reply to post by smithjustinb
Having philosophized much on this topic, my current belief is that "god" is a greater consciousness; personified religious gods and idols have to be
false because they are created in the image of man. The idea of a god being stubborn or evil or holy is preposterous and further solidifies the idea
that gods with human qualities are man made.
A god figure would be, for the most part, impartial to both the malefic and benevolent acts of mankind. To think that god cares about us is to engage
in self delusion.
I have a formed a few paradoxical views of reality and where/what we are. I want to keep this response short, however, so I'll just mention my most
recent musings. I sometimes have a bit of a hard time articulating my metaphysical ideas, so try to bear with me.
We are the manifestations of a greater consciousness; the offspring of "God's consciousness," if you want to call it that. Within the mind lies the
ability to create, hence our minds serve as a miniature universe generators. Basically, thinking, or, more specifically, imagining, is creating.
Each consciousness, and its offspring, may bear a unique signature, like a cosmic fingerprint. For example, our universe's signature seems to be the
golden ratio which occurs incessantly throughout nature, and within our own bodies.
Our purpose is absolutely unknown, and we cannot begin to fathom it. To better articulate this, imagine a science experiment in which a group of rats
is set into a maze with a block of cheese at its center: The rats have no way of knowing that they are part of an experiment, their only goal is to
get the cheese. In the same sense, we cannot know if serve some higher purpose; if we're part of an experiment.
Life may be progression, but if there is any progression taking place it is within the soul. I believe the soul is eternal, it uses the body as a
vessel to experience life. We may be slivers of Earth's soul, manifesting in our planet's animate bodies in order to gather knowledge and return to
the planet with this knowledge so that it may be archived and we may once again join the Earth-soul.
I try not to reach any "truths" because there is simply no way of truly knowing the answers to many of life's profound questions, hence why some of
these ideas contradict the others.
I hope you find this helpful and can make some sense of it. I'm tired ^^