I heard an item on Public Radio the other day about research into childrens’ imaginary friends. This researcher ask children about who their phantom friends were, what they did and what they said.
She tried to find a pattern in these friends. There was no pattern. Children create the imaginary people they need.
Not all children have them and some have many more than others. The children who have them do better in some aspects of academic development.
To Freethinkers, gods are imaginary adult friends because there is not evidence they exist outside the mind. We have to admit, however, as with children, these imaginary beings serve well those who carry them around.
One has to think even the earliest humans thought they were on earth for some greater purpose than finding food until they died. It would have been a relief to believe there was this higher purpose in life, like serving their gods.
Surely the greatest gift of the god of the mind is escape from death. Escaping death has been a staple of gods from the earliest history.
I’m sure there are folks who are unable to find god in their minds who wish they could. How comforting it would be to believe it is possible to escape death.
The ability of adults to have imaginary friends is a gift some of us do not have. Those who say it is available to us think, if they don’t need evidence, we don’t either.
We’re different that way.
We discuss on FaceBook, too. Red River Freethinkers.