Does the tradition of absurd drama try to prove that God is in the imagination of the human mind?

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Let’s start with “tradition,” not a comfortable descriptor for Absurdism, which begins by examining non-logical, non-“traditional” connections.  If the instinct of the human mind is to speculate on a “cause-and-effect” construction, which leads to an elaborate belief system that posits a “maker,” then Absurdism seeks to do the other thing the mind can do:  postulate a universe of randomness and non-connectedness.  Waiting for Godot, a beautiful example of this other activity of the mind, dramatizes (embodies in space and actors) the dilemma of the mind that encounters this meaninglessness.  Beckett said “If I knew what Godot was I’d have said so.”  Much has been made of the word “Godot” but it is definitely not a hidden name for God.  “Imagination” is also a difficult concept for Absurdists, since, far from trying to construct a world from the imagination, the Absurdist is trying to react to our tendency to imagine Order where none exists!  So the direct answer to your question is “No.”

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