Little Godlets

Just to be peevish I’m not going to mention his name and give him more links and google alerts, but I did read his article expressing his opinion about adults reading young adult literature.

Most likely he decided to bother the world with his opinion because he has a book to promote–if I’m being cynical about it. Maybe he’s trying to make the world a better place? Well, a better place for him. Look! I should move through the world without being annoyed by what someone else is doing!

If the Internet has committed any sin, it has revealed too many little gods. Little godlets stomping their feet at the rest of us.

Godlets believe they can judge entire lives in a moment. I’m speeding because I’m late to work. You’re speeding because you’re irresponsible.

Having this power, godlets are able to discern the lack of value in entire groups. That’s why one might be frustrated by seeing a guy reading a disapproved of book, but not even mention seeing a woman reading the same book, because the latter isn’t worth mentioning. And tween girls? Why do they exist if not for grown men to insult? Apparently.

I guess even godlets can’t get over junior high.

Read wide and far. Use labels as you might a billboard. Might tell you something interesting ahead, but it isn’t a GPS system, and even a GPS system has its limits.

Anytime we think we know what people should be reading and we think we know people from what they are reading, we need a sharp pin in our inflated godlet ego.

Granted, I’d be quick to judge someone who ate only junk food. You must eat your vegetables! But the comparison between healthy eating and healthy reading is easy but limited. And I’m no doctor.

I’m a writer.

You should be reading my books, of course.


Do you ever feel judged for what you read? Are there books you judge others for reading? Met any godlets lately?


7 responses to “Little Godlets

  1. I like the “godlets” idea.

    (Terry Pratchett’s Small Gods says that there are millions and millions of small gods — the god of the H key on computer keyboards, say. The only way they can grow and turn into big gods is by acquiring adherents, people who believe in them; many of the small gods are quite charming creatures, but something unpleasant happens to them as they pick up believers: they become not just bigger, but madder. Madder like crazier. I think this can happen even to small gods who just imagine themselves to be big gods. Walt Kelly, the guy who created the old Pogo comic strip, featured as a minor character a baby chicken who strutted around in an extravagant, gold-braided military uniform — peeping orders at other animals in the barnyard. Ha.)

    I’ll confess that I have a hard time admiring people who read (and praise) books which encourage stupidity of one sort or another. Close-mindedness, for instance, or bigotry. Sometimes I’m afraid I get on a high horse about people who ride around on high horses about Stupid Book X, Y, or Z. I tend to regard this as a cute inconsistency on my part, though, rather than actual, like, hypocrisy. 🙂

    • P.S. The god of the H key wasn’t one of Pratchett’s examples… I didn’t want you to read the book hoping to find out what that god’s powers were like!

      • I knew there was the book Small Gods, so I tried to come up with another word. But after reading your post I googled the word godlet and found a definition.

        If you think of stream as stream of information–i.e. the Internet–then the definition kind of works! Right?

        By criticizing people for judging others…I guess I’m judging… Well, there are times when judging is okay. Otherwise we’d say of Hitler that he just had an unfortunate quirk! Other times though, I might be cutely inconsistent too.

        Ah, me.

  2. I agree. Some people have grown a little too big for their britches. I wonder what their mothers think of the way they write about others, putting them down for books they read. At least people are reading!

    • I wonder if they learned the habit from their mothers. Possibly their mothers have encouraged them to think of themselves as little gods. And you’re so right. At least they are reading! What kind of world would it be anyway if we all read the same stuff?

  3. I don’t like mini godlets of any description. Life is too short to be judgemental and critical. It stops us from smelling the roses or participating in the beauty of a day.

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