Wednesday, February 10, 2016
In WHO Do We Trust Now?
...or, should it be “what”? We're all familiar with the four-word phrase that appears on all American bills, but how many of us have actually taken a moment to reflect on the intent, meaning, and significance, of “in god we trust”? Especially as it regards a nation that, officially at least, considers its politics as operating independently from organized religion. (Of course, with the decidedly anti-Islam stance that is so commonly adopted, this doesn't seem to correlate with the reality of the situation.) My primary question is: Who is it that is stating they trust in “god”; and furthermore, who – or again, what – is this “god” exactly?
This is not a frivolous question. The word one O shy of good has been used to refer to any number of real-life, fictional, and conceptual people, entities, things, and states of being. God does not always mean the same thing, and it has been used so casually as to lose its deeper meaning, if it had any to begin with. If one is using it to refer to a Supreme or Higher Intelligent Being, then clearly “God” is not the proper name or title. (Side note: a well-researched study into the origins of the word god may reveal some interesting information to those so inclined...)
As it pertains to the particular dynamics governing the USA, consider the symbolic implications of currency that features these words, along with faces of past presidents – most of whom owned or condoned slavery – this includes Lincoln by the way. Was part of the intent to subliminally associate a particular line of men with god – i.e. as our gods on Earth? Again, this is in a country where a significant segment of the population was written in official documentation to be only 3/5 of a human being, whatever that meant.
Is it possible that, to this day, many people of color still subconsciously view the descendants of past slaveholders, and those who share their physical features, as superior people by some imagined right? Not solely due to the money, of course, but its one example of things that were established to control people. It certainly does seem, at least by observing the behaviors of many, that a lack of self-respect is not uncommon for people of color born and raised in the USA - regardless of how much money they've amassed, or how well-known they've become.
And, as far as I know, the US currency is the only one that overtly mentions god. In a nation that supposedly honors religious freedom, and separated church affairs from state affairs, there definitely seems to be some mixed signals there, don't you think?