Would morality exist if people seized to believe in a God? It’s a pretty stupid question really. But that doesn’t stop every Shabbir, Munir and Kabir from posing this question to all the infidels that preside in this country. Yes. Morality will continue to exist without the belief in God. The fact is that morality is entwined within human nature simply because we, as humans, need to define ourselves in some manner, apart from our physique, and the way to do that is to define boundaries and limits of morality. And if not divine books, then there are plenty of philosophical texts on morality that try to deal with the issue. All this, of course, comes after the fact that us humans are sophisticated beings, who in our own ways, have devised what’s right and wrong and the idea that we need the burning pits of hell to act as a deterrence is a pretty bold one. But first things first.
So is the debate about religion and morality simply about the fact that we can’t discern between right and wrong without a God? Well, that’s one aspect to it. But it takes a backseat to something more important. It’s the fact that in regards to religion, it’s not what is right and wrong, but rather who get’s to decide what’s right and wrong. The fact that a bunch of bearded mullahs/bishops can decide what is right and wrong and claim divine autonomy isn’t really something new, but it’s still something that is preposterous. So in a state like Pakistan, morality is decided by the right wing religious groups and we’ve quite simply let their version of God’s story define who we are and where we come from. As George R. R. Martin writes in his novel, A Clash Of Kings:
“Tyrion cocked his head sideways. “Did you mean to answer your damned riddle, or only to make my head ache worse?”
Varys smiled. “Here, then. Power resides where men believe it resides. No more and no less.”
“So power is a mummer’s trick?”
“A shadow on the wall,” Varys murmured, “yet shadows can kill. And oft times a very small man can cast a very large shadow.”
Power lies where men believes it resides. But the picture is still incomplete. What makes religion so potent that people are ready to kill others in the name of God, only for God? Fear. It’s the image of God that has been built up by right wing mullahs. God is jealous, angry, disturbed, concerned and will lash out against us if we speak up against him and in turn the mullahs. The whole idea is only concreted by the fallacy that Pakistan was meant to be an Islamic State and if we forego the principles of Islam, instant hell fire will rain upon us. It is fear of being destined to hell that stops us from speaking up against these nutcases because, clearly, God is on their side. Clearly, their beards and spots on their forehead is a testament that they have been blessed with the mercy of God whereas us infidels have clearly been left out.
Who is to blame? Nobody except us. We’ve simply abandoned the idea that we get to decide what’s right and what’s wrong. We’ve stopped to actually look into our religion and try to discern for ourselves if we’re actually doing what has been commanded, if we believe in a God in the first place. All has been left unto others, and our autonomy has been limited to our rooms. What gives the mandate to the state sponsored right wingers is a trans-dimensional entity that simply communicates with the Mullahs and has bestowed His grace upon them, leaving us with no autonomy
So powerless, fearful and illiterate, we stand not before God, but God’s bearded army. And if we don’t get a hold on our country, then the difference that currently exists between these two entities will be unknowable.