Man tends to sugar coat science, manipulate and formulate philosophy, and dogmatize truth. This is because he is being mentally lazy and cannot adjust to the progressive struggle of daily living.
This lack of expansion is because he is horribly afraid of the unknown. He is slow to initiate changes of habit or redefine thinking and improve techniques of living because of this fear.
Revealed truth (I call this personal or self-discovered truth), is the joint creation of the material mind and our indwelling self-perception. There is never a conflict between true knowledge and truth. There IS however conflict between knowledge and human BELIEF. These beliefs are painted candidly with prejudice. They are routinely distorted by fear, and at times dominated by the dread of facing new facts or mental progression that may instigate discomfort.
But truth can never be found without the man exercising 'faith' according to many. This is partly true because man’s thoughts, wisdom, ethics, and ideals will never rise higher than his faith, his sublime hope. Yet HOPE is a word that needs to be dissected here. Hope, wishes-this is what 'faith' is!
We do not need to base our actions and decisions based on this do we? I hope that I can walk nude someday in public without recourse, but do I do this already? No, because I know the difference between reality and hope for change. This means faith has no place in my natural world, it is only a guiding force behind my study and recollection behind the scenes.
Faith is nothing more than predicated and profound reflection. But the unbiased ability to engage in healthy self-criticism, and uncompromising moral consciousness is the true power behind our deeds and success. Faith is merely the inspiration of the creative imagination. Imagination...yes, this is all it is.
I choose reality over fantasy because of this realization. Hopes, dreams, and wishes are wonderful! But they are not reality in the present moment. This is, in my opinion, one of the greatest reasons why the religious are so confused. They simply have not sat down and defined faith in its entirety to themselves, or looked past their fears of examining it.
I find that one of the biggest issues with organized religion is
all of their unique concepts of being all good and all holy.
Christianity specifically, preaches that one should be all good with the
lack of any evil whatsoever. Now I understand this is basically the
concept of my last blog, but I wanted to touch on why preaching all
goodness does not fit properly with the natural human psyche. Because we
cannot identify ourselves as just "all good and all holy" because we
have far to many emotions to simplify them into one simplistic concept as
such. It was a method ancient kings and preachers used to control the
masses in biblical times, but is beyond irrelivent now.
When someone is preached that all good is required and that all "sin" demands repent or punishment, that complicates the way people respond to natural human emotions such as anger, confusion, or lust, and when one is faced with those emotions at a specific intensity, they may tend to lash out. A good example would be the multiple incidents of priests molesting children. Now I'm not blaming all of these incidents in general on religion, but the way religion goes about their teachings is not a proper or healthy way to summarize the existence of the human psyche. It's just too simplistic and dull of a walk of life.
My main point here is that human emotions are 3D and complex. Nobody can be just happy all day one day and all sad the next day. Emotions overlap and counteract. You may find yourself feeling glorious at the sight of an enemy in despair. Or feeling angered or saddened when something rather selfish didn't go your way. This is merrily the natural reaction of the human brain.
What needs to happen in order for the holy rollers and the left hand path to find a common ground is we need to grasp the idea of the vastness of the human mind, accept it, yet still live as a peaceful and rational nation without idiotic folklore tapping in to almost anything it can and generating wars, debates, and legal inconviniences, leading to only complicating things even more. We all have common morals, we don't need your religion to support them.