When you look around at the world what do you see? Do you see the anger, hatred, disrespect, and greed? Do you see the corrupt as they are? The weak,
fragile and the strong. Do you normally try to see the good in people? The kind, gentle souls that would go out of their way to help someone in need?
The heros that risk their lives on a daily basis. Diverse doesnt even begin to explain what we are as a people.
I ask these questions because if you look at the history of humanity we havent really ever changed. Yes, we drive cars and have computers now, but
really, we're no different than the people that walked the earth 1200 years ago. Nothing has changed but our technology.
The point I'm trying to make here is that we evolve through information and knowledge. We always have. The simple fact is, if human beings were
stupid, we would be an extinct species. We dont have the ability to defend ourselves from lions or bears without the intelligents to create weapons.
We werent given sharp claws or teeth, we were given a brain.
With that said I'd like to discuss religion for a moment because I've always found it curious the way people look at it. Now, if I told you I hit
the lottery you would immediately be overun with emotion. Excitement or maybe even jealousy. Now whats the first thing you would ask for though (aside
from a million dollars)? PROOF! Right? If I dont supply you with proof, you would discredit the information I've just given you until sufficient
proof is produced (ie. me rolling around in a pool full of money). But with religion, most people take everything they read for face value. Why? The
people that wrote that book have been dead for many life times, but you wont believe me standing right infront of you telling you I won the lottery.
Even though I find the above interesting, I find something even more interesting. I was raised Catholic and heard stories about this great man called
Noah. The man collected 2 of every animal, insect, and even bacteria on earth and put them on an arc. He then, with no food (cant just go off and eat
a cow now can you? theres only 2), sailed the arc for 40 days. Whats amazing though is this man is stated to have lived to be over 900 years old.
He's not the only person the bible suggests to have lived past the natural expected life span. But how could this be? Simple cuts could spread
infection and with no antibiotic you would think the expected life span to drop?
Now for a moment, lets put aside the fact that the man collected all these animals, insects, etc. and focus on how this man could have possibly lived
to be that old. Not only him, but many others aswell. We are, like most people, taking religion for face value (I've burned the lottery ticket).
I decided to google the word 'immortal' just to see what would come up. As immortality is the negation of mortality—not dying or not being subject
to death. Right. Thank you wikipedia. But scroll down and you can see that the word is mentioned in every religion posted. Most have different
meanings for the word, but every single one has the word listed. This of course goes off to create the existence of heaven, hell, and reincarnation.
Coincidence or just a primal fear of death? Survival instinct or something more?
I was then led to an article made in 2004 stating that a geneticist from Cambridge University named Aubrey de Grey believes that "Ageing is a
physical phenomenon happening to our bodies, so at some point in the future, as medicine becomes more and more powerful, we will inevitably be able to
address ageing just as effectively as we address many diseases today.". He then goes on to state "The average age will be in the region of a few
The link to the full article can be found here: news.bbc.co.uk...
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