These are from the thoughts of Ludwig Feuerbach which I came across while actually reading about Friedrich Nietzsche; What Nietzsche Really Said, by Robert C. Solomon and Kathleen M. Higgins. From pages 86-87;
“One of the texts that Nietzsche studied closely while a student of theology was Ludwig Feuerbach’s The
Essence of Christianity. Feuerbach, an outspoken atheist, argued that God is the projection of human characteristics onto something external, outside the self. In particular, human beings dissociate themselves from their own powers to think, to take action, and to love, attributing these powers to God instead of to themselves. Fear is the motivation for this projection. By projecting and exaggerating human abilities onto a supernatural personage, believers can imagine themselves as protected by a power that far exceeds that of any threatening person or natural force.
The problem with this human creation of God is that it depends on human self-denigration. Attributing human traits to God, human beings have disowned their own powers and accordingly have lost awareness
of how to use them. Human beings have become estranged from themselves. Feuerbach urges that we rediscover our own capacities and reinternalize our projected powers. Until we do so, we will continue to be victims of our own conviction that we ourselves are powerless and utterly dependent."
WOW!!!!! I write extensively about these very ideas in The Freedom to Recover and it’s refreshing as Hell to see it so eloquently stated by someone who was writing about this stuff in the mid-19th century.
So much of AA’s tactics are summed up quite nicely in those two paragraphs;
Powerlessness, surrender, fear, self-denigration, dependence on…..AA,
We are NOT powerless and we have the capacity to dictate our reality by reclaiming those abilities by learning how to think better and follow through on the decisions that WE make, not that someone
or something else makes for us.