Wednesday, December 06, 2006

About God or Not

I was listening to a radio show and the guest was speaking about his book on God and Religion as a biological function.

His theseis was that God, religion and spiritual experiences of all types are simply chemical reactions in the brain. It actually all made a great deal of sense.

He says that the thing that makes humans different is their self awareness. It is this self awareness that has made us so special and so able to survive and thrive. Self awareness is the trait that allows us to say "Darn I am cold so I should do something like make a coat." Whereas all the other creatures would have to wait eons for thicker coats to grow.

It's a good point.

And from this awareness of self comes the horrible realization that self will soon cease to exist. And it is from this angst of knowing we will die that we have biologically evolved a chemical neurological sense of god and religion. I would imagine that the bloodlines that have evolved this trait have been more successful in life and therefore are the bloodlines that thrive and survive.

All of this makes a really good sense but there seems to be one hole in the whole darn thing.

What about the absolute mystery of this existence we live? This incredible mystery of the should-be-nothingness that is actually the is-all-everything?

Can't reason that one way with chemical I would say.
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Galileo's Dad

I play classical guitar pretty much every day and I have a lot of books and sheet music. Yesterday I was going through the books looking for a new piece to learn and I stumbled onto a simply amazing piece.

It is called Saltarello which is an italian dance step in a peculiar three step rhythm. The thing about the saltarello dance is that even though some of the music still remains we don't have any record of how the dance was danced. It is lost in the past.

So I am playing this piece of music that is 500 years old (Galileo himself lived from 1564-1642) and the thought occurs to me about the nature of this existence we live. Isn't it amazing that there is this thread that passes through all of us throughout all the centuries? Galileo's Dad lived his life, he loved, he pursued his passions and he wrote a piece of music that lives on 500 years later.

To you my web visitor: I hope you do the same as he did. Live your life, love everything about it and pursue the things that you are passionate about.

Play the Saltarello and while it plays get up and create your own dance - it is believed to be two steps then a hop! Live your life like Galileo's Dad. Life is too short not to dance when you can.

PS : If you were to ask Galileo's dad how fast the past 500 years went by I bet he would say they passed pretty quick.

Well, the next 500 are going to go pretty quick too. Don't waste them.