24 December, 2005

The Joy of Atheism (part.2)

So, here I am, contemplating the ongoing journey of this year which will soon reach its final days within next week. I realised some of you might be bored, disappointed, discontent or whatever every time visiting my blog because there haven’t been many things happening for quite sometime such as new entries, poems or photos (as if my blog is really that important to visit?!). Well, somehow I have to admit that maintaining blog takes quite big amount of energy plus as odd as it may sound, creating such good entry is not that easy either.

Well anyway, I am pleased to announce that after an awfully long break at some stage in the past months; I’m finally able gaining up again the lost-motivation of blogging i.e. trying to produce new entry for my blog. Back to the topic, I’ve been lately (again) interested to the issue which I have already put aside ever since leaving Indonesia. I’m now intrigued to cut even deeper to discover what lies underneath the surface.

Religion is an amusing business. I've never quite comprehended the real meaning and purpose of religion – a thing that plays such an important role in so many people’s lives. Forever remaining such a blurry and to me unsatisfying concept and state of mind. The lack of religion or belief seemingly creates the opposite – a life devoid of spiritual concerns. However non-religion it self can create a ‘religious’ element. Atheism is not then all joy – joy is in the release, the freedom, the choice – for atheism is about will.

I write one day before Christmas, here in majority Christian Germany. Today, the number of believers in all regions in Germany is smaller than it was in the past. Apart from the fact that the third largest religious identity in Germany is non-religious people (including atheist and agnostic) – who amount to a total 28.5% of the population (23,5 million) – but reality remains the same, religion in this country plays quite significant role, although not much more than where it sits in Indonesian life (where the topic of sex is more open and religion more closed, Indonesia is the opposite: sex can be much closed and religion very open. Perhaps because religion places such a moral imperative and even dictate over sexual relations that it’s best to keep away)

What is the relevance between my in-progress entry, Christmas and atheism? Well, the relevance is between the entry and the atheism. The Christmas moment is functioning as a trigger, although I am rather tempted and it might also be slightly interesting to observe the significance of these things. The fact that I am now sitting all alone in my room and witnessing the Christmas tradition in Germany have brought a number of consequences to my consciousness.

Be not mistaken, religion and god(s) are two very separate things. God the incomprehensible, the infinite, the perfect bestows us with life, this world and this existence. Placed, if placed is the right word, somewhere beyond comprehension in an existence (again, an appropriate term?) as the formation and underscore of all. God is such a tricky concept, an improvable that we humans try to prove; an incomprehensible that we try to comprehend; a perfection that makes no sense. This is the reality of god – indeed an alien concept – a sparse and utopian concept that underscores so much of humanity.

I know that there is a computer below my fingers – I can see it, touch it, and cause a response of similar attributes. A material object that is recognized by one or more of my humanly senses. The human knows and understands the material world in this way and we carry our respective lives through life this way. Feeling, touching, seeing, smelling, tasting, and hearing what occurs around us and interpreting and deciding on such evidence. These responses lead to the brain, our thought centre, where information is compiled, evaluated and a decision made.

We are very much animalistic in this way, and if animals are indeed machines of reaction, then we are animal at our core. This of course being another issue of concern for religion, and one I can return to. However the fact that I can sit here and write what I write proves something beyond the senses. Composition of thought is a difficult thing to explain, but such an everyday occurrence. Something we do without ‘thinking’ – we are aware of the senses we receive and can ponder their significance and comment upon their meaning. We can cause our bodies to seek more of that sense satisfaction. A process that keeps us on the move and sustained as we seek in a sense the repetition of satisfaction.

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The fundamental question that floats around inside my head – is a why? Question – Why do you believe what you believe? This can lie at the root of all questions about god(s) and its human interpretation, religion.

• What is religion?
• From where did you get your ‘beliefs’?
• Who enforces/updates/controls the belief system/religion/interpretation
• What is it that qualifies the religion?
• What questions does the religion answer?
• How are these questions answered?
• What does the religion require of you?
• What does the religion promise?

Religion:
• Is dogmatic and uncritical of itself
• Requires ‘belief’ and acceptance of all its rules. This is what it demands, but rarely if at all achieves
• Uses religion/god as self-supporting/justifying proof or evidence – and when provided, is often blurry.
• Is hypocritical!
• Often operates as a cult – closed to questions, mass groupings with one accepted, dispensing leader, love bombing, adherence etc.
• And the clash between god’s attributes/dictates and the rules/regulations of religion.

Questions to god:
• If god is perfect, omnipotent, omnipresent etc – why does he/she/it bother to exist?
• Is that ‘perfection’ static or move with time? It must move, for we live in a timed universe. Is god outside time? Is perfection timeless?
• Logic? And whose? Human, demy or none at all?
• Why does god need believers? To satisfy its ego, to give it something to laugh at, to sustain it?
• God and rules. Why, if ultimately created and controlled ‘from above’, do we need moral/religious rules and regulations?
• Where are you?
• Are we parts of god’s perfection, representatives thereof, and children if you will, and should we emulate, reflect, derive for or abhor this perfection?
• How do we ‘bring ourselves closer to god’?
• Is god’s incomprehensibility a proof/argument that he exists or doesn’t exist?
• If humanity becomes extinct does god die?
• Can god die?
• If all people stop believing in god, does he cease to exist

(Some of the stronger) arguments in favor of god:

• How and why everything came to exist.
• We as humans are left to our own free will, to do as we please.
• The passing down of religion from parent to child, and thus it must all come from a source i.e. god.

We were then born with a leader – a spiritual, ethereal being – that intrinsically controls or lives.
The human world is full of dichotomies/polarities – yin/yang. Is god the unification, the non-existence of these? Or beyond?
Who needs who? We need god; god doesn’t need us – most religions.
Does the statement: ‘there’s no god’ have any meaning?
Use all justifications and reasons for god to then ask the question – so why does it need to exist at all.

Froehe Weihnachten und einen guten Rutsch ins neue Jahr 2006!
Alles Gute

3 comments:

Patrocles said...

Even an athiest can believe in something and thus be religious.

Except eternity dictated.

Religion can mean almost anything.

Scientific endevor seems pointless if you are a Christian. Except for argumental purposes or entertainment.

Life is so short, why use it up searching for the truth.
Why try to prolong it if eternity awaits.
Why try to bring others to Christianity? Let God do it.
Oh right "He" told you too.

Ragil said...

thanks matey..

i will consider your viewpoints. i really will.
but for the time being let me see where all these things will lead me to, even if i have to pay "excessive price" for that.
thanks for stop by and left a comment.. :-)

oversighter said...

Ein sehr feines Schreiben ├╝ber gutes Thema.