I have been researching world religions for most of my life. A great deal of it is to understand myself, but also understand the rest of the world. We have so much discord over religion, it requires a lifetime to understand from where it sprang to where it will go.
There is only one answer — and each religion has pieces to the larger spiritual puzzle.
So today I felt that I would discuss why Intelligent Design and Evolution can exist — which is the basis for the Waking Dream Mythos — the Way of the Weird.
First, we must remember that we have free will, so we shouldn’t be concerned about fate and “god’s path”. We should be concerned with the path we create for ourselves, each and every day. I liken the idea of being “fated” or “destined” to be someone disheartening. I don’t want my life to have been scripted by someone I can’t see or understand. I want to be the captain of my own ship and sail where I please. If I am not in control, then what is the point?
Second, why don’t we entertain the idea that the Creator or Intelligent Designer, simply wrote the rules for the universe to be structured. Say for a moment that the Creator was a game designer and he simply created the framework for us to play in. I think Richard Back said it best when he said, “We are the otters of the universe.” The Creator doesn’t need to be a chess player. He can simply be interested in creating a world and seeing how it unfolds according to his design — his equation.
I have played far too many MMORPGs and if you spend time in them enough, you can see how they ultimately model our world, and how they evolve without the intervention of the players. Players form guilds, create an economy, form relationships and ultimately mold the game to their will. This is also evident that when subsequent versions of the game come out, they always incorporate the wishes of the gamers, and not necessarily the wishes of the programmer.
Evolution does not need to be mutually exclusive with Creationism — this is the simple untruth we’ve been fed. They can exist in harmony, in the same way that science and religion can co-exist. The purpose of science is to discover the rules of the game (and in gamer terms the “easter eggs”). Religion teaches us how to play the game together in harmony and peace — because if we cannot attain peace and harmony, we will always be a scourge on this planet.
I personally believe that there is a Creator, though I am unable by design to understand its will — I believe this is because we don’t need to know its will. And all of our religions have professed to understand the will of the Creator, yet none of them can come to common ground. It is saddening to see people killing in the name of the Creator, when just about every religion expressly forbids this. What does it gain us?
The true evil in the world is the notion that we must attain things, and if someone has more than someone else, this is somehow unfair. And that may be rightly so. But instead of getting angry that someone has more than you from a materialistic perspective, why not look at what you do have — and not as an exercise in trying to best someone else. I am not rich, but I don’t hate rich people. I don’t live in a mansion, but I don’t begrudge someone who does. If I can’t buy something the moment I want it, due to financial restriction or other, I analyze if I really need it, and if I want it, I simply wait until I can have it. Patience is not a virtue, it is a necessary aspect of life, because time only moves as fast as it moves and we cannot quicken time, no matter how we try.
The human race has become obsessed with shiny things — just as Ravens are — which means we are an ever growing Unkindness of Ravens, fluttering from store to store and hoarding these meaningless shiny objects. What we have forgotten is that its not the things, but the people in our lives that make life wonderful. Its the journey, not the destination. Each moment has its wonders, if we shed our fears and just look around. Some days, I take a moment and look up at the sky, because it is wonderful. And I am able to shed all those stupid thoughts that we all have, and just be for a moment.
I mean, no matter how rich or poor you are, you can find that one thing that makes you happy each and every day. A cup of coffee. A hug from your child. A kiss from your spouse. That first sip of wine in the evening with a wonderful meal. Some of these things you simply cannot buy, no matter how much money you have.
So did the Creator design this wonderful universe so that we can sit around playing with shiny objects? Or did was it created so that we could mold it and enjoy it — together as one people, one world, one galaxy and one universe? I think we all know the answers, but fear is what stops us from being a truly wonderful world-wide civilization.