The BetseyHorton.com 30-Day Prompt Challenge Begins today, January 27th, 2020. Why today? Because I was inspired by a prompt, of course. It came from one of these popular party card games that we were playing at work yesterday. I thought about it just long enough to justify turning it into a blog.
The Prompt: If “god” (quotes mine, for reasons that will follow) appeared in front of you and asked you to kill the cute little baby bunny rabbits under the deck, what would you do?
Okay, first of all, I have a lot of questions about this. I will make a list to make it easier to follow.
- Which “god” are we talking about? There’s more than one god, after all. Is it the Christian God? Is it Yahweh? Is it Allah? Is it one of the many, many Hindu gods? Is it Buddha, who is not actually a god but a man? Is it Jesus? Is it one of the twelve main gods of the Greek Parthenon? Is it one of the Norse gods? An Ancient Sumerian god? An Ancient Egyptian god? What about any number of gods belonging to various groups over the vast expanse of time? It could be anything, really. This needs to be clarified immediately.
- Does god even exist? Do any of these gods? Can you prove it? Can you really? Why should I believe any evidence you present is legitimate? Can it be explained by science instead? What makes you think science is right and not just human arrogance?
- If it is, in fact, a god, what does that mean? What kind of god is it? Is it a benevolent god or a malevolent god? Is it the all-knowing, all-seeing, all-powerful ruler of the Earth? The Universe? Only our solar system? Or is it a smaller, more localized god that has a specific set of powers? Like a river or weaving god, for example.
- What if it’s not a god at all? What if it’s actually a demon, assuming demons exist? Is that the reason why this entity is asking me to kill the bunny rabbits?
- Why is this “god” asking me to kill bunny rabbits in the first place? What kind of god does that? Would I even believe in a god that does that?
- What if I choose to disregard this god in favor of worshiping another god that doesn’t insist I kill bunny rabbits?
- What if I invent my own god and gather a group of worshipers who also believe the senseless slaughter of innocent creatures is wrong?
- Is this some kind of test? If so, what is this god testing? My critical thinking skills? Is this a test to determine whether or not I will blindly follow a leader and accept their orders regardless of my moral stance on the issue? Will I be punished if I do not follow orders? Why?
- What’s wrong with the bunny rabbits? Why do they need to be killed? Are they eating up the garden? Are they carrying a disease? Are they possessed by demons? Are they evil? Are they a sacrifice to appease this so-called “god”? There must be a legitimate reason why I am required to kill a burrow of innocent baby bunny rabbits.
- If I must kill the bunny rabbits, are there restrictions on how I am to do it? For example, can I enlist the help of a cat to kill the bunny rabbits for me? Can I call an exterminator? Can I ask someone who is more of the outdoorsy huntin’-fishin’-farmin’-type to take care of the problem however they do it on the farm?
- Why do I have to personally kill the bunny rabbits? What if I don’t want to? What if I don’t believe in the senseless slaughter of innocent creatures? Why can’t I just get someone else to do it for me? Someone with more experience with this sort of thing. I mean, if they’re carrying a disease or becoming a pest, I can understand why they need to go. I just don’t want to do it myself. Someone else can slaughter the bunny rabbits, specifically the USD Women’s and Men’s basketball teams. And that’s exactly what they did two weeks ago, so there.