Humans, Purpose, and Religion.
1 Insignificance of humans: There are ~100 billion stars in the Milky way itself1. Scientists estimate there are 10 billion galaxies in the observable Universe.
1.1 It is our narcissist belief that makes us feel as if only we exist. In the larger spectrum of things, we are insignificant.
2 Purpose: Fundamentally, there is no purpose. Purpose is created by man.
2.1 What is the purpose of a termite? What is the purpose of humans? Well, in the larger scheme of things, there is no purpose. Life is just an experience that must be lived and enjoyed. It’s the journey that counts.
2.2 Is the purpose of life to attain Enlightenment? The fact is that no one knows. People say that it was the Buddha who attained Enlightenment, but no one knows if someone else also attained it. So, one should not try to find ‘NeverLand’. If you’re enjoying the present, the moment, it’s is all that matters.
2.2.1 However, at the same time, previous concepts should not be challenged. All concepts arise from perspectives. And since there is no definite ‘right’ or ‘wrong’, no concept is ‘right’ or ‘wrong’. It is as correct to say that life is for bliss as much as it is to say that life is for attaining Enlightenment.
2.3 It is ironic that the fulfillment of a purpose dissolves the purpose itself. Then, man manufactures a new purpose.
2.4 Shakespeare rightly said — “All the world’s a stage, and all men and women are merely players… They have their exits and their entrances…”
3 Religion: Religion is a creation of man to create order in society (see flowchart).
3.1 Is God intervening or non-intervening? We don’t know.
See full quote by Karl Marx:
The foundation of irreligious criticism is: Man makes religion, religion does not make man. Religion is, indeed, the self-consciousness and self-esteem of man who has either not yet won through to himself, or has already lost himself again. But man is no abstract being squatting outside the world. Man is the world of man — state, society. This state and this society produce religion, which is an inverted consciousness of the world, because they are an inverted world. Religion is the general theory of this world, its encyclopaedic compendium, its logic in popular form, its spiritual point d’honneur, its enthusiasm, its moral sanction, its solemn complement, and its universal basis of consolation and justification. It is the fantastic realization of the human essence since the human essence has not acquired any true reality. The struggle against religion is, therefore, indirectly the struggle against that world whose spiritual aroma is religion.
Religious suffering is, at one and the same time, the expression of real suffering and a protest against real suffering. Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people.
The abolition of religion as the illusory happiness of the people is the demand for their real happiness. To call on them to give up their illusions about their condition is to call on them to give up a condition that requires illusions. The criticism of religion is, therefore, in embryo, the criticism of that vale of tears of which religion is the halo.
4 Life is an experience. Live it. Enjoy it. Have fun in Disneyland. There’s no purpose why you’re here. Live it up! Life is a journey…