Well who hasn’t heard about God. Everyone has heard about Him. And everyone believes in some form of God or other. I think more than religion that’s a way of life which the human beings will never give up on. I think God is the only being in the world who pervades our conscience without any competition. Religion is varied when you change your community. That’s the power of religion, its brittle.
Opinions and views
My opinions and views on religion
— as I understand it and as it is associated with social and cultural phenomena, that I have seen …
— This is a 3.7 K worded article, with very well meaning humor, some of which you might not find alluring to your taste, but how would I know, if I were not to tell them. Its well organized even though long, so not a good idea to skip section just because you want to know “why Jesus was killed?”. So, it begins with some personal philosophies or views as you may.
Are there any difference between Views and Opinions?
I hardly have views on anything. More appropriately, I must confess, I keep them to myself. I was once advised, that our views in the world doesn’t matter. Not knowing how to deal with that view, I let go, of that view.
So I am ready to imagine that, these are not views, rather these are my opinions and as they come, if the world doesn’t see any value in them, these opinions are liable to be rejected, criticized, un-understood, despised; anything but be treated for what they really are, opinions. Opinions are like taste.
I have met many folks, who do not like the taste of green tea, or a pickle or a movie or a conversation. A brilliant conversation by some peoples taste standard, is a lousy one, for another individual or a group. This is the single-most suitable logic, why one must have his own set of opinions, despite of its acceptability. There are no universally acceptable opinions.
That is, we can not please everyone, so we must have our opinions. But, we must see that our opinions doesn’t cause us inconvenience. Because, we hardly have any control over our or another persons tastes. We may have some respect, for another persons tastes or opinions. We seldom think its appropriate to show our respect for others tastes and opinions, and we do show respect, sometimes.
Enough then, about tastes and opinions.
How is a view different from an opinion?
A view is more so connected, with what we see, which may be unique again, because there is one observer, than an opinion, an opinion is a matter of taste, what we like and do not like, irrespective of what we see.
Although a view has a connotation of relevance a bit more, than the relevance of an opinion, in the real world opinions makes more sense, than a view. And if your opinion has no value for any uncanny type of individual, how is he going to give value to your views?
To be able to respect others views, which is more important, we must in someway develop some tolerance for others tastes. So in that sense, a view is a refined opinion, howsoever gorgeous it sounds, at the level of our understanding, a view is still an opinion.
Without cutting more grass than needed for the horse, I am therefore, going to express my views on religion as I understand it. — And, I am sorry I called my readers a horse, but I also called myself a grass cutter. :P
My personal, social, religious background.
I am borne into a Hindu Brahman family. — You are glad to know that? :D
This proclamation, in my mind, has no more significance, than say, the social and cultural settings in which I grew and the quality of my life, which is insured by such a connection, if it is and oppositely; the amount of vulgarities that is supposedly deserved by me because I am a Brahman.
If this sounds like any self-abasement, then you are hearing me partly, because, I am just trying to give a complete picture.
Some of the advantage, that are supposed to be applicable to any Brahman, but
I still tend to think, a soul is physical in the sense, it exists, in the physical body and has no sense after the physical body is dead biologically. Its an abrupt end to the soul or the spirit.
By spirit I mean something that’s perceived by ourselves only and not by others. Because others can’t have our senses, our feelings etc. But this spirit or soul is still physical. We can feel ourselves, right? When the body is dead, these experiences or feelings have no meaning at all.
Its then only fabulous or childish or religious or philosophical, that these souls exist and go on, into another body. This is a clearly understood boundary now, that if this is accepted, it has to be accepted as an unscientific idea and not one that makes any sense to truly learned men (a definition per se; scientists).
It can still be discussed because, as I said its fabulous, its childish, its religious or mythical and its philosophical and interesting. — I rest my case …
Philosophy is a swift passage to unanimity. Science is a natural passage with the possibility of failure. Politics promises everyone a passage, for some it builds tunnel with lights inside, whoever said light at the end of the tunnel, light can also be inside the tunnel..
We don’t need monasteries, but we need laboratories and libraries and universities and downtowns with a lot of bars. Without the laboratories we will be tyrannous to our families, without the universities and libraries we will be wonderers but without the bars and hang-arounds our creativity will be like a dead man’s dreams.
Science is like sex, the pain and pleasure are necessary, guilt is personal and ethics is power, morality is a dogma but choice is natural.
[If you can’t take the pain, don’t want pleasure, can’t deal with the guilt, enjoying power eludes you, you are stuck with morality and can’t make a choice, don’t think of science]