Sunday, August 29, 2010

Not Atheism-- Humanism

Something else from my English journal written earlier today, August 27th.

"The miracle is not to fly in the air or to walk on the water, but to walk on the Earth." - Chinese Proverb

I love this quote.

The Renaissance marked a surge in humanism-- focus was directed away from the Church and toward the overall improvement of humanity. This quote suggests the same course of action. However, it doesn't necessarily encourage atheism, as some would (and me as well, at first) interpret it. It merely says that what is happening here on Earth is far more important than what's going on Up Top, regardless of whether or not it exists.

After all, if a deity(s) does exist, he/she/it/them  doesn't appear to be doing much. If he/she/it/them is so wrapped up in his/her/its/their own business, we have every right to be wrapped up in our own. Humanity's business, that is- not our own personal beeswax.

So God has some super powers. Yeah? So what? What's going on down here is far more interesting, complex, and beautiful than any one being or groups of beings. According to this list of best things ever, Creation overtook God in the List of Best Things Ever.

So here's my take on it:
I don't think it matters if there is a God, because the part of the universe we can see and know about without faith is the important bit anyway. People are important. Improving ourselves and life as a whole is important. Creating things ourselves is important.
As my parents have often said, "The point of being a parent is to train your kids to be parents themselves." - not to   have people (the kids) worship you.

1 comment:

  1. Great post. Your last paragraph is magnificent.


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