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Have any reputable philosophers considered this concept? If so, which ones? And how did they account for responsibility and accountability in this framework?

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    If the idea originated with you, you can hardly expect others to tell you what it means. If you had the idea without any context there may be answers athttps://psychology.stackexchange.com But as it stands the question is not a good fit here. - I'll say this though, no story with someone attributing themselves remotely godlike properties, ended well. – christo183 Feb 6 at 9:32
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    @rus9384 I thought I was God once. Worst day of my life! – christo183 Feb 6 at 12:33
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    You could mean we must solve our own problems without resort to a higher power or powers. But some of this "we" you speak of might (might!) get the idea that they could disobey the traffic laws, or any other law they disagreed with, because, after all, we are our greatest Gods. It seems to me your statement can be "sourced" generally from Nietzsche. So perhaps you can study him, then read some material critical of Nietzsche's thought. – Gordon Feb 6 at 16:27
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    Welcome to the site! Soliciting responses to your own personal philosophy is explicitly off-topic here, so I edited your question into a reference request. – Chris Sunami Feb 6 at 17:23
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    Why was the question closed after the edit, btw? – rus9384 Feb 6 at 19:58
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There's actually some discussion of this, believe it or not, in the Bible. Psalm 8 describes the exalted status of human beings, and Jesus in John 10:34 quotes Psalm 86's "You are gods" --although it's ambiguous whether either the Psalm or Jesus' invocation of it are meant to refer to (ordinary) human beings. When you come right down to it, the entire Christian religion is about God manifesting in the form of a human being.

Outside of a traditional religious context, some of the atheist existentialists considered human beings to be godlike in their command over their own destinies. I'm thinking here in particular of Sartre and Nietzsche. The secular humanist movement is sometimes described as making a god out of human beings (although chiefly by its detractors).

In the Christian context, an ordinary human being is still accountable and responsible to (capital 'G') God. In existential atheism, each individual is considered fully responsible for the entire world he or she lives in.

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