- Matt Wolfe
- Beverly, MA
- United States
Usefulness of Religion and Spirituality VS Reality of content
My thought is of religion and spirituality and our intrinsic nature to ask questions. Intrigued?
I believe that people are naturally curious and our need to satisfy our questions is large. We constantly look for the answers to our questions, some of the biggest being major philosophical questions that have been debated for thousands of years. Why are we here? Where did we come from? How did this come to be? What happens after we die?
All valid questions that people have differing opinions on. Here is my opinion...
I think that religion and systems of belief have been placed into societies to create psychological safeguards and promote community. If we dwell too long on the fact that there is no real answer as to what will happen when we die, or if this life is real, or if there is just darkness after death, it becomes daunting and anxiety ensues. My creating a set of beliefs and putting faith and believing that there is a God that is watching over us, and that we are absolved of our sins, and that there is a place called heaven, we are creating a barrier so that we can live our lives with normality. The Greeks believed in gods of the sun, and of the ocean and of love, where now we know that it is the moon that controls the tide, and the sun is a star. They were creating meaningful stories to answer questions they could not comprehend. This allows us to move towards finding meaning in life and obtaining happiness. Whether you are Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Atheist etc. you are putting faith into an idea that allows you to create meaning in life and live outside the nihilistic view of the absurd. It is important for all religions and spirituality to exist, because everyone is different and therefore need a differing set of beliefs. I am different than someone who is Jewish, yet we both derive the same satisfaction and closure from our set of beliefs as everyone else.