Hey folks - I'm a long time forum member (woot 6 years+) & fan of 70K (and after going in 2011 & 2012, I shall at long last return in 2017!)
I've recently read a number of books by Sam Harris https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam_Harris
- who has now become one of my favorite authors/thinkers of all time. This guy totally rules, let me tell you. About a week ago, I started posted on his official forum and thought I'd share what I wrote there tonight. It seems that many of my metalhead friends are agnostics/athiests, so I thought this conversation might be relevant here.
How many forumites here never felt a kinship with any of the major religions?
As long as I can remember, I felt absolutely zero* inclination toward believing in or following any of the major world religions. Being raised by secular humanist types likely explains this. My parents never called themselves that, nor did they ever bad-mouth religion per se. Rather, the emphasis in our household was love of reason, love of education, love of art, love of beauty, love of music, love of nature, love of love, and so on. Believing in Jesus as the son of God, Noah’s Ark, or any other fantastical supernatural presept was simply a non-issue - not even warranting a mention or a thought (due to its utter silliness & waste of precious time I suppose). I knew people whose parents were religious, of course, but that fact did not warrant my interest either, quite frankly. Even though there were friends of mine who went to church on Sunday, none of them were holy-roller born agains by any stretch of the imagination, so the role of religion in my mind & experience was again - a non-issue.
If and when I even casually attempted to entertain the thought of some supernatural god or angel or life after death… my mind simply did not / could not / had no desire to…“go there.”
So, this could be largely due to my upbringing, I’ll grant you that. However, I have a few very close friends who were raised in very religious households. Ultimately they rejected it because it simply never set right with them, even from a young age. And then there are a few acquaintences who were raised without faith & found it later on their own….but, they are an anomaly.
I try to imagine what it must feel like to be in the mind of someone who is a believer - particularly in any of the big three of Judaisim, Christianity & Islam. Try as I might, I can not imagine any future circumstance, where I might be inclined to “see the light.” In short, my mind quite literally hits the wall when venturing anywhere near that path.
Does this bother me in any way?
Hell no!! (Haha)
However…. to me, the entire enterprise re which I speak (and why I am raising it here among people who no doubt have given it serious thought) garners great interest. I acknowledge that I lack the neuroscience education & know-how of a Sam Harris. What I do know is only conjecture of consciousness as I have experienced it. I have no faith in a supernatural god because it simply can not connect in any meaningful way with any sense of common sense to which I have ever been aligned. How & where this thought process lies is a mystery & I do not expect to crack it in my lifetime. There was a time years ago when I sought the truth with a capital T. Many years later to now, I’ve given up on that goal as an impossibilty & feel fairly content in living & dying without knowing. Accepting that I will live & die without knowing (and btw expecting absolutely *nothing* after death) is actually quite liberating.
What say you? ????
**ramble, ramble, ramble…. haha, I normally spend my time on forums & online in general talking about information science & music… this is a first re religion.**