“E=mc GOD” by Reece Gates
Guest-written by Reece Gates
(A response to “Of God and Atom Smashers“)
Einstein has a lot of quotes on the subject of religion, many of which are ingenious and at the same time misunderstood. If he had to call himself religious, he would probably proclaim science to be the one and only true religion. The bottom line here is that we all long for a belief system to adopt and cling to so that we may be guided through life in a way that we believe will help us grow.
Almost all of us believe something, what that something is varies from person to person. One thing that fascinates me is that as we become more self-aware, we naturally search for and adopt a belief system even if we were not indoctrinated into one by our families. We have a large selection of life teachings to choose from; nowadays we can pull them right off the shelf. Some are simple and archaic while some are complex, taking years of discipline and study. Yet the thing we all have in common is that we believe ours is the “one”, even as we say we respect one another’s chosen beliefs.
As a child I grew up Baptist, I went to church frequently. I was baptized in the rivers of the Rocky Mountains and in chlorine-laced Olympic-sized swimming pools. I have seen people shake and speak in tongues while their eyes rolled behind their heads. I have seen people healed of cancer, blindness, and I have seen the crippled walk again. Even as a child this all looked blatantly fraudulent but the people around me were very much believers and they felt very positive about what was going on around them. They accepted it all to be true. At the same time, all of these people swear they could feel the presence of GOD in the room. All I could see was mass deception. But who am I to say otherwise? Some of these same experiences can be duplicated during motivational speeches. I would not be surprised if some people have heightened experiences & intense sensations of euphoria while at Obama rallies. While no one is speaking in tongues or anything of the sort, elevated levels of beta brain waves are probably present.
I find a lot of the teachings in the bible very helpful and probable, but some I find almost an embarrassment to society for believing. I love some of the teachings of the Koran, and Buddhism is one of my favorites. But science tops the list. One of the problems with science is that it is a practice that keeps changing as we learn more. However, I like this because I keep an open mind and absorb a little bit of everything. And since science is a work in progress, it allows for spontaneous thought; every time science opens a new door, it shines more light on religion and you experience growth and epiphany in real time- I live for these experiences. Most people who have settled down into a school of thought have marginalized themselves to ancient & convoluted teachings.
I can’t explain why we all feel the need to congregate and share communion with each other but it is something that has been going on since early recorded history and it is a natural phenomenon. I also believe that congregating with like folks is what makes life fulfilling; spending time with friends and family is what brings me the greatest quality of life and is probably my most enjoyable life experience. As a society, our differences make each of us unique, but when we feel so strongly about our differences that it manifests hate instead of love, it segregates us all into isolation when we could be benefitting greatly from each other; it holds us all back.
Scientists are on the verge of explaining what reality is in terms of mathematics and this has never been done before. Just what I’ve learned about what scientists have already discovered regarding reality has me re-examining religion. The areas of quantum physics will explode in growth and knowledge which in turn will completely change the landscape of what all religions proclaim to be true and real. We will all perceive our world very differently and the reality of it could change enough that we will not understand how we ever viewed it any differently. When this happens, we will need new religions to keep pace.
I believe that all of humanity could benefit from Buddhism. This is because Buddhism teaches you to put humanity above and before all. I watched a documentary on Herbie Hancock a few years ago and he talked for a moment about his transformation into Buddhism. One thing he mentioned, which I thought was right on, was that he used to be a “Musician”, but after converting to Buddhism he became primarily a “Human”. How you identify with yourself is important because even if you were a Nazi, as long as you are human first, you would refrain from killing Jews because you would have a great respect for human beings regardless of their beliefs. If you are a Nazi before you are human, you disconnect yourself from humanity and it becomes easier to commit atrocities against humanity. Muslims, Christians & Presidents are notorious for identifying with a pre-condition or stand-in of who they are; this gives them a sense of being outside of themselves or being disconnected from humanity and performing some of the most heinous crimes against it.
Collectively we all seem to be looking for the same thing, and at the same time the way we get to what we are looking for is different for each of us. Just as we could all go to the grocery store at the same time and carry the same grocery lists but all our experiences and how we get to the exact same food will be completely different, each of us stands to benefit from the other’s teachings. Imagine this: (I will use my grocery store theory as an analogy) let’s say each path and direction we took to get to the food on our list was our chosen belief system (which are all different) and there is no right or wrong way to get there. Now imagine that we all discussed the paths that led to our food and then came up with an efficient way to get to them- we could start eliminating paths.
Religions currently emerging are doing just that. If we can bring people of different ideologies together, we can begin to unite, and who knows what we’ll discover. We need to get beyond the “My religion is the best way” attitude. I have studied with Catholics, Mormons, and Jehovah’s Witnesses; they are all the same thing. It comes down to semantics and menial differences, but to them these differences determine if they will make it through the pearly gates. If we can all come together with the idea that humanity is what we all have in common and that we respect each other, whether or not I believe there is a GOD, the official creator of all things, would become a moot point. Once we stop fighting about who is right or wrong and we respect humanity above all, nothing else matters. We can get on with our weird cultures and religions.
As the scientific component evolves I find that most religions have parallels directly related to science, but the religious teachings do not evolve at the same rate science does. After all, religions are nothing more than intellectual technologies and they should become more advanced over time. I also believe that it is necessary to belong to a religion or belief system and not just solely worship science, because there is no love in science. Religion can provide a nurturing experience while science is a cold & calculated environment. If we worship science, love will become String Theory and we will evolve out of being emotional beings. We would become emotionally dead; sex would be reduced to a mere calculation, no more spontaneity. That statement may seem like an oxymoron because the illusion of love is created through a biological chemical reaction in the brain, but science is the study of nature and there are laws that govern nature.
I suspect my transition will be on-going for the rest of my life, but this allows me the highest degree of thought freedom and I feel it keeps me on the cutting edge of my own beliefs and maybe someday I can write my own book on spirituality from my life experiences. I have always been very deviant and I tend to blaze my own trails and travel the road less traveled. What I have written in this blog are all of my own theories & ideas so if my thoughts seem a little fuzzy or unclear it is because they still are.
Favorite Einstein Quotes:
· There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle.
· We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.
· Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.
· Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.
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