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posts by jwrmad Commoner | joined 19 Jan 2007 | 1

More posted 19 Jan 2007, 10:01 in The Thousandfold ThoughtNo-God's questions by jwrmad, Commoner

I think the theory that the No-God is the soul of all mankind has much to recommend it. I think it is worth saying that the No-God is a product of the Tekne, which is based upon the belief that living things are simply machines of a complicated species. How the Tekne could then be connected to the binding of souls is thus unclear. However, a skin-spy did have a soul, so clearly the Tekne can have some non-mundane components. This non-contradiction reinforces the theory, it seems to me. Another interesting thing is the fact that the Tekne came with the Inchoroi from the Void, which resonates with discussions of the Outside in some sense. The Outside is described as a less objective existence in which "Gods" exist in sub-realities conforming to their will, while the World is the point of maximum objectivity in which the workings of the universe are independent of the desires of those who live within it. Now, I'll try explain my next theory clearly. The Ark could be representative of the Inchoroi sub-reality in which they were technological "Gods" living in a world without souls and thus without damnation. When they crashed from the heavens into this world, they were subjected to a world involving sorcery (as compared to their apparent beam weapons e.g. the Heron Spear), Non-Men and worst of all, souls and judgment. By destroying all mankind, and perhaps Non-Men as well, the Inchoroi can eliminate all soulful creatures in existence and somehow seal this world from the Outside that was once their heaven but is now their feared future. Ultimately this seems to connect to the idea of "the other" (ie that which is outside the self). Rather than having some sort of rational objective existence, the other is a product of those who view it. In a world believing in souls there are souls. In a world believing only in the Tekne, only the Tekne can exist. By removing those creatures who subscribe to the ideas of souls and the afterlife, the Inchoroi can destroy man's (and Nonmen's) ability to subjectively order "the other" along their lines of belief. Now, the primary issue with this is the fact that somehow the beliefs of third parties can effect the other for you, thus removing some of the subjectivity by subjecting you to their reality. This is in accordance with the philosophy of the book, however, as there is an extended discussion regarding how reality is shaped by the beliefs of others (eg why is this infant a king and this infant a slave?). This also explains why the world is the point of maximum objectivity, it is where millions of individuals meet in one place, and therefore are subjected to the whims and desires of others, rather than simply the fantasies of their own self. The irony of all this, of course, is that the Inchoroi are forced to believe in the soul (and, given this theory of the No-God, even make use of it) when attempting to destroy it, and thus align themselves with the world's belief. This susceptibility to "peer pressure" could be ultimately what is being critiqued. The other is changed because we allow it to be changed. We make ourselves the measure of all others, but so do we make all others the measure of ourselves. view post


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