I've been distraught over the answer to this question for a few weeks now. At first, at least to me, the answer is very obvious: Religion is cause for
war and suffering around the world, and it is a very backwards way of approaching an understanding of the universe and our place within it. But, with
all of the happenings in the world of Information Technology, and my own bouts of philosophical 'deep-thinking', I've come to the conclusion that
Religion was most likely not created to enslave masses of people, but instead to protect ourselves from, well, ourselves. Allow me to explain...
My thoughts on 'Sentient Capacity'
Sentient Capacity is not a term that I have ever seen used before, and I didn't really know what to label my revelations as, so I wanted to call them
something cool. Mankind is a cognitive machine -- we are made to be intelligent so we may survive in the harshest of conditions. If it weren't for the
collective intelligence of the human race, we would have never been able to survive in the vast reaches of outer space. It is my personal belief,
based on what I have seen humankind accomplish, and my understanding of scientific data collected over these vast number of years and the numerous
theories that have arisen out of them, that Humans are most likely the most advanced organisms in our entire solar system. It is also quite possible
that we are one of the most intelligent and advanced species in the known universe.
I know that many WILL in fact, scoff at that sentence alone. To presume that humans are the 'tip o' the iceberg' is a wild claim that has not been
accepted by many. But it IS a possibility that we are the only advanced intelligent lifeforms in this galaxy, or galactic sector, or even in the
entire universe. That is something you, the reader, will have to cope with the implications of. This is widely known as the Fermi Paradox, which I'm
sure many of you are familiar with. Again, it is just a possibility, but a possibility nonetheless. One fact will be sure despite the outcome of the
Paradox though -- Humans are intelligent, and we are among the most intelligent creatures that we have discovered on planet Earth. By looking at the
human race and what we were 'endowed' with, it is easy to see how lucky the human race is:
Nature's roulette table ran for so long that it was able to spit out a creature more intelligent than a dolphin, and more physically capable than the
chimpanzee, and you, reading this right now, are one product of that incredibly lucky dice roll. You could have very well ended up as a dog, but you
aren't, you are a human being, and that in and of itself means alot. I am not a metaphysical type of person - I cringe when I hear the words "crystal"
and "consciousness" in the same sentence. I think many people are disillusioned when it comes to these types of beliefs. But, there is one thing that
certainly rings "TRUTH" anytime I hear someone ramble about how an amethyst cured their grandmother's cancer: Human beings are capable of nearly, if
not, ANYTHING that they can imagine.
Take one second to imagine something, anything. It could be a world composed of complete macaroni and cheese. The greatest power that human beings
have, is to be able to make that world a reality. Not a world of macaroni and cheese, per se, but anything that the human mind can imagine ( and I
mean an actual visual imagination), the human hand can create. And that is what scares me, and has led me to believe that , possibly ,thousands of
years ago, something or someone had this very same thought, and saw the exact same thing that I saw. The human race is capable of anything from
picking up dirt, to destroying an entire galaxy, to ripping a hole in the fabric of spacetime. We haven't reached the last two yet, but that is not
the scary thing -- the scary thing is that WE CAN. And by "WE", I don't mean the average homeless man on the street. He can certainly imagine it, but
he won't have the tools available to him necessary for coming up with a way of wiping a galaxy clean of all of it's stars, or ripping a hole in
spacetime. But our world leaders DO have that power.
What Religion has to do with this
So, like I mentioned before, it is very possible that someone who was alive thousands, or even hundreds of thousands of years before any of us were
born had this very same revelation: Humankind is fully equipped to destroy Humankind. Their solution? Religious Indoctrination. Now, I don't want that
term to offend anyone, I mean it in the kindest way possible. What this means is that this person or group's solution to impede the progress of
humanity was to create stories that explained away a multitude of questions about the world around us, so that we would not tread that path for
answers. Whether this person foresaw the fact that people of their time may not have subscribed to those beliefs and instead subjugate people based on
that belief system, commiting acts in the name of "Insert GOD here", while having full belief that no such entity exists, I have yet to come up with
an answer to. But they DID want us to eventually step out of this paradigm, but only when the human race was mature enough to not end of reverting
into a childlike state and using our enhanced capabilities to destroy one another, and in turn, ourselves.
Now, bear in mind, I am in no way propagating the ridiculous belief that only religious people have morals. I am merely stating that Religion has held
us back TECHNOLOGICALLY, limiting us based on what we had at the time, and impeding progress into more efficient ( for better or for worse ) solutions
to whatever "problem" we may have had. In the 400s BCE we used catapults and bows and arrows. In the 21st century we use Remote missile launchers
controlled by drones while DARPA funds research into the only field I have ever loved -- Artificial Intelligence -- in order to someday make those
drones fully unmanned, oh, and guns.
Then there is the obvious problem, that we, however-many-years in the future, have been so unfortunate to live and breath in this time: We are not
mature, but we are gradually discarding away those Religions, and with them, that muddy framework that held us back from advancing our technologies in
the first place. Obviously, it is clear that whoever thought up this ingenious scheme did not have such an incredible foresight as they probably once
thought. So now we are left in our dying world. The human race was once held back by religious indoctrination from thousands of years ago, and we have
nowhere near the technology that we do today. However, because of the glorious advances that science has brought to the world, the people who once
subjugated us with religion have now moved on to subjugating us through politics and manipulate the way we behave and think, getting progressively
more advanced each year. The NSA is completely rampant, and it can only grow exponentially from here, and not a single one of us can do anything to
stop it. They control some of the most advanced data-mining technology the world has ever seen, and it is very possible that 10 years from now,
everything your child has ever done will be logged somewhere, and can be pulled at any time during their life.
In conclusion, I am not writing this to add a light to Religion. I despise it, although I love going to church with friends. This is merely to make
you think: It probably had good intentions.
edit on 2-1-2014 by mr10k because: 800 bc to 400 bc