Some religions claim their Bible is the word of God. Yet this is quite apparently false. At best, any religious text is the word of morally conscious men interpreting or channeling messages from God. At worst, it is the word of elites manipulating people for the sake of expanding their own power and keeping people obedient. Whether we interpret a religious text charitably or uncharitably, one thing is clear: it was written by men.
Nature is the word of God.
If God is, indeed, our creator – then it follows that, to see God’s work, we need look no further than the nature He created. This includes the natural elements, the nature of animals, and our very own nature.
Today, many Atheists have adopted a mentality which is ironically influenced by Abrahamic religion. They suggest we remain detached, refuse to be mislead by impulses, and avoid indulging illogical emotion. Whether religious or secular, many believe it is a moral imperative to transcend our base desires.
The imperative to transcend desire carries a similar message to “Original sin.” It rests on the claim that the way we’re built is fundamentally wrong.
For anyone who believes in God, Natural Law, Evolution, or Love – this is nonsensical. Whether God created us or whether we evolved, we are the way we are.
Accepting the way we are and making the best of it, for ourselves and for those around us, is the most we can hope to achieve. It is a fool’s errand to attempt to transcend one’s own nature, and yet, most of the world is obsessed with this aim.
Animals don’t do this. Animals know more than we do.
We don’t look at our dog and think “Why does he crave contact with me? He should stop being so excited about me and reach nirvana.” So why would we do that to ourselves?
The idea of “Original Sin” and “Transcending desire” — is the poison that makes our love impure. It is natural to desire, to burn with passion, to love. It is only our shame about our feelings, and our fear of love, which ruins its beauty.
Some might claim that peace and clarity are more important than love. We can avoid the ‘danger’ of heartache by forsaking romance and desire altogether. But, what is the point of it all? Why are we here? If we’re just going to find ways to ignore our desires, and find ‘serenity and clarity’ to avoid danger and pain….. what exactly will fulfill us? Is it fulfilling to spend our lives depriving ourselves of things we ‘don’t really need,’ just to avoid the possibility of losing them? Is that really living or is that just surviving?