1984 Religion Analysis

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The cosmos are abstract and ever changing. Knowledge expands, impacting perception. God, like the universe, is nonconcrete and perception changes between individuals. God is at once all encompassing while simultaneously minimal. God defines morality while justifying corruption. God elevates some while undermining others. The distinction between God and god lies in the circumstance or beliefs of the beholder. God in the most literal sense pertains to religion. Whether seen as a singular god of monotheism or a pantheon of gods from polytheism, the transcendent beings are worshipped, inquired, elevated above earthy powers. Religion is a manifestation of human’s need to make sense of the world. The Holy Trinity is not the Greco-Roman …show more content…
In the government of 1984 by George Orwell, political leaders challenge the abstract nature of religion where “two and two might make five”. The idea of theoretical gods is replaced by the veneration of secular figureheads like Big Brother. When divine power is put into the hands of officials, their power is unlimited. Communists reject God because an abstract being is impairing and illusive. In the words of Karl Marx, writer of the Communist Manifesto, “religion is the opiate of the masses”. God shelters people from substantial issues. The goal of atheistic governments is to minimize the intangible and force veneration of leaders, who cause a more immediate …show more content…
When there is not a standard of greatness, people are elevated to a godlike level. This rise of importance leads to feelings of superiority and unrestrained power. The desire for power often leads to extreme narcissism, destructive behavior, and killer instincts. Historically, conquerors such as Genghis Khan, Tamerlane, Hernan Cortes, Francisco Pizarro, and Julius Caesar disregarded morality to push borders and claim new lands. Serial killers also lack human compassion, disconnecting and elevating them above common people. H.H. Holmes from Devil in the White City was a narcissistic sociopath with an overbearing god-complex. He reveled in the ability to manipulate lives and play the role of the Grim Reaper. He thought of himself as a physical manifestation of the opposition of God, the devil. God-complexes minimize the power of God while expanding the range of human

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