An Shift in Perspective
In this modern age of extreme technological and scientific advancement, more and more people have shifted their views on religion. The availability of information via internet has allowed for people to stray from the previous holds of religious institutions, and openly question the existence of an intelligent creator, or “god” for short. Over the past century, scientists have discovered some truths behind the actual creation of the universe, and the laws that govern the spatial reality we know.
These discoveries are only the metaphorical tip of the iceberg in completely understanding our infinitely small place in the cosmos, but are enough for some open-minded people to take on a new, unbiased view of the space in which we live. This global shift in understanding has come from thousands of years of human development, and from the inherent curiosity of human nature. Before this time, only the most daring of individuals could delve in to comprehending our existence, however, we are finally at a point where any person with the desire for knowledge can take the eye-opening leap towards the truth.
The Slow Development of Reason
As people today step away from previous ideas, beliefs, and personal feelings, a true analysis of the astronomical and biological discoveries reveals that our world is not dictated by some omniscient creator. For most people, looking at the world without a religious perspective is near impossible—it is all they know. As human beings, our intelligence drives us to question everything we can not understand. Thousands of years ago, looking up at the night sky, we had no true clue what those bright specks of light actually were and the implications they had. We found ourselves in a strange and mysterious world, where things happened without any sense or order. To compensate for our lack of understanding, we turned to the idea of “gods” to fill the dark, comprehensive abyss. These omniscient, all-powerful men in the sky we created were simply manifestations of the inherent human desires for security and the longing for understanding we all nurture deep down in our thoughts.
As the world kept on, we became more and more intimate with these “gods,” as human beings as a whole developed and their questions grew. Still, a couple thousand years ago, our worldly understanding was as lost and empty as it was when our ancestors first questioned the Earth’s wonders. Our confusion grew beyond just the physical reality, and extended in to the individual quandaries of our own being. We looked up to the gods (or god) to give us the warm feeling of purpose and meaning that we all desired in this so called “life.” Religion seemed to be the only secure method of self-fulfillment and comprehension, and could be taken up by any man, woman, or child. The universal appeal of religion forged the society we live in today. However, as the roots of religious belief spread through all cultures, we simultaneously saw the birth of scientific reason in the developing ancient civilizations.
In societies across the evolving globe, certain individuals began to put aside their religious perspectives, and started to question the workings of the world they saw. Even though these people’s observations and ideas are generally wrong by today’s known truths, the fact that they attempted to understand the universe without irrational beliefs spoke volumes about our intellectual evolution as a species. The inner-workings of our world and the space surrounding it intrigued the men and women who saw existence as something beyond life as a “god’s” personal subject.
As inspiring as this development might seem, the majority of the global population still clung to the faith that has been passed down to them over hundreds of generations.
If the Earth could talk…
These beliefs are difficult to shake from someone who has been exposed to them since childhood, where most of our development and idea forming takes place. No one with solid personal religious beliefs wants to hear the startling truth of our insignificant existence in this cosmic sandbox. The infinite scale of the known universe is so mind-bending that most people just simply ignore it, or see no point in deciphering it. The unfortunate but honest fact of our meager place in the universe drives humans from humbling understanding to irrational attachment to a so called “god,” a being solely defined by our natural confusion and poor comprehension of the space in which we exist. Today, we are seeing a global revolution in scientific understanding on a larger scale. The availability of accurate information allows for more than the elite intellectuals to understand the universe we live in, and provides any human with a desire to learn the means to form their own realistic beliefs. Our universe is a complex and unique place, and all that we know at this point in time can be subject to change in an instant. We have only begun the true climb to enlightenment, and are at a point in our development as a species to take the next great step in universal cognizance.