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A long time ago, religion hijacked God. It is a great shame. It was not without some value. Religion did and still does to a degree provide an ethical framework for society, whichever religion you adhere to.Unfortunately, like training wheels on aMoreA long time ago, religion hijacked God. It is a great shame. It was not without some value. Religion did and still does to a degree provide an ethical framework for society, whichever religion you adhere to.Unfortunately, like training wheels on a bike, there comes a time to go beyond the limitations of the religious God, to go beyond the nihilism of the atheist God, and appreciate both the irrelevance and wonder of a very different God, an inner divinity that has no need for worship, no need for anything, but merely enjoys the ride and the creative endeavour that you as a human get to observe, and which you call your life.It may seem strange to think of God as irrelevant, but that is the gift given to humans, to enjoy their lives in utter oblivion. No agenda, no must be, must do, must anything. It is called free will.Forget karma, forget destiny, forget sin, these are all attempts to either explain or control. The true divinity has no interest in such minor and irrelevant issues, and that is the gift of being human, to explore without constraint, without limit, or more accurately, to observe without constraint, without limit, the wonder of what your life could be, may be, already is.The atheist-religion debate is a nonsense, a distraction, with neither side owning reality, even though both lay claim to it.It is tempting to call it science vs religion, but that is lazy thinking. A true scientist is open minded and explores what is. Someone claiming to be a scientist and denying the awareness that is intrinsic to everything is not in fact a scientist beyond a profession, but becomes an atheist, and that is a very different creature.An open minded scientist has no problem with either the extraordinary accomplisments of science or the extraordinary nature of what is beyond science.I am a mathematician. Just a little one, a maths graduate from a long time ago, but I still cherish the distinction that a mind inclined towards pure maths offers as a mindset. It is an illusion that maths is about numbers.Maths is thought, in some ways the purest thought, the clearest and most rigorous. It is not that a mathematician thinks in terms of equations, any more than a novelist sees words and types them onto a page.A novelist sees characters, life, events, reality that they channel onto a page via the medium of words. That too is not something that I espouse as a remote and clinical observer, but something that I have experienced in writing the novels in the Essene Camelot series.They may not be big novels, they may have little impact, but the experience of writing them was fascinating, and from what I’ve read of other novelists, that experience is not unique. It is common.And therein lies the essence of true divinity, because when you understand the gift of the mathematician and the gift of the author, you understand a little of the gift of everything, of being human.It is an irony that the greatest scientists, the greatest authors, the greatest athletes, all tap into their divinity without, in many or most cases, any sense as to why or how or what it is they are doing.That does not matter, and that is the important thing, the gift of being human: that it doesn’t matter what you believe, only that you embrace it if it serves you, and consider an alternative if it doesn’t.Chocolate or vanilla?How much of a debate could we have as to which was better, which was right, which was real?Yet what on earth does it matter.And for some people it will be strawberry.It’s a taste, a preference.Atheists prefer to go through life seeing ‘reality’.Religious adherents prefer to go through life seeing ‘divinity’, but sadly I would have to challenge their perception of divinity.