If you were the highest deity and wanted to exist, for what reasons would you exist?
I sometimes wonder: why do people think there is an "end" to time? Hasn't evolution taught you anything? Isn't the sheer longevity of the process
we are involved in not evidence that, even if human beings did come together in awareness of a common spiritual source (God), what does that even mean
vis-à-vis the facts of physical reality: of a world?
Why would God create a world? The Jewish answer is: so his creatures can come to know him. But that implies a strange dualism. Obviously, we cannot
admit dualism - as reality is simply one. So, why would we be existing? What do we exist for? What do you/we enjoy?
I think the answer is obvious.
NBA, NHL, NFL, MLB are examples of what we live for: to have fun. Developing the sciences to get a closer idea about how reality works i.e. curiosity
and a yearning to discover, underlies what we live for. We also live for the connections we make with others; in particular, family members, brothers,
sisters, mothers, fathers, aunts and uncles: it feels good having others who recognize us and complement us - and it is indeed this first person
understanding of truth and reality - and not any "God" making commands for me to act in such and such a way, that motivates my action.
When we communicate from a first person perspective about what we feel, this constitutes the sort of knowledge that builds "inter-subjective" links,
and indeed, such commonly-held knowledge is what allows mind-brains to 'correlate' with each other and so feel relaxed around one another: if I know
you care not to hurt me, my brain becomes relaxed, and my body "soaks into" the comfortable presence of the other.
Everyone notices this about themselves. With people were close to, our bodies respond differently. It tells us that we are either relaxed and in our
bodies, or, conversely, we are "outside" our bodies, overly-thinking about what we should do, and how we should act, etc. Such rigidly enforced
"social-codes" necessarily occur through the amygdala i.e. the threat/fear center of the brain, which reads the environment (context) and so
"channels" perception in such a way as to produce the "right code".
They very fact that this behavior "works over" the more basic self-other equivalence that binds human body-minds together, is where the injustice
lies, as if a person shows the "wrong sign" - doesn't possess the requisite "implicit relational knowing" i.e. knowing how to be with a
particular group of people - they will be reflexively experienced by the other as "wrong". Such "wrongness" simply derives from the minds own
ignorance about how interactions with others acts upon their own mental processing. They put their "ideas about what's right" above the feelings
they provoke in Others when they look/respond to them like this. This sort of injustice happens all the time, and its an "injustice" because the
other party, which sometimes is you, and other times the person you relate with, comes away feeling a badness which they then have to counter-within
themselves if they are going to function with that feeling state they need to feel good: pride.
After all my reading in my still very young life (31), I have come away thinking this:
This chart shows the evolutionary progression of "connecting feelings" which emerged in mammals (reptiles did not develop any connecting emotions to
conspecifics). The first one to emerge, and a very prevalent one, is play. Eventually, care begins to emerge so that most mammals who express care
also come to express play, but they occur in different ways: care following birth, play in the early years.
With humans, it seems we evolved in such a way as to expand caring relations with others, with at the same time recognizing the value and pleasure in
play. On top of play, the human mind comes to care about its relatedness to the world, which it experiences through the feeling of awe. Awe, or
wonder, is the experience we have when we take in the natural world in such a way as to evoke awe in us. Awe, in effect, is a sense of the beauty of
the natural world, the stars, the sun, and the infinite range of the universe. Astronauts, its been said, go to space girded by feelings of curiosity
and interest, but come away with a profound sense of awe - of the wholeness and infinitude of space itself. Just as the mind may experience itself
"dissociated" from the presence of its feeling body, I imagine the experience of going into space - visually, as well as the effect of zero-gravity
on biodynamical processes - enhances that sense of "disembodiment", yet, perceiving, and being a being that knows that it knows, and knows that it
is currently in what seems to be an astonishing situation - in space, above the Earth, inside a body, inside a spaceship, and there they are, looking
out through the window, as Chris Hadfield did, and witnessing themselves witnessing something that, quite justifiably, seems surreal.
To be a human being who finds himself up there, above the Earth, and looking out upon the living Earth, must produce a very powerful sense of wonder.
Wonder, Love, and Play. This is what we live for, and why this universe, and this Earth, exists. Whether a God is or isn't invoked, all the
phenomenological evidence of being human shows that this is what we love, and what we should, if we are coherently minded, seek to make possible for
everyone, within indeed, the thought of time or the infinite depth of the universe, still being there as it should be, to promote awe in those who,
later in life, seek to bask in the peace of the cosmos.