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Submitted by Ian (United States), Jun 12, 2007 at 15:28

Why the human species cannot be content with not knowing the source of our existence is a mystery to me. I see the natural world and marvel at the fact (to me at least) that world and universe is a natural force. The general evolution of everything is something so complext that why would we be so overly confident to think that our feeble little minds are capable of understanding such a complex issue. Why we need to slap little "god did it" labels on everything to make us feel good actually makes me sick. It is the easy way out to not think about our creation by just saying God did it. Have a little more regard for the natural world. This force is not a decision making allmighty power, but a natural occurring momentum that drives the universe. The moon orbits the Earth because of gravitational pull and likewise the Earth around the sun. A flower blooms because it has evolved over the years to produce an openning of its flowers at the proper time its environment allows based on temperature moisture etc... Animals understand their role based on hereditary traits they adopt from their parents, surroundings, and drive for survival. The big bang set in motion a nearly infinite momentum of space debris on such a large scale that we now have the formation of Stars, Planets, Black Holes, Supernovas, etc... The natural world/universe is the answer and by questioning the processes and investigating them is the key to continuing the understanding of the world around us.

By saying god did it and calling it a day and worshipping this so called god seems like folklore to me. Religion is a product of our culture as a species. The arrogance of humans to think that "a creator" is just a personification of the ideal man. We are a tribal based species that need to have that one entity to "look up to". No surprise the Catholics have the Pope and Muslims have Mohammad, etc... Why do things have to be created. Why can't the basic origins of life be as simple as an energy source combined with protein strands and water. Why can't we be a product of the environment and the environment a product of the universal chaos (chaos meaning the perpetual motion and strive for equilibrium between planets, stars as an energy source).

This is not so complex to me. I am confident that my time on Earth is all I get. I was "created" when I was born and I expire when I die and that is it. Some find that looking at your Earth experience as only a vehicle and this and that and heaven and hell and yadda yadda yadda. That is depressing to me to be so unsure about anything but what you see in front of you so as not to fully live during your only know timeframe: THE TIME ON EARTH FROM BIRTH TO DEATH. The afterlife that exists in religion is mythical folklore built in to religion to band-aid the meager existance that many humans experience. Promising paradise in the afterlife is the lowest and most degrading ploy to attract followers that you could possibly come up with. Your body dies, decomposes, and returns to the Earth. We can witness it with our own eyes. Islam, as all other religions, derived from Man's tranisition to a more philisophical species. It is a poetic, but inaccurate portrayal of our reason to be. It served the role as early law.

The limited and insecure power holders of the time held such a weak grip on its people. Religion helped to install a set of values and morals and a spiced up story taboot. It is not reality, it is a glorified folklore. ORGANIZED RELIGION DOES NOT PORTRAY REALITY, period. It is a product of culture. We created god out of our inability to answer life's deepest questions. We cannot be content not knowing so we create this pseudo-world around us. We don't look to people of thousands of years ago for the highest level Technology, Medicine, Architecture, Sports, Politics, Science, Literature, but for some reason we want to convince ourselves that people from thousands of years ago created these cults that are supposed to answer the most complex questions ever to face mankind. Please, people. Forget what you know about religion as a whole.

Good and bad and right and wrong exist, but because of common sense, instincts, reason, and logic. Our creation is natural, not supernatural. I am happy knowing when I go I go nowhere. Where I came from is my parents and my ancestors bo back all the way to early single celled organisms. I am fine with that.

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