What does Morgan Freeman believe in? Himself.
In 2011, on Piers Morgan Tonight (CNN), Morgan Freeman briefly admitted to the world the truth about is divine status, “Are you a God fearing man?” asked the notable interviewer. ”I’m God” he said, without hesitation, confirming many beliefs and suspicions people have about the actor who often plays God. Clarifying, he said:
(Morgan) Freeman: “…right, I’m God. Now, that sounds frivolous but what I mean is that if God exists it only has to — it can only exist in you, not outside you, right?”
(Piers) Morgan: “Absolutely.”
You’d think the announcement of the god among us would create a bit of a buzz, but it did not. The problem is that no one really takes it seriously. And why should they? Everyone knows that God is an old white guy who lives in the clouds, right? Wrong. According to Freeman (as well as the scholarly consensus), God is an invention of mankind, and not the other way around. In an interview with The Wrap earlier in the year, Freeman provided some context to his claim of divinity:
(Would you consider yourself an atheist, or agnostic?)
Freeman: “It’s a hard question because as I said at the start, I think we invented God. So if I believe in God, and I do, it’s because I think I’m God.”
For the thinking person, even skepticism is a slippery slope. How can we believe or disbelieve in “God” if we made Him up in the first place? Questions of atheism or agnosticism (and of course theism) must be suspended until we have a working definition of God. (This is reminiscent of the problem of equivocation.) Since “God,” with a capital G, is socially constructed or ‘invented’, we are free to personally explore questions of meaning and spirituality. This is a cornerstone of existentialism, which enables (and ennobles) us to be God, ironically. As Nietzsche put it, “God is dead” and we are free. But “God” keeps coming back! It’s all so confusing!
Freeman: “My belief system doesn’t support a creator as such, as we can call God, who created us in His/Her/Its image.” (The Wrap)
For Freeman, and gnostics (and entheists), there is no contradiction in identifying as or with God, for it is a transcendent idea. The contradiction is in fact saying that God does or doesn’t exist in a literal sense. If we accept the idea of transcendence, or enlightenment, or whatever it is that Freeman is identifying with, how then do we be it (God)? Do we keep deifying and idolizing false images, or do we honour that spirit within through our thoughts and actions? Do we take the resurrection of Christ to be literal, or to figurative in that individuals can be and identify with Christ? Is Morgan Freeman Jesus Christ? Or is he a Buddha, a self-selected chosen one, or otherwise, simply doing go(o)d work? Oh, Lord. By this logic there may be thousands, no, millions of Gods on Earth.
Further to Mr. Freeman’s enlightenment, he believes God has a green thumb and speaks to us through a divine plant called cannabis. This excerpt from a Guardian interview quotes Freeman:
”A while ago, Freeman said he may have given up hard drugs but he still enjoyed his ganja. I ask him if he still smokes a lot. “No. I don’t smoke a lot.” Ganja, I say. “Oh!” his eyes light up. “Never give up the ganja.” He calls it God’s own weed and talks of the burning bush.”
Freeman’s marijuana advocacy is no secret, as elucidated in a recent interview in Newsweek (2012):
(You’ve also been a big proponent of the legalization of marijuana.) Freeman: “Marijuana! Heavens, oh yeah. It’s just the stupidest law possible, given history. You don’t stop people from doing what they want to do, so forget about making it unlawful. You’re just making criminals out of people who aren’t engaged in criminal activity. And we’re spending zillions of dollars trying to fight a war we can’t win! We could make zillions, just legalize it and tax it like we do liquor. It’s stupid.”
This entheist agrees. Well, there you have it. Morgan Freeman, epic actor and cult icon, is God, and he likes weed. Do you suppose there is a connection? Is Freeman just stoned out of his mind, or genuinely inspired? I wonder if he ever passed a joint and said “Hey, god is free, man.” Anyways, as far as God is concerned, Morgan Freeman has made me a believer in Him, Morgan Freeman. What is his authority? Well, as a great actor, he is a master of ‘make believe.’ But don’t take it from me… Check out God’s work for yourself in “Through the Wormhole, with Morgan Freeman.”