Would it be better or worse if the world was now ruled by deities like Osiris, Thor, Zeus and others no less respected? Instead of politician hands?

Would it be better or worse if the world was now ruled by deities like Osiris, Thor, Zeus and others no less respected? Instead of politician hands?

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Answer 1
August, 2021

It's hard to say.

On the one hand, I want to say that it will be much worse. Who are the gods? From the point of view of the question that interests us, the gods are immortal personalities who are practically not influenced by people (the pagan god, of course, can be appeased with sacrifices, but, I suppose, with these sacrifices he cannot be persuaded to an undesirable decision for himself). The gods - especially the pagan ones - are far from some kind of universal wisdom, they are not very inclined to adhere to an objective view of things and, in general, are quite strongly subject to emotions. This is not surprising, because all pagan gods are created exclusively in the likeness of people who lived in those days and duplicate classical personality archetypes.

How effective would be the rule of beings from the point of view of ordinary people?

1. Gods are not so petty as petty people are, and by definition they are not inclined to material accumulation, which almost completely excludes the factor of corruption. However, it should be noted that the gods can indulge their favorites among mortals / demigods / lesser gods, which this factor still returns.

2. Gods can accumulate incredible control experience to infinity, which over time is almost completely will exclude the possibility of making a mistake within the chosen course.

3. Gods are practically not subject to the influence of mortals (they cannot be forced to make any decision, they cannot be overthrown or killed), so they can carry out any internal policy without regard to the momentary desires of the crowd. They will not need to throw the country into dubious foreign policy adventures and conduct destructive propaganda in order to maintain the rating.

Now let's list the negative factors:

1. First and foremost, all gods are the product of their era (and the epochs are quite ancient, in which the idea of ​​progress was absurd). The gods are by definition conservative (with rare exceptions), therefore they will strive to fix society in the most understandable state for them, hindering attempts to modernize it.

2. Gods are practically not influenced by people. Their citizens / subjects, therefore, are deprived of the opportunity to correct the divine course in the event that this course turns out to be unpopular. One should not particularly hope for the adequacy of the gods - for them mortals are beings of a lower order, and it will be easier to distance yourself from their discontent. The gods can easily throw an entire nation into war for nothing. For example, trying to figure out who is more beautiful (remember the Trojan War).

It should be noted separately here that in the case of pagan gods, some attempts are still possible to influence decision-making through different gods (Dionysus wants one, Athena another, Hermes - a third). With monotheistic gods, such a trick will not work.

3.If the government is regional (Greek gods in Greece, Scandinavian in Scandinavia, Hindu in India, etc.), then with great chances the worldwars will constantly shake. The pagan gods treat strangers very badly (like all sorts of giants and titans, among which it is quite possible to rank gods from another pantheon).

In general, I think such a rule would be an order of magnitude worse than anyone - even the most insane totalitarian regime. If only for the simple reason that over time the insane totalitarian regime will fall - even if it is not destroyed by people living under the yoke of this regime. Physical death is a wonderful thing, and if it did not exist, it would have to be invented. Thanks to the mortality of everything, our whole world is constantly being updated.

Answer 2
August, 2021

If you read the myths about deities like Osiris, Thor, Zeus and others, no less respected, it turns out that they are no less handy, only the gods and you just can't remove them, so they can do whatever they want create.

The Book of Judges describes how the Jews decided instead of (divine) judges - that is, theocracy - to set up kings for themselves, and how Yahweh was supposedly angry with this. But the text can also be interpreted as follows: in which case, the king can be unbridled, if he allows himself too much, but the divine messenger - even more so, the deity - is not so simple.

Then, however, the kings invented a divine anointing, and everything became as before. However, there was also a reverse process. The first Egyptian pharaohs considered themselves deities, but their heir was already tired of it - because if you are a god, then you must control the forces of nature, and what if it doesn't work out very well? So they gradually leveled themselves down to the descendants of the deity.

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