"The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunkenman is happier than a sober one" -
George Bernard Shaw
Religion has always claimed that there is a universal being (god) that governs our actions. Also manypeople claim that enlightenment or the unique sense of awakening gives a meaning or helps themcomprehend the entirety. But are these claims real?The claims of existence of a supreme being have always fascinated me. I have always asked the
question, “ if god created us , then who created god ?
Why is it not visible? Who gave it all the powers?
These are the basic questions which challenge the faith in religion. How does this faith comeabout? Faith stems from two basic characteristics
Trust and loyalty. These two characteristics areimbibed into us by the society. Why is everyone so scared or apprehensive to question faith?
because of systematic knowledge
any basis or reasoning. Belief in god or a supreme being offersan easy way out of this quest to comprehend reality. It is also the epitome of
. I donot wish to follow that path . The existence of god, is merely an imagination of human mind, an ideathat has taken over the world, but it is definitely not real as there is no conceptual, perceptual, logical,rational evidence for its own existence.So is there a transcendental or ethereal or spiritual realm of reality? Every mode of inquiry shows thatthere isn
any. Logically, if there is a realm of such kind, then we should not even be talking about it aswe should not know that it exists because we cannot adopt a stance that is not human. This logicallyresults in materialism.
Democritus stated that ultimate reality unimaginably large number of atoms and space . ( atomos
Meaning :- cannot be split further ). This is actually proved by science. We have identified almost everysingle element and we have associated the corresponding atoms with those elements. Nothing leaves
the materiality. Everything is made of voids and “stuff”. This definition of reality can be explained
through every mode of inquiry we have established so far. But this is counterintuitive. Then what aboutthoughts, desires, emotions, consciousness? Are these atomic? What about the good, evil, beauty, fate,chance? Are they real? Do they exist? These are unanswered by materiality.
“Man is the measure of all things “
This is where the quest becomes a melancholy prospect. This is a dialectic predicament. Nothing
as the above discussed methods can be questioned. What is needed is a stance that willgive us a holistic definition of reality. For this we need a standard , independent of human nature. But astandard independent of human nature will be ineffable. So we have to make choice. A
choicethat can at least define pseudo-reality which conceptually, perceptually, rationally
to define reality