A Journal for Western Man

 

The Individual as God

Kyrel Zantonavitch

Issue XCV- April 3, 2007

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The Individual is god. Of all things, entities, beings, and creatures in the known universe, He alone is worthy of being worshiped. He alone is holy and sacred. He alone is properly untouched by beast, man, or god.
 
No duo, trio, or other group is as fundamental, central, and pivotal to natural existence. No assemblage or combination is as powerful, stunning, and awesome as this basic, ultimate One.
 
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It certainly seems as if god should not be worshiped or treated as sacred. Virtually all known facts and evidence indicate this "god" being does not exist. And even if he did, god would almost certainly be so alien and unreal that no-one should worship him -- except very occasionally, generally, and abstractly.
 
Moreover this "god" thing seems so inhuman and bizarre that no-one should properly regard it as holy and sacred. It certainly shouldn't be considered real or alive. If this entity actually exists, in anything like the form everyone claims and thinks, it's so unreachable, invulnerable, self-contained, and self-sufficient that to adore and venerate it would be a waste of time and effort -- its and yours.
 
And it certainly seems as if humanity as a collective should not be worshiped or treated as sacred. This group and entity also does not seem to exist. However externally impressive, any given collective is merely a collection of Individuals.
 
Any and every group seems wholly dependent for its collective greatness upon the Individual greatness of its group members added together. And all of these Ones magnificently manifest themselves, exist, shine, and triumph principally as Individuals.
 
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All known life -- and all known greatness -- is found in just one phenomenon and repository: the Self. Godly or collective "life" -- let alone greatness -- seems pervasively unreal. They simply don't exist.

Such greats and manifest magnificences as Aristotle, Epicurus, Cicero, Aurelius, Locke, Smith, Voltaire, Diderot, Jefferson, Franklin, Einstein, and Rand are all Individuals. Not in any serious, important, or profound way do they seem to be members or a group or subsets of a collective. And certainly they aren't children of god.

 
All these outstanding and emphatically living entities are stand-alone geniuses and saints. All are sui generis.
 
And all are dynamic, vivacious, heroic Individualists. As such, all are worthy of at least some variety of public exaltation and universal worship.
 
And so, too, the purest, truest, best, and noblest versions of all of us.
 
Whatever remarkable and elevated combinations, collections, and deities which actually do exist desperately need to respect, admire, adore, and worship them and us. No mere group or aggregate is ever of such a notable and outsized type. Not unless it's exceptionally small and cohesive, and composed of many self-made, by-the-bootstraps, stunningly impressive Individualists of personal accomplishments which are temporarily, lightly joined.
 
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Moreover, "the lord" and "the collective" are entirely self-involved, impregnable, and more than well-equipped to take care of themselves. Only the Sacred Self is truly delicate and vulnerable. Only He is in need of defense and protection.
 
And only the holy and untouchable Individual merits this. Altho' usually brutally attacked by them, only the living, breathing One is deserving of being defended, protected, honored, cherished, venerated, and exalted by god and society. The irreducible, irreplaceable, unapproachable Individual is the only sacrosanct and god-like being worthy of worship in the known universe.

Kyrel Zantonavitch is the founder of The Liberal Institute  (http://www.liberalinstitute.com/) and a writer for Rebirth of Reason (http://www.rebirthofreason.com). He can be contacted at zantonavitch@yahoo.com

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Learn about Mr. Stolyarov's novel, Eden against the Colossus, here.

Read Mr. Stolyarov's new comprehensive treatise, A Rational Cosmology, explicating such terms as the universe, matter, space, time, sound, light, life, consciousness, and volition, at http://www.geocities.com/rational_argumentator/rc.html.