No, this is not about Shades of Grey. Nor is it about the religion of Islam (which means, inter alia, Submission). And I happen to agree with Richard Dawkins that the world would be a better place without religion, but NOT on his terms. Faith is what brings us together—religion is what sets us apart.
Richard Dawkins also states that: “Evidence is the only reason to believe something.” Paul of Tarsus claims that: “Faith is the belief in things not seen.” One of them must be wrong. Surely, if you already have evidence you don’t need faith. On the other hand, faith gives us strength and perseverance to procure evidence.
Neither of the gentlemen are likely to give up their point of view. One because he’s dead, the other… well, he must have his reasons. The alternative left is submission to a “higher authority”. The question is: to what?
According to ‘evidence’ that which motivates our minds is a great deal more than just evidence. This is because the totality of our psyche consists of the Unconscious, Subconscious and Conscious. While our Conscious(ness) is “in charge”, we draw on our experience stored in our Subconscious to continue our everyday affairs. However, to cross new territories, those NOT covered or explained by evidence already in our possession, we must enter the realm that originates in the Unconscious. Unless we draw on our Unconscious, we’ll make no progress. We would be stuck in fundamentalism, which relies only on already established (no matter how wrong) premises. Thus we’d all succumb to mental stasis and the ensuing stagnation.
However, to venture into the unknown, we need faith, and we need faith in ‘something’. That something is the belief that the ideas that reach us from the Unconscious are intended to enhance our image of reality. Once we assure ourselves that it is so, and this may take a lifetime and only happens when we actively keep crossing the border of the unknown, we begin to submit to our ‘inspirations’. No matter what others say, no matter how absurd it may have seemed, great composers, visual artists and, yes, even scientists submit to that silent voice which nudges us towards the unknown. In time we resign ourselves to total submission. We become the instruments of the Unconscious, drawing on our Subconscious to convert the new ideas into a language that others might understand.
The wise men of the past could not explain all this for lack of vocabulary that generations of philosophers, psychologist and psychiatrists have added to our language. Concepts such as id, ego and superego, advanced us towards today’s understanding. With noted exceptions such as Einstein or Feynman, most scientists, as do religionists, deal almost exclusively with the past. New grounds are left us. Simple folks. Like you and me.
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