DIss0n80r wrote:Your point was understood. I am also interested in your idea of equating the vicissitudes and struggles of human existence to "leading a horse through a desert to get it to drink".
After I wrote it, I was reminded of the exodus and search of the promised land. People wandering through a desert, waiting to find an end to their suffering. Being in the desert for so long only increased that desire. It's a metaphor that probably makes it seem somewhat Machiavellian.
There are roughly two levels of potency that hypothetical beings could have. One which is significantly more powerful than us humans, like the borg, (though it has been suggested that WE have the power to end human suffering) and the other level is that of the Q.
I think it's pretty clear that if Q exists, he is not willing to end human suffering in a way that has no negative consequences which he could do at the snap of a finger. Such a being is not deserving of worship and I'm sure they probably would be quite indifferent to being worshiped; they may even find it humorous (if they behave at all like humans--which I doubt).
On the other hand, maybe a borg-level race is out there trying to help us out (to continue the speculation). They see zillions of variables as like a puzzle to solve, one that if solved means an end to suffering, but so incredibly difficult that even their best artilect computers are still working on it. Perhaps making suffering end suddenly is in their arsenal like nukes are in ours: we have them but we don't use them. Perhaps they ARE, as you suggested, getting involved albeit subtly. Rather than make us drink that healing potion, maybe they are leading us through the proverbial desert so that we will come to want the healing potion. Maybe God is the answer after all.
I also speculate that suffering serves an as-yet unknown ulterior purpose and maybe all these powerful beings do have our best interests in mind by allowing it to continue.