posted on Apr, 21 2013 @ 04:19 AM
Well, I may be wrong, but it seems to me that religion in general has shown itself to be a scientific and technology limiting factor in
societies throughout the world and history.
Maybe some more than others, or maybe some more at different points in it's history
(there were times when Christianity was more powerful, and much more restrictive also).
What calls my attention is the assumed judgement here, that scientific and technological progress is always "good",and any influence which slows or
hinders it is "bad".
A truly American value and ambition, as I've found that even in some other non-Muslim cultures, it is considered valuable to not rush forward,
but to cling to some tradition, to value past and elders, and remain distrusting of change to an extent.
(which begs the question of whether the agenda here is actually propaganda of the conflict between the US and Islam.....)
I'd like to look closer, zooming in on this assumption made... Are the most technologically advanced societies filled with happier people? Perhaps we
need to establish what we mean by happy. Some might call it physical comfort, some might call it an inner emotional fulfillment. Some might be
physically comfortable, and trying to stuff an inner emptiness that is emotional based consumption, instead of physical need.
I am not so sure anymore that we are correct in the assumption. When I see people living in squalor in third world countries, and yet they grin, they
laugh, they gather together and sing and support each other.
I think of the time we had a major catastrophy where I live- a huge flood, which destroyed homes around us and isolated us from the rest of the world
and any emergency aid, and the most amazingly pleasurable way we all helped each other- people I didn't know, who had been living next to me, I was
bringing into my home, or shoveling mud with. That day I realized the deep draw humans have to the Doom porn- a part of us knows that away from the
comfort of modern scoiety we find our human connections again, and they are essential to our happiness.
I used to take part in all female get togethers at night, on full moons, when mostly Muslim women of all ages would come, grandmothers, mothers,
little girls.... we'd all bring foods, and we would eat and dance all night. That was my first glance at the interesting life that occurs under that
repression..... a bonding between women that I have NEVER seen in western women! It was awesome.
Through the years, I have come to see the world as a constant friction/creativity emerging from opposing forces, and that which we might call
"obstacle", "challenge", "problem" or just plain "bad" is often instead a grounding force, an anchoring, a distillation process, that has
it's necessity and value as well as that which is it's opposite.
Just my opinion. Islam might be a religion which slows technological progress, just as many other religons are.
But people do not turn to religions for that kind of fulfilment anyway.