Let God be left undiscovered
Do you believe the Almighty has at last been discovered as the tiniest of a subatomic particle? The so-called God particle found by a team of scientists at the European Centre for Nuclear Research last week has changed the very approach and belief towards God. The question that arises now: Is it really the God you believed in? Or, is it just a make-believe kind?
One is left asking for more light. The scientists involved in the discovery themselves do not say anything regarding God. Peter Higgs, an atheist, who had first proposed 40 years ago the existence of such a particle, is not happy because giving currency to the term ‘God particle’ could annoy many a religious people.
In fact, initially, God Particle was known as ‘Goddamn Particle’. There is an interesting story on how it came to be known as God Particle. Nobel laureate and physicists Leon Lederman’s book, ‘The God Particle: If the Universe is the Answer, What is the Question?’ had taken its title from Goddamn Particle. Later, it was mainly the media that picked up ‘God Particle’ and put it into usage. Thus both, the book as well as believers in God, benefited “a lot from each other”.
Given the massive publicity and debate after the God Particle discovery, one feels that many of us are already on cloud nine and believe that our tryst with God has at last come to be realised. But won’t it now give rise to a further debate whether God really exists or not? Since, for most of the rational and the agnostics, God is just a concept, this new finding will be hardly convincing. They would take it just as a Goddamn particle and not God Particle as many of us would like to.
The fact is that this Goddamn Particle is a subatomic particle that gives all kinds of matter in the universe their mass, size and shape. To that extent, yes, it gives the whole universe what believers in Him think that He has given them.
But isn’t it better that God is best left undiscovered. The mystery that shrouds the existence of God is ‘the real thing’ that makes Him the greatest force in the universe. Once you are sure that He has been discovered, His spell on us will be lost forever. Our interest will be thus best served if we take this Goddamn Particle only as a subatomic particle and not as the Almighty!