I saw a 2007 sci-fi movie called “The Mist” today. The movie features a character who is a bible fanatic. Over time her force grows. In a way, this situation is a testament to the fact that people when pushed to the extreme or rather when in bad situations that they can’t seem to understand start to push towards god. Everything that cannot be explained is labeled by many as the work of god. A large being, at times, benevolent at times fierce. Sometimes said to be giving gifts and forgiving everybody, sometimes said to be exacting revenge for not being given respect. Doesn’t this behavior in a way, remind you of somebody too familiar (us?) ?
I am saying what I think about him. I don’t think there’s somebody up there looking down (there could be aliens though!) on us, judging everything we do, observing our every action, judging our every move and checking if we look up to him regularly. I think that god is a simple explanation for something really complicated. The Aryans believed there was one god , that it wasn’t a he or she that it was it nameless, shapeless. I think my view is very close to it. I think god is simply and broadly energy. It exists around us, within us everywhere. It changes shapes, flows from one entity to other, get distributed to various things, it never diminishes or ends although it may change shape, form appearance etc. More importantly it is unprejudiced, indifferent , it doesn’t judge and it’s circular. We are affected by energy (storms, solar flares, blackholes, everything) and it is affected by us (Nuclear reactors, Hydrogen Bombs, Electrical generators). The concept may sound simple but it is in fact very very difficult.
Think about it, everything in the universe from a simple cell to the entire galaxy are all composed of energy, some form or the other. Even a vacuum contains energy in the form of light. The gods that most of us often pray to were the ones who knew how to use the energy efficiently (Telekinesis, Telepathy, Ancient Technology). They weren’t concern with the mundane world probably because they knew that in the end everything ranging from the insects on the earth to the stars in the sky are fundamentally the same. They were all created with energy. They were probably the result of a set of circumstances, a trigger leading to a revolution, A butterfly effect rather than thee cause of a single being. In a way the god I believe in is a part of us and we are a part of it and maybe that’s what spirituality is all about. In the words of Scarlet Johannson from the movie Lucy “We never really die”.
As for religion, I think it is a more of a civic rather than a holy or divine concept. You take the various holy books, the Bible, the Quran, The Bhagvadgeeta all of them essentially in there most primitive form describe life and co-existence. They all are basically the same, all secretly and fundamentally mean the same. In some ways, the describe the rules and methodologies to be employed in a society and also for a fruitful life. And like most laws go they are probably changeable and were intended to change and modify as the world grows. There were a means to classify,to civilize and to maybe control. It seems it started out as a method of classification but only ended up dividing us. Over time religion has been modified, twisted and molded to exert control. Sadly and by our own hand, it ended up causing the very thing it was trying to prevent.
And so most of our “gods , demons, angels”, maybe they weren’t human or mortals or had a life and existence like us, maybe they lived long, maybe they were advanced aliens or maybe they were smart and deceiving people or Time-traveling humans. And maybe religion was simply their rule book, or maybe a smartly written narrative style self-help book like Paulo Coelho’s “The Alchemist.” Either way I don’t think it matters I think we will move forward, broaden our horizons, reach new heights ,maybe someday we shall be the very gods that we believe in but I think we should always remember that there will always be something stronger than us, something because the universe is endless and ever-expanding and because our lesson, and legacy doesn’t lie in how many successes we had or we many planets we inhabit , it lies in how many obstacles we conquered.
So that’s my view, What’s yours?