“This is your world. These are your people. You can live for yourself today or help build tomorrow for everyone.”
These words have great meaning for me. I hope to live up to their spirit. The question is, how is it that one helps build tomorrow for everyone rather than just living for themselves today? The answer is through obedience to the Superior Power. The Superior Power is what created you and created the world you live in; that created not only yourself but the people around you. Furthermore the Superior Power is what set the rules of how you should live and how the world around you works which in turn determines in what way you can best serve your fellow human beings.
The Superior Power has different names all referring to the same thing (in my understanding of things as an atheist). The Superior Power is God, it is the externally imposed moral order, it is objective morality, it is objective truth, it is the world as it actually is, it is the byproduct of the evolved inherited differences between men and women, it is reality not as we wish it to be but as it actually is.
For a more formal definition (from the TFAs page of this website):
“The Superior Power is defined as that which creates the order of life and imposes meaning upon life and determines what the nature of life is. Furthermore the Superior Power is external to human will and above human will and cannot be altered by human choice either individually or collectively. In addition the Superior Power possesses moral authority and therefore is an entity one is obligated to obey.”
For me the origin of the Superior Power is evolution. I have no objection to others who have a religious understanding of the nature and origin of the Superior Power; it is just for me as an atheist I believe the Superior Power originates from the process of evolution.
If you will allow me to assign human like characteristics to the Superior Power or God to facilitate understanding; why do I exist? I exist because God created me! This is a fundamental point. God created me to serve His will and fulfill His purpose. My parents did not create me, society didn’t create me, feminism didn’t create me, the government didn’t create me, and I most certainly did not create myself! God created me for one purpose and for one purpose only; God created me to serve Him and to obey Him and to further His purpose in the world that He created. That is the only reason I exist. To God I owe everything, God is the only One I am bound to obey.
Most atheists have a real problem; that is they lack a God concept. Most atheists have the very strange notion that they as individuals determine what their purpose in life is based on their own free will and that furthermore each individual directing themselves in self-chosen cooperative mutual arrangements with others provides for the common good and a healthy functional society overall. This idea is the furthest thing from the truth! People can live functional moral lives as self-directed individuals only under the condition that it is understood that self-direction is meant for the purpose of each individual best determining what God’s purpose for them is and then living their lives according to their understanding of what God has called them to do. In addition there needs to be a collective understanding of what in general God’s plan is and how God’s purpose for men is differentiated from God’s purpose for women.
My service as a man on behalf of women and children and society overall is first of all service to God. I serve women as a means of serving God, I serve children as a means of serving God, I serve society as a means of serving God. Obedience and service to God comes first and then service to others is derivative of service to God. I was created as a male and then in addition to being male I have a number of other secondary randomly chosen characteristics such as my location of birth, my race, my family relationship circumstance and my parental economic circumstance, and my particular inherited strengths and weaknesses or vulnerabilities. In addition to these things there is also the social and economic circumstance of the environment I was born into. All of these things together set the stage for what the course of my life will be and in what way I will come to serve God.
We each have free will but it must be kept in mind that free will exists for the purpose of allowing us to best serve God in the practical real world in which we live; free will does not exist for the purpose of freedom or self-indulgence. What free will means is that we can choose to be good or we can choose to be evil; that we can choose to obey God (the source of good) or we can choose to disobey God (the source of evil). By no means does the existence of free will mean that we as individuals get to choose what is right and what is wrong. What is right and what is wrong is fixed and external to us; right and wrong is imposed upon us, it is not something that we can either create or alter. We have no choice regarding what right and wrong is; our only power of choice is in whether we choose obedience to the right, to the good, to God. It is the choice of whether we obey God or not that determines what our moral identity is; whether we are on the side of God or on the side of Satan.
Of course there is the riddle of what God wants of us, what God demands of us; and it must be remembered that we as humans are fragile and imperfect and so can never live up to the ideal of complete and unerring obedience to God. If we could achieve perfect obedience to God we would be robots commanded by remote control from On High rather than the flesh and blood human beings derived from random chance driven evolution that we actually are. Indeed one could say that virtue necessarily implies potential sin refused; that what makes the good person good is precisely that person’s free choice to reject evil.
The effort to understand and then carry out God’s will is the great mission of life; it is the great heroic mission from which all meaning and purpose in life is derived.
For me promoting patriarchy, promoting traditional gender roles, promoting Traditional Women’s Rights through the vehicle of the TWRAs is my great heroic mission, is the way I can best serve and give praise to God.
The Superior Power or God is the creator of life, the organizing principle of life, and the source of the meaning and purpose of life. This is what the Superior Power means to me as an atheist. The Superior Power is how I can escape the trap of living for myself today and instead fulfill my real purpose of building tomorrow for everyone.