[LMB] Five Gods Afterlives, a bit of 5GU theology

Matthew George matt.msg at gmail.com
Sat Jul 24 23:19:07 BST 2021


Utopias, in the sense of "perfect places", are virtually always conceived
as having no conflict.  That's not really possible for human beings, simply
because our desires and preferences are highly variable and relatively
unrestrained; additionally, our need for novelty makes a static society
undesirable.

We know that there is, if not war in heaven, at least vigorous conflict
among the Five.

I am reminded of Diane Duane's "dragons", whose minds or "souls" enter into
the minds of their descendants (or a nearby dragon) when their bodies die.
It's noted that they tend to withdraw into the mental background, and
eventually fall silent, with the passage of enough time; this is noted as a
desirable and even necessary feature of their being.  What useful advice
could a dragon from a hundred generations back give its distant descendant?

The Gods seem to be composed of everyone who has died and been judged
compatible with the existing mass of souls.  Imagine if there were entities
whose opinions were formed by summing up the mass opinion of everyone who
had died, ever.  Imagine how much resistance to change there would be if
the living generation were able to be influenced by these entities to any
significant degree.  The Gods are tolerable only because they're largely
indifferent to the details of how people live their lives, and to some
degree seem to be aware of how valuable freedom to dissent and choose is.
It's not at all hard to picture a world that ossifies into self-reinforcing
certainty.

Matt G.


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