Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Proving Non-Existance

It is my personal understanding that it is impossible to prove that something does not exist under any circumstance, meaning that an atheist cannot prove that god doesn't exist and a christian cannot prove that god exists on any type of scientific level. If one chooses a side and remains true to the set beliefs of either one of the above organised religions, they are generating a virtual stalemate of closed-mindedness. The answer, I believe, is somewhere in between that of nothing and something, perhaps an entity comprised of energy that is not known to human beings, from beyond our earthly realm. The fact remains no one can scientifically prove that something does not exist in the universe, which opens up an unlimited amount of possibilities. To have an open mind is to embrace the quest for knowledge, understanding and the evolution of human beings as a species. This being said, with the understanding that virtually anything is possible, the goal of disproving certain philosophies and beliefs is now deemed useless and the need for compromise between modern science and the ancient teachings of religion become more apparent. As humans continue to rival opposing religions over a divine misunderstanding, the ability to embrace our diversity and band together as one is becoming less exercised. Perhaps it would take a threat from an alien species, or at least an encounter or sign proving that we are not alone in the universe, to enable us as human beings to finally work together, an issue that has plagued mankind for centuries.

Evolution is apparent in our civilization, regardless of religion, it can be seen in our industrial and technological revolutions over the last few decades. To strictly abide by the rules and ethics of a religious system developed before these times would be counter productive towards our own growth of a species. If we have gone from primitive beings, to an advanced form of being able to travel space and harness the powers of electricity and the forces of nature, surely the understandings of ancient religious texts could be adapted as well. To take translations from ancient prophecies literally and ignore all scientific basis is absurd. Whether or not some of the biblical tales are true, we must understand that the "flaming chariot" in the sky described by the Bible, may not have literally been seen as a flaming chariot, but this description was the closest to anything they may have had at this time. Modern day human beings might describe the same exact sight as a "flying saucer" or unidentified flying object, which is exactly what that was to our ancestors that existed millenia before we did. It is one thing to believe what you see with your own eyes, but what you see in your imagination could hold the key to where we are headed as spiritual beings.

Language presents a barrier in deciphering the ancient accounts of those who walked the Earth centuries before us. Even to this day, our concept of language is limited. We can describe tangable goods to each other, but expressing our thoughts and feelings cannot be accurate as there are no ways to truly communicate our emotions, except for the words we use which mean different things to different people. The concept of love to one person, based on their experiences with love, simply communicated as the word "love" is interpreted differently by anyone else that is listening. All of our thoughts and experiences, although they are similar, and somewhat in tune due to the ongoing phenomenon of collective memory passed on through genetics, are still different to each human for we all have varying degrees of compassion, different morals and varying amounts of different chemicals that dictate our mood, goals, attitudes and essentially our beliefs. Embracing this diversity would actually help us overcome our religious and racial obstacles if we realized that the contemporary christian views of heaven and hell are actually only a few miscommunication throughout history of the beliefs of the Islamic, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu and many other of the organized religions. If several different figures shared the same encounters, but all spoke different languages and communicated based on different systems of teachings and understandings, surely the same stories would mutate over time, particularly over thousands of years while the languages we used to translate them today have been developing and changing the entire time. No religion is entirely right, or entirely wrong by this basis, but it is the true acceptance of new ideas of embracing a balance between our spiritual and scientific sides as organisms that will truly gain us enlightenment. Essentially a compromise must be made to ensure this balance is present.

The balance between all things in nature must be maintained. It is physical law. For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction, etc. On a scientific level, all the fundamental physical laws represent a natural balance. The same theories can be transferred over into our psychological and spiritual lives. There must be a balance between our individual concepts of "good" and "evil." No matter what, all of these concepts are relative based on our own personal experiences. For example, an extremely privileged child may find it to be a real burden to spend time in a typical "middle-class" household without the luxurious amenities they are used to, while a child from a third-world country would see that opportunity as a blessing and would experience conditions far better than the surroundings they are used to. Another non monetary example is that a warm day in Northern Canada in January, may be -10 degrees Celsius, while that same temperature in South America would be the coldest weather most people in that climate would ever experience. The great balance is a loose theory that I personally believe is the key to understanding ourselves as adaptable, intellectually advanced, yet still immensely undeveloped psychological beings and the surrounding conditions that some force has brought us here to discover. My theory of a great balance has left me with an open mind and freed me from the theoretical and evolutionary dead-ends of organized religions, which as mentioned previously, need a little bit of modern day tuning to truly be relevant to the surroundings that we face in the present day. By no means am I arguing for or against any type of belief system, simply stating that there shouldn't be a conflict between spirituality and modern day science. Hopefully, religion and science can co-exist and grow to compliment each other, proving both elements are actually accurate, that there is a definitive scientific explanation for things we simply cannot comprehend based on our neurological capacity as humans in this point in time.

Finally, just to clarify my own personal definitions of "religion" and "spirituality" which can often get mistaken for one another are as follows,

Religion: A group of people following belief systems established to dictate factors such as the origin of mankind and the universe, morality, the existence of higher powers and the afterlife.

Spirituality: One's own personal quest to discover who they are as an entity in the universe.

There simply is no way to prove that something does not exist though. Which enables a vast unlimited potential of possibilities. No matter what the beliefs of a person are, an open mind should be kept when pondering what the future has in store. It is truly a sign that we should "never say never."