July 29th, 2016


the apposite gods of the usenet

As is well-known, God helps those who help themselves, thus executing a policy that renders His help superfluous. Far more effective would be an apposite God, He who is committed to helping exactly those who do not help themselves. Unlike Bertrand Russell’s barber, who is free to shrug off as impossible his duty to shave those, and only those, who do not shave themselves, the perfection of God requires that he actually do everything that he is committed to do. Then is our apposite God under obligation to help Himself?