The Thin Red Line Between Faith, And Fiction!

11 09 2008

Before continuing with this post, I urge you to read some of the comments posted in the following page:

The Top 10 Intelligent Designs (or Creation Myths)

The interesting thing here, is the never ending battle between science and faith. This battle has been raging ever since people started talking to each other.

In my opinion, faith equals fiction. In a general, grand scope of things, it’s as simple as that. But allow me to elaborate a bit.

Mankind’s most valuable instinct is the desire to explore, to ask and look for answers. Of course, one wouldn’t be more happier to exist on planet earth. Where questions are virtually unlimited.

At the same time, mankind enjoys a more important basic instinct; the instinct of survival. Some would call it the fight or flight effect. Basically, this instinct helps us with our most desperate situations (fighting a wild bear, or maybe staring at a pistol’s barrel pointed right at your forehead), it helps us to decide whether to fight the situation, i.e. physically struggle for survival, or fly, i.e. run away from the situation as fast as one could run.

So, going back in time to pre-fire ages, mankind is faced by a natural-born fire in the woods nearby, and it’s heading right at him. This being a desperate situation, the fight or flight kicks in, and one chooses to run away from the fire.

Mankind survives the threat of fire, but now comes the other instinct: “What the hell was that?!??!”, one would ask. The fire was -at that time- unexplainable by conventional methods. And here comes the myth of the mighty God of Fire.

I know the example is a bit childish and TOO simplified to be true, but it makes a sense in one way or another. Fire represents the fictional element. Which, eventually, turned into a matter of gods and myths, the essence of faith.

A while later, fire is explained, and suddenly, the gods perished from existence. And skipping some thousands years later, here comes another mystery: “Who created the stars, the galaxy, the planets??”, and once again, gods come again to provide the simplest answer to the most sophisticated questions; “everthing around us simply exists to show off the gods’ ability to create and manipulate stuff at their comfort!” And that’s all you need to know, now get out and pray for forgiveness!

Obviously, mankind always falls in the same loop hole:

First comes the question. If unanswered, gods are more than welcome to carry the burden of answering it for you in exhange for your prayers. When the question is answered, the gods slowly fade away in shame, waiting for another unanswered question to pop up.

Put in simpler words: fiction = faith until fiction becomes a known fact.

This loop is becoming a bit ridiculous, and weary. The exit, however, is not so easily defined. I for one, would stop the connection between fiction and faith. Why connect the two in the first place? Just let fiction be fiction, and faith be faith. And as Albert Einstein would put it: “There are two ways to live your life; one is as though nothing is a miracle, and the other is as though everything is a miracle.”.

That’s one solution. The other is to bind both concepts (fiction and faith) into a single identity. It’s too hard to define the exact nature of this identity, I think it means that unanswered questions will remain nothing but unanswered questions waiting to be solved sooner or later. But, in a philosophical point of view, this solution would be the perfect treat for our endless struggle, as it eliminates both parts of the struggle, and therefore, putting an end to any speculation and hesitations.

Either way, the common outcome of both solutions is that we’d finally put the efforts wasted on the battlefield, into more interesting and vital issues. And trust me, we have more than enough VITAL issues to keep us busy for eternity, and beyond.

It’s a tough concept to look at. And I have no idea how it came to me to even think about it. Anyway, this remains to be another unanswered question pending an answer. Maybe we DO benefit from these situations, as they are always pushing us out of our chairs to stop and think about the answer.

Questions are the main essence behind the amazing human drive to explore more and more. More research is always a plus for all mankind, and more research always brings more questions. which I believe is the very reason for humans to stay alive, and not die of boredom.

People who stop asking and settle for easy answers are DEAD people. The Arabic civilization started fading away the moment we stopped asking. And we’re still walking the same road, which will eventually lead us straight into the recycle bin. Unless god-forbid someone would wake up, raise his head above the cloud of laziness, and asks something!! Anything!!!

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