I don’t believe in religion I really don’t, not any that anyone has made up anyway, and it’s liberating! I am not a Christian, a Jew, a Muslim, a Hindu or even an Agnostic or an Atheist. I am a human being at the same time as “[i] am the universe experiencing itself”.
I think that deep down we are aware of our insignificance as we stare out into the sky and see the stars flying past our planet exploding light years away. Contemplate the fiery ball that gives our planet light that punishes our eyes for glimpsing it and burns our skin when its light touches us. Or take in the magnificence of the Ocean as it sways back and forward to the tune of the moon and hides its mystery in dark depths.
We get a sense that we as a single organism a human being are something tiny in something much bigger than ourselves. We are a fleeting moment of Consciousness inhabiting one inconceivably small part of a dot in a universe of infinite dots.
At least so far as we know and understand it is a scary thought, and so we seek something that will save us from our insignificance from our mortality.
What we often fail to realise (and some never do) is that paradoxically we are more. We are significant beyond measure. We are that which we stare into at night, that which burns us when we contemplate it and that which is powerful and mysterious. That picture that blue spinning living organism, that’s us. no man, creature, city or mountain is distinguishable yet we know that’s Us!
We are the Earth and the blackness that envelops it. If you look out into a crowd of a million people from a far a single man becomes the crowd, they are a part of the whole. Likewise, if you look at the Earth from a far, a nation of people become the earth, they are a part of the whole. If you take the other extreme and look closely at the palm of your hand I mean really close you will see a world of bacteria and organisms that make up your body they are a part of the whole that creates YOU!
You see for me there is not one God, or a few Gods, but rather we are all God.
That thing we search for, the something that gives us significance, is right in front of our eyes it is everywhere. All around us in people, in places, in experience, God is us and everything else. Richard Feynman always summed up my thoughts better than I could on the stories that our ancestors told each other to save them from their insignificance and desperately grasp for answers:
“You see, one thing is, I can live with doubt, and uncertainty, and not knowing. I think it’s much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers which might be wrong. I have approximate answers and possible beliefs and different degrees of certainty about different things. But I’m not absolutely sure of anything, and there are many things I don’t know anything about…But I don’t have to know an answer. I don’t feel frightened by not knowing things, by being lost in the mysterious universe without having any purpose, which is the way it really is, as far as I can tell — possibly. It doesn’t frighten me…And so I can’t believe the special stories that have been made up about our relationship to the universe at large. Look at what’s out there; it isn’t in proportion.”
We do not need a God of wrath or the deterrence of a hell or eternal suffering to keep us from doing bad nor do we particularly need one of love for the opposite. The answer is much simpler If we realise we are all one. All part of the same crazy thing, then if we hurt a friend, an enemy or the Earth itself we are hurting ourselves. We are taking away from the world that we are a part of. The Pain of Guilt, Regret or Remorse reminds us of this.
But when we do good, when we Help, when we Create and add to the world we cannot help but smile.
When you realise this you can understand that we no longer need a God. A God to promise us eternity and significance in exchange for worship, persecution and refraining from masturbation! Because,
You are already Eternal!
You are already Significant!
You are already Loved!
You are already God!
“The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts.” -Bertrand Russell
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