posted on Mar, 25 2016 @ 08:04 PM
I'm agnostic. I'm very skeptical of the notion of an intelligent creator, as well as of prayer or focused intention. I simply have yet to see any
compelling evidence, so while open to the possibility, I am skeptical.
That said, I'm also very skeptical of our existences having any meaning whatsoever, of "love" being anything more than neurotransmitters, hormones,
and behavior, of us having free will at all except in an illusory context, and of there being any point to anything short of maybe laying down, doing
nothing, and waiting for death. I simply have yet to see any compelling evidence, so while open to the possibility, I am skeptical.
Yet... people pray every day. Likewise, people get up every day and live their lives as though anything they're doing matters, and love the people
they love as though that's a real, meaningful thing beyond just neurology and behavior. Most, even staunch atheists, without even realizing they're
doing it, do ascribe "love" some degree of magical, mystical meaning. They love their children, they love their spouses, they love their parents, and
they believe this means something more than just empty meat and chemicals and electrical pulses, because it subjectively feels like it does
unless they stop to question it or defy their natural tendencies... just like it feels subjectively intuitive to those of religious or spiritual
inclination to infer the existence of a creator or spirit unless they stop and question it or defy their natural tendencies.
All human behavior is natural. That subsumes and includes religiosity and belief in the mystical. Since before we were drawing pictures on cave walls
and dying beads, we were imbuing things with meaning that, intrinsically, have none save for their utility to us. It is our natural, inherent
nature to create and assign meaning. To each other, to activities, to ideas, to images, to symbols, to systems, to ideologies, etc. They are
all equally contrived and arbitrary at the end of the day, consequent to our neurology and behavior and needs and wants.
The universe is vast, cold, and dark. And it will be darker and colder as eons pass. Earth is a surging, writing heap of organic competing entities
vying for survival with time-limited, finite resources. Horrible, atrocious things most of us never think about happen every second on this planet.
Unspeakable, unimaginable things have happened to someone somewhere while you've been reading this. For all its occasional pleasantries, beauty,
creativity, and harmony, it is ultimately chaotic and violent and terrible if we're honest about it.
All of that simply to say:
If people want to pray, with the exception of when it's for even more suffering, or when it prevents actually acting... let them pray. It might
not do any good, but provided those two conditions are met at least... it can't do any harm. Other than - arguably - to people's grasp of reality.
Which none of us really has anyway ultimately. We just like to think we do.
I'm not religious, and I'm skeptically agnostic. Nevertheless, I pray myself, in my own way, in private, for my own purposes. I have no clue if it
matters at all. But it's not hurting anything, and it makes me feel better. Which is the only reason any of us do anything, whether we want to admit
it or not.
Your illusion isn't better than my illusion isn't better than their illusion. Thus, I say let it be.