Infinite Good Person
Eternal patterns need an infinite giving person
Eternity needs infinity. Personal patterns need personhood. Eternal personal patterns need an infinite good and giving person.
We want endlessly good patterns, but they must be sourced in something other than our limited resources and wisdom. Artificial intelligence cannot do it; it is artificial. Infinity can not be birthed in finiteness. We need something above and beyond and inherently limitless. Also, we humans, with our emotions and affinity for spiritual connection, need a person. Good personal patterns need a good person to generate them. Always predictable, eternally progressive, and sincerely profitable patterns need an infinite good and giving person (IGP).
Only a person can make personal patterns
A machine can make predictable patterns. That is why we make machines because we want their products to be predictable within a very tight range. For example, homemade bread comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes with a variety of lumps and crusts, but not store bought bread. We expect, no we demand, that it conform to a predictable shape or we won't buy it.
But, can a machine—even an artificially intelligent machine—create a genuinely personal universe filled with personal patterns and interactions? Cuddling with a robot, now there is a heart-warming thought. (Just kidding!) Movies often make it look like artificially intelligent robots could fulfill our need for personal interaction, but we must not forget that those humanoid machines are played by human actors. There is a reason that “artificial” is the first word in “artificial intelligence.”
Which scenario is the more inspiring? A) A scientist builds and programs a life-like humanoid and they get married with a lovely wedding. B) A scientist meets a woman who, over time, gets to know his strengths and weaknesses, likes and dislikes, background and ambitions. Out of choice based on admiration and honest evaluation, the woman marries the scientist in a lovely wedding.
Now extrapolate this to eternity. Which eternity is the warmer, more personal, more secure, more hopeful: an eternity managed by a machine or an eternity operated by someone we can look to as father, mother, and friend? At first glance some might think the machine is better because it might not have the whims and eccentricities to which we are so accustomed, but we are not talking about a regular person. We are talking about an infinite good person. For the first thousand, or maybe even million, years the robot might be good, but at some point we reach the limits of the machine. Then we become limited. Boredom and loneliness sets in. We then find ourselves in the monotonous, vicious circle we are in now.
The other problem with the machine is that someone must program and maintain it. Who will do that? What arguments and conflicts will that entail? Even if everyone agreed, how do we know what is eternally good? All we can do is program ourselves into the state we are now.
Foreseeing the limitations of high-tech, some religions have proposed a sort of “mind in the sky,” an essence, a consciousness, a being that is not a person but just a state of being. However, this runs into the same problem as a machine in the sky, just from the opposite end of the spectrum of existence. It is only partially human, unfeeling, unchoosing, basically unconscious of the holistic package of physical, emotional, social, mental, and spiritual that we are as humans. We need personal patterns that are profitable for all parts of us. A partial being cannot make, maintain, and improve complete patterns.
I think it is safe to conclude that we need a person to make personal patterns, but this person also needs to be infinite, good, and giving.
Only a good, giving person can make profitable patterns
Good and profitable are relative to the time frame and circle of influence under consideration. For example, a mother figures out that feeding her baby a sugar filled drink makes the baby happy and quiet. However, later years show that the sweet tooth habit leads to all sorts of health problems. In a similar manner, a smoker calms down with a cigarette now but later gets cancer.
In the 1930’s Neville Chamberlain of England appeased Adolf Hitler by not contesting Germany’s takeover of Czechoslovakia. “Peace in our time,” Chamberlain proclaimed. Instead, Hitler’s expansionist ambitions were fed and World War II ensued. Even without the later war, how could it be “good” to hand over a country to another? Good for who? Not good for everyone.
Slavery is another illustration. For the economic good of southern plantation owners, an entire race was declared subhuman to justify their enslavement. The Civil War in the 1860’s and then the civil rights movement in the 1960’s would finally make plain the terrible evil of the philosophy.
How do we avoid similar mistakes in the future, not just on a country scale, but on a galactic scale? Do we enslave planets? Do we mine resources to our future detriment? All the mistakes we have made on Earth we will continually repeat on a larger scale.
In our short lifespans, and with our tendency to not learn from history, we are pretty good at making something work out favorably for a few people for a short time. If we lived hundreds, and especially thousands, of years at a time, we would view most of our decisions and actions quite differently. Some outcomes we now label as good would be greatly modified or even reversed. Now imagine living for eternity and experiencing the super long range effects of our choices. We would not only change our decisions but we would also change our definitions of good.
This is why we need a person who knows what is eternally good for people. No machine or civilization we can possibly build is capable of knowing what succeeds or fails on an eternal scale, and no machine can know what is good for a person. Only a person can define and perform what is eternally good for people. We need a infinite person who not only knows what is good but is good to all of us.
Only infinity can make endless progressive patterns
When we were children, bouncing a ball was fascinating. We developed motor skills. We observed different behavior as the ball bounced off different surfaces with different forces applied. Then we mastered that skill. It became old hat. We turned to explore new things. Then we discovered basketball, football, baseball, soccer, and many other games we could play with a ball. Suddenly, a simple ball in various shapes and sizes became interesting again. We know by experience that the heart is sparked by hope which is sparked by new challenges and new meaningful things.
Here is the key concept missed in most of our religious views of the future and in our science fiction fantasies. A perfect universe cannot be the end of growth, but only and always the beginning. If there is no more growth, then there is no more hope. Hopelessness ensues and there is the inevitable downward spiral. If a perfect universe is a ceiling over our heads, then we will bounce off of it in the only direction possible—down.
We need an infinite good person who not only knows what is good on an eternal scale, but can make that goodness better and better. Behind every good experience, there needs to be an even bigger, better experience. Static goodness is a hopeless experience. Personal, profitable patterns need to be progressive.
Right now, while we are mired and tired in a mixed experience of good and evil, love and hate, pleasure and pain, an eternity of perfect peace based on zero growth sounds very inviting. Indeed, but such an eternity cannot exist for human beings who are motivated by hope. Sitting around on clouds playing harps and eating marshmallows or staying in bed with 72 virgins will be exciting for perhaps a couple years or decades, maybe a little longer. But why not just take drugs if we want a zero growth eternity? We could all lock ourselves in stasis tubes and have an endless high.
Minus the pain, we actually thrive on challenge, discovery, exploration, and learning. Take that away and what do we have left to share? “Oh, we already saw that sunrise last year. Oh, you already told me that. Oh, that’s old news. Everything is always old news.” Once we have explored every planet in every galaxy and become friends with every being in the universe and exhausted the physical, intellectual, and spiritual resources of the cosmos, what do we have left? Nothing. What is our purpose then? What is the meaning of life then? Nothing.
Granted, that scenario would take billions of years to achieve, but even a trillion years is only a drop in the ocean of eternity. What do we do after we have done it all? What do we learn after we have learned it all?
Eternity must be composed of infinite progressive patterns that all work harmoniously for the good of all peoples. Such an eternity can be built only by an infinite giving person. Such an eternity will gradually unfold like an infinite flower tended by an infinite gardener who will make us better, more insightful, more awed gardeners as well.
Imagine running out of awe and wonder! We already know what that does to people. It makes them cynical, bitter, hardhearted, egotistical, arrogant. Do we really want an eternity of that?
We need an infinite giving person
We desperately need an infinite giving person who gives only good gifts. If an infinite person were to take, then everything we are and have would be taken in an instant and infinity would still not be satisfied. If an infinite good person were merely good, without sharing it with us, we would fail to benefit.
We need an infinite giving person who enjoys sharing personalized profitable patterns with us. Part of the joy of life is our uniqueness. That is what makes us interesting and different to others so that they are curious to find out about us. An infinite giving person will feed and sustain our basic needs of faith, hope, and love, but also flavor predictable, progressive, profitable patterns so that we know we are individually cared for and loved.
Can’t program that into a machine.
Imagine an infinite giving person
Step by step the arguments have been laid out. If we want an eternity of faith, hope, and love, then we need an infinite good person to share predictable, progressive, profitable patterns. We have not proven such a being exists, but we have clearly seen our need and know who we are looking for. We started at zero and have arrived at infinity. However, this is a mere line of reasoning. Our negative cultural and religious backgrounds tend to make our ideas of this Person into a machine or a distant being. We need to imagine the practical, personal reality.
I have used "infinite good/giving person" to get at the core characteristics of the deity we need, but like all people, this being needs a name or title for personal warmth and relationship. I choose "Father" because of my particular experience.
My human father, now deceased, raised us six kids in a constant atmosphere of autocratic fear. His word was law. He was never wrong. His anger was our rule of life. His thoughts were our religion. It was almost like our home was a little cult and we had to get away from it to experience normality. Which often meant we had to get away from each other. My dad ruined our family.
Those explosive, bond-breaking influences were a big part of my concluding one day that God had died or abandoned this universe. It was the only way I could reconcile my observations at the time. Then a series of providential experiences starting turning me in yet another direction.
As I turned from atheism to exploring the possibility of a higher being that might be different from the kind of God from what he taught, things became much worse. It finally came to the point, after a demonic-like ranting phone call, that I could no longer view him as "father." That moment turned my world upside down and inside out and I have never been the same since then.
It was almost involuntary. It was more of a realization than a choice. I felt it and said it at the same instant. He was no longer my father because he was no longer a father. He was an egomaniac out of control desiring only control.
The next instant my untethered soul was reassured by a Being so loving, so gracious, so humble, so understanding and sympathetic, that I immediately accepted. "I am your Father," he whispered in music-like tones in the inner ears of my heart. My hatred and fear were turned into pity. My intimidation was transformed into confidence.
I am a believer in an infinite giving person. That Person is my Father, and my Mother, and my Friend, and my King, and my Soulmate in the highest sense.
Through Him I have come to understand and experience forgiveness, purpose, confidence, trust. I am unlimited in His infinity and therefore I can afford to give generously, be free and happy, and to love others even when it hurts. I have a constant Companion and source of strength. I am never alone. Whether or not anyone believes my evidence or agrees with my arguments, Father is with me and I am satisfied.
I still wish I had better memories of dad. Even at my age, I still wish I had a human mentor. However, there is nothing I am willing to trade in exchange for my connection to my infinite good Father. It is key to everything for me.
I do not merely believe, like in the sense of abstract, theoretical conceptualizing or imaginative inventing. I experience. Father and I are in constant two-way communication. We both speak. We both listen. We both enjoy each others company. Sometimes He gives me impressions, directions, or even clearly worded instructions in my mind. There is always a sense of togetherness whether I "succeed" or "fail."
In this world of suffering and evil it is often impossible to really determine what is a success or failure, because the ripple effect of any action is countered or augmented unpredictably by other helpful or hurtful actions. I have learned that results, both good and bad, are often temporary and transitory. To walk and work with my Father, trusting Him that He knows the long range outcomes, has become my goal. Through the graciousness of my infinite giving Father, I am becoming a growing giving person. That is both a sacrificing and rewarding experience at the same time. It is on a level like nothing else.
I rest in my Father's love. He arranges circumstances, not only for my good, but also for the good of those with whom I come in contact. The pain of my rejection, disappointment, and frustration is swallowed up in His approval. My Mother constantly comforts me. By cooperating with Him who knows the end from before the beginning, I know I am helping to bring evil to an end, rather than merely complaining about it. "Sacrifice" becomes an investment.
It may be hard for you to imagine or believe my experience, but nevertheless it is real. There really is an infinite giving person — a Father, a Mother — wanting to make a uniquely personal connection with you. There is no shortage of resources, or of love. There is no need to fear rejection by Infinite Compassion. Transformation through connection awaits you.
In your words:
What specifically are you looking for in an infinite good person? Can you think of a better solution or greater fulfillment than an IGP? Describe your ideal father and/or mother.