:7-10)

“Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God.” (Romans 13:1)

Throughout centuries state and church supported each other. Church provided divine legitimization to the any form of statism and the state-unlimited power to use in the name of God. This unholy union created nothing but misery, poverty and hecatombs of corpses. As result of Enlightenment Church had been separated from state, and God, as Nietzsche observed, died. However, that hardly could be said about state. Only for the relatively short period in human history in the new American Republic people were treated as a free independent thinking beings and the state as their servant. The social pendulum hanging on the mystical-altruist-collectivist axis swayed back. People, who for the almost 2000 years have been taught that God should provide started to look for a substitute. They found it in the form of government. Today government expected to have the mystical divine powers of the alleged God. Government is omnipotent, omnipresent omniscient and eternal. It tells people how to bake a loaf of bread, to build a house, what and how to eat, drink and inhale. It even supposes to handle the events of cosmic proportion like Global Warming (or Freezing, or what have you). It supposes to give wealth, health and happiness. It is a government that gives and takes away and lifts you up, providing that you are humble enough and pay your taxes. In other words we are dealing today with the bad case of social disease-a deification of state. What is the cause of this deadly illness? In my view-the source of state deification is a consequence of the Western dominant philosophy-altruism.

“It is your mind that they want you to surrender—all those who preach the creed of sacrifice, whatever their tags or their motives, whether they demand it for the sake of your soul or of your body, whether they promise you another life in heaven or a full stomach on this earth” (GS)

Altruism when practiced in full turns everybody to the second handier, a person who is living through the others, shedding his independence and responsibility and looking for somebody to pick up the buck. The government which for centuries operated under the divine shadow is only too happy to take over the functions of the late Almighty. So next time when the government tells you what size the cup of Coca-Cola should be and how many fire doors should be in the building, don’t say: blessed be the name of the government. Remember Nietzsche and answer “This kind of government is dead”


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