We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I've had a similar thought with regards to God and humans. If he really has infinite ability to create, he surely could have made wiser, kinder beings. I sometimes think humans are God's cosmic joke on the universe.
God made us the only beings with the ability to love and to choose to be with Him or against Him, with the free will to be Saints or sinners. Compared to beasts of the earth, we're relatively kind, and given Shakespeare, the Sistine Chapel, the Founding Fathers, Dante, Dostoevsky, and Bob Dylan (among multitudes of others), we're pretty wise (some recent Supreme Court decisions notwithstanding).
I am always amazed by the "God made me to be his sycophant" type of answer.
Since I don't claim any special knowledge from God, I don't know the answer to the question. But I suspect it is closer to the reason why people make children. In part, to watch them grow, mature and become good people. And as a form of genetic immortality!
I suspect God created man to watch him grow, learn, make mistakes, correct those mistakes and continue the process until man either becomes God or surpasses God. Just as a son will eventually surpass his father.
Steven Pinker's writing over the past many years leads me to the undeniable understanding that man is constantly progressing intellectually, morally, and emotionally. Is it possible man will someday be the "better" man? I don't know.
But I am more willing to accept such a formulation, than God made me to know Him, to love Him, and to serve Him in this world, and to be happy with Him forever in Heaven."
That is a doe eyed Hollywood belief in God. And one few who have stood in one of the worlds hell holes can understand.
According to Orthodox Jewish tradition, your question was asked by the angels during creation.
In Judaism, this world is created as an arena for human free will. We are here to freely choose good over evil. Our free will makes us children of G-d, whose will equals reality itself.
Our choice of good is the only possibility for spiritual growth once an infinite already perfect G-d is posited. Let's unpack that:
In "heaven" (=reality of G-d not blocked/cloaked by physicality) free will is impossible. Truth is clear, unblocked by physicality or intellectual error. Falsehood cannot exist in His presence. In the words of the Talmud, free will in such a reality is like "carrying a lamp in broad daylight".
Angels - who partake of that reality - do not have free will. One explanation of Genesis 6:2 is that angels who objected to the creation of such a lowly, passion-driven creature were sent down to "show them how to do it" - and promptly corrupted themselves and society, unable to deal with the challenges of mortal humanity.
This world is therefore an engine for cosmic spiritual growth that cannot be achieved in "heaven".
Which is why Judaism is replete with parables about outcast sons and princes wandering from their Father's kingdom, and what they learn on their way to redemption - allegories of the soul's journey that repeat from the Bible itself, through the Talmud, to Hasidic tales.
by the rules of the game G-d limits his appearance to us in this world. But we are very very important to Him - and very beloved.
I think God created evolution and let the chips fall where they may. I believe Einstein once famously said "God does not play dice with the universe." I think Feynman's reply was "God does play dice, but they happen to be loaded."
Feynman, of course, was an atheist.
I don't care about the "Who created God? Why was I created?" nonsense. To me, it's immaterial. I'm here, and that's all that matters.
Now that I'm here, I'd better figure out what I'm going to do and get on with it. God or no God, it really doesn't matter (though I think the existence of one adds pleasure to everyday life). I like believing in God because it's how I was raised, and even if I was raised atheist, I probably would have come to believe in something - I'm always amazed that physicists, like Feynman, could be atheists.
There are far too many rules in the universe...someone/thing had to create those rules.