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The View from Now Here

Just as the ancients had a geocentric view of earth’s place in the cosmos, we naturally tend to have an egocentric view of our place in the world.

Two views:
What we can see is all there is.
There is more to it than what we can see.

The astrophysicists tell us that what we can see is barely 5% of what is “out there” (the rest they call Dark Matter and Dark Energy – invisible but very much there and measurable).

The Quantum-physicists tell us that the basis of matter is made up of teeny tiny strings of “stuff” separated by relatively vast distances of apparently empty space (actually, it’s much like the universe except we can see stars and galaxies).
Yet we must be very careful when attributing motives and personality onto “what-is”. It’s called “anthropomorphism” – the tendency to attribute human characteristics onto animals, plants, stones, rivers, mountains, natural phenomena and forces like lightning, earthquakes, etc. etc. This is all projection.

Religion/theology is the projection of human characteristics upon “what-is” and then to call it “God”.

The Lure of Ideology

Let’s face it, humans are run by faith (ideology) rather than facts. While we have some information from the past that allows us to have some confidence in predicting the future, that “confidence” is based on the faith (ideology) that things will continue to unfold in a way that is consistent with how they have unfolded in the past. However, from experience, we know that this is not always the case.

Understandably, we humans react to this fact as an existential threat and have developed “coping mechanisms” (religions, philosophies, social and political “systems”) to help us deal with this threat. These ideologies do not really help us deal with reality better, but they do help us deal with the terror we would otherwise have to continually endure without them.
Here is something to consider: Do you know what you will be thinking 5 minutes from now, or even one minute from now? No, you don’t. Are you certain that you will still be alive tomorrow? You can have faith and hope (ideology) that you will still be alive tomorrow, but that’s it. No certainty.

Let’s face facts: None of us (collectively or individually) are in control of our lives…and we never have been. Thus, the lure of ideology. It provides some comfort from the terror we would otherwise have to face.
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