I can’t remember who said this, but I agree….“To turn away from God is harmless; to turn away from sin is catastrophic.”
That’s why you guys who believe in utopias, in which science reigns and all is well with the world are foolish. Utopian visions are not based on reality and, as history shows us, often lead to depravity….political or religious. Truth is, there really is a non-rational, “dark” side to humanity and reason alone can’t solve it.
Besides, people will always be drawn to religion or an interest in the “Transcendent” as long as there is love, beauty, suffering, death, grief, alienation and a search for meaning. These are the forces that consume our lives….not reason.
In other words, get real.
That is all illogical and incoherent, Saralynn. Emotional, supernaturalist drivel and wishful thinking.
Firstly, who believes in utopias? I sure don’t. It’s religion and quasi-religious nonsense like Nazism and communism that deal in utopias and end up delivering dystopias. Even if everyone had a scientific mindset we know that all will never be well. That is not what the world or life is like for any of us. There will always be new problems that will require new knowledge for their solutions. Science, unlike religion, can never end - not if we are to survive. And at least with science problems can actually get solved.
Happily, the “non-rational “dark” side you refer to is getting smaller and smaller but it is still where people who are too lazy or stupid or scared to reason hide their gods and demons.
There is no reason whatsoever why feelings of “love, beauty, suffering, death, grief, alienation…” that consume much of our experience should not be amenable to scientific analysis. They arise in our physical bodies and brains and that is where an understanding of them lies. Not in some imaginary “transcendental’ la la land.
Honestly, Saralynn, sometimes I really do despair of you, girl.