Wednesday, August 11, 2010

My boss at work may or may not exist

I received this comment from a guy named Blake on this thread. First I'm going to let you read the comment.  You might be tempted to think he's joking in the first part, but it seems that he's serious.

"Think about it Admin, If God were actually real, and he wanted people to follow righteous ways and believe in his existence how else would he do it? The only way to keep religious faith alive is to provide no worldly evidence for it. The only way for people to believe in something is to place creative stories of supernatural miracles in peoples minds over time and have it put into literature(Bible, Qur'an, etc). Not to always be taken literally, but as an inspiration.

If everyone knew one true God and whatever the finite definition is you are looking for, we wouldn't have the power of choice to believe what we want? If one true god created the universe, wouldn't it be smart of him to create a world where over time there developed a debate between many different religions that all pretty much followed the same theme? All religions help people believe that they have a sense of being. That mass sense of being, purpose and moral grounding is what keeps the world moving forward. Do you think we would've made it this far in science or technology if everyone always believed there was no God? It is essential to human evolution that a majority of people on earth believe in a sense of purpose and afterlife. If there were anything that either proved God or disproved God, What kind of world would that be? There would be chaos. And as for the argument, "if God is so good why does he allow so much suffering?" I say this...we wouldn't have evolved into humans if there weren't finite physical laws that can't be broken or if there were no consequences for actions. Car accidents happen, lethal illnesses exist. They are all forms of population control that are necessary to human existence. We would not be able to operate as a society if we had finite laws of the afterlife or why we are here."

At first I laughed at you Blake, but now I see how right you are.  After all, my boss at work is a little like this.  He doesn't provide any evidence at all for his existence, for the good of the company.  Let me show you how similar our situations are, with your comment in blue and mine in black.

Think about it Admin, If God were actually real, and he wanted people to follow righteous ways and believe in his existence how else would he do it? The only way to keep religious faith alive is to provide no worldly evidence for it.

Think about it Blake, if my boss at work were actually real, and he wanted employees to follow his orders and believe in his existence, how else would he do it?  The only way to keep the employees' belief in his existence real is to provide no evidence for it.

The only way for people to believe in something is to place creative stories of supernatural miracles in peoples minds over time and have it put into literature(Bible, Qur'an, etc). Not to always be taken literally, but as an inspiration.

The only way for employees to believe in something is to place creative stories of discipline, promotions and firings into people's minds over time and have it put into literature (the company newsletter, press releases, etc). Not always to be taken literally, but as an inspiration.

If everyone knew one true God and whatever the finite definition is you are looking for, we wouldn't have the power of choice to believe what we want?

If everyone knew there was one true boss and whatever the finite definition is you are looking for, we wouldn't have the power of choice to obey or disobey his instructions.

If one true god created the universe, wouldn't it be smart of him to create a world where over time there developed a debate between many different religions that all pretty much followed the same theme?

If one true boss created the company, wouldn't it be smart of him to create an office where over time there developed a debate between many different departments that all pretty much followed the same theme?

All religions help people believe that they have a sense of being. That mass sense of being, purpose and moral grounding is what keeps the world moving forward. Do you think we would've made it this far in science or technology if everyone always believed there was no God?

All departments help employees believe they have a sense of responsibility. That sense of responsibility, purpose and company policies is what keeps the company moving forward. Do you think we'd have made it this far in business if everyone always believed there was no boss?

It is essential to human evolution that a majority of people on earth believe in a sense of purpose and afterlife. If there were anything that either proved God or disproved God, What kind of world would that be? There would be chaos.

It is essential for company growth that a majority of employees in the office believe that there are responsibilities and promotions. If there were anything that either proved or disproved the existence of the boss, what kind of office would that be? There would be chaos.

And as for the argument, "if God is so good why does he allow so much suffering?" I say this...we wouldn't have evolved into humans if there weren't finite physical laws that can't be broken or if there were no consequences for actions. Car accidents happen, lethal illnesses exist. They are all forms of population control that are necessary to human existence. We would not be able to operate as a society if we had finite laws of the afterlife or why we are here.

As for the argument, "If the boss is so good why does he fire people?", I say this... we wouldn't have grown into such a big company if there weren't finite company policies that can't be broken or if there were no consequences for actions. Customer service faux-pas happen, people get busted screwing in the copy room. They are all forms of employee management that are necessary to employee existence. We would not be able to operate as a company if we had finite rules of promotions or reasons why we have jobs.


Blake, I've heard a lot of dumb arguments on this site, and this is one of the absolute dumbest.

4 comments:

Jim said...

I like how he assumes that the only way anyone can believe in anything at all is to "place creative stories of supernatural miracles in peoples minds over time and have it put into literature".

Well, he shook my faith in science and mathematics. Every math and science book I read lacked creative stories of supernatural miracles.

I guess I'll have to change my beliefs.

ANTZILLA said...

I was going to go through this and disect the crap. but why bother.

Admin, your 'boss' arguement seems odd because your boss "actually exsists"

Admin said...

Actually Antzilla, I do not work in the environment described in the post. For a lot of what I do, I am my own boss.

The boss thing was used because the relationship between boss-employee is something like what we're supposed to believe is the relationship between gods and humans. Do what we're told, maybe get promoted, maybe fired, right? But if anybody suggested that the way for a boss to conduct business and to improve the company was to make his existence questionable, we'd call that flat-out stupid. Come on, the office descending into chaos if people knew for sure that the boss existed? This guy's a tool.

Jim said...

Let's not forget that some people (using the boss analogy) believe that if they come in to work and kill all their coworkers, they can be promoted to office manager the next day as long as they ask their boss for forgiveness.