reply to post by Snoopy1978
Aware of that every day, every moment.
The perversity of our existence.
I mean, I'm not being dramatic.
I'm just acknowledging that death and conflict are common place. I go outside and on the face of it, things are peaceful. But I dig deeper and I start
to see mayhem. I see pathogens coursing through the air, waiting to latch onto a host. I see spiders capturing clueless insects that fly into their
webbing. I see mass warfare between different species across the whole of our observable reality. I am not exaggerating or embellishing. Warfare
between species is a reality, regardless of the justifications. We must kill to eat, for example. We cannot eat the sun's rays or a rock. We must eat
something that's alive and only vaguely note its attempts to escape our hungry appetite. There're many other examples: Imperfect awareness is another.
The fact that we do not have perfect awareness means we will eventually mistake each other as enemies and commit to war.
The after-life, faith in god, whatever it's called, is all the same. It's our savior; our escape.
That's what it's on the outside. But underneath, it's more mechanical.
We justify or reason our continued existence via different routes, but continued existence is the ultimate aim. If the life on the other side of this
one was so much better then we would not be here, would we? Nope, it would be mass suicide. But we're, so why? Because deep down, admitted or not, we
either think we must earn our eternal life or because we doubt it or fear death. What this amounts to is that our continued existence is sustained and
How many people, after understanding this, would ask why is continued existence the ultimate aim? Not many. But I can tell you why, if you listen. The
reason is that evolution favors those traits in us that preserve our genetic expression. Committing suicide to enter the next life does not preserve
our genetic expression; it kills it. We're here because something wants us to be. Perhaps it's mutual.
Don't be fooled. The allure of eternal life blinds many to the truth. For believers, their belief is the number one priority and continued existence
is NOT; many will even say this existence is evil. But regardless what they tell you, the results don't lie: continued existence is the goal.
Life is harder without faith. Life is harder when one does not have an eternal life as reward for their good works in this world. What reward could be
greater than eternal life? No money can compare. But a prerequisite of faith is the aptness to possess it. Otherwise, eternal life has no evident
value. For such a person who does not possess faith, eternal life is as rewarding as a handful of mud.
The key is that MOST people have faith. This is not an accident, it's intentioned. What this tells me is that faith favors our continued existence,
for whatever reason. At least, up to this point in time.
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