In Religion vs Reality (11 November, DirkM is amazed at how close minded and gullible people are. He proceeds to use religion juxtaposed against reality to prove his statement. I totally agree with him that people are close minded and gullible. Here’s a few more examples borrowed from real life:

People keep on smoking in their vehicles with their children while everyone knows it is hazardous for their own and their children’s health (second hand smoke really is bad for us and even more so for our children).

We seem to be unable to change our lifestyles in the light of a possible environmental meltdown, once again dicing with the future of our children (the majority of scientific, if not all, studies show that man contributes greatly to the environmental crisis).

We don’t seem to realize the way we do business is not the answer, once again putting to risk the welfare of our children (economic meltdown).

It seems that people are indeed close minded; they don’t want to honestly think about anything that might influence their way of life and their ability to choose to satisfy their own selfish needs.

All though I agree that people are indeed close minded and gullible; I disagree that we have the mental and intellectual capacity to “think it out”. It seems that we can’t even come to a conclusion on things that are accepted in science and have a proven detrimental effect on our children. I can only conclude that we need to take a healthy dose of humbleness and truly open our minds.

This includes evaluating the premises that only the things we can see exists and that, if indeed other “things” or worlds does exist, the rules that apply here, must apply there. Reality with a big R includes our acknowledgement that not all that exists are visible; one can think of emotions, dreams and our children’s future as examples. The moment we acknowledge that things exist that we cannot see, we also have to conclude that these “things” do not subscribe to the rules described to us by hard science; love certainly does not subscribe to a set of scientific laws (if only), dream science is in its infancy and our children’s world will definitely function on a different set of rules.

Acceptance that invisible things do exist by no means proves the existence of God; that will always stay a matter of faith. It does however put a brake on our claims to be able to objectively “think it out” and the conclusion that religion makes no sense and that God does not exist. At the very least; living with an open-mind means that we accept the hypothetical possibility that God does exist and that to find true happiness one maybe need to focus on more than just our own needs and wants. Reality with a big R includes our science, our love, our dreams and our beliefs, even if we believe we don’t.

In conclusion I find myself in agreement with DirkM once again; an eternal life does not start at death. Life in eternity started for all of us at birth, nay at conception, and continues in some way, indeed in another way, after death.