What Political System is Closest to God?

[JOURNAL] When you know God, it’s obvious.

Photo by Johnny Cohen on Unsplash

A/N: I tag some articles as [JOURNAL] pieces, meaning they’re more like brain-dumps where I work through questions I’m pondering in real-time, rather than polished and organized essays.

I am not a God-fearing woman, but I do believe in God. My beliefs come from what I’ve experienced, and I experience what I believe.

Knowing God

I believe God is. To be more specific, I believe God is that which is, the intrinsic essence, which is another way of saying “I am who am.” Me, I am a Christian as much as I’m a Hindu, a Buddhist as much as I’m a Muslim, a Taoist as much as I’m #NewAge. When you know God, studying any spirituality becomes like going traveling to find yourself: wherever you go, there you are. Whatever name God gets called, whatever scriptures are wrapped around God, in every religion, there is an experience of God at its core.

What is God?

What the religions get right is that God is love.

When I was first taught that at my Christian high school, I thought it meant they believed that the typical Judeo-Christian concept of God as some supreme Sky Daddy is the real essence of love. Turns out, this isn’t what that means at all. This understanding of “God is love” is an answer to the question, “What is love?” not, “What is God?” Its real meaning is reversed. God is love. That means, if you’ve ever experienced love, then you already know what God is. You know how God feels. You know what God wills. You know how God enacts that will.

As love, God is the source of all things. As love, God is the joy of all things. As love, God is a verb. God is a practice, an action we take, a choice we make in each moment. As love, we know we’re doing God when we’re doing it. Once we’ve felt the experience of it, no other explanation becomes necessary.

To love is to include something wholly as a part of yourself. As God is the universal essence, God is the interbeing of us all. Doing God feels like taking others as a part of ourselves and meeting their needs as if they were our own, because they are. Doing God feels like authenticity and freedom, used in service of love for ourselves and others, which are no different. Doing God feels like the world stops being full of separate and conflicting wills, and becomes an all-encompassing dance of celebration — because that’s what it is. God is like zooming out of a chaotic impressionist painting and seeing how every dot perfectly contributes to creating art.

What isn’t God?

What I also know about God is that God cannot be conceptualized and be experienced at the same time. Like love, you know God when you feel it. Think of misguided parents unwittingly hurting their children out of fear. We know trying to love someone through a fear-based concept of what love is supposed to look like tends not to end up feeling like love. God, like love, is an experience that arises from actual empathy.

When you feel God, the doctrines fall away and it becomes wholly unnecessary to fixate on dogma or scripture, as if the point of hiking were to stare at the trail marker. The words are never the point; they can only point the way. What they point to is the lived experience of God.

I am not a God-fearing woman, because God has no need of my fear. I fear no Hell, because I know that God isn’t stupid. God is the power that resides in us all, so God has no need to punish us. We are alive with a God-given ability to surrender a pointless fight and choose God in each moment. We do as we will, and paradise remains right here, waiting silently for us to arrive when we’re ready.

I choose paradise, and so I choose direct democracy, non-hierarchy, holding resources in the commons, free association, and the cooperative governance of everything. In other words: I choose anarcho-communism.

Governing Eden

There is but one God, who gets dressed up in many costumes. That God is love — the lived experience of union with something other than yourself (well, other than what you think you are) so that the “other” stops being experienced as an other. Call it interbeing, inclusion, merging, union, self-realization, Christ consciousness, Enlightenment — the words just point the way.

God is an experience, not a concept. God is a practice, not a rule. The same is true of democracy.

The experience of God is found through a kind of ecstatic surrender to what was only ever your true essence. As equally as humans crave the experience of power, we also crave the experience of authentic trust. Ultimate power is not found in controlling the world, but in truly not needing to control a thing — in being able to release all fear for safety, and rely absolutely on a world that meets your needs absolutely.

Trust and Cooperation

Now, walking the path of God is not without its hiccups. Learning to trust in the cosmic dance of reality, rather than needing to personally control all of it all the time, is a deep practice of continuously releasing fear. In its place, we choose faith instead. Faith is just the knowledge that things can work out without one personally knowing how they’re going to do so right now. Faith is an act of trust in others, trusting that others know themselves and are correct about what they need. Faith is the release of competition: others can have what they need, and we can also have what we need. With God, all needs are met.

Truth holds no competition between wills, because true wills are not in conflict. The problem is never in us, or in them, but in the erroneous notion that a limited judgment from one conditioned perspective could contain the full knowledge of everything. In much the same fashion, every religious teaching is a door to God. The point of a door is to walk through it. When you do, the door is behind you.

Real Democracy and Non-Hierarchy

When you experience God (which is everyone’s birthright to do), the politics of God become clear as day. God is a monad, not a monarch, an essence, not a king. God is alive in the practice of surrender to that universal essence, which means that God lives in the practice of non-hierarchical democracy.

Real democracy is not a competition of wills between parties, but a holistic debate of choices between people with equitable power. So-called “representative democracy” is a popularity contest for control. Direct democracy is an action of faith, inclusion, empathy and trust. Its goal is not the triumph of one will over another, but the synthesis of all wills, so that all needs can be met— you know, like God.

“No God but God” means no kings and no masters, no presidents and no popes, no judges and no bosses. It means no hierarchies but the consensual surrender of the Ego to infinity.

Non-Condemnation and Undoing Hell

The law of God is love. The price of breaking it is the experience of pain. No further pain need be inflicted on us for doing so. God is our judge, and God isn’t stupid enough to create something as useless as Hell. God is the source of all, so God is the source of operant conditioning. God understands that eternal damnation (or punishment of any kind) can only have efficacy as a threat; as an actuality, it’s pointless.

When our baseline experience is love and joy, straying from it becomes punishment enough. Punishment, like Hell, is useful only as a threat to condition behavior. Like Hell, it is wholly counterproductive. The goal of punishment is to traumatize someone enough that they don’t do certain actions. Trauma is the cause of maladaptive behavior. We create violence by punishing it. In God’s land, there are no prisons and no borders.

Actualizing Heaven on Earth

“The Kingdom of Heaven lies within” means we reach Heaven by living it — right here, right now.

The real way to eradicate violence and fully actualize the experience of God is to ensure that everyone has everything they need to flourish, and the complete freedom to act in service of their needs. When everyone has their needs met, and full trust that they will continue to be able to get their needs, no one has any need to harm anyone else. Emotional needs are as important as physical needs, and always will be. If you need any clarification on this: Does Elon Musk really seem like a happy, healthy, well-adjusted person to you?

On this planet, we have no lack of resources required to meet everyone’s material needs. What we have are bad distribution and allocation networks. The solution to material lack is plainly to change our distribution networks. If we want Heaven on Earth, we can’t continue with winner-take-all property relationships based on arbitrary control rather than on actual need.

Real ownership is an authentic relationship of reciprocal care. You really own your house because you tend to its needs, and it meets your needs in turn. Right relationship is about authentic inclusion and reciprocity. “Personal property” is natural; “private property” is made-up to preserve fear. When you don’t live in an authentic relationship of reciprocal care and understanding with something, you tend to misuse it, neglect it, exploit it or abuse it. You don’t treat its needs as a part of your needs, and so the relationship becomes a locus of violence.

We know that, say, romantic relationships are best when they meet the authentic needs of all parties involved. The same is true of relationships with land, work, animals, water, food, housing, and other people. Like a romantic relationship, any relationship becomes violent when it stops being consensual. Consent can only exist between parties with equitable power. Without consent, there is automatically violence, and violence is not of God.

We’ve long had the ability to meet everyone’s material needs, but we’ve lacked the awareness required to meet everyone’s emotional needs. Fortunately, we the #woke are waking up.

In my limited experience, growing up in a fearful society is the act of forgetting what’s true and crafting all kinds of needlessly complex lies to justify the actions inflicted by your fear. “The spiritual path” is the act of realizing just what you’ve been doing, and finding your way back to truth.

The God-honest truth was there all along, and still lives on in cliché bumper stickers and hippie-dippy love songs. Coexist. Human-kind: be both. Bombing for peace is like fucking for virginity. Earth my body, water my blood. Money can’t buy me love, and love is all you need. Ridiculing the truth does not make it less true.

When you live in a total experience of love, you live in a total experience of abundance, because nothing is separate from you. Your needs become one with everything’s needs. You experience it by living it. Like democracy, living God requires a leap of faith, and the consistent choice to continue making that leap when the alternative is returning to fear and control.

God, like democracy, is built on empathy and understanding. God, like democracy, is the choice to trust the will of the collective and claim our own place within it, rather than try to control it all like a dictator. God, like holding resources in the commons, provides for everyone’s needs. God, like cooperation, is an action of trust and good faith. God, like prison abolition, is knowing that punishment is counterproductive to peace. God knows no greed, no shame, no fear, no control, no hierarchy, and no defense. God, like love, is authentic, consensual and trusting.

Every religion or spirituality is a doorway to God. Whichever door you find yourself knocking on, it leads to the same place, and that place is God. Pro tip: if you find yourself continuously knocking on the door and it isn’t opening you to the lived experience of union with God, then that door is probably closed for you right now. You might want to try another. If you do, it becomes obvious that every door leads to the same place, and we are all trying to go there.

We are not enemies competing towards conflicting goals. We are unwitting allies in the same goal. God is the action of realizing that. The closest political system to God, then, is the one that inspires us all to do that too. To quote another cliché, you have two wolves battling inside you. One is cooperative and compassionate, loving and kind. The other is competitive and warlike, vicious and cruel. Which wolf wins? The one you feed. The question, then, is, “What does the good wolf eat?”

If God is the source of everything, then God made operant conditioning. An economic system based on competition conditions competitive behavior. A political system based on conquering the other side conditions warlike behavior. An economic system based on cooperation and a political system based on collective decision-making condition Godlike behavior. Engaging in Godlike behavior is living the experience of God.

The hilarious conclusion of this all, though, is that you can’t take my word for it. Once you’ve walked through the door, you’ll know it for yourself. In the mean time, know that you are loved, and you can choose to be loving in turn.

--

--

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store