Mortals and Worship
|Philosophy & Religion||1-720 Lott||Heisl yla Lueanuih, 289 A.T.||542|
|N/A||Deities and Reverence|
Heisl yla Lueanuih’s most republished and controversial work.
Are the eight immortal Ontautt fallible and inconsistent? Lately this question had needed pondering. While facts cannot be enumerated in this instance without travel to Astran – nigh-on-impossible, it cannot be understated – the logical conclusion to this series of thoughts is that they are in fact fallible and inconsistent. But though I have given you my conclusion first, we must proceed through the logical steps I have taken to reach said conclusion. The preceding conditions for the thought process should be obvious, but in case they are not, they are thus:
- The omniscience of at least one Deity, chiefly Aster
- The omnipotence of all eight Deities
- The immortality of all eight Deities
- The mortality of all other Omneuttians
Proceeding, we examine what are colloquially known as the ‘Deity Wars’. After some 50 years of reported peace between the Deities after the creation of Sham’ayn and Taruthe, the festering of Extiru’s feeling of uselessness kickstarted a war that lasted many decades. This was the first of two ‘Deity Wars’ the second of which concluded reportedly before the Timekeeping Reset. As a pact of this reset was recorded in the Ontiba, with part of this pact being the further stoppage of all interference on mortal affairs from the Deities. It is clear that something is amiss here – nearly every major delineation of Uatti believes that their parental Deity or Deities are personal, that is listening to their worship and reacting appropriately. A large portion of these delineations have denominations whose central tenants are the appearance of a Deity, Deities, or Early-Omneuttian in a mortal form after the Timekeeping Reset. Either these beliefs are not true and the Deities have kept to their pact or they have not. We are forced into a binary, and continue into a further one – one set of Omneuttians who believe that these Deities are fallible and inconsistent and one who continue to persist that they are neither of these.
A more simple and succinct route to this conclusion is a study of the poor and meager amongst us. In all denominations I have studied save for some Turath, it is believed that those who are poor in nutrition, housing, wealth, or any combination of these are in this condition due to their own devices. However this is simply not the case. Nearly three hundred years post-Timekeeping Reset and one can find generational poverty among the more quickly reproducing Sentient Species. It is no fault of the daughter and the son if it is true that the parents are meager by their own hand. And yet, the children of the daughter and son are meager all the same. If there are personal Deities who help those who are reverent consistently, then why exist the meager? Certainly they worship – they are often without work leaving them much time for reverence. If they are omnipotent, then how can the meager remain so? If they are unaware of the meager or their pleas for aid, then they certainly cannot be called omniscient. If they are neither omniscient or omnipotent, then they are certainly fallible. This is not to suggest the Eight are malevolent – my personal belief is that they are indeed benevolent – just that they are indeed fallible.