In summarizing our previous piece: Since the dawn of man, we’ve always asked ourselves, “Why?” Why -exactly- are we here, to begin with? What are we doing here? How have we come to be here?! Simply who we are… at all? All of those are very good questions, indeed! Equally so, all of those many different answers applied to them have remain unchanged -by and large- for countless centuries, at the very absolute least! Most of them even date back multiple millennia!
And yet… just this past century has brought with it change quite unlike anything ever before witnessed by anyone. Electricity? Transportation, with cars, planes and trains? No less, the dawn of the nuclear age? Then, the past couple of decades alone have rapidly seen such gains become exponential in magnitude- now, only every few years our technologies are totally and completely transforming the all of everything. Think about the previous 20 years: Computers. The Internet. Cellular phones. Genetics and DNA.
Then, over but the last handful of them: Tablets beget mobile devices; the Internet becomes available everywhere, no less coming at broadband speeds! Smart devices beget the Smart Home; where now we can turn simple lights off and on using any mobile device, from anywhere! Our digital devices? Not only do they currently audibly talk to us, but so too understanding us whenever we speak to them! Artificial intelligences surely aren’t very far off right now, heralding a truly unprecedented new world quite unlike any before.
Greetings, and welcome to the first post of this new blogging endeavor of mine – a place where I intend on exploring and addressing matters of faith & existentialism from a decidedly modern viewpoint, one especially based around science and technology. That may well sound like something of an impossibility -or, if nothing else, absolutely nothing could hope to embody all of those aspects and still have it make a lick of sense- but I hope by the time I’m finished with writing this site, you’ll agree it’s anything but impossible!
I can say this just now largely because those very same things have ultimately been what culminated in my coming to starkly different sets of beliefs about… well, about everything, I suppose – and so it’s with these various beliefs of mine that this body of work will dedicate itself to properly explaining.
At their core, these ideas represent an alternative view of various faith-based concepts; all the while, it’s also very much a view that remains all but nonexistent in today’s world – no matter where, to whom or for what one might themselves turn. Likewise, they represent beliefs that are nothing I myself see as exceedingly revolutionary, nor anything quite so bizarre as to defy either categorization as or harmonious coexistence fitting within previous such religious thought.
Rather, I feel all of this to be only a natural evolution of our most fundamental questions or cultural/societal tenets. Somewhat crudely stated? With aspects of religion, science, technology and philosophy, it works to take what came before, along with what currently is, and to blend them both together; allowing our present understandings and level of advancement to inform, transform and, just perhaps, even somehow redefining things decidedly ancient or apocryphal in nature.
Indeed, perhaps the most important question for us to start off with considering…? Why is there a complete absence of anything remotely approaching these sorts of ideas – despite our now going on a century or better since first we might’ve begun to inch ourselves toward such (quantum) leaps forward?
We’re now beginning to get much deeper into things, as this post contains one of what I feel is the most central ideas to this entire body of work: Perceiving the all of human civilization much the same as any other singular maturing entity. Meaning…? It progressively grows and advances, maturing all the while, in being able to stand as something fundamentally changed from what it once was.
An idea of a linearly+progressively evolving -maturing- human civilization should not be seen as some excuse or desperate bid to explain away or dismiss certain aspects of older religious teachings. Rather, it is evidenced in every single other aspect of Creation itself: Human beings… or, for that matter, all known life. Stars and planets, alike. The whole universe!
For all things in our humble little slice of reality, there is both a time to be born and a time to die. In between those two, absolutely nothing exists in some static state, wholly unchanging all the while. To expect that Creator would imbue human civilization with such an impossible trait found nowhere else seems most irrational, just on its face.
Belief is a funny thing – our faith being singularly unique throughout all of Creation as something found solely in we human beings. There’s truly nowhere else where we might also observe anything endeavoring to look up and ask of itself, “Why? How…? What?!?”, let alone anything capable of knowing any such answers to those inquiries they might so deign to make! And yet, among those individuals found to exist in the many sorts of cultures and religions that we do in fact know for ourselves? Such beliefs have also come to mean so countless many wildly different things, to so very many widely different peoples – no less, ones that are spread across the whole wide world over!
So then, all that this work ultimately represents is my offering up what those beliefs have come to mean to me personally just now, and absolutely nothing more than that; existing only as but a meager reflection of that which I myself have come to believe is true in this life of ours so far.
Next up on our agenda? One might begin to wonder, “Why doesn’t God step in and make His wishes known to us directly, just as He once did so long ago?” In my eyes, this is an utter absurdity for anyone to realistically expect – it would completely, irrevocably disrupt our entire existence. It would also be exactly the same as a parent stepping in to “reparent” their 50-year old adult child… no less, with that parent’s refusing to step back, let go and allow their offspring to ‘sink or swim’ doubtlessly being responsible for whatever his or her present predicaments may be; those problems which require such reparenting, even at the half century mark! What’s more, God simply doesn’t need to do any such thing! – most certainly not when He can influence and direct the very same desired outcomes, only doing so from “behind the scenes,” as it were.
There appears to be a good many here in our world today who seem to expect that, in their mind, God’s existence is somehow disproven by the lack of any (relatively recent) direct interactions with us or our forebears. All the more, many a conartist or cultist in such modern times have outright declared that, if they themselves aren’t God and/or Jesus Christ reborn, then God at the very least directly communicates to them – and to them alone! Both of these views -that God must either prove His divine existence to us by way of direct interaction, or that God really is somehow speaking to only one out of seven billion worth- are utterly incorrect, in my estimation… most especially not when God -that higher power/force- doesn’t need to do anything of the sort!
We, who find ourselves singularly blessed to be living in so modern of a world, can likewise all too easily feel a schism pulling us in two polar opposite directions – one hard to their left, the other mercilessly to our right – with an almost perverse schizophrenic duality. For this modern world very much also has a landscape that’s been long ago mapped by distinctly ancient systems of belief – if not still finding it defined outright by various matters of faith and religion primarily intended for a humanity yet in its infancy.
For our understanding of the divine has remained utterly unchanged over the eons… despite however countless many centuries and millennia might yet pass after the fact; regardless of how much progress might’ve come in the interim; and no matter how unrecognizable the all of everything for everything may just now be, compared to how it was during their assorted establishments.
But this is also neither to put down or dismiss in their entirety (as somehow irrelevant, outdated, or even, as some faithless sorts may claim, entire falsehoods made only by the hands and minds of man) those teachings understood to be the works of that Higher Power – rather it’s just the opposite of that!
Realities such as the third amendment of the US Constitution seem inconceivable today, where having soldiers take residence in private homes is unthinkable only but two short centuries later – yet even so, still do we find the deepest of meaning and resonance in that very same Constitution throughout time itself. It is in this same way we should look to our existing sacred works, as well – with the realities that ours is a civilization which evolves and matures –changing– over time.
Before moving onward (at long, long last) to the oddity of what my own personal beliefs consist of (the specifics), I’d like to explore one final topic regarding the seeming schism between modern science and faith (particularly seeing as how this work is something of a “blending ” between the two.)
Often the most problematic conflict, and therefore the most limiting factor, has been a self-created and self-imposed battle between faith and science. This should be perceived as something of an utter absurdity, one that should be particularly and painfully obvious to us today. Those of a religious mindset should be the most fervent advocates of the pursuit of intellectual endeavors. For truly, if a divine being made us and everything, making the universe and thereby all the components of it we have exploited so far? Then to explore and understand His creation better is to likewise better understand the one responsible for it all.
As I continue posting away at a rapid fire pace over the next good little while, it dawned on me that while I danced around this in the introduction, I never explicitly stated it as such. So, lest one get the wrong impression that I’m superhumanly pounding away every single second writing these posts, given both the frequency of them as well as their considerable length? Well, I’m surely flattered, but believe me, I’m nowhere near that capable!
Rather, these posts have all been culled from my extensive writings in preparation towards these very ends over the past two years and change, writing at random whenever the “muse” or any worthy ideas/perspectives struck me like lightning. However unbelievable it may seem, there wasn’t a day that went by during this time frame where I didn’t spend at least an hour working thusly. The first third of the posts for this body of work presently exist in their completed form (at least they do by and large, that is), and could even all be posted right this very instant were I of the nature to unleash just such a torrent.
As far as the final 2/3 to my endeavor here goes? They’ve also already been written up in total, and now only but require either being pieced together or having some slight further proofing and polishing being applied on my part. Finally, right now there’s perhaps an extra three or four topics (representing an identical number in individual posts) that I may or may not decide to write from scratch before all is said and done at last.
At this point, however, this effort of mine is all but completed after years and years of work – requiring only a small sliver of additional time and energies on my part before ultimately getting posted on here as such.