Re: religion vs science
Yes, I am shallow because I have read the bible, Quran, and read up on both Existentialism and Nihilism... So because things are complex you automatically assume there is a bigger meaning. Yes, things are complicated, and things happen to make it seem amazing. But then again, we are pretty uncomplicated, if we bleed, we die. If we are ignorant, we remain ignorant unless we do something about it. Take the universe, the big bang, and all the planets forming. Then think, humans, and you will realize, we aren't that special.
Originally Posted by ackeem1992
And the fact that if we didn't have cognitive thought, god wouldn't exist for us. We would be more worried about basic survival instincts than wondering "Does Existence come before Essence" or is it the other way around? The reasons humans believe in a higher power is because we want to matter. No one wants to think "Hey, I will live my life, but it will matter to no one, and nothing will change after I die."
Religion is the opiate to the masses, you want to believe that in this insignificant planet, that an ultimate, omnipotent, omniscient, and benevolent being existed a priori to our creation just for the sole fact of creating the world, creating us, and then sitting back and governing over us, deciding what is right, wrong, and morally correct?
If people didn't die, I doubt there would be such a huge deal over religion. There is nothing to fear, nothing in the unknown, we live, and that is it. There is no reason to search for a higher meaning. Why ponder over the fact that we are alive when that is the norm.
In fact, I struggle to believe that even if some being like that existed, if he would be interested in us anyway. He is all-powerful, yet he wants to play the puppet master and connect the strings to our lives? Our tiny, insignificant, tiny bit of carbon filled being. And that he made us in his image, his image being predominantly male, white, and smart. Which, oh wait, not check, not check, and unfortunately, not all are smart, so not check again.
So before you go and say I am shallow, perhaps you should explore what you are really believing in, and then question "Am I right?" Am I absolutely sure, that out of millions upon millions, I picked the right choice, if there is even a choice at all..
And when you can't answer honestly. Then you will perhaps see where we are coming from. Why atheism is what it is. We see through eyes unclouded by what we are told by a book what should be good, and what should be bad. We don't let someone else tell us how we should live, and how to live without angering something that we cannot begin to perceive.