This post is, in a way, based on this quote by the anarchist philosopher Mikhail Bakunin, from Man, Society, and Freedom. And I assure you, the title of this post is merely for shock value.
“The first revolt is against the supreme tyranny of theology, of the phantom of God. As long as we have a master in heaven, we will be slaves on earth.”
To be honest, “the phantom of god” sounds cool. So cool I want to talk about it.
The phantom of god might refer to a spook imposed on the human mind and consciousness that makes us think we have a boss in heaven and that we need one. It’s been imposed upon the consciousness for so long that we’ve just come to accept the idea, and thus, our concept of God. Of course, we know where that could come from, don’t we?
So what if we got rid of the spook? Maybe we would not enslave ourselves. Maybe we would not deny ourselves our own strength for the illusion of comfort. Maybe we would be truly free in our thought if we didn’t have to cowtow to a master in heaven who for all we know isn’t there.
To kill the phantom of God would be to crush the infrastructure of illusion and self-denial we all hold so true. Much of what we call traditional morality we know is just puritanical Christian morality, and the mindset stems from the idea that by obeying the rules set by a master in heaven, we will be rewarded. So to destroy the phantom of God might also be to get rid of that incessant false morality that’s been, at best, annoying, and at worst, detrimental to human society, let alone its progress.