Monday, March 29, 2010

Integer.parseInt("God") = ???

Today people visit temple for so many reasons. Fundamentally, those reasons come out of fear or greed depending on the situation. During recession people ask god to save job (out of fear) or otherwise, they ask for promotion or better job (out of greed).

Somewhere in their mind, they understand, they can't make all things happen. But, God is someone who can do anything. So, it's natural to go to him ask for the they want.

Whenever we get anything from somebody, we wanna pay them back. It happens with God also. There are so many rituals and processes to do that. Some people are just happy with thanking him.

OK. When we look at the nature of these things we do with God, we can understand it's sort of business transaction. No business transaction could happen without numbers. While we keep talking about unlimited nature of God,we tend to somehow 'use' him for limited, physical things. It's an attempt to quantify God.

In java, 'Integer.parseInt()' is a statement used to convert string to number.

Integer.parseInt("God") is just an expression of our pathetic attempt to quantify God.


  1. hmmm... man .. time to start writing your own book :)

  2. Great analogy to try to capture the engagement with God, but quantifying is the very thing that notion of God defies. For all of Mankind's achievements, he is expertly able to define God without any quantification. God is "wished" and "prayed" to, its about "belief" and no reason... looking at it in that manner, God might just be Man's greatest invention... since nothing Man finds can ever disprove God's existence.

  3. Nice post !!

    well GOD is a super set of all the mysteries. As the science( behavioral, psychic and psychological included) will unravel the mysteries the power of GOD will diminish.