I’ve recently noticed “as if for the first time” that when people pray they always look “upward” — i.e. perpendicular to whatever place they’re standing — or kneeling or groveling. I deduce that they conceive of their “god” as topologically isomorphic to a huge donut, about a thousand miles wider than Earth.
[Of course, if people ever pray at the north or south poles, this
would have to change; then “god” would become isomorphic to a hollow sphere.]
When I raised this issue in a blog recently, Paul Krasner asked “Does
this mean that the pledge of allegiance should be changed to ‘one nation inside
Not necessarily. Although the Bible and Koran always speak of
their god as “above,” Christians, Jews and Moslems can either accept what their
rituals imply — a donut god — or return to a flat Earth….
Giambatista Vico, “the father of sociology”, suggested in The New
Science that Thunder historically underlies the “god” idea; the Noisy Thing
roaring in the sky , seemingly in rage, had to be appeased. Sometimes lightning
came from that roaring monster, and sometimes lightning killed somebody. Hence
Zeus bronnton [Zeus the thunderer], Jupiter, another thunder god; Thor, Donner,
whose very name means thunder; etc…. and Yahweh….. and Allah…… Joyce
uses this god=thunder equation repeatedly in Finnegans Wake [which drove me to
I have also observed that thunder on the sound-track —
signalling oncoming tragedy or horror — appears in films as diverse as those of
Orson Welles, James Whale, Howard Hawks, Wes Craven, Monty Python etc etc….
Listen for it and note how bloody often it pops up…… especially in
The monotheistic idea implies a cruel and grumpy old
electric donut surrounding Earth and ever threatening it.
I think this
explains the “structural unconscious” or inarticulate neurosemantics of Bozo,
Ariel Sharon and Osama bin Laden equally. They’re all heaping up human
sacrifices, as at Stonehenge, to Him Who Thunders From On High.