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    What did Voltaire mean when he said that:

    "If God did not exist it would be necessary to invent him"
    All for ourselves, and nothing for other people, seems, in every age of the world, to have been the vile maxim of the masters of mankind.
    Chapter IV, p. 448. - Adam Smith, Book 3, The Wealth of Nations

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    that we all need the belief..we need reward and punishment...we need to feel not alone...watched over...that someone else is responsible and somewhere somehow it all males sense.
    There can’t be any large-scale revolution until there’s a personal revolution, on an individual level. It’s got to happen inside first.
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    Religion is an efficient device for controlling large groups of people.
    "The only time I'm wrong is when I'm questioning myself."
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    that was meant to be implied in my post as well but i'm not sure that it was so...i'll just agree...um...yep..
    There can’t be any large-scale revolution until there’s a personal revolution, on an individual level. It’s got to happen inside first.
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    Its about consolation and control?
    All for ourselves, and nothing for other people, seems, in every age of the world, to have been the vile maxim of the masters of mankind.
    Chapter IV, p. 448. - Adam Smith, Book 3, The Wealth of Nations

    whether or not you credit psychoanalysis itself, the fact remains that we all must, to the greatest extent possible, understand one another's minds as our own; the very survival of humanity has always depended on it. - Open Culture

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    Voltaire was a conceited Frenchman.
    My friend, Fergus, once said that "GOD" was an acronym for "Government Ordered Discipline," LOL!
    Honestly, I don't get much out of organized religion, but I don't scoff at those who do.
    I'm at peace with the God of my understanding.
    To each their own, just don't try to sell me on dogma that is not of my own choosing.
    My reply to such attempts will forever be "Go fuck yourself."



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    Smile Canberra, Theosophy, Sacred Geomentry, and the Invention of God

    Quote Originally Posted by Lark View Post
    What did Voltaire mean when he said that:

    "If God did not exist it would be necessary to invent him"
    It is necessary to invent God to understand Canberra.

    For Canberra is a designed, garden city. And it was designed from high above the Molonglo River flowing through the Limestone Plains.

    So the design of Canberra only makes sense from the God's-eye view. So to design Canberra, we needed to invent God first.

    But we are not ungrateful for the wonderful view, for we designed Canberra using God's own principles of Theosophy and Sacred Geometry. Click on -

    http://theosophydownunder.org/librar...velynne-brown/

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLlADcMYqss

    So to build the City of God, naturally we had to invent God first.

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    We need a scapegoat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lark View Post
    What did Voltaire mean when he said that:

    "If God did not exist it would be necessary to invent him"
    The God man created is the man God created.
    The man God created is not the God man created.

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    I suppose it could be taken any number of ways, depending on how you define God.

    For me, I would interpret this as "God", in this context, is an ideal for which we as men should aspire to be and that it would be in our best interest to make one if need to be to better ourselves.

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