It’s not the issue that all gods are dead, it’s that gods never existed in the first place.
Each and every concept that we can conjure up has life of some sort. It doesn’t have to be a physical reality or even a theoretical one to exist. It lives purely through imagination. Characters in our favourite stories lend poetics and sayings that continue to exist through many generations, yet a lot of these were coined through fickle chance and random trial and error. What resonates within one will usually have a response in another. After all, we’re hardly unique.
In fact, the appearance of trends in our emotional evolution is no less visible than that of our physical attributes. When you really consider difference between humans, there is very little to separate us from each other. With the exception of extreme cases, and these are not even that confounding, we sit fairly rigidly in a tight average. Genetics have supplied us with a history of our physical development and culture with our emotional one.
An individual may fully understand that having two legs is the ‘normal’ way a human should be shaped but are unlikely to have any idea of the underlying processes in which these two legs have come into existence in either themselves specifically or across humanity as a whole. In the same way, we have notions of what is the correct emotional response in a given situation, but not really comprehend why we should be having it.
Evolutionary biology has allowed us to go beyond the concept of a creator and to investigate the genuine arrival of our species. We should adapt the same approach to culture.
We question biology and as such we should question emotional response. Thus we must analyse our feelings in relation to the reality of our situation, rather than the perceived or accepted truth. Many of our societies’ cultural and emotional value systems are traced back to origins that have turned out never to have existed. Therefore, many of our trained responses are ultimately based on lies, albeit mass believed ones. Which logically leads us to question the very essence of our own emotional states.
It’s not that we don’t feel, it’s that we’ve never been free to do so.