Some one on Community asked about god...if she didn't exist- what are the
We have to look elsewhere for the answers to our questions.
Who are we, where did we come from, where are we going, what is our purpose, what is right, what is evil, why is there evil?
How do we connect with the cosmos, transcend our loneliness, feel at one with the magic and mystery and awe that surrounds us? How do we face our mortality and that of others?
For myself, not believing in gods has forced me to either come up with my own answers or find pathways towards answers to these questions.
An example: I think many use their god as a way of feeling connected to the
universe, to be able to enter into a conversation with the transcendent. As
a matter of course we talk to beings that resemble ourselves (fellow humans)
all the time, so it is a seemingly small jump to converse with a supra-humanoid
being that represents all that we wish to connect to.
In not believing in the existence of such a being I have to find other ways of entering into these conversations. How does one tell a sunset it is beautiful, or thank a tree or embrace a brook? Wondering one day about how to have these chats with the world I heard some birds loudly singing and had an insight-
When I was 10 or so I was alone one day with my grandfather who told me stories
of his life for many hours never giving me a chance to get in a word of my
own. Later my parents told me how grandpa raved what a wonderful conversationalist
-99% of conversation is listening, the more I can walk in the world with ears and eyes awake and aware, the fuller is my conversation and connection with all that awes and moves me.
Not believing in gods can be frightening, freeing,and empowering. I think of Neo in the Matrix. As he discovers that many of the rules that bound him were constructs and not part of reality, he was able to see beyond those rules and transcend them finding new powers.