The Eye of God
 
God went unrecognized when he came to New York. Of course in the media and the culture at large, any semblance of him had been dead a long time.  Inevitably then, no one knew what to look for.  But it was all the same to him. He was not one for crowds, and the fact that he was male that day, made him suspect to many who might otherwise have listened. He regretted it had come to that, but what could he do? He had no heart for telling women that they were made of the same impulses -- the good and the bad--that had made him too. Besides, he preferred the anonymity. It left him free to wander, to study, to listen. . . .
 
And there was much to see and do. His interest in flies for instance. He took in everything he could find on them, especially the idea of the compound eye. He thought it a fine metaphor for the hopelessness of human squalor,--globe after globe of rococo bulges born out of silence and fetid meat. Yet the eyes of a fly were no less beautiful for that, no less worthy of respect, even reverence, if only for the miraculous phenomenon of surface tension. . . .
 
To a certain extent he blamed himself for people's ignorance, not only of how beautiful a fly could be, but of him and his ways, the life of one who loves because it's the only position that is able to inhabit itself without corruption. He liked the clarity in that, though it wasn't easy to get to. And of course, in the end, he knew what no one else wanted to: that his love for humanity did not make him responsible for them. Ultimately people would have to grow up. If they did not, he could already see what would come.  He  would not be part of it in any way, yet he  concluded that if things kept going the way they had, humanity would destroy itself out of  greed and its whims. There would be no need for flood or for fire.
 
 
He would miss the world, he thought. It had been, in its  way, a very fine place. Full of drama,  beauty, laughter and disgrace, sadness and sorrow, emptiness and pain. But more than that, he  had come to count on humanity as a means to his own humility. Realizing only now how unusual he had been, having been able to humanize himself long before there had ever been another human being. And for just a moment, looking back, he regretted his vanity of long ago, and the folly of creating so many in his image. 
 
Or so he mused on his walk through the  park. It was a fine spring day. The daffodils were wiggling into the sky. Their yellow skins were like a silent sigh , and he could hear their longing as a song of the seraphim . Above, them the clouds were an alien whiteness, schooning through a little bay of blue. Such beauty held the massive buildings intact, while the corners of Manhattan sagged into the dirt, and the East river flowed past the brownstones and the iron works. He gave a bum a dollar as he walked across the earth.  Then , without knowing exactly why,  turned and walked into a little chapel near the park. There was a statue of the Madonna that was yellowed with age and cracked along the delicate crease of her left eye. It was a good piece of workmanship he thought to himself. She had been beautiful then, and she was beautiful now.
 
It was then he realized how lonely he was . and in the pit  of his stomach there grew a doubt that ate at him until it writhed into the form of a serpent on a cloud, and he felt  once again a powerful remorse for these pathetic ignorants. And then, in a moment of absolute agony, he remembered how he had brought it all into being. -- the silence out of which he had poured their forms, and the form of the world he had given them to inhabit. It was so pure then, so clean. An unspoiled wilderness of absolute possibility-- And he was tempted to believe he had done it all for himself, purely as means of indulging his loneliness. That he had coerced these poor creatures who had never asked to be born into an eternity of misery, for the sake of his own.
 
It was then the fly set down on his arm. And in a moment of compassion for its tiny little form, he looked up at himself from inside its thick clear eyes,  and saw  himself sitting there, about to cry. A pathetic spectacle.  He felt ridiculous. Because he was not sure in that moment whether he was crying for himself or for the whole of the world, or something greater still.  Of course, in the end it made little difference. A tear for himself was a tear  for the rest. The fly looked up at him, and he looked back, hearing a thought arrange itself with absolute clarity inside his head. "Nothing is for nothing," the familiar voice said. And then the fly bit down, and he bit down with him.