Thursday, February 6, 2014

On the gods communications.

Do the gods of different nations
talk to each other?

Do the gods of Chinese cities
speak to the ancestors of the Japanese?

To the lords of Xibalba?
To Allah? 

Is there some annual get-together
where they compare each other's worshippers?

Mine will bow their faces to the floor
and trace woodgrain lines for me, says one.

Mine will sacrifice animals, says another.

Mine will kill anyone who insults me, says a third.

Here is the question I think of most often:
Are there any who can honestly boast,

My worshippers obey my good laws,
and treat each other kindly,
and live simple generous lives?

excerpt from "The God Whispers of Han Qing-jao"
(Children of the Mind, Orson Scott Card)