I have been nominated by 4yearoldadult for the Starlight Blogger Award! I was quite surprised to receive this type of recognition, as I am pretty wet behind the ears when it comes to blogging (and social media in general, for that matter), but I am very flattered and moved by this gesture. From what I understand, the spirit of this award is to recognize inspiring bloggers, so I feel especially honored, since I have not had very much visibility on WordPress as of yet.

The rules of the award are:

1. Thank and link back to the person who nominated you for the award.

2. Answer the questions set to you and then you may create your set of questions for your nominees.

3. Nominate other bloggers.

Here are my answers to 4yearoldadult‘s engaging and challenging questions!

  1. Do you believe in the Omnipotence paradox? Would you like to share your views on it?

If I were to say that I believe in the Omnipotence Paradox, it seems I would be agreeing (perhaps, among other things) a. that it is a valid employment of logic that disproves the existence of God, and by extension, b). that disproving the existence of God is something one can easily do by invoking a quaint tautology that has been fabricated out of narrow definitions and a meager understanding of the issue at hand.  So, the short answer to this question is, no, I do not believe in the Omnipotence Paradox, because my reasoning on the topic does not align with a. or b., as described above.

In the extended version of my answer, I will try to explain a little bit about what my reasoning on this subject does involve: First of all, I think that being certain of one’s logical “rightness” in one instance, and then extending the “logic” of a given closed-premise argument to everything else that may or may not be even tangentially related to the original argument, is missing the boat entirely. Basically, to my mind, the question of the possibility of God’s existence is more often than not beside the point when it comes to considering how human beings should treat one another, and whether/how we might best show reverence for the world we live in.  In other words, I think that attempting to determine definitively who or what God is or isn’t, or what God can, can’t, or does and doesn’t do, constitutes a brand of ontological calisthenics to be practiced by those who have a lot more time on their hands (and a lot less interest in the practical considerations) than the majority of us has.

I also think it is arrogant and short-sighted for humans to assume by virtue of our intelligence that we are automatically adequately equipped with the perceptive abilities required to determine the “factual” status of God’s existence.  This is God, with a capital G we’re talking about, right?  For instance, regarding what it even means for an entity to be “omnipotent” — all powerful — how do we know we have the market cornered on a complete, true definition? After all, would anyone argue the premise that humans are not omnipotent? I mean, maybe there are alternate realities in which it makes perfect sense for a being to be able both to create a rock that is too heavy for itself to lift AND to be capable of lifting said rock? How would we know? So, maybe, a truer definition of the concept of “Omnipotence” is something along the lines of, “Having the power to do anything whatsoever, whether or not it is deemed by human scientists and philosophers to be possible, or logically sound?” Anyway, if we can accept that humans are necessarily limited, fallible beings (i.e., not God, nor gods, nor even demi-gods), then we ought to be able to accept that there are things we cannot know, and may never know, one way or the other, no matter how smart and technologically advanced we think we are, or are becoming.

As we are certainly neither all powerful, all knowing, nor present in every place all at once, how can we even deign to define “omnipotence,” much less pat ourselves on the back when we think our self-important dabbling in epistemology constitutes the authority to disprove the existence of God? The way I see it, if we aren’t fore-mostly getting busy applying our gifts — God-given, or otherwise — toward solving the millions of more relevant issues that we relatively “impotent” beings face as a species, then we are sorely misguided, at best. If we are motivated by open hearts to promote justice, compassion, dignity, and acceptance for all individuals (regardless of gender/gender-identification, race, sexual-orientation, age, disability, etc., etc.), then justifying our belief-in-God status to one another becomes a lot less important.

  1. What is the most crazy thing you have ever thought of doing?  

I thought for a few milliseconds about answering this question truthfully. Ha!

  1. Which is easier to find:  Unicorn or true love?;)

Unicorns have more readily recognizable features, so they are probably easier to identify upon first being found.

  1. If you are given the power to change one thing about this world, what would you change?

I would invent a permanent cure for bigotry that could be administered globally through the atmosphere.

  1. Which actor/actress should stop acting right away?

I don’t know. My knee-jerk response was Gwyneth Paltrow, but I am sure if I knew more about pop-culture, I would likely pick on someone who is even more worthy of demonization…

My nominees for this award are:

David Preyde

Eric Wong

You are both keen observers of the world and talented writers. Your observations about life are filled with (dark) humor, wit, and dignity, and I believe the messages you have to share greatly benefit others. Congratulations!

Here are your questions from me. They are not very deep, but I have a feeling that your takes on them will supply the depth-factor in unique and entertaining ways!

  1. Do you identify closely with a particular type of animal? In what ways?
  2. Do you have a favorite author? If so, what do you find compelling about his or her writing?
  3. What foreign country would you most like to visit and why?
  4. What do you consider to be your biggest vice? What would it take for you to be able to give it up? Would it be worth it?

7 thoughts on “Awards

  1. I feel honored by the way you have answered my questions. Your take on the ‘Omnipotence Paradox is a masterpiece. It has ignited my philosophical side. I completely agree with the ease of finding an Unicorn. If we create a Venn Diagram, bigotry and hypocrisy may coincide. Cheers to your award. 🙂

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    • Do you think it will go viral? Lol! Truly, I don’t take myself as seriously as it may sound, but your question about the “Omnipotence Paradox” ignited MY philosophical sensibilities, and it gave me an outlet for a lot of frustrations, so I must thank you for that…
      Would it surprise you to know that I once studied at a Theological Seminary?

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      • I am not a fan of viral trends. I believe that true quality is much better than the things that go viral. Writing is a great way to vent out anger, to get over the human tendency of getting frustrated. Our inner thoughts are wiser than our outer personalities. If we try, we can be our own counselors. Ohhhhh, so ‘Theological Seminary’ is the origin of this intellectual mind. Nice to have you on board. 🙂

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  2. I’m a new blogger, but this award nomination seems like a good thing. I will let you know when I post my first blog. Congratulations! For Harper on winning the award and for the nomination. I was impressed by the knowledge of the reply.I see why she was nominated. I did not know that being a blogger had rewards. i will give it a whirl. Informative information pertaining to this awards theme. I see the rules relating to the protocol of awards and nominating others, a take and give scenario which is beneficial. I had my first blog ready to post, about 600 words, then I added an image and it vanished. I’m a one day blogger, so, I got oodles of questions. This blogging looks worth trying. Excellent exchange of words and info, maybe out of my league but I am game. Man does not know it all by far. Our ignorance is reflected by planet earth. We take the rain forest and animal and plant species we doom ourselves of potential cures because of extinction. Everything on earth has it’s place in the balance of nature. if one species goes extinct, it will effect the balance of other species, domino effect. I do accept tips as a new blogger anywhere I can get them. I will use this blogger page as a refrence guide to rules of a blogger Always with respect, Rickey Chatham Sr.

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  3. Oh, i do believe in God. No fancy words to explain it. i know what an atheist is. There are educated fools, the clause –to gain the whole world and lose your own soul. For eternity is everlasting and this world shall pass away like dew from a water Lilly. Personally, i will not gamble my soul for material things that you can’t take to the other dimension. i am a Christian and I would hate to burn in Hades, place of STYX and Lucifer’s legions of demonic angels reign. Also, man has already proved that the majority can be wrong. Like… “the world is flat?” A lot of people thought the world was flat just because some scholar said that it was flat. So, I back Harper on believing that god does exist, although he is not visible. It’s faith. Haha, I’m practicing my blogging skills if you don’t mind. An interesting question about questioning God’s existence. That is a very good subject to tap in. I like this pass the torch thing. Don’t know where to follow people on her, yet, but I did find one on here to follow. Sorry, i lost my three hour post to a picture I added. I’m a thinker… I question everything. it’s my nature, i will try to follow the guidelines.

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    • I tried to be neutral on the subject of whether or not God exists, and primarily focus on the problems of using logic like the “omnipotence paradox” to harp on the argument. It is a distraction, at best, from the immediate concerns that we face, and I see no reason for Believers and Non-Believers to be so divisive on one point of contention that they can’t find any common ground for understanding and collaboration on behalf of human kind. Any way you look at it, it’s not very Christlike (speaking of both the man and the deity) to use religion as a means to harbor hatred for and fear toward others, nor does it make much sense.
      Thanks for sharing your thoughts about this subject with me. 😇
      Good luck with your blogging ventures!

      Steph “Huckleberry” *Harper


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