Monday, December 21, 2009
We are highly impressionable animals. Our own mortality is a constant source of anxiety where through subconscious responses we look for comfort in the inevitability of our lives to end. Because there is no way around this, we have invented ways to relieve some of this anxiety through religious beliefs, reassurance through formulating meaning to personal existence and even the idea of cryonics, the freezing of the immediately deceased thinking that the ability for reanimation and a cure for what ever was the original cause of death will be discovered in the future.
Being a social animal from early on (It just occurred to me that warm blooded animals could be more likely to be social animals because of the benefits of the exchange of body heat in close quarters and in cold locations.) we have developed a response to our surroundings that creates an innate navigation of one which seeks to exist within the parameters of our native or adopted group as a means of survival or comfort. If any given group is living in accordance with a belief set that may lean towards an oppressive circumstance for a certain group or individual within the group, the strength in numbers meme overrides the desire to address or consider the stream of actions in place. Our impressionable nature, coupled with a constant need for the reconciliation of our fear of death and protection the the fear that our lives may not have a meaningful purpose is how religion has taken hold. The fear is so great that we are willing to kill to preserve the comfort and familiarity of these beliefs in our lives. The ruling class has infused these sets of beliefs with the idea that conversion of others who do not fit the same religious bill by any means necessary is the will of whatever god is in play. This appears just to be a ploy to gain more power by ruling over a greater number of people.
The life long impressions put on people has shaped their minds in such a way that they believe that they have religious experiences. Visions of religious figures, attributing fluke accidents as divine interventions, etc. by means of willing them to be as such they reaffirm an idea which is unable to be proven and thus these unexplainable phenomena seem to be attributable to proof and affirmations of the truth of religiosity. If we were to agree that truth is what we believe, then there are no universal truths. We may be able to overcome the strife and conflict in the clash of beliefs by recognizing that any belief is a personalized truth built on past experiences and that is it. Claims of universal truths are inherently false, including science. Our cognitive capacity is limited, we supplement this human handicap with a willing belief that there is a puppeteer putting on this play in the cosmos.