I keep hoping for conversations of substance, and every once in a while someone comes through, so I’m taking the liberty of sharing these rough notes for a project I’m working on, hoping someone takes a nibble. It’s a tad long and disjointed, still trying to figure out where I want to go with it, or better, how I want to get there. Suffering from a little writers block, so looking for some fresh ideas and perspectives, hell for that matter some well placed insults might do, you know, rattle me out of this low energy rut.
My lighthearted working title is: "Religion, easy as pie" - not sure how well that will hold up, but anything is better than 'Considering religions' origins'.
“Humanity is the most exquisite example of god’s need and desire to know itself.”
It’s a thought that goes back to the ‘90s during a time I was getting caught up on the latest in physics and astronomy - the evolution of energy into matter. Which of course led to elements forming, by and by, it led to stars and planet formation and everything in-between and since.
Science shows us that we ourselves are truly star dust, really try to think about it, it’s about as mystical an image as one can hope for, but it’s also solid scientific fact. Times arrow moves in one direction, change happens, dust happened and time marched on.
Change and Deep Time led to Evolution, by and by, our Solar System and Earth came along.
This Earth was at the right place and at the right time, because for this planet Earth the conditions were just right for a dance between life and geology like non other.
With time Earth evolved an atmosphere that filtered out the worst of the sun’s energetic radiation allowing an atmosphere that filtered the suns most destructive rays from hitting Earth, while a nurturing global heat and moisture distribution engine to get established and fine tune itself.
By and by, it produced the stage upon which life was given an environment and resources to have the evolutionary freedom to experiment and prosper. Our Earth’s climate regime was key to nurtured humanity’s rise from an equal among mammals, to masters of the universe. Although that’s part of a different story, this story about the birth of the religions we humans hold within our heads and hearts. But, consider that we cannot understand an organism without also understanding its environment, this background is necessary for appreciating who we are.
Then Earth clicked into climate optimum around ten thousand yearsthat enabled and nurtured agriculture, animal husbandry, a human population explosion and waves of human advancement in knowledge and abilities. With continued developing, thanks to the fairly stable and predictable weather patterns, humanity created society, disciplined science, then industry, electronics, technology all woven together to create the modern era.
All of that, begat us, a society hell bent on consuming itself to death.
Circling back around to my opening sentence and thinking philosophically, my divergence from the standard mindset started with a supposition: Okay, let us assume “God” is a real entity. What would, what could an all knowing “God” actually know? A simplistic “everything” doesn’t satisfy at all, what is everything?
"Everything” is our Universe, matter, all we can see and can’t see. But, how could “God” know anything about that without it existing? From there i’st was a short jump to making a sensible assumption that “God” could only know its creation, through that creation?
Here I decided to turn poetic in order to squeeze the notion of god into something graspable. “God” as an ultimate striving to understand what is possible and evolution creates the ‘senses’ with which “God” could observe and experience that creation.
Somewhere in there I found grounding in a realization: I am a product of that evolution ageless evolution and at the same time the eyes of the universe.
That is, I was blessed to be born a curious human, able to observe and learn and ponder like no other creature ever. I am the eyes of the universe in a very real sense. Why not, it’s poetry, art, passion, appreciation for being alive and living this fantastical pageant. How else could “God” experience the full magnificence of what it created, but through our eyes and unfolding lives?
Religion is about dreams and goals and standards, all that unfolds within the realm of our Human Mindscape. Religion comes from within us, not from outside intervention. Take responsibility for yourself. It’s true, science also comes from within the human mind. The difference is that science has all those rules and standards, in order to cut out ego and self-delusion as much as possible. A global, trans-generational community of competitive, skeptical, informed experts always looking over each other’s shoulders, and striving to gather yet more information and accuracy. Honestly studying our physical reality is the limits of science’s domain.
To better take responsibility for our selves, we need to better understand ourselves and how we got here. You’ll not find answers in the stars, answers are to be found within your own body, being, mind, looking inside. and back into time. Doing that will take you on an evolutionary trip to the beginning and a better appreciation for how you got here, and why it might matter. Even if you are but one spark in the fireworks.
So many distraction, every time I think I’ve sliced out some free time, something comes along to steal it away. Heck has just been developing the backstory, before the main event were I’m more focused on “religion creation” itself, while consider the evolution of the mammalian brain which brought forth these desires to “know” “God”. Guess I’ll save that for later. ??♂️