Okay, so here we go with an observation. Stay with me here. We know so much about our universe, which in my opinion should affect how we perceive ourselves in it, and yet we still hold onto things that I believe don’t fit within it anymore.
It’s understandable the challenges that we have to truly digest everything. History, tradition, our inability to fully grasp the facts in front of us are just some of the things that can make it overwhelming. We just don’t have the mental capacity to process it all in a way that makes sense and feels comfortable. It’s a shit show of volatility out there, and BIG!
We know that the universe is around 14 billion years old. We know that the visible universe has at least 100 to 200 billion galaxies. There are an estimated 10 to the 24th stars in the universe. That’s one followed by 24 zeroes. The size of a typical galaxy is 3,260 light years to 326,000 light years across. For perspective, a light year measures the distance that light travels in a vacuum in one year, which is approximately 5.88 trillion miles. With the best time we can expect to clock with our current space travel technology, it would take about 81,000 years to travel one light year.
We know of things such as Black Holes that defy our understanding of physics. Suns that are hundreds of times larger than our own, the largest known star being a thousand times bigger than our Sun. Keeping in mind that our Sun can fit one million of our Earths, that star could fit one billion Earths in it. We know that the density of a neutron star is about a billion tons per teaspoon of matter. I could go on and on.
Shifting to biology, we know that life on this planet exists in the most hospitable places imaginable. Just when we think we’ve discovered the most improbable environment where life could exist, we’re surprised by new discoveries that push that envelope even further. It’s also a known fact that where there is water, there is life. There is more and more evidence of water, frozen and even perhaps not frozen, out in the universe. All this knowledge has led the vast majority of scientists to surmise that life in the universe is probable, and probably common. Suffice it to say that the more we discover, the more we realize how little we know about everything.
Now if you believe in a higher power, and you believe that this higher power is responsible for creating everything, how can you reason organized religion into the mix with what we know about the Cosmos? How can you apply terrestrial-based rules of religion to life that is not terrestrial-based? These non-terrestrial life forms more than likely wouldn’t be going to church every Sunday, or be repenting for their sins or only eating Kosher. Hmm. How could they get to heaven?
Let’s let go of the ridiculous ego of us humans to think that somehow life forms that have been around 100,000 years longer than we have, or 1,000,000 years, would be down with what we’ve come up with regarding a high power. Besides, wouldn’t they be more apt to have the latest and greatest from God and a tighter relationship, as they’ve been aware of Him longer?
How can you believe that the higher power would care whether or not you love someone of the opposite sex or someone of the same sex, knowing the vastness of space and everything the Creator has put in it? How can you believe that this higher power gives a shit about whom you love? If believing that He is the maker of all, how can you say that one of the things that this perfect, all-knowing, all-loving, all-powerful creator made was a mistake or wrong? Aren’t we all created in His image? Are you saying that true love is conditional?
How can you believe that this universal power would make these judgments and would be concerned with a truly inconsequential issue in the universal scheme of things? Don’t you think that at the end of a universal day, Daddy Creator had a bunch of other shit to deal with that was way more important and impactful on His universe than a lot of the bullshit us humans get caught up in?
We have the Religious Right and conservatives arguing that gay marriage would ruin the sanctity of marriage. That it is a sacred exchange in the light of God, and that to allow homosexuals to participate in holy matrimony would devastate the institution of marriage. I wonder if any of them have tuned into The Bachelor (hello Elisabeth Hasselbeck), where 20 women compete to win the hand of The Bachelor in marriage. How Divine. It’s amazing to think that there are people out there who feel that a real love between two men or two women isn’t valid, and view it as not worthy of recognition by God, but they don’t see how ridiculous The Bachelor is, and how it diminishes the holy sanctitude of marriage that they’re supposedly trying to uphold. Hypocritical, and what a wonderful way to revere that holy exchange, eh?
Let’s not even talk about the statistic that 41% of all marriages in America end in divorce, and homosexuals have had no part in creating that. Actually, the divorce rate for first marriage is 41%, for second marriage, 60%, and for third timers it’s 73%. Great stats!
My point to all this is that perspective is a mother fucker. You can turn your back and ignore what’s staring you down, but at some point we’re not going to be able to do that anymore. I think irrefutable evidence is coming that will finally turn the tide. If you’re using religion to perpetuate hate and discrimination, then you’re truly working in opposition of what God or a higher power represents. Jesus loved everyone, yet we have people who claim him as their savior and then live in opposition of what he preached and represented.
What’s worse is when people hide behind religion to justify their position. How many have died in the name of religion? How many more need to die and/or suffer from it? I find it very ironic that we have religious organizations with enormous power, money, and resources, protecting their interests like a corporation would, ignoring the needs of the many. How is that holy or Divine?
You can’t take in all that we know, truly take it in as fact, and not change the way you view things to reflect it. If you do, you’re living in that ignorant place of denial. Preventing people from voting because it would cause your interests to be compromised, denying people the same rights afforded to you because you don’t understand them or want to, robbing people of their livelihood so you can acquire even more wealth and material things. That’s working in opposition of God. Hello!
We’re a speck, deal with it and recognize that we are all in this together, and we’re stronger and better united! We live in a vast, infinite universe, and getting caught up in the minutia doesn’t reflect the awesomeness of the higher power. It only reflects your inability to honor and love it!