>>>but to John Prine, he has as much a right to judge and forgive as god or anybody else does.
In the end, we'll just whistle and go fishing and none of it matters.<<<
As a fairly firm Agnostic, with a path behind me involving a number of faiths, some of them impressive in experience, both mainstream and not, I've told folks for a long while now that IF there's a Judgement Day, I'll likely be sent where I'm sent, but if there's a Supreme Deity involved, before I get what ever assignment or marching orders, I intend to ask them to step outside for a poke or 2 in their chest or eye (assuming they have such things), 'cause if they WERE omniscient and omnipotent all this time, and let half the shit go down that has, then THEY have some explaining to do, too.
And yes, fishing is my poker game of personal inquiry with the Cosmos, wherein I get to ask what I deserve, if I'm worthy, and ice fishing in remote places in particular, allows me much meditation (as well as medication) time.
Here's hoping Johnny pulls through, and writes another 100 or 200 songs. For his benefit AND ours.