God be wi’ you, sir.

At the dinner, there was a small group of people praying in a circle. We did a whole group prayer at the start of the meal. These folks seem to have a relationship with God. They want him with them at all times. But given the capriciousness of most gods and especially the Judeo-Christian one…it wouldn’t seem as though one would WANT such a god with you…he might decide to punish you for reasons beyond your understanding. Maybe send a plague of frogs or whatever. It seems to me that one might do better when the Gods are NOT paying attention to you. A god who has the capacity to be so punishing is not someone I want paying attention to my very move. I’d prefer benign neglect.

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