I ran out of available time a couple weeks back and had to set aside this writing project, now I’m back. During my last edits back then, rather than trimming and refining, I wound up adding additional paragraphs and it’s over 2k words and back at that ugly discombobulated wtf stage. Soz, I’m back to breaking it down to its component specifics, and then it’s trimming all I can, edit and get my ducks in a row.
I thought the intro might be a good place to start.
Religion, easy as …
I’ll wager that if you took some time to think about it, you’d acknowledge that on a fundamental level the Abrahamic religions are all about self-centeredness - ours as well as God’s .
These religions were founded on the basis of self-interest, they were focused on selected kernels of knowledge, born of an aggressive insecurity, supported by a passionate sense of certitude. Usually with empire building in mind while reeking with hostility towards outsiders, other teachers and learning.
All the while pretty much ignoring the sovereignty of our Earth’s biosphere, her other inhabitants and the reality of our Evolutionary origins.
Think about it, within the Abrahamic tradition our planet’s life support system and her inhabitants never rise above something for us to exploit until we suck it dry, then we move on to the next bonanza.
Whereas to me, Earth, her creatures and biosphere, her Evolution, these are my touchstones with physical reality. I feel time flowing through me as I travel through my days. I live within a mindscape that’s filled with an awareness of time in its entire spectrum, from microseconds, to my heart beat, on to the eons Evolution.
So, naturally I have this apparently somewhat unique perspective of my human condition.
Where does “God” come from?
It seems to me most people think, “God” and “Truth” come down to us from on high, out there in the heavens, beyond our Earth and daily realities? For many, demanding incessant worship, like a petty tyrant.
Western philosophy was born out of that intellectual ego-centric mindset, given what I read and hear from contemporary philosophers, most still haven’t broken free of it, let alone fully acknowledged it. Contemporary searches for the ultimate answer within the quantum realm, seem little different from counting angels dancing on the head of a pin.
I myself have learned that “God” originates from deep within our selves. A consequence of many converging influences, with roots in deep time and our mammalian heritage. Think about it, we come from the breast feeders, some 175 million years worth of live births and instinctive nurturing, family units along with communities consisting of many families as a survival strategy.
Then we developed a brain that could look at the world, and back on itself, in thoughtful introspection. We learned to observe, finding patterns and learning from those patterns ( learning from observing nature ) and remember our experiences, plus be able to tell the stories that conveyed our experiences to other, who could record and share that moment/lesson countless times, in countless different contexts.
That was big.