What have religion and science contributed to humankind? I wish to first express that I am simply writing this article from an intrinsic feeling that speaks to me. I am impartial to religion and or science. My wish is not to convince, conform or convert you in either of these two areas of our existence. I also respect each area for what it is in our existence; thereby respecting and honoring each person according to his or her ideology.
Throughout our evolution there has been continual repetition and equally an “adding content to” the psychological framework of the human mind. Humankind has always based its existence on a path filled with questions, assumptions and beliefs. The need and demand is there to find something that we supposedly lost. The simplicity of life was misplaced in the complexity of our human form existence interpretation structures. The majority of people remain oblivious to this fact. Most people remain within a field of illusions. We have been repeatedly searching, defining, interpreting, reinterpreting, judging, and demanding. Our species has done this over millenniums. The human species is trapped within the framework of its own creations. Human beings are very susceptible to personal and social manipulations. We could spend days discussing the why’s and how’s.
The factors responsible for our human state of mind are many. The conditioned state of human existence first appears to be a heavy unchangeable burden. We are confronted daily with an overwhelming number of distractions and manipulations. Our species state of consciousness has been molded by generations of manipulation and suppression. This is interwoven within our personal and social structures. This dilemma may have started when the first human being looked to the stars and asked: “why”.
It escalated when two human beings shared each others viewpoints concerning the question “why” of existence. The complexity has continued to multiply since. We could stop the illusions that have been established as a “normal” human existence. There are possibilities and alternatives, but we are stubborn. We refuse to let go or initiate real changes. It is not really that we don’t want to, but it seems that we can’t.
Here we see the content of humankind’s self-imposed existence blocking the way to freedom. It is so much easier to explain our actions with excuses which are created mostly in our imagination. This has become habitual. We justify anything that is done or not done by saying it was in the name of a “God” or for the good of science.
We have been conditioned to only attempt so much liberty in our decision making process. The fear of a God, a government or the unknown conceals the brilliance of existing in an awakened state of awareness. This is true even if we have convinced ourselves that we are making free-choices. This is all part of the illusion. We validate our malice interpretations of life, again by saying that it must be done to preserve humankind’s existence according to a God’s wishes or intentions. Religion demands that we remain separated and alone.
The Church and all religious faiths capture humanity in an illusion filled with hope of peace and fulfillment. This could however be considered a mask that any given religion uses. Religion and religious scriptures wish to project messages of solidarity and absolute validity. There are three factors that permit such private and institutional entities to thrive. These would be control, fear, and the manipulating power of “believing”.
However nothing is ever truly the way we define it. Science uses human form based conceptions in an attempt to understand life. This is wonderful for practical species existence uses. These can although ultimately only show us a universe of content as seen from our limited human ideals. It may be appropriate to say that science (as well as religion) thus wants to explain life without ever actually getting their feet wet and “experiencing” it. Would it however not be correct to say that in order to know what we are (life conscious oneness) we should be aware, accept and experience it?
Science may first appear to offer facts and answers. Science provides us with hypotheses (human assumptions) and theories (scientific beliefs). Theories are proposed, tested, and often accepted. Then according to humanly derived formulas and timelines these theories then have substantiation (human conceived content). One of two reactions occurs as a result of these theories. Humankind accepts the theory as valid and never questions it again. The second reaction is the same as the first only with one small twist.
A given theory is accepted or rejected but then repeatedly questioned. Individuals and especially groups of “believers” eventually seek new assumptions for a given theory. These are then used to reinterpret any given theory. We just never seem to quench this need to search for the answers to our existence and life. This is a life based on our interpretations, therefore the search will never bring true fulfillment. The duality interwoven in the tapestry of this demanding searching should be considered. There is not truly “our” existence and life; there is only “one”.
Religion and Science
Science methods can usually provide data in the form of formulas and experiments. These are used to test a given theory. Scientists and mathematicians love to hypothesis over the universe. Theories over life have been abundant throughout our evolution. These are examples of (knowing what to do with what you have) species based content. Aspects of science are wonderful and sometimes even frightening. The field of science has many practical and seemingly absolute purposes in our human existence. They are however not absolute. Our theories, facts and belief structures however often make them appear very valid.
A God as creator would be a very good example. Both religion and science want to assure us that there is something; a creator if you will. There is always the need for definition and establishment of what has been defined. The only difference between religion and science is the content that we are taught and the methods by which this content is established and validated. Science can benefit our species in areas of practical content use. We can also appreciate science for these very reasons. It is however crucial that we keep any content area of our human existence in perspective. This is especially true in areas of religion and science.